WIU to have eaten someone else's curry?

(63 Posts)
MrsLouisTheroux2 Fri 10-May-13 20:45:03

We ordered a takeaway consisting of lots of things including one curry.
It took 1hr 30 mins to arrive and when it did, I unpacked it & took lids off everything.

The curry was Jalfrazi instead of Korma for DC.
We dished everything up, DC went without curry. We thought about phoning back, asking for the Korma but decided to eat what was sent.

25 min later we were just finishing when there was a knock on the door, it was the delivery driver with our Korma in a bag.

I said 'thank you but we've eaten what was sent.'
The delivery driver looked stunned and said 'I don't know what to say, nobody has ever done that before. I needed to swop the currys over and take them the jalfrazi'
I said 'We had opened the tins so I doubt that the Jalfrazi person would want it after it has been opened by us.'
The driver said 'Why did you open it?'
I said 'that's what you do when dishing up, open the tins'
He said oh, ok, nobody has done that before, I needed to take it to them'
I said 'ok' and he walked off with the Korma shaking his head.sad

I feel guilty. Like I've just eaten someone else's dinner (which actually I have) but who would have wanted a 25 min old opened Jalfrazi really?

How unreasonable am I on a scale of 1:10?

glorious Fri 10-May-13 20:46:54

Not at all, I can't believe they came back for it. I wouldn't want an opened one, ick!

MooseBeTimeForSpring Fri 10-May-13 20:46:58

If I was the take away I'd have made another one. I don't think you were BU.

seesensepeople Fri 10-May-13 20:47:43

Very unreasonable - you let him walk away with your DCs dinner!

TwoFourSixOhOne Fri 10-May-13 20:48:02

Oh god, I feel queasy at the thought they would have redelivered it. You know your korma had been to some random house before being sent back to you?

You should phone environmental health and report them actually, because that is utterly foul.

AgentZigzag Fri 10-May-13 20:48:29

He's easily confused isn't he? grin

He should be more concerned by the fact it took an hour and a half to get to you and they then got the bloody order wrong.

Don't feel guilty it's their fault not yours and why wouldn't you open what you thought was your order?,

KitNCaboodle Fri 10-May-13 20:48:59

Are you kidding me? They were going to take the curry they'd delivered to you by mistake, to someone else? Eurgh.
And then had the cheek to walk off with your korma?
YADNBU they are.

MrsLouisTheroux2 Fri 10-May-13 20:49:30

That's what I thought glorious
'Oops, they've sent the wrong one, oh well, I've opened it, might as well eat it' Felt terrible when he arrived back and I had it all round my mouth sad

expatinscotland Fri 10-May-13 20:49:30

Not unreasonable at all.

MrsLouisTheroux2 Fri 10-May-13 20:51:05

I didn't want the re-delivered Korma either Kit There's no way I would want a curry that had been delivered elsewhere 25 mins ago!

He did not give you the Korma? He wanted to give the other customer food that had spent time at another customers house??
Surely it would be cold?

I would complain to health and safety!

Coconutty Fri 10-May-13 20:53:54

Tins? YABU

MrsLouisTheroux2 Fri 10-May-13 20:55:24

Yes tins! What are they called?! tins with lids!
Quint Yes 25 mins cold !

glorious Fri 10-May-13 20:55:57

Better have a wine to recover smile

TattyDevine Fri 10-May-13 20:57:09


annabelcaramel Fri 10-May-13 20:57:38

Tinfoil dishes is, I think, the technical term.

MrsLouisTheroux2 Fri 10-May-13 20:57:57

glorious I know! I'm still shaking wink

MrsLouisTheroux2 Fri 10-May-13 20:58:45

Aha anna ! So that's what they are!

MammaTJ Fri 10-May-13 20:58:59


charlieandlola Fri 10-May-13 21:00:41

I would be looking for a new Indian takeaway after that experience . 1h30 wait, and then the "Swapping of cold used Curries". Awful and potentially dangerous.

Coconutty Fri 10-May-13 21:02:25

I was hoping you were going to say that you had found a dog tag in the Jalfrezi.

MrsLouisTheroux2 Fri 10-May-13 21:05:53

coconut don't... sad I feel ill. grin

diddl Fri 10-May-13 21:08:19

Bloody hell-should have given you the Korma for the crap service!

annabelcaramel Fri 10-May-13 21:09:25

Yes - but who knows where else the korma had already been?!

diddl Fri 10-May-13 21:14:47

Oh-just reread, & yes it sounds as if the korma had been delivered elsewhere & refused.

Either way-rubbish service!

