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'Restaurant Stakeout': Is It A Bad Waiter Or Bad Fake Behavior By An Actor? (VIDEO)

Posted: 04/12/2012 5:27 am Updated: 04/12/2012 5:27 am

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'Restaurant Stakeout': Waiting Tables Not The Place For Vulgar Humor

Is "Restaurant Stakeout" (Wed., 10 p.m. ET on Food) a restaurant fake out? The premise of the show is that it follows New York restauranteur Willie Degel as he equips restaurants with hidden cameras to figure out what's going right and what's going wrong.

It's not uncommon to see aspiring performers working in service in New York, but that doesn't mean waiting tables is the best environment for cracking jokes. When one waiter was told the bread was a bit crusty, he responded with, "Like your boyfriend’s underwear."

Needless to say, the experience wasn't well received by the couple, who left a tip the waiter clearly didn't appreciate. So much so that he chased them out of the restaurant to yell at them. But was it all a bit too much?

According to Reality Blurred, much of the drama and hijinks was faked, with the show reportedly hiring actors to perform as terrible waiters, and when they didn't do that they instructed the real staff how to act poorly. Even the customers may be faked and coached by producers. So what's the point again?

Real or not, "Restaurant Stakeout" continues Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on Food Network.

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