A Play in One Act
July 19, 2012 1 Comment
I posted this at Lousy Canuck, in response to the most recent entry in the harassment tragicomedy of errors, which only gets worse the more you learn. But because I’m easily impressed with my own cleverness, I decided to make it a blog post here, too. For posterity.
I like the logic of “damned if they do, damned if they don’t.” Imagine, if you will, the JREFstaurant.
MAITRE D’J: Welcome, sir, to the JREFstaurant.
PATRON: Thanks, I read some reviews and–
MAITRE D’J: Anything bad you’ve heard about our food is clearly the fault of some well-meaning food critics who are engaged in some distasteful cafeteria banter after they willingly ate their food and thought the price was too “steep.”
PATRON: What I read was actually pretty positive, except–
MAITRE D’J: Controversialist food bloggers, looking for better circulation! There has never been a report of food poisoning at the JREFstaurant!
PATRON 2: Wait a minute, I got food poisoning here last week! You helped me to the bathroom!
MAITRE D’J: I thought you just had the stomach flu. You didn’t think it was important at the time to say it was food poisoning.
PATRON: Didn’t I hear about a food poisoning case here a couple of months ago? They even made documented reports.
MAITRE D’J: Your table’s over there. I’m going into the back now, and you won’t see me for the rest of your meal.
[PATRON sits and reads the menu. WAITER enters to serve them]
WAITER: What would you like to order, sir?
PATRON: Actually, your menu doesn’t seem to have any food information on it. Just this long welcome note.
WAITER: I assure you, we have nineteen specially-prepared chefs in back to take care of your order.
PATRON: Yes, but if there’s no food on the menu, how do I know what to order?
WAITER: Putting food options on the menu might be a serious waste of time! Do you have any evidence that putting food options on the menu makes people more likely to order something?
PATRON: But all other restaurants do it.
WAITER: See, that’s just an argument from popularity. Surely you expect the JREFstaurant to have higher standards. Besides, what if we put these food options on the menu, and someone wants an item that’s slightly different? Or worse, what if they ordered the wrong thing?
PATRON: That doesn’t seem like it’s much of a problem.
WAITER: You’re just some kind of foodinazi! I mean, I’m not saying you’re a Nazi, but you know who puts food options on menus? Nazis.
PATRON: Okay…can I get a sandwich?
WAITER: Fine, I guess.
[WAITER leaves, and returns a few minutes later with a sandwich on a platter.]
WAITER: Your sandwich. Happy?
PATRON: Wait, what is this? Why does it smell so bad? [Picks up one of the bread slices] Is this what I think it is?
WAITER: It’s a sandwich, just like you ordered.
PATRON: It’s shit!
WAITER: What foul language!
PATRON: No, this is a shit sandwich. It’s dung on toast!
WAITER: Look, you ordered a sandwich. I gave you a sandwich. It’s got stuff between two slices of bread, therefore, a sandwich.
PATRON: But it’s a shit sandwich.
WAITER: Jeez, there’s just no pleasing you people!