Saturday, November 24, 2012

Made From Scratch

Driving downtown we saw a sign in the window of our favorite “Famous Fast Food Joint” that said we could have a Free Made from Scratch biscuit today.

I have been told that these biscuits are made fresh every morning by specially trained bakers, who roll out the dough by hand and then bake the biscuits to a fluffy texture and golden-brown color. Kind of like the Keebler elves but with biscuits.

I think I even saw them unloading boxes marked “Biscuits” from the back of a freezer truck early one morning, and when I saw this scene I thought to myself “Man these bakers get to work early”
So with this said I just had to have me one of those biscuits, especially since they were free.

Needless to say there was a long line at the counter and about forty five minutes later we are finally next in line, an elderly couple ahead of us asked for their free Made From Scratch biscuit, and went on to ask if they were really made from scratch.

I swear employees began to dance around behind the counter singing praises of their signature made from scratch biscuits, I looked around to see if they were filming a commercial, but really think that either I had drifted off for a minute, or the kids behind the counter were just bored.

After the song and dance was over two steaming biscuits were placed on a tray, the elderly gentleman ordered two coffees to go along with their biscuits, and added that he wanted his Senior Discount.

All of a sudden it was a problem, now that he wanted a senior discount they had to ring up the biscuits and coffee separately, and since there were two of them they had to ring up the coffees separately to give two senior discounts, simply because the both of them wanted one.

Now the biscuits come in: How do I ring up these biscuits with a senior discount? The biscuits are free so why does it matter, it matters because we have to keep track of how many biscuits we give away, and if I give you a discount then it will look like I gave away more than we actually did.

The manager is called in and the button pushing began, the head scratching started and I saw a new version of made from scratch.

Ringing up a cup of coffee was easy with a senior discount, lets say for kicks that 10% is the senior discount and the coffee is a buck and a quarter, with the discount the price is now about a dollar and twelve cents.

With the biscuit being free and having a 10% discount still makes it free, but for the sake of inventory lets say the biscuit costs two dollars, to make it free you add a 100% discount, with the senior discount added on top that is 110%, you now have to give this man a free biscuit plus twenty cents.

When it came my turn I just got a blank stare when I asked if I could have a senior discount too.

Not only do you have to love free biscuits, they are much better with a senior discount.

28 comments:

  1. I just turned sixty a few weeks ago and I haven't used or been asked for a senior discount yet. I'm not sure how I'll handle it when offered.

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    1. Hi Stephen, When it is offered I say smile and say Thank you very much.

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  2. You are not old enough to take MY senior discount. And by the way, I just informed Stud that we need to start ASKING for our discounts. We're just so used to handing over money that we never think of it.

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    1. No but that's why I enjoy the blank stare when I mention it Ha Ha

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  3. As I was reading this, I was thinking two things:

    1. I really want one of those biscuits. They sound delicious.
    2. Would I want a senior discount after I was already getting something free? But I guess I probably would want to since I'm entitled to it and in this economy one has to save all they can, but sure sounds like a bit of a hassle.

    I honestly am looking forward to getting some of the items on the senior menus at some restaurants we go to. They always look so much more appetizing than some of the other choices :)

    have a great Sunday!

    betty

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    1. Hey Betty, Can't go wrong with a good old biscuit and a free one is even better :)

      We actually get offered a Senior discount from some of the younger folks at times, especially when we have Cindy's Dad with us, I say smile and take it.

      A Great Sunday to you too my Friend.

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  4. If I was going to stand in line for 45 minutes, they'd have to offer me way more than a biscuit!

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    1. Hi Ms. A, Either it was a very good biscuit or I exaggerated on the actual time, I'd have to say it was the latter Ha Ha

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  5. Discount or no discount, a 45 minute wait for a free biscuit (nice as it looked) would put me off. I hate standing in queues. In any case, I would be totally unable to work out the true cost.... I've no head for figures. I could use a calculator, I guess ... grins.

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    1. Hi Valerie, I am a patient person for the most part but get tired in a line quickly, I didn't see where there was an actual problem because free is free in my opinion, but sometimes it's easy for some to over think simple things :)

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  6. I, too, enjoy a New Jersey made by machine then frozen and shipped across country but made from scratch biscuit! I'm always amazed how much simpler computerized cash registers make it for minimum wage workers, too!

    This is what we call progress!

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    1. I do like there "Made From Scratch" biscuits too but in the back of my mind I know that they could be called "Fresh From The Freezer" :^0

      I also think we are doing our youth a more harm than good by making things so easy, the computer does all the calculating for them thus making it so none can actually count back change anymore.

      Yes I am afraid this is what we are calling progress.

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  7. I love biscuits, too, but not enough to wait 45 minutes. If they'll throw in some gravy, 42 maybe. :)

    S

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    1. Yes Sir, the gravy would make all the difference in the world :)

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  8. I might just have to pose this problem at my next math tutoring session!

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    1. Hi Abby, This one would be food for thought so to say, throw it out there and see how they calculate this equation.

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  9. I'm a great bargain hunter, but I do calculate the value of my time. Forty-five minutes is a long time for a biscuit! Now if they were dark chocolate truffles...

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    1. Anything covered in chocolate is well worth the wait :) now I wonder if a chocolate covered biscuit would work Ha Ha

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  10. Oh, no doubt about it, EVERYTHING goes better with a senior discount. And I'm not too proud to ask for it.

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    1. Hey Susan, I say if they offer it then take advantage of it :) Cindy actually gets the discount more than I simply due to being with her clients, me only when I am with her Dad, he gets a kick when they offer it to me but not him Ha Ha

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  11. If you add my husband and my ages together we equal one senior, I always think when we go in together, that we should get a half a discount, but the restaurants do not see it that way.

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    1. Hi Rachael, I can see where half a discount would be in order here, too bad the restaurants are narrow minded :)

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  12. as a waitress i recognized the seniors were the worst tippers...even worse than than the teens! but as a consumer I
    I would never buy anything at all! without a discount...so now I try and overly tip the servers and give cashiers and waiters a heads up that they will probably need a manager to override all my discounts.

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    1. Hi Annmarie, I have no problem taking advantage of discounts, but at the same time believe in tipping your servers generously :)

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  13. I used to think made from scratch cakes were the kind you baked from the box. I mean you mix it all up with the ingredients, so that is home-made to me.....my husband set me straight. But still, if I make it from the box. By golly it is home-made. HA.

    I hope that biscuit was good, Jimmy. And just think you helped that employee learn how to do Senior discounts better. :-)

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    1. "But still, if I make it from the box. By golly it is home-made" I can't argue with you on this one Angelia :) after all you did make it at home.

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  14. Personally, I would have been a bit ashamed to ask for a discount after getting something for nothing, but I guess if you can get MORE something for nothing, why not? There are benefits to aging!

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    1. Hi Jim, I still see it that 10% taken away from zero is still zero, I think some of these guys do this just to see if the younger generation is listening Ha Ha

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