Once upon a time, our friends thought it would be a good idea to get some Chinese take out on New Years Eve. I’m talking about the Canadian version of Chinese food such as fried rice and chicken balls with that red sauce. We thought we were smart by placing an order several hours in advance, since lots of people opt for take out on New Years Eve. I was selected by my peers to go and make the pickup and was expected to walk in, grab our food, and be home in 10 minutes. What actually happened was quite different. Upon pulling up to the restaurant I quickly realized that this was going to take a bit longer than 10 minutes.
The small restaurant was packed wall to wall with people waiting for their take out food. About half of these people had anticipated the wait and were silently standing by for their food. The other half were obviously in a rush and felt that it would be beneficial to yell at the restaurant staff.
Crazy Guy #1: “I ordered my food at 2 this afternoon… it should be ready for me to pick up!”.
Crazy Guy #2: “I hear ya buddy. What’s the point of calling ahead, if you’re just going to make us wait?!”.
Crazy Guy #1: “We want some sort of compensation!!!”.
Crazy Guy #2: “How dare they make us wait! Get ’em fellas!”
I’m not sure what these people were hoping to accomplish. Were they attempting to rally the rest of us into some sort of uprising? In the end, I waited for an hour for our food… no big deal in the grand scheme of things. If the worst thing going on in your life right now is waiting a bit longer for Chinese take out on their busiest day of the year, I think you’re doing all right. If your planning on ordering take out food tonight, plan to wait, and plan to encounter some interesting characters. Happy a safe and happy New Years! – Kevin