A TikTok user is calling out Red Lobster after alleging he was watched and made “uncomfortable” during a recent trip to Red Lobster.
In a video with more than 162,000 views as of Saturday, TikTok user Marlin (@facen4ward) describes what he says is “one of the worst experiences I’ve had at a restaurant in a long time.”
“We were thinking of going out as a family and having a meal together,” Marlin wrote in the caption. “It was quite the opposite.”
According to Marlin, he visited Red Lobster with his family and ordered two Endless Shrimp Meals and two Kids Meals for his family of six. The plan, he said, was to share food, which he said is common in his family.
“We were told that if we were caught sharing family meals with our children, they would charge us more for unlimited shrimp,” he says. Later, he adds, “The manager was walking around trying to be friendly, but she was actually watching us to see if we were sharing food. »
While complimenting the waiter, Marlin claimed that “the food was not good” and that the overall experience was “a zero out of 10.”
@facen4ward We were thinking of going out as a family and having a meal together. It was quite the opposite. Red Lobster made us very uncomfortable by telling my family she couldn’t taste our food. If they caught us sharing, we would be charged. #fyp #viral #food #facen4ward #foodie #redlobster #endlessshrimp ♬ original sound – Facen4Ward
In the comments section, some users supported Marlin.
“How can a restaurant tell you if you can share your food,” one user wrote. “That’s the fun part of eating off other people’s plates.”
“I tried to order coconut shrimp and the guy told me to upgrade my son’s meal (all you can eat) and get his own. They probably think you won’t tip, racism sucks,” added another.
However, many commenters took Red Lobster’s side.
“He was just angry that he was caught sharing,” one user said.
“All the restaurants that make these deals have the same guidelines,” said a second.
“Wait? I count 6 people with 2 unlimited shrimp and 2 children’s meals? What were the other 2 eating? Come on, continue all that! You were wrong!!” exclaimed a third.
“It looks more like you were devastated that you were trying to share food and they caught you,” another TikToker said. “There is nothing wrong with red lobster.”
The Daily Dot contacted Red Lobster via email and Marlin via Instagram direct message.
*First published: November 18, 2023, 10:00 a.m. CST
Braden Bjella is a culture writer. His work can be found in Mixmag, Electronic Beats, Schon! magazine, and more.
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