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And the signal ran away with the spoon...

~Wednesday~  I had a delicious dinner at The Pit this evening, where I enjoyed the:

Chopped Barbecue - pit-cooked overnight, chopped and seasoned Eastern North Carolina style. $11.99

The food was good. The company was good. Then, what's the point of this post?" you ask.

So, one person in our party ordered unsweetened tea with no sugar, no lemon, and no straw. It did not come with a spoon.

At some point, a wait person came around and refilled this person's tea and that of another person at the table, both with sweetened tea.

When she was reminded that this person's tea was unsweetened, she replaced the offending sweetened tea with unsweetened tea, and placed a spoon beside his glass of unsweetened tea explaining, "That's our signal that it's unsweetened."

Okay, let's unpack that a little:

  1. Who thinks it's a good idea to have a "signal" based on something you have no control over? The spoon is clearly under the control of the customer, not the server.

  2. Assuming it was a good idea for some unfathomable reason, who thinks it's a good idea to make something a signal that needs to stay by a glass, but is something the customers might not use, thereby increasing the chances that they'd not only not aid and abet your scheme, but actually foil it by displacing your "signal?"

  3. Who thinks that even if the customers "knew the signal," they'd want to be bothered remembering that they need to put the spoon back in a "proper" place?

In other news, oh look, a new course is being offered!


Photo attribution: From Bill McMinn's Bill's Funny pages.

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(Anonymous)
Apr. 5th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
Signals
I've seen the sweet and unsweetened teas served in different colored glasses. And the unsweetened served with a lemon slice whilst the sweet wasn't. Which I don't understand either because I squeeze my lemon and discard the slice rather than dropping it in my glass. I don't know about the spoon signal. I would tend to move it away from my glass ... or give it to the grandkids to use or play with as a distraction!

Maybe before randomly filling your tea glass the waitperson should ask if you are drinking said "sweet" tea for confirmation.

And my question ... How is the bbq seasoned that makes it "Eastern North Carolina" style?

(too)
dailyafirmation
Apr. 6th, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Signals
Thanks for posting, Kathy. Eastern North Carolina Style means the BBQ sauce on it is vinegar-based. The other option they have there is honey-based.

Some of the other common variations of BBQ sauce styles are noted here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbecue_sauce#Variations.

Edited at 2012-04-06 01:43 pm (UTC)
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