Monday, July 21, 2008

Of Steak and Shake and IHOP

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My brother and I had an interesting experience last night. We went to Steak ‘n’ Shake, but found they had closed early. The sign said that they closed every night at 2 a.m. and we were there at 12:30. I’m pretty good at math, or at least at reading. I’m pretty sure that they should have been open at least another hour and a half. One of the people there just said that they were closed.

I understand this reaction when you are actually supposed to be closed. I work in retail and it does get annoying when people show up fifteen minutes after we’ve closed and everything is already shut down. You should have gotten there earlier. Also, we have another location about five miles away that stays open later. However, if we arrive well within the posted hours, we have a right to expect the restaurant to be open.

We ended up going to an IHOP in North Miami Beach. Not the best part of town, but it wasn’t too bad. We were a little surprised when we overheard someone talking about another restaurant that was robbed earlier this year and how it was her shift. When I went to pay, the waitress said that she needed the singles and had only twenties. I actually thought of trading with her, as I had singles with me, but it was late and there were people there. I didn’t want to be followed out to the car.
Contrary to what my mother may think, I do think of these things. The trouble with living in a big city is that you do have bad people. I’d like to get bills into circulation, but I don’t want to get mugged, especially when my brother’s there. (I don’t want to get either one of us hurt.)

I filled out a complaint form for Steak ‘n’ Shake, which hasn’t earned a response yet. We’ll have to see how it goes.

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