MERLYPUSS Sat 11-May-13 09:24:24

Deffo report them to health and safety. The Korma person could've gobbed in it and then it was returned to you.
Did you say tyour child had gone without curry as they delivered one too spicey. That is unreasonalble too.

And find a new take away.

EllaFitzgerald Sat 11-May-13 09:28:04

Would definitely find a new takeaway. If it took that long to arrive, how do you know it wasn't sat in someone else's house having been delivered there by mistake?

dopeysheep Sat 11-May-13 09:44:09

"Nobody has ever done that before" - so the wrong orders must happen reasonably often for him to be aware of the previous responses!

Longdistance Sat 11-May-13 09:50:48

I hate it when they bring you the wrong food.

I certainly wouldn't have waited an hour and a half for food though, that's far too long.

We were given the wrong pizza the other week, but we were so hungry we ate it anyway. Bit stupid not to.

lottiegarbanzo Sat 11-May-13 10:02:38

Wow, just extraordinary in so many ways.

Of course you should open what you're given. Once it's delivered to you it's yours. If they send you extra, that's their probem, if the wrong thing, they need to issue a fresh replacement (quickly enough to fit with your meal) or a refund.

The 'no-one has ever...' comment - amazing! Mostly that this happens often but also that their customers are so habituated to it that they read the label carefully to check (not always easy IME!) and leave aside the wrong meals, then accepting an old, mis-delivered version of the right one.

Definitely environmental health, this is shocking.

(Tins though? Had visions of you opening cold, long-life food with tin opener! I'd just say container.)

When I had the wrong chinese delivered, I was sent a new replacement but told to keep the wrong one. The lady said - it's nice, just eat it grin It was chicken in fruity sauce or OK sauce, something like that and very sweet.

Steffanoid Sat 11-May-13 10:19:31

thats what our Chinese did when they sent us the wrong thing(once in my whole life I think) sent the replacement really quick and said tge wrong one is nice try it,

melika Sat 11-May-13 10:25:48

No YANBU, I would have eaten it too! It's their fault not yours.

diddl Sat 11-May-13 10:26:14

They usually write the number on the top, don't they?

So it might be possible to realise that there is a wrong dish before opening.

But surely, once opened-even if you realise it's wrong & put the lid straight back on-it can't be given to someone else by them??

Kafri Sat 11-May-13 10:38:48

We had 'curry issues' a few weeks ago.

I ordered a take away for delivery on a Saturday night. I was told it would be about 40/45 mins which was fine. Well, half hour after the 45 mins had passed I called them to ask where it was. I was told in rather a rude manner that they were really busy and relying on customers to give them a bit if slack about delivery times and could I wait a further 20 mins??

I said i'd given them enough slack as they had had a further half hour and no i'd like a refund.

The guy then said they I would have to wait for the delivery driver for a refund so i might as well just wait for the curry. Was geting cross by this point so said no, i'd wait for the refund thank you very much.

Anyway, when the delivery driver turned up with the refund, he told me that my meal had been waiting for delivery since half hour after I originally ordered (i.e. ready to be delivered on time) but because there was only him delivering, it was taking an age to get them all out but that the take away wouldn't refuse orders.

Given that my order was ready for delivery at 8.40 (time I was originally told) and the delivery driver arrived at 10.20 with my refund, i'm glad I didn't eat it.

lottiegarbanzo Sat 11-May-13 11:25:22

Cartons! (dwell on trivial irrelevancies, moi?!)

FeckOffCup Sat 11-May-13 12:32:44

My friend had similar happen to her, she got the wrong curry delivered but ate it anyway. A while later the takeaway phoned when they realised the mix up and asked for the original one back. When she said she had eaten it the guy went ballistic and told her she was blacklisted from ever ordering from there again!

Maggie111 Sat 11-May-13 21:28:46

0 unreasonableness

But a 10 if you would order from there again! Yuk!

shewhowines Sat 11-May-13 23:17:38

We were told to keep our wrong delivery and they would send our proper one ASAP.
They will keep our future business unlike yours, who hopefully have just lost a customer.

ravenAK Sun 12-May-13 04:30:35

We got told off for accidentally nicking someone's bottle of coke.

Takeaway turned up - think it was pizza, might've been curry, cheap local place either way.

There was a big bottle of diet coke in the bag. Dh, who answered the door & dished up, was mildly surprised to see it as I'd ordered & he knew I wouldn't've ordered a soft drink; I don't like fizzy pop myself & dh has cans of it in the fridge.

Vaguely assuming it was part of some sort of 'meal deal', he poured himself a glass.

Twenty minutes later, the delivery bloke returned - he'd made the next delivery, found himself down a litre of coke, realised he'd given it to us by mistake & returned for it.

