Campus Dining Complaints from the 1950s to 1970s

March 15, 2010
By Chris Richter

As we did research for the story about campus dining that appears in the Spring 2010 issue of NC State, we found some interesting correspondence in the library’s archives. Between the late 1950s and early 1970s, the Cafeteria Advisory Committee collected and responded to complaints from students who ate at campus dining facilities. Here are a handful of our favorites.

  • I ate at one of your cafeterias this morning, and I have never eaten any worse food in my life. If I had been use [sic] to extremely fine food, it would be understandable, but I have been in the Boy Scouts, and I ate better then than students do at your cafeteria, and I cooked out on the open fire in the woods.
  • Just got back from Slater where I got slickered out 30 cents. I bought a 45-cent cube steak that was so tough I could hardly cut it. So stringy, I did not get one good bite — sorriest meal I ever ate. . . . Tried chewing nearly all of the steak, but only swallowed five or six half bites. If you’re going to give such sorry meat, the price ought to be 5 cents per steak.
  • I found a metal filling in my lemonade.
  • Please have someone watch Mary Lois. Her servings are extremely small.
  • Who dreamed up those beef turnovers? The only thing it can turnover is somebody in his grave! We may look like animals but we don’t have a gastronomic system like an animal.
  • Take that weird manager and feed him this “food.” If he doesn’t turn purple and drop over dead, the food you serve has improved from lousy to only partially lousy.
  • I don’t like hair in my food!!!
  • The cooked apples were so bad that I couldn’t eat them. What did you put in them? A pound of salt for each apple used?
  • Cashier No. 2 is very grouchy, dumb, ugly, poorly dressed, poor personality, and should be relieved of her duty or placed somewhere where she can’t be seen or heard.
  • French fries — harder than diamonds and cold as liquid oxygen.
  • Today Slater even messed up the KoolAid. It now has the world’s worst taste. We lose again.
  • What about fruit in the pies?
  • Get your clocked fix. It is five minutes slow.
  • Kill beef before serving.
  • Please leave the teabags in longer than .00001 seconds.
  • Leftover food ain’t good.
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