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Thursday, May 5, 2011

The New Math

Scene: The supermarket deli counter.

Finally it's my turn.  I say to the deli counter assistant person very clearly "I would like one pound of chicken salad please" She repeated "one pound of chicken salad"

She proceeds to grab a container and start CRAMMING chicken salad into it until it's really really FULL.  In my mind I KNOW it's more than one pound.  Onto the scale it goes.  Total weight: 2.73 pounds.

Deli Counter assistant says to me "is it ok if it's a little over a pound?"

When I say "no I want one pound please" she gives ME a dirty look! Then proceeds to almost empty the container.  Total weight this time 0.47 pounds.  She looks at me.  I again say "One pound please"  More gets spooned in - total weight now - 1.89.  Now I'm just on a roll.  "One pound please".  At this point she grabs another container - a smaller one - you know, the one that on the display says ONE POUND and fills that.  Total weight? 1.03 pounds.  Yet another validation of my theory that when people leave their homes and end up in a grocery store they somehow become mentally challenged.

5 comments:

Derby, Ducky said...

They must really have wanted to get rid of the chicken salad that day.

I have two local grocery stores, I like ham salad. The one has started to to so much mayo in it I won't buy it. I was ham salad, not mayo salad with a splash of ham.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a purrrrrfect theory ;-)

chezcat1970 said...

I'd laugh, but I've been through this scenario several times myself. I actually have come to expect bad service.

barb @iPhoneographi said...

I got ham and cheese at the deli the other day. I asked for a pound of each. She sliced the ham with no problem but the cheese weighed in at just over 3/4 of a pound. She asked if that was OK or did I want her to slice more? What does this woman have against cheese?

David, Egypt & The Musketeers said...

You're being too hard on the deli counter person. Those 1-lb container and the 3-lb container get to looking so much alike when you're staring them all day long.

One time, I got 3 lbs of home fries for the price of 1 lb and 12 pieces of chicken (the big meaty pieces) for the price of 6 pieces (drumsticks). It was like hitting big on lotto. Dino and Pebbles enjoyed the chicken bounty quite a bit. :)