I once worked as a cook in a cafateria style setting. We kept a plastic bottle of Hershey’s chocolate syrup next to the milk dispenser, so people could make their own chocolate milk. I had to clean and refill these bottles from large, gallon sized metal cans. It wasn’t my favorite task.
As an experiment, I began closing the spouts, and replacing the clear plastic lids that snap on top of them, every time I happened to walk by. Chocolate syrup consumption was cut by about 30%. It was just too much trouble to juggle a tray of food, open the bottle, and dispense the milk.
This experiment demonstrates that:
By making it a tiny bit more difficult, you can save dramatically on food costs (If you don’t think McD’s bean counters begrudge that ketchup, think again).
I do wierd things when I’m bored, and
I have no business working with the public.
“Oxen are slow, but the earth is patient.” – some Chinese guy