restaurant---dining out stupidity, read and go ahead admit it--it is u?????
• Cambridge, England
2 Apr 07
I agree that customers - people - do phrase their thoughts in peculiarly inane ways sometimes. I was for a long time a bookseller and sat in a room where every wall, floor to ceiling, was covered in books. It was quite evident that it was a shop, too, but I had a handful of customers every year whose first question was "Do you sell books?" Your customer meant to say, of course, "I like ranch dressing, can you supply it?" and you (interpreting what he said as that) should have replied "No sir, we don't have that as standard but it won't take a moment to make it for you specially." That customer MAY have been impressed enough to come back and to tell his friends what a good restaurant yours is. I have heard on a number of occasions a shop proprietor respond "No, I'm sorry we never stock that. You are the third person today to ask." Which makes me feel that perhaps it would be reasonable for the shop to consider stocking that item. How much extra work would it be to include Ranch Dressing in your list?