Last week I took
some friends out to a restaurant, and noticed that the waiter who took our
order carried a spoon in his shirt pocket. It seemed a little strange, but
i ignored it. However, when the busboy brought out water and utensils, i
noticed he also had a spoon in his shirt pocket. I then looked around the
room and noticed that all the waitpersons had a spoon in their pocket.
When the waiter came back to check on our order i asked: "Why the spoon?"
"Well,the restaurant owner hired Andersen Consulting,experts in efficiency, in order to revamp all our processes. After several months of statistical analyses, they concluded that customers drop their spoons 73.84% more ofter than any other utensil. This represents a drop frequency of approximately 3 spoons per table per hour. If our personnel is prepared to deal with that contingency, we can reduce the number of trips back to the kitchen and save 1.5 man-hours per shift."
Suddenly, we heard a metallic sound from behind me. Quickly, the waiter replaced the dropped spoon with the one in his pocket . I was rather impressed. But after that, i noticed there was a very thin string haging out of the waiter's fly.Looking around, I noticed that all the waiters had the same string hang from their fly. I asked the waiter.. "Excuse me, but can you tell me why you have that string right there?" The waiter explain that "The consulting firm i mentioned, also found out that we can save time in the restroom. "How so?"
By tying this string to the tip of... you know... we can pull it out over the urinal without touching it and that way eliminate the need to wash the hands, shortening the time spent in the restroom by 76.39%
O.K., that makes sense, but... if the string helps you get it out, "how do you put it back in?"
"Well,"he whispered, lowering his voice even further,"I don't know about the others...but i use the spoon."