First Timers

I have many regulars at the Hot Dog Truck. I know what they want before they even get out of their car. Lots of folks are amazed at my memory for condiments.

Usually once a day I'll get a "newbie," someone who hasn't availed themselves of the delicacies and unique atmosphere at the Hot Dog Truck. I have converted many "newbies" into regulars with my delicious hot dogs and rapier wit, but there's nothing like the "first time."

It usually goes something like this:

"Hi, whatcanIgetcha?"

"I'll have your special, please."

The good manners usually signal someone who hasn't been here before. "Certainly, coming right up."

"I'll have a Coke with that, please."

"Whaddaya think this is, the Ritz? Cokes are in the cooler. Help yourself."

"OK. Uhm where would that be?"

The coolers are right in front of them. "The big white thing in front of you marked 'Soda.' First time here, buddy?"

"As a matter of fact, yes."

"Well, I'll try to be gentle. Whaddaya want on yer puppies?" By now, the buns are properly toasted and ready to recieve their condiments and dogs.

"Do you have onions?"

"What kind of hot dog joint doesn't have onions?!?!"

He's usually grinning now as he's hip to my 'act.' "Not a very good one I guess. I'll have mustard, relish and onions."

I won't go into what I do to the folks who order ketchup on their hot dogs in today's example. "OK buddy. Two all around coming up."

"Do I take any chips I want?" I have regular, ripple, BBQ, Honey BBQ, Salt & Vinegar, Sour Cream and Onion and pretzels on a shelf. Sometimes too many choices confuses people.

"Take whatever ya like. If there's nothing you like, take something you don't like."

That usually gets a chuckle from even the toughest customer. If the guy hasn't figured out that I'm goofin' by now, I've either been punched or robbed. "I'll take Ripple Chips." Newbies always feel like they need to announce their choice for some reason.

"Here ya go, buddy. Two all around. That'll be four bucks."

"Thanks."

"THANK YOU!"

If I've done my job right, the guy will be back.

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1 comment:

Webmiztris said...

every time I come here, I get hungry. I never order mine with ketchup though - only kraut. is that cool? :)

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