One morning a couple of weeks ago, I went to the deli/convenience store across the street and ordered a sesame bagel with butter. “Sesame bagel with butter” was the exact phrase I used to order it.
On the way to work I unwrapped it and took a bite… margarine. Okay, maybe the guy just made a mistake.
So I’m back there last week, and this time I say “Do you have real butter, or just margarine?” The guy replies “Sure, we have real butter!” like it’s a silly question, I mean what kind of a crappy store would sell bagels but not have real butter, right? I order a sesame bagel with real butter, and that is what I get. It’s good, and I enjoy it.
Now this morning I go back again and order a sesame bagel with butter. I didn’t say “real butter”, because I figure by saying “butter” they would know I didn’t mean “margarine” and besides, we’d been through this once before, same guy and everything.
So what does he give me? Margarine.
These are not isolated incidents. I’ve had the same experience at more than one Dunkin Donuts as well.
Who are these people who don’t know that margarine is not butter? Do they actually think they taste the same? Or have the same texture? What do they think of us people who only like real butter? Do they think we’re super picky food-snobs, like people who will walk out of a restaurant in a huff if they don’t have authentic imported organic free-range mayonaisse?
I’m waiting for the day when I go into a shop and order a bagel, and they give me a round piece of cardboard with a hole in it. “Oh, you didn’t say you wanted a real bagel!”