Employee Praised for Quitting Job After Manager Endangered Customers

Commenters in a popular internet thread were shocked after an anonymous employee claimed that their manager recklessly served food to customers with serious allergies.

The anonymous employee, known as u/a203ra, posted about their situation to Reddit's popular r/antiwork subreddit where it received nearly 10,500 votes and 400 comments in less than 12 hours, with many users mentioning how serious food allergies can be.

In the post titled "Quit my job today. Apparently refusing to poison a customer constitutes an 'attitude problem'," the user explained that they received the job at a small cafe eight weeks ago through a local job center.

The cafe serves "fancy microwaved meals" as well as basic sandwiches, the employee wrote. They also said that on their second shift the chef warned them that the manager is a "moron" and that they shouldn't listen to him.

"2 weeks later the chef quits because the manager almost serves peanuts to a kid who's deathly allergic," the post read. "So yesterday a customer comes in and orders 2 full English breakfasts, one without beans."

The employee said they remembered the customer ordering the same thing last time and saying that she has a bean allergy. The user explained that bean allergies are more common than people think.

An estimated 32 million Americans suffer from some sort of food allergy, according to Food Allergy Research & Education. For some, coming in contact with an allergen can cause the individual to go into anaphylaxis, a reaction that affects breathing and is sometimes fatal. In fact, one in 10 people have a food allergy on average, according to a study by JAMA Network Open.

In the post, the employee said that as they began making the customer's food—which they said a "monkey could do" because it was mostly microwaved—the manager said he would do it because the employee didn't "have the training."

"This is irritating but not surprising, he often stops me halfway through a job to take it over himself (and then f***s it up) but what can you do?" the post read. "I tell him only one has beans because the customer is allergic and he nods. I tell him again when I see him microwaving what looks like 2 portions worth of beans. I tell him again when I see him putting the beans on the plate. The bozo puts beans on both."

The manager asked the employee to run the food over to the customer, but the employee refused, saying, "she's allergic to beans mate," but the manager once again told him to bring the food over.

"I tell him outright that I won't take this food over and he gets pissy with me," the post read. "I ignore him and start making the order again, right this time. About half an hour later he sends me home early."

The next morning the manager said they needed to have a "serious talk" about their "attitude problem." The employee said they knew it would happen again and that since the chef quit there won't be anyone to stop the manager, so the employee quit, too.

The employee also mentioned that the manager is the boss's brother-in-law and that is why he has the job in the first place. But the boss recently called the employee who told him all about the manager. The boss replied that he would warn the manager that this cannot happen again.

Employee quit job after manager endangered customers
An anonymous Reddit user claimed they quit their job after their manager nearly served two customers with allergies the food they were allergic to. Tero Vesalainen/iStock

Nearly 400 users commented on the post, many recommending that the employee take the situation to the authority responsible for licensing food venues.

Some users with various food allergies also chimed in, saying that it is a restaurant's responsibility to ensure that an individual does not come in contact with the allergen.

"I have a shellfish allergy and a friend of mine is allergic to most fruits," one user wrote, saying they both spent the entire wedding keeping each others' 'allergy dishes' away from each other. "Almost every waiter asked that awful question: 'how allergic?' And we both responded with 'death' in the flattest tones we could, because we both wanted to say something unpleasant instead."

One user mentioned that if any of the customers died from an allergic reaction to the food, the employee and manager could be considered responsible.

"So fun fact, in the UK if you did what the manager said, and she ate some of the food, and she went into anaphylactic shock, you could be put in prison for manslaughter," the comment read.

"This is scary," another comment read. "He will eventually serve it to someone with severe food allergy and get someone seriously hurt."

"People without allergies that are life threatening just do not understand the seriousness of the matter," another user commented. "Wish they'd learn or know because the only way those types of people will learn is when it's their fault someone has to go to the ER or dies because they didn't give a f**k about leaving something off."

One boy died from an allergy after merely smelling fish being cooked.

The internet also backed an employee who refused to "go above and beyond" for a "delusional manager."

Newsweek reached out to u/a203ra for comment but did not receive feedback in time for publication.