(Time) Zoning Out

, | Palmerston North, New Zealand | Working | March 1, 2013

(I work at a popular fast food outlet which uses a simple P, U, D (Prep, Use, Discard) system to time products kept out on the boards. I pull out a new carton of tomatoes and catch my very new coworker staring at it a few moments later.)

Me: “[Coworker], something up?”

Coworker: “It’s not 11 am, is it? Because I came on at 1pm.”

Me: “No, it’s quarter to two. Why?”

(She turns the carton towards me, and I see “P: 11 am”.)

Coworker: “This says it’s 11 am!”

Me: “…[Coworker], that’s not a clock.”

(She stares at it for a moment, and then looks back at me.)

Me: “P means ‘Prep.’ It’s not the actual time.”

Coworker: *sheepishly* “Oh, I thought the P stood for ‘Palmerston North’ time…”

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