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Reddit thread slams Applebee's with scathing reviews

          A recent topic of an “Ask Reddit” forum reads: “<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/7qmgi7/what_restaurant_have_you_sworn_to_never_return_to/" target="_blank">What restaurant have you sworn to never return to and why</a>?” Because there are so many restaurants of dubious quality to choose from, one might expect to see an assortment of venues. Instead, the question prompted an absolute bloodbath against Applebee’s.

              
In recent months, the California-based chain has run dirt-cheap promotions on food and booze. Nonetheless, the company is underperforming. In August 2017, Applebee’s announced it would shutter as many as 135 of its locations before the year’s end, which brand president John Cywinkski blamed on millennials. <section class="more-on-this"><header><h2 class="title">More From The Daily Meal</h2></header> </section>But Reddit blames Applebee’s itself. In a 4,940-comment thread, users reflected on unfortunate experiences with miserable customer service and subpar food.
“Went to Applebee’s and found a legit bee in my mashed potatoes. The waitress laughed and said, ‘Wonder if that’s how [Applebee’s] got the name.’ Then tried to accuse me of putting it in there and refused to get the manager,” CrazyWhoDatXLIV wrote.
<p style="color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:17px;margin-bottom:0;margin-top:8px;overflow:hidden;padding:8px 0 7px;text-align:center"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd3araNgdu_/" style="color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:17px;text-decoration:none" target="_blank">A post shared by Applebee's Grill &amp; Bar (@applebees)</a> on <time datetime="2018-01-12T22:18:01+00:00">Jan 12, 2018 at 2:18pm PST</time></p></div></blockquote>

          “Applebees. Our server was snotty and rolled her eyes when we asked politely for silverware and napkins with our pasta. After she dropped off the check, she abandoned our table for over half an hour for a smoke break,” Ow1 said. “She was clearly visible through a window, just chatting and smoking with one of the cooks. She didn't get much of a tip from us, but we found out later that she gave herself a nice fat $25 tip on the card we paid with.”





          




          Ryancleg said his waitress was so neglectful that while settling his bill, he left two pennies and a soggy straw wrapper “making a frowny face” as a tip.





          



              
In addition to poor service, ex-patrons condemned the restaurant’s food quality. “I finally learned how to microwave my own food,” djheadphone wrote. “An Applebee's waitress tried to convince me their ‘new recipe’ nachos didn't include cheese. When I requested cheese, I was given a plate with two melted cheese slices on it,” lolsalmon said. “Never again.”
<p style="color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:17px;margin-bottom:0;margin-top:8px;overflow:hidden;padding:8px 0 7px;text-align:center"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BbKWKU3g720/" style="color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:17px;text-decoration:none" target="_blank">A post shared by Applebee's Grill &amp; Bar (@applebees)</a> on <time datetime="2017-11-06T17:09:56+00:00">Nov 6, 2017 at 9:09am PST</time></p></div></blockquote>