I'd Need A Calculator
This past Saturday I stopped in at one of those franchise hamburger chain places to grab a late lunch to take home. The name of the place is really not important because it could have happened just about anywhere. I was craving the unique taste of those thin little cheeseburgers and some of their signature skinny fries.
The girl said, “That'll be $5.62”. I gave her a twenty. In the next 2 seconds, realizing I had ALL of this change, and didn't want anymore, I pulled 3 quarters out of my pocket and slid them over to her. She looked at them and said...
“IT'S TOO LATE, I ALREADY PUNCHED IT IN, AND I WOULD NEED A CALCULATOR.”
You can imagine my shock and amazement. “Just give me $15.13,” I said. She snapped back with, “How do I know that's correct?” Of course that's what I do, I travel the neighborhoods popping into chain restaurants trying to rip off unsuspecting high school students at their parttime jobs. (I didn't say that. I just wished I had.)
NOTE: This staffer did nothing wrong. She was likely following her training, something she had learned far better than her math obviously. She could not, or would not make a last second play “at the till” to give me a different set of change than the machine had told her to. I almost walked out, but I really wanted those cheeseburgers and fries.
Some might say, why learn math when there are machines that will do it for you. Math, taught properly in the school system, teaches us many things far beyond 2 + 2. We learn a system of logic and practical thinking, skills this worker was devoid of. This didn't totally ruin my fast food experience. As a matter of fact I look forward to returning to that same location in the future when perhaps Brianne is the McManager. LEAVE COMMENTS.
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