and I went
to T.B. O'McFlynnagans for a fairly late lunch/early dinner. We were sat
near the back of the restaurant and while dining, we couldn't but help
overhear their general staff meeting (since the restaurant was nearly empty
“We're discontinuing the World Trade Center promotion,” said the manager.
“T.B. O'McFlynnagans just donated over a million dollars toward the relief
fund, which is more than any other restaurant has done.”
“But, like, what if one of the, like, customers, asks, or something?”
asked one of the waitrons.
“Just tell them T.B. O'McFlynnagans has dontated over a million dollars.
No other chain has matched that. For instance, XXXXXXXXXX grosses only three or four thousand dollars,
and at ten percent, that isn't much money. Heck, today we might gross six
thousand, and at 10% it isn't that much. So just tell the customer that we
gave over a million dollars. Okay?” I'm guessing heads nodded, as I was
actually facing away from the meeting.
“Okay. Now, the flags are coming down,” said the manager. I looked
around the bar area, and taped all around it were American paper flags;
every visible surface area had a paper flag covering it. “They've been up
since the attack, and I think it's been long enough.”
“So, dude, can we, like, keep them, dude?” asked another waitron.
“Yes. If you want.” Pause, while I assume the manager was looking over
the assembled workers. “So, we're no longer doing the promotion and if
customers complain, oh well. And the flags are coming down. Anything
else?” Apparently not, for the meeting ended right there.
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