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November 1, 2006

When overenunciating doesn’t help

Filed under: General — Tom @ 4:09 pm

(I have probably told this before, but it’s one of my favorite stories of working at the Chinese restaurant when I was in college, forgive me. I hope I make it better each time.)

One day at the Chinese restaurant I worked at, my boss came to me and told me, in a hurry, to tell the head chef (and the co-owner) Pete that a deliver was there. He said the name once so quickly that I didn’t catch it that first time, so I asked him to repeat it. “C. T. Mee?” I said. “C. T. Mee, C. T. Mee, yeah, yeah, yeah, quick, tell Pete he’s here, go!” and he hussled me off to tell him.

When I got to Pete, I told him that “C. T. Mee” was there for a delivery and he looked at me very confused, asked me who it was again, and I again said “C. T. Mee! He’s here!” He shook his head, clearly not getting what I was saying, so he just went to the back and a few minutes later came back with a big smile, called me back, and pointed through the open door.

“Thomas,” he said, laughing, “you funny guy.” There, outside in the delivery area, was a big truck with, on its side, the name, painted in large letters, City Meat.

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1 Comment »

  1. …at which point you directed him to engrish.com.

    Comment by Chris — November 2, 2006 @ 8:26 am | Reply


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