I admit that I've done and said some pretty stupid things in my lifetime, but I pride myself on having a pretty healthy stash of common sense. At my last job, there were all sorts of stupid people who were either just completely stupid or just had no common sense. Now, I don't have a degree, but I can figure things out pretty quickly and can recognise that life has provided enough lessons and examples that I should've learnt something from. Like not ending a sentence with a dangling participle, which I just did.
It was a daily occurrence for any one of us to drop into the middle of a completely inane conversation inb the lunchroom. It just so happened that on this particular day when I was making a pot of coffee, I was privvy to one of the most incredibly dopey interactions I ever had at this job. To protect the identities of the ignorant, I will refrain from using their names give them new monikers for the point of storytelling.
Gary Coleman: Oh, my God, gurl... I. Love. Love. Love that Chinese buffet up the street. I think I'm-a go get take out from them today. You wanna go?
Princess Glitterbomb: Maybe-- but wait-- I thought you said this was a buffet!
Gary Coleman: It is!
Princess Glitterbomb: Well, okaaaaaaaaaay... but how do you do take out from a buffet??
Gary Coleman: You get a styrofoam container and just put the food into it from the buffet and then you weigh it before you pay.
Princess Glitterbomb: Why do you have to weigh it?
Gary Coleman: Because they price it by the pound.
Princess Glitterbomb: Oh. But what happens if you get more than a pound?!!! Do you have to put the food back?
Princess Glitterbomb: WHAAAAAAT??!!!
Me: If it is $4.99 per pound and you get more than a pound, the scale does the math and you pay whatever that little bit more costs. Haven't you ever bought anything at the supermarket deli counter or from the produce section??!!
Princess Glitterbomb: Well, yeah! But when I go, I just tell them to give me a pound and I get a pound!!
Me: Exactly? Every time? Never under or over?
Princess Glitterbomb: I dunno! I never pay attention!!
Me: Hmmmmm... well, it looks like the coffee is done brewing. Talk to you guys later and have a great lunch. Bye!
One final note: "Princess Glitterbomb" is proud of herself and loved talking about how she has a degree and I don't. Sure, kid. Well, at least I understand the concept of how pricing by the pound works. Yikes.