If you ate out and you got sick, what would you do? Would you complain,

United States
March 3, 2009 11:53pm CST
ask for your money back? How could you prove that it was their food that made you sick? So, whats the best thing to do, if and when this happens? Would you just not eat there anymore?
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@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
4 Mar 09
This just happened last night or yesterday afternoon anyway.. My husband and I went to Golden Corral and had lunch.. I got a big bed of lettuce with what I thought was tuna salad on top of it, but when I tasted of it, it wasn't tuna salad.. It tasted like the most horrible raw fishy-fish and I just barely tasted of it before I spit it out into a napkin.. I asked my waitress to come and taste it, she took a bite and got a napkin and spit it out into the napkin.. She went into the back and took it off the bar, and after checking she told me that it was crab meat that had been mixed up to be made into crab cakes, but it was put on the bar raw, she also said that it probably why it had been sitting there all day and no one had eaten much of it.. Golden Corral gives you a receipt that has a website to contact them and I intend to do so today, I just didn't feel like it last night.. Makes me almost sick to think of it this morning.. I probably will not go back for awhile, but since I like to eat out a lot, I will eventually go back but not until I at least complain and let them know about this.. Most times I do keep my mouth shut about these thing but not this time, that stuff tasted horrible..
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• United States
9 Mar 09
I use to eat there alot. I quit because of cold food, which I hate it. Dried up food being left out too long ect. Their quality has gone down, in my opion. I have also had a few things there that just tasted terrible...almost spoiled..I got very picky about what I would order there.
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@GardenGerty (118059)
• United States
5 Apr 09
My most recent trip to a Golden Corral was wonderful I was with a huge group of Special Olympic athletes. Of course it was early in the dinner hour, and so the food was fresh and plentiful. The raw crab cake being served as tuna salad is unacceptable, and should never have happened. There are laws about food handling, storage and LABELING that are supposed to be followed in all commercial kitchens or kitchens that have anything to do with the state, like schools, nursing homes, restaurants. I am even supposed to follow these procedures and rules in my client's homes. That is pure neglect there.
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
7 Mar 09
Hi eaforeman dear! Oh my, that will be really disappointing and terrible. Yikes! I guess it will depend on how severe the sickness I will have. I don't think I will be complaining if I will be able to remedy the situation without going to the hospital. It will be very hard to prove unless I get to be confined to the hospital because of something that I ate in a restaurant. But for sure I wouldn't be going back to that restaurant again and will tell my family and friends not to go there anymore. I will surely tell them my story. Take care and have a great day! lovelots..faith
• United States
9 Mar 09
It really is hard to prove. I guess we have to be so picky about where we eat and what we eat. Even if you got to the hospital, some of them will say that you ate something else or whatever. Many of them would try to get out of it. This is an interesting discussion and appreciate your response. Hope you have a great day my lotting!
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
11 Mar 09
Yep my dear friend eaforeman. It is so hard to prove it. I guess there is no better way for us but to be careful in whatever we eat or drink. I am having a great time mylotting because of nice friends like you. lovelots..faith
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
4 Mar 09
Food poisoning is pretty easy to spot. If you are uncontrollably throwing within 12 hours or so of eating something suspicious, and it's over with in a matter of several hours, then you know it's not the flu. You should call the restaurant and warn them what happened. You should tell them what you ate. They may decide to throw some things away to protect others from being ill. If it's not full-blown food poisoning, I wouldn't call. You can't really prove that what you ate is causing this. You could have a touch of the flu.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
4 Mar 09
Food poisoning is pretty awful and I don't believe I actually COULD eat there again. At least until the memory faded.
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• United States
9 Mar 09
That is soooo true. How could you ever want to go back after a bout with the food poisoning. It is so painful and also dangerous. I just hope all the cut backs and exspenses do not make more cases of this turn up. Appreciate the response...
@JenInTN (27546)
• United States
10 Mar 09
I guess it would depend on how sick I had gotten. If I were hospital sick..I owuld definately raise a stink about it. I wouldn't want anyone else to get that sick. If I were just ill at home for a day..I would just spread the word and not go back.
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• United States
12 Mar 09
Your right. I think that they charge so much nowadays, it would be a shame to get sick , anyway but that even makes it worse....yes, spreading the word gets the message across....it gets around...appreciate the response.
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@jillhill (37379)
• United States
4 Mar 09
I would call them and make them aware of the problem...or at least check up to see if the symptons last a while or are linked to the time span that is given to say salmanella..etc. I have a friend that works in a restaurant..(McDonalds') she is a manager there...they have people call in all the time but in reality most of the time it's either a sham or someone trying to get something free....if everyone at the table got sick at the same time I would wonder if it were something we ate. I did get sick once from eating at a restaurant...I never went back. To this day I can't eat oriental foods!
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• United States
18 Mar 09
Yes, Once you do get sick, it is hard to want to go back. I am sure that some people do try to take advantage and lie. It would be tought to have that job. There are two sides to the story. Appreciate the response.
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
4 Mar 09
I am always dubious about eating out my friend, that is probably why I very very seldom go out for a meal, probably about two, three times a year max! The thing is even if you go to a reputable place that you have been going for for years they could change chefs, change staff and the food could be less palatable and done in the wrong way, causing the food to go bad. I never complain about my food until I've left it or the dinner is over, I will never ever let the waiter take away food and bring it back because you hear stories of what they do to your food out the back out of eyesight! My motto is, bad food and I won't eat there again. And you are right how do you proove it was their food unless you have the evidence and that could be tricky LOL! Unless of course you are brave enough to ask for a doggy bag at the end of the meal
• United States
9 Mar 09
It is true. They can just deny that the food was bad. What can you say, unless you do take a doggy bag home. That is a good idea. The problem is , if you leave there not knowing and do not bring any home, doubt they will own up to it. We should be very careful where we go. I would be concerned that people who work for these places and may have differences wiith their employers, may take it out on the food and us. They may add bad things to the food or dilaberatly do things Just like leaving mayonaise too long. Best wish's and appreciate you sharing.and Happy my lotting!
@GardenGerty (118059)
• United States
5 Apr 09
I would probably evaluate the experience, and see what it might have been. I would reserve my eating there for awhile, as well. I would not file a complaint. Certain foods used to always make me sick, regardless of where I ate them. Too much fat for my system. I learned to not order those foods.
• United States
14 Apr 09
These are points that we all have to take into consideration. I think this would be true of many people. It is something to think about. Appreciate the response.