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    Some Things Just Don’t Add Up, Part 2

    | Fresno, CA, USA | Food & Drink

    (I am working as the host at a family restaurant. It’s particularly busy night, so I am taking down names on the wait list.)

    Me: “Hey, how’s it going?”

    Customer: “It’s going to be 6 with 2 kids.”

    Me: “So, a total of 6 people?”

    Customer: “No, 8!”

    Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am. Okay, a total of 8. I got you down.”

    (Their party has to wait for around 30 minutes to be seated. Right after we seat them, the woman comes back up to the front.)

    Customer: “Um, excuse me! How do you expect us to fit at this table?!”

    Me: “Well, that table can usually hold 8 people. It seats four on one side, and four on the other.”

    Customer: “But we have 13 people!”

    Me: “Ma’am, when I asked you the total amount of people, you told me 8.”

    Customer: “No, I told you 8 adults and 3 children!”

    Me: “But that only adds up to 11–”

    Customer: “That doesn’t matter! We can’t fit!”

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