A customer who complained his 6oz steak ‘looked like a children’s meal’ whipped out his own set of scales and weighed his meat at the table to prove his point.
Going to a restaurant, with all of the positive associations of delicious food, alcohol, and spending time with your nearest and dearest.
But, as it turns out, it’s also a potential minefield.
One man took it to the extreme after whipping out a set of scales at his table to prove his steak was underweight, with his actions leaving people divided.
Antonio Chacon said his 6oz steak ‘looked like a children’s meal’ and claims he was proven victorious after the scales revealed it weighed 3.68oz.
Antonio had been out for a birthday meal with his family earlier this month at Texas Roadhouse in Pueblo, Colorado, when he ordered his favourite meal – ribs and steak, with fries and mashed potato.
But as the 22-year-old’s food was brought from the kitchen, he said he noticed the sirloin appeared ‘really small’.
Unemployed Antonio says he then ran out to his car and brought back his weighing scales, placing them on the table in front of him as the waiter looked on in “shock.”
He then complained that the sirloin actually weighed 3.68oz, almost half the weight it had been advertised – prompting the chef to remake his meal.
Antonio, from Pueblo, in Colorado, US, said: “It’d been my birthday. I ordered the ribs and steak. I got a 6oz steak and when they brought it, it looked really small.”
Antonio claims he then rushed out to his car, bringing back small electronic weighing scales to measure the meat under the waiter’s watch.
Antonio said: “I told the manager and waiter. They didn’t believe me that it didn’t look right. I went with my mum, dad, girlfriend and my brothers and my two stepdaughters. They were laughing.
“My dad said ‘go get that scale we just got’. I grabbed it and I did ask permission. I made sure I asked the main manager because I would have felt disrespectful doing that if I hadn’t.
“I asked the manager ‘do you think I can weigh it?’ She said ‘yes, no problem. Go ahead’. I ran to my car. I had the scales in my toolbox in my trunk.
“I went to my trunk, grabbed it and used the paper wrap. I ripped a piece off, put that on the scale then I put the steak on.
“It weighed 3.6oz. The waiter was like ‘oh, it’ll weigh 4oz or 5oz’. I said ‘no, this looks small. It looks like a children’s meal’. I’d ordered an adult meal.
“That was the first time it’d happened, but then again I hadn’t thought about weighing it before. I never knew steak shrunk. I guess it does a little bit, but it shouldn’t shrink that much.”
After his complaint and weighing the meat, Antonio says staff remade his meal and even asked the master chef to bring out his food.
Antonio said: “They gave me a discount. The waiter was even shocked. He said ‘damn, you’re right’.
“I said ‘yeah, I know. I’ve ordered this a lot of times to go and I know what 6oz is’. They even had their master chef bring out a new steak for me. They remade the steak. It looked way bigger and a lot better.”
Following his visit, Antonio shared a post online naming and shaming the restaurant – which left people divided.
Numerous social media users argued that the listed weight of the meat is from before it is cooked, not afterwards.
But Antion remains unperturbed by the revelation and says other restaurant-goers should carry scales so they too can weigh their meat too.
Describing the reaction to his post, Antonio said: “People were talking s**t, then others were getting inspired too.
“It was funny. A lot of people were talking stuff saying ‘oh, that’s a drug scale’. It wasn’t.
“They said there was white stuff but I had my little brother and he was playing with the salt shaker and everything.”
One said: “It’s 6oz when you order it then they cook it and it’ll obviously weigh less.”
Another added: “Now I’ve definitely got to bring my scale with me.”
A third jokily commented: “You actually took a scale to a restaurant? If this isn’t the most Karen thing I’ve ever seen then I don’t know what is.”