We all ask dumb questions. And if you’ve ever worked in a restaurant, you’ll know that customers can ask the dumbest questions of all. But, the customer is always right and instead of rolling your eyes, you have to answer and smile sweetly.
Tom’s Diner in Denver, Colorado, is making light of this common occurrence by putting ‘stupid questions’ on the menu. They’re giving customers the opportunity to purchase a stupid question for the low, low price of $0.38.
The charge takes the pain out of having to answer stupid questions for free – and the aim is to make customers think before asking something silly, patronising or downright stupid.
‘It’s just a bit of fun,’ server Sandra told Metro.co.uk. ‘It’s funny and lighthearted and is just meant to make the customers smile. We have lots of silly things on our menu like that.’
But it’s no laughing matter – particularly if you have lots of stupid questions up your sleeve – because the charge will actually show up on your bill. This playful eating establishment also offers a ‘walk home’ as one of the items on their healthy menu. But luckily, customers can order this for free.
Manager Hunter Landry told Today Food that one of the favourite questions he loves to charge for is; ‘Does the ice have any water in it?’ – if you’re asking that, you deserve to be charged to be honest. One customer shared a picture of his bill on Reddit and plenty of people waded in with their opinions on the tongue-in-cheek charge. ‘They charge you 38 cents? Sh*t, if I charged for every stupid question I was asked, I’d be f*ckin’ rich,’ said one user. ‘I go there all the time with my buddies! Good food and good people. Don’t get hung up over a funny joke,’ said another. One former employee piped up to clarify how the charge actually works in practice: Servers didn’t actually put this on the bill unless a customer requested it. ‘It was on the menu for entertainment value,’ they explains.
‘A lot of times, customers would be disappointed at not being charged for asking a stupid question so they’d ask and a server would then add it. ‘The ultimate stupid question, “Why didn’t you charge me more money?”.’ If you’ve worked in any kind of service position you will have plenty of experience dealing with less than intelligent questions. Some people on the Reddit thread went on to share some of their own experiences. ‘I heard lots of them when I worked at Taco Cabana,’ shared one Reddit user. ‘”How many flautas come in a three-pack?” and “Do you have those sandwich things?” He meant tacos. Why would a place called Taco Cabana sell those?’ Another was asked: ‘What’s the difference between a cheeseburger and a burger?’ Come on now.