A woman has filmed the unbelievable moment a waitress told her she was “bulimic” after she ordered dessert.
Influencer Cherry Hart shared the tense exchange online, where the clip quickly went viral – racking up over 200,000 views in a matter of hours.
The young woman was recording a waitress taking her order, and was shocked after she was told she “looked bulimic” – a remark many in her comments section believed crossed the line.
Bulimia is a serious type of eating disorder, whereby an individual binge eats a large amount of food, and then purges the extra calories, usually through self-induced vomiting or overexercising.
That one time at Karen’s Diner I got called bulimic, cue my uncomfy awkward laugh,”
Cherry captioned the video.
“Came across some stuff lately so I thought I’d post my experience.”
In the clip, Cherry is sitting at a Karen’s Diner in Brisbane, Australia with a male companion when the waitress takes her order.
“Can I please get the Karen’s Seasonal Waffle Bowl, and the Nutty Karen?” she asks, as a staff member writes down her request.
“You do realize that dessert is f–king huge, I doubt you’re going to eat it,” the waitress responds.
“You look like you’re bulimic.”
Cherry then replies with what she calls her “uncomfy laugh”, to which the waitress adds “you laughed, so I must be right.”
Many of her followers slammed the staff member’s comment as “gross”, “triggering” and said it went “too far”.
“That is way out of line, I’m so sorry” one person said.
“Oh Jesus that’s not OK, as someone who sufferers with an ED it’s hard enough for me to eat on a night out, so this would upset me so much.” another shared.
“This would break me. I’ve never had bulimia but I struggled with anorexia for so many years. I thought they weren’t allowed to make body comments?” one asked.
Others thought that the woman should have expected this type of behavior.
“That’s the whole point of the restaurant, is to get made fun of and offend people” commented one.”
“Isn’t that one of those places where the staff are paid to insult you though?” asked another.
Karen’s Diner is an Australian chain of restaurants that pride themselves on their “rude service” and “non-existent manners”, where staff go to great lengths to act in an unprofessional manner.
While patrons can expect to be made fun of, there are limitations – no racist, sexist, homophobic or ableist comments or slurs are allowed, according to their website.
The rules also state that there will be no body shaming or sexual harassment, and vandalism and food-throwing will not be tolerated.