So, you had $20 worth of meal, and $20 worth of “atmosphere” in the restaurant?
I used to have a $5 limit on what I would pay for a meal. Now, it’s $10. A Wendy’s salad, by itself, is now $9. I am sure the “JCs” will tell you it’s all the fault of their “ungrateful” employees that want to be paid better, or they leave for someone who will pay them better.
There are deals to be exploited. And there is the “pure dumb luck” factor.
I mosied in to Tim Horton’s for lunch the other day. Asked the girl if they had the chicken for a chicken panini, as they have been out of the chicken, among other things, recently. The manager spun around, asked if I wanted a couple Chipotle chicken wraps. Seems a customer had ordered them, tired of waiting, and left, without the wraps. The wraps had only been sitting there for a couple minutes, they were still warm. I eyed the menu price, something over $5 ea, and asked how much. The manager said she would give them to me free. OK. I did pay for a Coke, which was $3 (wow!), and had more lunch than I planned. (the wraps were tasty, but a bit spicy for my taste)
Wendy’s has a survey offer on the back of their receipts offering a free burger with the purchase of a burger, for doing the survey. I mosied over to the drive-up for my burgers. I had to wait for the burgers to be cooked so pulled ahead and waited. The girl emerged from the store with a bag containing a burger and large fries. Not mine, I only had the two burgers on the order, no fries. She took the bag to the other car that was waiting. Not theirs either. She went back into the store. Emerged with the same bag, now containing two burgers, and the large fries, and gave it to me. So, for the price of one burger, I had two burgers and the large order of fries. (the girls at this Wendy’s are super nice, but this store, the one that was closed entirely for much of last year, has severe operational problems)
Arby’s is currently offering (2) roast beef and cheddar sandwiches for $7. Being an old phart, I also can get a geezer pop for 50 cents (geezer pop at Wendy’s is free)
I don’t pay for “atmosphere”.