Comments: At the Automat

Oh, dear. I've been more or less behind that counter (though I don't have your lunch at my fingertips). After several hours behind the cash register during what we off-campus bookstore employees called "textbook rush" (though neither exhiliration nor Geddy Lee generally ensued), we were likely to unintentionally pepper our noxious spiel with repeated queries as to the customer's level of interest in receiving his or her books within the confines of a shopping bag:

"Your total is $249.57, and we'll need ID with that check."
"Okay."
"And did you want a bag with that?"
"Nah."
"And this coupon will entitle you to a free slice of pizza."
"Cool."
"And did you need a bag?"
"No thanks."
"Did I already ask you that?"
"Kind of."
"Oh! I almost forgot: Here's a postcard you can mail in to get a store membership card and score some discounts."
"Whatever."
"And there's your receipt. Have a great semester! Do you need a bag?"
"Dude . . ."

Posted by Jonathan Caws-Elwitt at June 26, 2007 10:30 PM

There's still the possibility that pizza guy has been lifted out of a really cruel logic puzzle. "The residents of this pizzeria will alternate between following and not following your requests."

Of course, you'll have to convince him to ask a different question at that point in the transaction to be sure.

Posted by Robert Hutchinson at June 26, 2007 10:43 PM
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