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    What You See Is What You Can’t Comprehend

    | Worcestershire, UK, USA |

    (The hotel was hosting a conference. At lunchtime, I was serving at the dessert table which had a variety of different desserts and a large fruit bowl with a pineapple as the centerpiece.)

    Man: “Is that pineapple real?”

    Me: “Huh? Oh, yes it is. We put it there just as decoration, but I could get the chef to cut it up for you if you’d like.”

    Man: “No, I just wondered…. How about those apples, are they real?”

    Me: “Yes they are; all the fruit is real. Actually, we aren’t allowed to use fake fruit in decorating here anymore.”

    Man: “Really? Why not?”

    Me: “Because people kept trying to eat them and hurt their mouths.”

    Man: “You’re joking! How could they not tell the difference?”

    Me: “I…don’t know sir. Did you want any dessert?”

    Man: “Um…are the strawberries real?”

    Me: “Yes, sir.”

    Man: “Hm, they look pretty real. I’ll have some of those.”