This Restaurant Charges Customer’s Extra 38 Cents For Asking A ‘Stupid Question’

Well, if you’ve never worked at any restaurant, believe me, answering stupid questions is pretty much another part of the job.

And whether they comprehend their questions are dumb or not, patrons have a silly habit of throwing some needless doubts right at the face of their waiters, and all the waiter can do is, greet gently and acknowledge them as patiently as they can.

Anyway, not everyone is willing to put-on a pseudo-face and stay sympathetic with their customers, but some know very well how to make silly patrons pay for their stupid questions. 

I mean, Tom’s Diner in Denver, Colorado, charges customers an extra 38 cents if they ask their waiter a stupid question, and literally, the restaurant has become a local pick!

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This 24-hour eatery has been in business for about twenty years now, plus the locals love this place for the joint’s tongue-in-cheek amusement.

And if you’re wondering that, charging some extra cents for asking queries to the waiter is a fraud, wait, because general manager, Hunter Landry explained the charge is by no means spiteful, “It’s intended to be playful. It’s good to put things floating in today’s world.” 

The debit was first introduced when the primary owner, Tom Messina, first inaugurated the joint in 1999.

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Also, the staff is guided not to charge patrons who genuinely ask problems that the waiters believe are ridiculous!


After all, nobody is trying to rob their most absurd patrons.

Hunter Landy spoke about their diverting customers, “When we have a good fun table that engages with us or when they ask about the charge, it’s always fun to add it on.

Some of the diner’s more colorful customers try to get in on the smart-train and do their absolute best to come with the stupidest queries possible!


Some include obliging to know if there are any “dues” for the turkey club sandwich, or questioning their waiters, “Does the ice have any water in it?“, which is a specific favorite of Landry’s.

The majority of people get where we’re coming from and understand it’s meant to be playful,” he explained. “Over the years, maybe a few people have been irritated, but the response is commonly positive.

The restaurant is pretty happy to serve up some giggles, from its cheeky menu listings to its inside decor:

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Landry said they’re actually considering adding even more items on their menu, like “Don’t Take Yourself So Seriously” and “Love Each Other.

As for whatever the future holds for this local favorite, Landry said he and his uncle are both excited to keep expanding and re-branding Tom’s Diner to keep the clients growing.

Landry also explained, “It’s all about not taking yourself too seriously, we’re not here for a long time, so let’s enjoy ourselves and try to make the most of this life.

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