Thursday, 29 September 2011

Service economy

Picture a cafe on the fringes of Exmoor. Beautiful situation, strange proprietor.

Customer : "I see you have ham egg and chips?"

Waiter     : "Yes"

Customer : "I don't eat ham - may I just have egg and chips please?"

Waiter      : "It's ham egg and chips."

Customer : "I know - I don't mind paying the full price - just leave out the ham."

Waiter      : "We don't do that - it's ham egg and chips."

Customer : "I'm willing to pay for the ham - just leave off my plate."

Waiter     : "We can't - it's ham egg and chips - we don't do it without the ham."

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