14 Questions I Got After Finding A Praying Mantis In My Sweetgreen Salad

14 Questions I Got After Finding A Praying Mantis In My Sweetgreen Salad

Sweetgreen decided I need some extra protein in my salad yesterday.


I went to a Sweetgreen in New York City on my lunch break and what follows can only be described as the stuff of nightmares.

I'm sure you remember the time you found a hair on your plate at a restaurant. Maybe a piece of another dish got mixed in with yours. Maybe your chicken was undercooked. Maybe you asked for a runny yolk in your eggs and they were fried all the way through.

This is not like one of those times. This is what I found in my Sweetgreen salad.

That's right. This is not just a "bug." A bug is that fly buzzing around your living room, bouncing harmlessly off your window trying to escape. This is a fully grown beast of an insect.

After posting it on my Instagram story, I thought I would answer some of the questions I got in my DMs.

1. Which Sweetgreen location was it?

Broadway and 38th Street. Avoid at all costs.

2. What kind of bug was it?

I wasn't sure at first. A kind bug expert who saw my story gave me the details. It's a praying mantis. Google it. These insects are straight up VICIOUS PREDATORS who eat the biggest and most terrifying bugs you can think of like they're light snacks. And I found one IN MY SALAD.

"Larger mantises sometimes eat smaller individuals of their own species, as well as small vertebrates such as lizards, frogs, and small birds." - Wikipedia

Screw. That.

3. Did you try to contact Sweetgreen?

I tagged them in my Instagram story. Sweetgreen was one of the first accounts to view it. No response. Was the picture not clear enough?

4. How big was it?

F*cking enormous. This was not your typical bug-in-your-food fiasco. I feared for my life and for the lives of others. (But it was probably 5-6 inches long.)

5. What kind of salad was it?

It was a guacamole with mixed greens salad and cost me $13.61. The side of protein was free, apparently.

6. When did you realize something was up with the salad?

I peeped the leg in my salad before I mixed it all up and thought it was a hair or something.

7. Uh... Did you bite into it?

I will never forget the sound of crunchy mantis between my teeth. Consider me scarred for life.

8. Well, did you finish the salad?

I didn't eat anything else all day.

9. Some cultures eat insects all the time. What's the big deal?

Yeah, but those cultures would have ordered their bugs off the menu. Sweetgreen doesn't serve bug (until now), nor did I ask for bug in my salad.

10. Is praying mantis gluten free?

I guess so. It's not vegan/vegetarian, though.

11. Did you ask for your money back?

I'll forget the $13.61, I'll never forget the sight of me pulling a 5-inch predatory insect out of my salad. And I think I'll enjoy posting this article more than a refund.

12. Did you scream?

I was in complete shock. I froze. I couldn't speak, move, or react.

13. Did you call the police?

No, but in hindsight maybe I should have.

14. Would this ever happen at a Chick-Fil-A?

Absolutely not. And if it did, I imagine I would now be a major shareholder in Chick-Fil-A's company and be getting free spicy chicken sandwiches for LIFE.

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5 Basic Manners People Seem To Forget When Eating At A Restaurant

Please, be courteous to those who are trying to make your experience the best it can be.


Working at a restaurant has taught me so much. It has brought me my closest friends and taught me a few things about restaurant etiquette. I've encountered some of the kindest customers that I've made Facebook friends with, and I've encountered some of the worst customers that you can fathom. So, here are five things that people forget when dining out that could make everyone's experience better.

1. Common manners

You would be surprised how much better your experience at a restaurant will be if you say "please" and "thank you" to your server and support staff that is helping you out. Say hi and respond when we ask how you're doing today. "Water" is the wrong response to "How are you guys doing tonight?" Remember that the people who work in the restaurant are restaurantpeople just like you that want to be treated with respect. While it might be their job to serve you, they are not your slave or any lesser than you.

2. Waiting to be seated

Unless the restaurant has it posted, please do not seat yourself at a table when you haven't even talked to the host. This is not only an awkward experience for the host to have to go through when asking you to leave the table, but it throws a wrench in table rotation for the servers.

3. Cleaning your area

Yes, it is the staff's job to clean your table when you're finished, but leaving your table trashed is just plain rude. It makes busing your table so much easier when you stack plates and wipe up crumbs of food that have been left all over your table.

4. Not arguing to get your way

It's one thing when you propose an idea to solve an issue that you may have, but when you start to yell or degrade the service staff, it's a whole new story. Often times we're just enforcing rules that we didn't even create, and we're doing our jobs.

5. Tipping

I agree that sometimes you can get some bad service that doesn't deserve a tip, but you still should. Firstly, tips are a server's main income. They get paid a small minimum wage because of the amount of money they are assumed to make. Secondly, you never know what kind of day your server could be having. If they forget to give something to your table, it could be a small mistake that was a pure accident.

All in all, most of the people in the restaurant business are in it because they love interacting with you, and they love their jobs. When you make it harder for people to do their job, your experience only gets worse for everyone involved. So next time you go on a date, take your family out or just get some drinks with friends, don't forget these manners that most people forget.


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