Having Your Cake and Eating it Too

Aug 7th, 2003 | Filed under Ranting

You know, I never did understand that particular saying. I realize the implication is that having your cake means that if you were to eat your cake, then you would no longer "have your cake." What the heck is that?! I mean, the reason you have a cake in the first place is to eat it, isn’t it?! Isn’t it?! When was the last time you had a piece of cake sitting in front of you and you said to your self, "You know what, I have this cake, but I can’t eat it because I would no longer have it." Some things just don’t make any sense to me. Maybe there is a deeper meaning here…

All this talking about food reminds me of an incident I had at Arby‘s the other day. I was with one of my friends and I ordered the Pot Roast Sandwich Combo ($6.59). As usual, I did a quick calculation of what it should cost after 8.25% sales tax – my estimate: $7.15. When the cashier rang me up, she said I owed $7.35. I gave her the money while I double-checked in my head what went wrong. Everything seemed right, so I asked her if she made a mistake. She assured me that she did everything right and even asked the manager. I was pretty hungry, so I just gave them a funny look, picked up my food, and said, "Forget about it" and went to sit down. I didn’t really feel like arguing over 20 cents.

After eating for a bit, the cashier came to my table and said, "I’m sorry. I made a mistake when I input the order. Here is your 20 cents." I was pretty surprised and impressed that she even bothered. Maybe it was because I made a fuss with the manager, but I certainly didn’t expect it, especially from a fast-food restaurant. I was definitely happy to be vindicated; it wasn’t about the money, it was the principle of admitting that you made a mistake that is important here. One thing I really hate, is when someone tries to convince me that I am wrong, when I know that I am right…

Note: I checked the math, and it seems that they were still wrong – the total should’ve been $7.13. They still owe me 2 cents >.< Apparently, I still need more practice with my math skills…

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