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Discussion in 'The Lighter Side' started by mdj1, Nov 25, 2003.

  1. mdj1

    mdj1

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    > > Last week, we took some friends out to a new
    > restaurant, and noticed
    > > that the waiter who took our order carried a spoon
    > in his shirt
    > pocket.
    > > It seemed a little strange.
    > >
    > > When the busboy brought our water and utensils, I
    > noticed he also
    > had a
    > > spoon in his shirt pocket. Then I looked around saw
    > that all the
    > staff
    > > had spoons in their pockets.
    > >
    > > When the waiter came back to serve our soup I
    > asked, "Why the
    > spoon?"
    > >
    > > "Well,"he explained, "the restaurant's owners hired
    > Andersen
    > Consulting
    > > to revamp all our processes. After several months
    > of analysis, they
    > > concluded that the spoon was the most frequently
    > dropped utensil. It
    > > represents a drop frequency of approximately 3
    > spoons per table per
    > > hour. If our personnel are better prepared, we can
    > reduce the number
    > of
    > > trips back to the kitchen and save 15 man-hours per
    > shift."
    > >
    > > As luck would have it, I dropped my spoon and he
    > was able to replace
    > it
    > > with his spare.
    > >
    > > "I'll get another spoon next time I go to the
    > kitchen instead of
    > making
    > > an extra trip to get it right now."
    > >
    > > I was impressed. I also noticed that there was a
    > string hanging out
    > of
    > > the waiter's fly.
    > >
    > > Looking around, I noticed that all the waiters had
    > a similar string
    > > hanging from their flies.
    > >
    > > So before he walked off, I asked the waiter,
    > "Excuse me, but can you
    > > tell me why you have that string right there?"
    > >
    > > "Oh, certainly!" Then he lowered his voice. "Not
    > everyone is so
    > > observant. That consulting firm I mentioned also
    > found out that we
    > can
    > > save time in the restroom. By tying this string to
    > the tip of you
    > know
    > > what, we can pull it out without touching it and
    > eliminate the need
    > to
    > > wash our hands, shortening the time spent in the
    > restroom by 76.39
    percent."

    "After you get it out, how do you put it back?"

    "Well," he whispered, "I don't know about the
    others, but I use the
    spoon."