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”
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.