Every server knows the importance of a good pen while waiting tables. Sometimes you find that perfect writing instrument that glides across the paper as easily as a warm knife slices through Velveeta. It quickly becomes your favorite pen, that one you won’t let customers use because it means too much to you and you can’t bear the thought of someone “accidentally” walking off with it. So it stays in your apron, only for your own personal use. But then one day, you don’t have any other pens in your apron and your customer needs to sign a credit card receipt. You consider walking to the sidestand to find another one, but you quickly decide to let them use your favorite pen, vowing to keep your eye on it so it doesn’t disappear. Five minutes later, it’s as gone as any originality or humor on this very blog you are reading.
What can you do? Well, a server named Sarah Bardell knew what to do. She works at Native Grill and Wings in Tucson, Arizona and she figured out a way to make sure she never has to give a customer her favorite pen and that’s by having plenty of other pens very near by. It may also make her the best co-worker in the world. She went to Amazon and ordered a box of 500 pens! Yes, they are misprinted pens, probably ones that were ordered by a company and showed up with a typo on them, but who cares? They write! And when one of them grows legs and walks away, you won’t give a shit because there are literally 499 other ones. All this for $36. That’s seven cents a pen, people! Sarah is an actual genius.
This is not an ad for whoever it is that’s selling misprinted pens on Amazon, but I gotta give you the link. If you work someplace with even just 11 other servers, the twelve of you can each chip in three bucks and have pens forever. Or, if you’re super generous like Sarah, you can just order them for your restaurant and let everyone thing you are angel in an apron.