‘Tom’s don’t play’: This progressive restaurant is charging people extra for asking a stupid question.
When you were little, your parents probably told you things like “There is no such thing as a stupid question” just to encourage your curiosity. However, if you have experience working with customers in the service industry, you have definitely realized by now that your parents were lying. There are a plethora of dumb questions a customer could ask, and this restaurant has come up with an awesome solution to handle the issue.
The Denver-based restaurant Tom’s Diner started charging its visitors extra for asking something stupid.
A Reddit user posted a photo of the bill from their visit to the diner, showing charges for their meal, including a section called ‘Stupid Question’ that costs $0.38.
Many netizens suggested the extra charge was a mistake. However, it turned out that this humorous incident wasn’t a one-time thing, as ‘Stupid Question’ was actually listed on the menu.
The cheeky menu item wasn’t added in a malicious manner – it was just for fun.
Manager Hunter Landry told TODAY Food:
“It’s meant to be playful. It’s good to keep things light in today’s world. When we have a good fun table that engages with us or when they ask about the charge, it’s always fun to add it on.”
According to the restaurant’s manager, a stupid question can be, “Does the ice have any water in it?” Believe it or not, there are people who are actually asking those things.
At first, the price for the bizarre item $0.48, but, as Hunter jokingly says, they “didn’t want to gauge people”.
Turns out, that’s not the only cheeky menu option. Two years ago, the diner added some “Healthy Options,” including “Skip Your Next Meal” and “Walk Home”. Those two items are charged “$ Money Saved Well” and “$ Priceless”.
The manager explained:
“It’s all about not taking yourself too seriously. We’re not here for a long time, so let’s enjoy ourselves and try to make the most of this life.”