A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from July 18, 2022
“Waitress says ‘Say when’ when grating my cheese. I never say when. The room fills with parmesan”

"Waitress says ‘Say when’ when grating my cheese. I never say when. The room fills with parmesan. There are no survivors” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many images. The joke (of uncertain authorship, and which went viral in June 2012) is often told about the Olive Garden, an American casual dining restaurant chain specializing in Italian-American cuisine.

“The olive garden waitress asks me to say when, begins grating cheese on my salad, I never say when, room fills with parmesan, no survivors” was posted on Twitter by Jmac on June 20, 2012. “The Olive Garden waitress asks me to say ‘When’ then begins to freshly grate cheese on my salad. I never say when, room fills with cheese” was posted on Twiter by Shauney Boy on June 20, 2012. “Olive Garden waitress begins to freshly grate cheese onto my salad. I never say when. Room fills with parmesan. No one survives” was posted on Twitter by Preston Chilton on October 10, 2012.

“The waitress asks me to say ‘when’ then begins to grate cheese on my salad, I never say when, room fills with parmesan, no one survives” was posted on Twitter by Effy Mck on June 20, 2012. “‘The waiter told me to say ‘when’ then begins to grate cheese on my salad. I never say when, room fills with cheese, no one survives.’ lolol” was posted on Twitter by αυ∂ιєη¢є σƒ σηє on June 20, 2012. “Waitress says ‘Say when’ when grating my cheese. I never say when. The room fills with parmesan. There are no survivors” was posted on Twitter by Timmy Seiler on October 28, 2017, and this tweet went viral (over 108,400 likes).


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barnabus
@othersome
the waiter grinds me some pepper. “tell me when.” i never say ‘when’. the restaurant and the city fill with pepper. sky turns black w/ peppr
12:12 AM · Jun 12, 2012·Twitter Web Client

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Jmac
@Joshuamacmusic
The olive garden waitress asks me to say when, begins grating cheese on my salad, I never say when, room fills with parmesan, no survivors.
12:31 PM · Jun 20, 2012·Twitter Web Client

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Shauney Boy
@shaunehannen
The Olive Garden waitress asks me to say “When” then begins to freshly grate cheese on my salad. I never say when, room fills with cheese.
6:12 PM · Jun 20, 2012·Twitter Web Client

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Effy Mck.
@chihirroh
The waitress asks me to say “when” then begins to grate cheese on my salad, I never say when, room fills with parmesan, no one survives
6:53 PM · Jun 20, 2012·Twitter Web Client

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αυ∂ιєη¢є σƒ σηє
@TaylorIsBatman
“The waiter told me to say ‘when’ then begins to grate cheese on my salad. I never say when, room fills with cheese, no one survives.” lolol
9:45 PM · Jun 20, 2012·Twitter Web Client

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Amanda Rabines
@amanda_rabines
The Olive Garden waitress grading cheese on my salad asks me to say “when” I never say when. The room fills with parmesan. No one survives.
9:47 PM · Jun 20, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

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scout rieder
@disco_kitty_
olive garden waitress asks me to say when and begins to grate parmesan on my salad I never say when room fills with parmesan no one survives
4:36 PM · Jun 21, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

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Christopher
@ChrisTheMeerkat
The Olive Garden waitress asks me to say “When” then begins to freshly grate cheese, I never say when, room fills with cheese, no survivors
5:55 PM · Jun 21, 2012·Twitter SMS

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Shaun Diviney
@ShaunDiviney
at a restaurant. waiter pouring me water : “say when”. i never say when. the room fills with water. everyone drowns.
5:37 AM · Jun 28, 2012·Twitter Web Client

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Preston Chilton
@pchilt0n
Olive Garden waitress begins to freshly grate cheese onto my salad. I never say when. Room fills with parmesan. No one survives. #2012
10:09 PM · Oct 10, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

13 November 2012, The Age (Melbourne, Victoria), pg. 2:
@Shark4ChipDrink The Italian waitress asks me to say “When” then begins to freshly grate cheese, I never say when, room fills with cheese, no survivors.

