Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Jersey Diners are Great, But...

When you do the right thing and order spinach instead of potatoes and toast, there's something uniquely annoying about a waitress saying slightly sarcastically, "that's a really healthy meal".

The other thing that drives me _nuts_ is the stupid awkard interaction about the upcharge for a vegetable.  If you say "Could I have spinach instead of potatoes and toast", you have to engage in this embarrasing, complex negotiation.  I have resorted to just saying "Hold the potatoes and toast, and give me a side of spinach."  Avoiding the pain point and the embarrasement of seeming like you are trying to get something for nothing is more important to me than the stupid $1 up charge.

It's funny how even a small amount of friction reinforces bad behavior.