25 July 2010
At my favorite burrito stand, there are 3 choices for vegetarian burritos on the menu:
Vegetarian with avocado or sour cream $3.50
Vegetarian with avocado and sour cream $4.00
I always get a vegetarian with avocado, no sour cream, minus lettuce. Who wants hot lettuce mixed with beans and rice? Gack. Not me.
You'd think that would be somewhere around $3.75, California being a 7.something percent tax state.
Wrong. My burrito comes out to $4.62.
"Um, why it is $4.62 when a vegetarian burrito with avocado is $3.50 on the menu?"
"Avocado is 75 cents extra."
"But it says on the menu, vegetarian with avocado..."
"Look," she points out. "Under sides, it says, 'Avocado, 75 cents."
"Yes, but the menu SAYS vegetarian with avocado is $3.50."
"But avocado is 75 cents extra."
I stood back. I could see that my line of reasoning was going nowhere. It was time to try a different tack.
"Ok, so if I order a vegetarian burrito with avocado WITHOUT avocado, what do I get?"
"A vegetarian burrito with guacamole."
She said this as if it were the most obvious freaking thing in the whole world. Like, duh, you dumbass customer lady.
"So a vegetarian burrito with avocado WITHOUT avocado is what I want, for $3.50."
"Okay!" she agreed.
Next week I am going to try ordering a vegetarian burrito with sour cream WITHOUT sour cream. Any bets on what I will get?