Talk about being in the right place at the right time!
From Daily Mail:
A pair of EMTs just wanted a dinner break at Applebee's but their portable carbon monoxide detectors started going off before they could even take a seat. Justin Gau and Kyle Page said they couldn't believe the sensors had picked up anything.
About 100 patrons and employees were sent out of the restaurant.
Though a few did report feeling ill, none accepted medical treatment.
The leak was tracked back to a faulty water heater, forcing CO levels far above normal.
While homes with gas stoves can register 15 ppm or .05 to 5 ppm for homes without a gas stove, the Applebee's was registering 80 to 250 ppm.
That's high enough to be fatal.
The restaurant did not have a CO detector, and the gas is colorless, odorless, and tasteless.
'After they closed up, they shut down the ventilation system and the CO could have been pumping in there all night and whoever opened in the morning could have been a bad turn out,' Page told reporters.
The building was ventilated and the heater shut off.
I've received free food a couple of times because of screw ups, but I've never asked for it.
A couple of months back we went out for lunch and they messed up both our pizzas and had to remake them. Not a big deal, we had time and we'd be sitting waiting for the kid to finish his meal anyway, but when the check came we saw that they'd comped both our meals without even mentioning it. Suits me, all the more cash left for a generous tip!
It varies a lot depending on the restaurant. Most of my experiences like that have been at one particular chain whereas there's another chain we used to frequent that is just awful for that kind of thing.
I once got a meal there that was completely inedible (dried up and tasted like dirty socks) and they weren't even keen on removing it from the bill. Mind you, I've had other issues with that chain: like being charged for steak fajitas instead of veggie (about 5 or 6 bucks more) and when I complained the manager tried to tell me that veggies are the same price as steak.