Years ago, I had a friend (Fred…yes, really) who would regularly crack me up by doing rather odd things. He loved to harass McDonalds, for some strange reason. As an example, he once bought an uncut sheet of $5 bills (did you know you could do that? I didn’t, at the time.) Then he went into a McD’s, ordered a Bic Mac, took out a pair of scissors and clipped off a $5 bill. The look on that poor kid’s face when he handed the bill to him is something I will always remember. Poor kid…
Anyway, we were in a Dave & Busters in Philadelphia (note: I LOVE D&B’s…they are a great franchise!! Check them out…) and were playing pool. We were trying to get a drink, but the waitress kept walking past us. A standard situation in restaurants, one that happens all the time. It didn’t seem too busy, though, and we were starting to get a little irritated (thirsty, too). What to do, what to do…well, I was about to walk over to the bar counter (maybe 20 feet away) and just ask for assistance. Fred, though, would have none of it. His position was that THEY were supposed to come to US. Which is true; but hey, what’s the diff? I wanted a beer, dammit!!! So Fred pulled out his cell phone, called information and got the number to D&B’s. Then he called the front desk; and when they answered, he said “Hey, what do we gotta do to get a drink around here?!” I was mortified. The manager was over to us in about 15 seconds, and I thought were going to get thrown out. But the manager (who was laughing) gave us a free round and stopped the time on the table! So we played pool free the rest of the night.
Buying several more rounds along the way. Fred, I truly do miss you!
My question, then, is this: what other examples of unique problem-solving can you share? Just make them of mundane, everyday-type problems. I don’t want to hear about any Middle East solutions in here…been beat to death on many other threads, anyway!