Food For Thought – Pounds Versus Items At The Deli

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Deli Take A Number

RB worked in a deli for many years. We love freshly sliced deli products, especially American cheese. Everyone in our house loves it and we go through a pound or two per week. So, it’s a sure bet that when I go to BJ’s you’ll find me on the deli line getting cheese. The man that took my order yesterday is someone that I’ve only had take my order once or twice before. I can’t drive while I’m recovering from surgery so yesterday my order was a little larger than usual. As we got to the end of my order I told him I only needed two more items, at which point I asked for 1 pound of Swiss cheese and 3 pounds of American cheese. At that point he said “you said you only needed two more items. I said “that’s right, American cheese and Swiss cheese”. He said “you’re asking for 4 pounds so that’s more than two”. I let it go, got my cheese and went on my way. As I finished shopping I got to wondering how other people think about quantity at the deli counter. Is the number of pounds you’re ordering the number of items you need, or is the number of items you’re ordering the number of items you need? What do you think? Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts. (Pun intended.) If you answer on your blog, please leave the link in a comment here.

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5 comments

blueyes July 16, 2011 - 2:35 pm

that doesn’t make sense to me either. that is 2 items no matter how many pounds it is. our deli counter doesn’t do it like that.

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patricia Marsden July 16, 2011 - 9:33 pm

Quantity equals not weight. On elephant may be thousands of pounds, exteraordinary tonnage but still ONE. Was he perhaps teasting?

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Lauren July 18, 2011 - 9:43 pm

How funny! I would think of it as two items as well. Who knows?!

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royalegacy July 25, 2011 - 2:03 pm

It doesn’t matter how many pounds you buy for one product–it is still one item when it comes to the price on the sticker that gets put on the package. Maybe he was having and off day or he wanted a day off?

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Marj M. July 29, 2011 - 7:14 am

By my thinking it is 2 items, plain and simple. We love cheese also and get lots of it.

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