For the past few months, I’ve been once-a-weeking for lunch at a take-out place, ordering their chicken fingers and fries. I notice that there are two people who work there, however only one at a time. The guy who works there gives me five chicken fingers and a heaping helping of crispy fries. The girl who works there gives me not so many fries that are not so crispy and only four chicken fingers.
The discrepency in the amount of fries, I don’t worry about.
My dilemna is this: do I mention to the girl that the guy gives me five chicken fingers? If I do, then there is a possibility that his extravagence of an extra finger will be exposed and may be stopped. Is there a store policy on the number of chicken fingers one gives out per customer? If she’s short-changing me, then I’d definitely like that rectified. My hunch is that the de rigueur is four fingers, though I have no solid proof of it.
I don’t know how many chicken fingers he gives to others. I’ve never witnessed it. I’ve thought about lurking around, waiting for a chicken fingers and fries order to come up, but it’s not ordered that often. It’s not even on their regular menu. I have concocted a story that this guy somehow appreciates me for some reason and as such is favouring me with an extra chicken finger and heaping fries. I look for subtle clues like a wink or a nod or him saying "I’m giviing you an extra chicken finger, you know" but I can gather no hard evidence.
At first I thought that perhaps he gives me smaller chicken fingers and she gives bigger, but today’s five chicken fingers from him were huge.
It sure would be nice to get that fifth chicken finger from that girl. I think, though, that it’s best that I not tempt it.
One of the factors leading me to think it’s better to leave things as they are is this: she only works about a fourth of the time he does at lunch. So, I get his five chicken fingers about every three times to her single serving of four chicken fingers.
What would you do?