We actually agreed to pay for it, but he was still thoroughly pissed off as he had to go back to base, pick up another bottle & take it to the other customer, & got completely unnecessarily arsey about it.

Haven't used that takeaway since.

McGeeDiNozzo Sun 12-May-13 04:42:50

Jalfrazi is the best curry out there. YANBU to have eaten the delicious foods. They should have given you the korma and made another jalfrazi - their error, they should take the hit, and free jalfrazi for you.

Buzzardbird Sun 12-May-13 04:54:26

Maybe it wasn't really the wrong meal, it was just a Korma Korma Korma Korma chameleon!

Lilithmoon Sun 12-May-13 10:30:50

Mwah ha ha Buzzardbird, very clever smile.

Chunderella Sun 12-May-13 12:30:23

Eeurgh, however nice the jalfrezi was I wouldn't be going there again! You'd never know if your meal had been delivered to someone else before you.

Lizzabadger Sun 12-May-13 13:37:29

Don't use them again - yuck.

limitedperiodonly Sun 12-May-13 15:11:55

Not unreasonable at all but I'd find another takeaway.

One of my favourite novels had a murder where someone delivered a curry 'by mistake' in which he'd mixed a lethal dose of heroin because he knew the recipient wouldn't be able to resist a freebie.

Not that I'm saying that about you, OP, but it was ingenious.

BreconBeBuggered Sun 12-May-13 15:37:39

That's one of my favourite novels too. I always go to the takeaway and pick up the food myself these days.

miffybun73 Sun 12-May-13 15:42:10


jojane Sun 12-May-13 15:43:59

I work in an Indian resturant and sometimes people get given wrong order etc but we would never give a customer food that had already been at someone else house, for one the time to realise mistake, go and collect it and then deliver to correct house the food would be cold and two who knows what has happened to it.

BuggerLumpsAnnoyed Sun 12-May-13 15:56:02

YANBU. But im not suprised they would of given it to the person its meant for. Hardly an issue for enviromental health. And i doubt anyone would of opened it, realised its not theirs, spit in it and give it back to the driver?

LazyMonkeyButler Sun 12-May-13 15:58:15

YANBU at all! When this happened to us once - when I checked the boxes/tins/cartons/tinfoil recepticles after the delivery driver had left, I discovered that we had a random unordered curry & were minus a rice. I phoned the restaurant & they told us to keep the extra curry and sent the driver straight back out with two portions of rice and a complimentary bottle of wine! (Wine tasted shocking but was free so I may have managed to force it down wink).

In contrast though, I once ordered a chinese to be delivered at 8.30pm, when DH & the DCs were due home. They tried to deliver it at 6pm and, when I told the driver he was 2 1/2 hours early, his reply was "haven't you got a microwave?". Mmmm, reheated chips - lovely hmm.

AaDB Sun 12-May-13 16:18:04

Happened to us. They rang miss way through and we said it was delicious.

We ate the huge meal delivered to us and they offered us a few meal next time for our trouble.


AaDB Sun 12-May-13 16:19:19

They rang half way through. Not sure where the random miss came from.

Delayingtactic Sun 12-May-13 16:27:57

Ew I certainly wouldn't want a meal that had been sat out for that long. If I was the Jalfrezi people I would be pretty fucking annoyed. Never order from them again. Ew.

bamboostalks Sun 12-May-13 16:32:08

That sounds a good book. What's the title?

limitedperiodonly Sun 12-May-13 16:43:56

A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away by Christopher Brookmyre. Funny crime and terrorism. Very Scottish

ThreeDudesOnABus Sun 12-May-13 16:53:47

10. I always wait an hour to eat my delivery just in case there's been a mix-up. I let the children sniff the boxes.

shewhowines Sun 12-May-13 17:04:25

No good reading it now though limited. We know the ending! smile

limitedperiodonly Sun 12-May-13 17:27:19

Oh that's not the end. It's in the middle and you know the bloke's going to die. It's not the only crafty killing either.

puds11isNAUGHTYnotNAICE Sun 12-May-13 17:35:42

This is making me feel a bit sick. I wonder how many times i've eaten a take away thats been poked at by someone else first.

TheCunnyFunt Sun 12-May-13 18:12:46

I'm a bit shock at 'Nobody has ever done that before' just how shit are they? They sound like they couldn't organise a piss up in a brewery!

Softlysoftly Sun 12-May-13 18:20:11

I'd tell the actual takeaway. We as a restaurant will only accept takeaway orders if people pick them up as tramway drivers are a fucking nightmare.

Bet they don't even know he was late and then chocked it up. He will be trying to cover up his mistake by swapping them back.

Softlysoftly Sun 12-May-13 18:20:38

Tramway? ? Takeaway!

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