unsuccessful Father's Day

San Jose, California
June 19, 2017 12:57pm CST
Yesterday was HOT (over 106F!) and miserable, and the power went out in our whole neighborhood just as I was about to cook the special dinner I had planned for Father's Day. . We ended up going to a Home Town Buffet which I had never gone to before, and I wish I had found a different option... this place was FILTHY. Shockingly filthy. I'm talking about puddles of brown water standing on the tiles near the beverage area, ice cream from the soft serve machine piled up on the floor where it has run out of the nozzles, more puddles of dirty water near the kitchen entrance, salad dressings mixed together and smeared over the counter in the salad bar, soggy ice cream cones smashed into a pond of sundae syrups at the dessert counter. Then there was the lack of food... I understand that customers eat food, and sometimes there's a little wait before the trays get restocked, but we were waiting for half an hour for many of those trays to get refilled... and the majority of the trays were empty. We had to wait 15 minutes for plates too! There were no plates at all, and people were just wandering around from station to station, looking for any plate whatsoever. I'm not even going to tell you about the restroom. Let's just say that the sign stating that they like to keep their restrooms clean and stocked was seriously ironic. When we got home, the power was back on, but it was time for the kids to go to bed. Not at all the Father's Day I had hoped to celebrate with our family.
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@Yadah04 (3025)
• Philippines
20 Jun 17
That was not good. I am sorry it didnt turned out how you planned. Wondering though about the power interruption, like why would the electric company do that?
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• San Jose, California
20 Jun 17
It was 106F/41C here yesterday. The transformer just couldn't handle the heat.
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@Yadah04 (3025)
• Philippines
20 Jun 17
@spiderdust oh my that was bad. And i cant imagine the heat without the aircon or electric fan. How is everything now though?
@paigea (22016)
• Canada
19 Jun 17
Wow. And yuck to all of that. Sorry the outing was not great
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• San Jose, California
19 Jun 17
Fortunately, none of us got food poisoning. I was a little concerned about that after seeing all the sloppy messes that hadn't been cleaned up.
@paigea (22016)
• Canada
20 Jun 17
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@Freelanzer (8569)
• Canada
20 Jun 17
That was tough. Can't stand dirty restaurants, there is no excuse for it
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• San Jose, California
20 Jun 17
There really isn't, not to that degree. They did have a sign posted that said they were hiring, but this didn't seem like a matter of being short handed and busy (well, maybe the lack of trays getting refilled in a timely manner would be part of that), but just plain neglect. I wonder what the board of health would have to say.
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@teamfreak16 (40947)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
19 Jun 17
Ewww, yuck! I don't even know if I could stand eating there.
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• San Jose, California
20 Jun 17
I wish I had seen how bad it was before we paid, but it was too late by then and I didn't know if I could get a refund. I was so exhausted and frustrated, I don't know where we would have gone instead.
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@Corbin5 (103429)
• United States
19 Jun 17
So sorry Father's Day did not turn out to be a good one. That restaurant definitely is a place to avoid.
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• San Jose, California
19 Jun 17
I'm used to Home Town Buffet not being great, but at least adequate. This was horrible.
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@Kandae11 (35967)
19 Jun 17
Oh! that was awful, and the heat. What I would do is plan another celebration day to make up for that disaster.
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• San Jose, California
19 Jun 17
We'll have to. It was just frustrating because all of his kids were here too.
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• Ponce De Leon, Florida
19 Jun 17
That sucks big time. Im so sorry,
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• San Jose, California
19 Jun 17
We had discussed originally going to a restaurant but decided to have a nice dinner at home because taking 9 people out to eat is EXPENSIVE. I had the money (fortunately) but was planning to use it for something else.