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glamrocker1995
@jaaaaackass_
The waitress smiles and says, “Just tell me when.”
I never say when.
The room fills up with cheese.
No one survives.
8:56 PM · Dec 25, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

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Demitri Z 🇬🇷
@giant_demitri
Olive Garden asks me to say “When” then begins to freshly grate cheese to salad. I never say when, room fills with parmesan, no one survives
11:12 AM · Jun 10, 2013·Twitter Web Client

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COÑO
@JOSHUATHEMASTER
*Olive Garden waitress begins to freshly grate cheese onto my salad* *I never say when* *Room fills with parmesan* *No one survives*
6:49 PM · Jun 12, 2013·Twitter Web Client

Reddit—Fifthworldproblems
Posted by u/ForwardBackflip December 15, 2013
The waiter says “tell me when” and starts grating cheese. I never say when. Place fills with parmesan. Few make it out alive/

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relax your jaw and shoulders bestie
@sirapnwaffles
waitress asks me to say “when” then goes to grate fresh cheese on my salad. I never say when. room fills with parmesean. no one survives.
11:14 AM · Mar 16, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

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Best Date Food
@BestDateFood
Olive Garden waitress begins to freshly grate cheese onto my salad. I never say when. Room fills with Parmesan. No one survives.
2:07 PM · Mar 18, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

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Lee Farrell
@Lee_Farrell_
Olive Garden waitress begins to grate cheese onto my salad. I never say when to stop. The room fills up with parmesan. No one survives.
6:29 PM · Mar 20, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

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Logan 
@Logan13Lawrence
When the waiter says tell me when for the cheese what if I never say when and everyone drowns in cheese and I laugh as the room fills
7:44 PM · Apr 9, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

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👁‍🗨
@midi_v2
[Nightmare]
waitress asks me to say “when”
*grates parmesan on salad*
*I never say when*
*room fills with parmesan*
*no survivors*
8:15 PM · May 6, 2015·Buffer

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✨ Morgan ✨
@morganmoeller
Olive Garden waiter asks me to say “when” while he begins grating cheese. I never say when. Room fills with cheese. No one survives.
1:33 PM · Jun 21, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

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Enchantment
@sageandspirit2
Waitress says “Say When.” While grating my cheese. I never say when. The room fills with parmesan. There are no survivors.
3:11 PM · Apr 21, 2017·Twitter Web Client

Reddit—WritingPrompts
Posted by u/PMYourSSN October 26, 2017
[WP] Waitress says “Say when” while grating my cheese. I never say when. The room fills with parmesan. There are no survivors. (x-post from r/funny)

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Big Tucson Dad
@BigTucsonDad
Waitress begins grating Parmesan.
She says “say when”.
I never say when.
Room fills to the roof with cheese.
There are no survivors.
2:40 AM · Oct 26, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

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Timmy Seiler
@TimmySeiler
Waitress says “Say when” when grating my cheese. I never say when. The room fills with parmesan. There are no survivors.
11:04 AM · Oct 28, 2017·Twitter for Android

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Shaggs
@Shaggs_Well
The @olivegarden waitress asks me to say “when” then begins to freshly grate cheese on my salad, I never say when, room fills with Parmesan, no one survives.
7:10 PM · Feb 3, 2021·Twitter for Android

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Crashfox
@crashfoxcrypto
My waitress, grating parmesan cheese:  “Just say when”
I never say when.
The room fills with parmesan cheese…
There are no survivors.
11:56 PM · Mar 24, 2021·Twitter Web App

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Corey Hour
@CoreyHour
The waitress says “say when” while grating my cheese.
I never say when. The room fills with parmesan.
There are no survivors.
9:21 AM · Mar 30, 2021·Twitter Web App

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Evan Gantz
@evangantz
Waitress says “Say when” when grating my cheese. I never say when. The room fills with parmesan. There are no survivors.
3:03 PM · Oct 30, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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Psychic Pineapple
@PlayfulPyxie
Waitress says “Say when” when grating
my cheese. I never say when. The room
fills with parmesan. There are no survivors.
11:11 AM · Jul 9, 2022·Twitter for iPhone

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🤎🪐✨
@carlosnelsonx
Waitress says “Say when” when grating my cheese. I never say when. The room fills with parmesan. There are no survivors.
4:49 PM · Jul 10, 2022·Twitter for iPhone

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Mike Zunino Is Feeling Sly
@WyattSinclair
The waiter says “say when” when grating my parmesan. I never say when. The entire room is filled with cheese and everyone dies.
7:06 PM · Jul 11, 2022·Twitter for Android

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