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mdj1
11-24-2003, 23:13
> > Last week, we took some friends out to a new
> restaurant, and noticed
> > that the waiter who took our order carried a spoon
> in his shirt
> pocket.
> > It seemed a little strange.
> >
> > When the busboy brought our water and utensils, I
> noticed he also
> had a
> > spoon in his shirt pocket. Then I looked around saw
> that all the
> staff
> > had spoons in their pockets.
> >
> > When the waiter came back to serve our soup I
> asked, "Why the
> spoon?"
> >
> > "Well,"he explained, "the restaurant's owners hired
> Andersen
> Consulting
> > to revamp all our processes. After several months
> of analysis, they
> > concluded that the spoon was the most frequently
> dropped utensil. It
> > represents a drop frequency of approximately 3
> spoons per table per
> > hour. If our personnel are better prepared, we can
> reduce the number
> of
> > trips back to the kitchen and save 15 man-hours per
> shift."
> >
> > As luck would have it, I dropped my spoon and he
> was able to replace
> it
> > with his spare.
> >
> > "I'll get another spoon next time I go to the
> kitchen instead of
> making
> > an extra trip to get it right now."
> >
> > I was impressed. I also noticed that there was a
> string hanging out
> of
> > the waiter's fly.
> >
> > Looking around, I noticed that all the waiters had
> a similar string
> > hanging from their flies.
> >
> > So before he walked off, I asked the waiter,
> "Excuse me, but can you
> > tell me why you have that string right there?"
> >
> > "Oh, certainly!" Then he lowered his voice. "Not
> everyone is so
> > observant. That consulting firm I mentioned also
> found out that we
> can
> > save time in the restroom. By tying this string to
> the tip of you
> know
> > what, we can pull it out without touching it and
> eliminate the need
> to
> > wash our hands, shortening the time spent in the
> restroom by 76.39
percent."

"After you get it out, how do you put it back?"

"Well," he whispered, "I don't know about the
others, but I use the
spoon."