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They Rib You About It Every Few Years

, , , , | Right | January 15, 2021

I am at a fast food restaurant. Every couple of years, they have a specialty sandwich that I am very fond of. In my town, we have five of this restaurant chain, and I find out that this year, only one of the locations — the one farthest from me — is participating in the newest rerelease of the sandwich. As I don’t drive, I go out of my way in a rideshare to visit the restaurant two days after the sandwich is supposed to be in stores.

Me: “I’d like the combo with two [Sandwiches], please.”

Employee: “Er, see that truck out there?” *Points* “That’s all of our [Sandwiches]. They just got here, late. This evening is the earliest we’ll be able to sell them.”

I am probably visibly massively disappointed.

Me: “Oh. Darn. Y’all are the only [Restaurant] in town doing them this year, and I probably won’t make it back again before they’re off sale since I live on the other side of town. We’re moving out of the country in the spring and they don’t ever sell them where we’re moving, so I guess that’s the end of my [Sandwich]-eating days!”

I laugh a little.

Me: “I’ll have the [chicken nuggets meal], instead, then.” 

I take my food and go sit at a table, reading on my phone while I eat. After about ten minutes, the employee approaches my table and leans in to speak quietly.

Employee: “We just unloaded the first boxes of [Sandwiches]. My manager said if you want a few, we can go ahead and give them to you early.”

Me: “Oh, my gosh, that would be great! I just need two; I’ll come up and pay for them now!” 

Employee: “No, no, she said we’ll give them to you for being so patient and because you spent more than you would if we’d had the [Sandwich] combo meals ready to go.”

They did give me two sandwiches free, and they were delicious the next day. I honestly think it was less about the money I’d spent and more about the fact that I hadn’t thrown a tantrum, but either way, their kindness made my day!


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