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    Sodium hydroxide dipping sauce

    Yes it is true....
    Kitchen closes at 10, all my cooks/dishwashers are gone by 12am, same as every week. But Sunday nights can get crazy at the bar, might not be a single person in the place at 12am but by 1:30 I have 100+ people. So it was the case tonight.
    Any way, the good part. 3:30 AM bartender (Todd) decides to reheat his old toco bell up in my kitchen (2nd day on the job), but it's a little busy so he needs do do it all fast and snaky so I don't find out. I'm in front and another guy(dan) comes and tells me that "Todd burned his mouth bad on hot sauce". I'm a little confused but I start walking back to the kitchen thinking "hot" as in "to spicy". So there's Todd chugging water and I start to crack up. Then Dan goes over to the table picks up a piece of quesadilla dips it into a can of lye and blows on it to cool it off (like its hot soup).....as Todd try's to shoe him away making butterfly hand moves and choking sounds Dan rushes and stuffs the lye covered quesadilla down his mouth. So I punch him in the stomach to make him spit it out before he can swallow it. I yell "that's lye dip s... Not nacho cheese" neither one of them have any clue what Im saying (don't know what lye is) but they both now no from the concern in my voice and the bad taste and burning in there mouth that there in trouble.
    Note: can of lye is in the dish room on a shelf with all cleaning stuffs. Can has blue tape on it that says "danger very hot" written in spanish (likely the work of a cook to warn the dish washers), Todd for some reason that I still don't know thought it was hot wing sauce???Dan thought it looked good too???
    Ok so now I have a bar full of people and two bartenders with chemical burns running down there throats! To be honest with you all I don't really know what to do fore some one that has ingested lye so I just tell them to drink orange juice and call 911.
    That's really it, it's now almost 10am, the end of a 20hr work day but I had to wright this all down before I could sleep.

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    Wow Hope they are o.k. That is one of the craziest things I have ever heard.

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    911 IS RIGHT! In the Army National Gurad thirty years ago I was a Chemical NCO; if those burns start oozing it could be serious. WAITERS!

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    paramedics wanted to know why i had the stufof in the restaurant??? Really??? I told them I wanted to lbe like Tyler Derten and made sope for fun...it was after all 4-4:30 am at this point.

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    What concentration was this? Concentrated NaOH is extremely corrosive. That is pretty horrible.

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    Good grief!

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    I think this should link to another thread on here about dumb FOH.

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    Call your attorney & insurance company now.
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    I hope they're ok, and I hope you don't get any fallback from their actions. In the back of my mind, I somehow think this belongs on an episode of Jackass
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecchef View Post
    Call your attorney & insurance company now.
    x2

    how anybody mistakes lye for hot sauce is beyond me, though. even somebody who doesn't know what lye is...

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