Getting A Piece Meal By Piecemeal, Part 2

, , , , | Right | December 29, 2020

I work at a burger chain. An elderly customer walks up.

Customer: “I’d like the ten-piece chicken.”

Me: “Oh, the ten-piece chicken nuggets?”

Customer: “No, I want the ten-piece chicken.”

Me: “That’s… pretty much the ten-piece chicken nuggets, sir. Or did you want the chicken fries?”

Customer: “No! I don’t want that tiny stuff; I want your chicken!”

I am assuming he’s confused the number of a combo with pieces somehow.

Me: “Were you looking for one of our chicken sandwiches, then?”

I start listing off those sandwiches.

Customer: “No! I want chicken! The… the thighs and the breast and whatnot!”

Me: “We don’t serve that here, sir.”

Customer: “Ridiculous. What kind of [Chicken Chain] doesn’t sell chicken?!”

Me: *Pauses* “This isn’t [Chicken Chain], sir; it’s [Burger Chain].”

The customer looks around for a few seconds and then leaves. About three minutes later, he shows up again.

Customer: “Do you know where [Chicken Chain] is?”

Me: “No, I don’t, sorry.”

He leaves again. Afterward, he comes in a couple of times a week, usually just ordering a burger or something. Nothing much happens until about a month after our exchange, at which point:

Customer: “Can I get some chicken?”

Me: “Sure, what kind?”

I list off the chicken sandwiches.

Customer: “No, I just want the chicken. Like the chicken thighs?”

Me: *Pauses* “Sir, this is [Burger Chain]; we don’t do just chicken.”

The customer looked around again before placing his regular order. Hopefully, he has someone to keep an eye on him.

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