This last Tuesday was special. Not only was my first-ever University essay due, it also happened to be my prof.'s birthday.
Seeing as receiving 30-odd first-year essays to mark didn't seem to be much of a "birthday present", we needed something else.
How about snacks?
We regularly have a 15 minute break in the almost-three-hour class, so what better than to have something to munch on?
On my way to class then, I detoured via Tim Horton’s located in the food court on Campus.
The time: approaching 5:00 PM
Upon reaching the order counter I asked if I could please have 4-dozen doughnuts. The poor girl on the till (not more than 17, I'm sure...) paused, looked at me in disbelief and said,
"Um... just a sec... I have to check with my manager."
If it were "I'd like a doughnut, please." would you in fact have to check with the manager? It's the same thing, really - I just want one doughnut... 48 times.
Can you believe, the reply to my request was "No."???
"Sorry, the bakery counter is closed. The stock we have has to last us until we close the service counter."
OK, let me get this straight. You sell doughnuts. It's what you do. I came to you wanting to BUY doughnuts. Now you tell me you won't sell me doughnuts? You're just going to hoard them until close? What time is "close"?
"We close at 8:00."
OK. There are TONS of doughnuts here... in fact, there's cookies, pastries, muffins and so forth... I'm dumbfounded. I don't get it.
So, I asked if she could do a combination of cookies, muffins, doughnuts... so as not to deplete the stock of any one given product.
"OK, thank you." (not really, but...)
I decided to wander the food court to see if there were any other options. Low and behold, here we have another bakery stand! Their counter had far less product than Tim's. So, I began by asking if I could get THREE DOZEN of any combination. With a look of sheer delight, the lady behind the till set about loading me up. We started with cookies and moved to muffins. They had no doughnuts, but who cares??
I paid for the items and proceeded to load myself up, backpack, bags of muffins and cookies...
"Here... Have some of these too...", she says, handing me a bag of mini-cookies and a lemon pastry... free. "Thank you, very much!"
Well... I was impressed. Sadly, I’ve forgotten the name of the snack stand! I will confirm and post later! I may just write them a letter, too.
One girl brought a birthday candle. So, after M. chose her muffin, we stuffed the candle in it and lit it.
So... what's with Tim Horton’s? I have to admit, I’m going to think twice before patronising them… seems they don’t really need our business.