Why is it that American restaurants insist on placing so many foreign objects in their offerings?

While Sarah and I were still living in Massachusetts, we visited a sports bar/pub near our home one night. She ordered…something. I don’t remember what. I ordered some sort of pasta and chicken with alfredo sauce. The food arrived, and we started to eat. I had eaten about five or ten forkfuls when I encountered about a one-inch square, jagged piece of broken glass in my food. I brought this to the attention of the manager and he offered me half-price off the cost of my entree(!) and a replacement dish.

Suffice it to say that I let the manager know in no uncertain terms that his offer was…not acceptable. I explained to the manager that things were going to happen a bit differently. Sarah and I left, didn’t pay a cent of the bill, I contacted the health inspector first thing in the morning, and we never went back there again.

I offer that story as prelude to the items below:- [A woman found a mouse in her soup](http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/g/archive/2004/05/13/mousesoup.

DTL) after she started eating the soup at a Cracker Barrel restaurant. It’s one thing to find a dead mouse in your food before you start eating the dish. It’s another thing entirely to find the mouse after you’ve been chowing down. Who knows what sort of nasty diseases the dead mouse has helpfully transferred into the food.)

  • [A Costco customer somehow manages to get a pair of 9mm bullets with their hot dogs](http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/05/05/state2043EDT0187.

DTL). My advice to that customer is to try chewing the food, before swallowing it. That will make the detection of the bullets easier.)

  • [A woman found a live frog in her airline salad](http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/g/archive/2004/05/06/frogsalad.

DTL). No, it’s not an American restaurant, but it does demonstrate that the problem of generally undesirable toppings to pre-made food is not an exclusively American problem.