Saturday Centus

Well, I guess it had to happen sooner or later…I missed one. I filed away last week’s entry to mull over a bit, but then, with the busyness of Thanksgiving week, I pretty much forgot about it entirely. So, apologies to all Centusians…but maybe I can start a new streak with this week’s prompt, right?

“Always remember,” Bob the manager had said, “never ever ever EVER forget to suggestive sell. I want you to get to the point where suggestive selling is in your blood. I want it to be an instinct with you, more than breathing. Suggestive selling is your LIFE in this business!”

Joe certainly got the message. He didn’t suspect that he had gone a bit too far until the woman standing before him stared at him with a stunned expression when he asked “Would you like fries with that?”…

…after letting her sip from the Communion chalice.

By the way, any Centusians wondering what I’m thankful for this year (and not just this Thursday past) may refer to my partial list of thankfulness. I hope you all had wonderful Thanksgivings!

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8 Responses to Saturday Centus

  1. Kelly Sedinger says:

    This prompt takes me back to my days working at Pizza Hut, by the way…the thing then was to suggestive sell based on the order, such as offering a second medium pizza for $5 or a second large for $7 or an order of breadsticks or…yada yada yada. I understood why we had to do it, and in truth, it did get pretty nature to robotically say something like "Want another one for $5?"

    And then there was a creative way to get people to buy two pizzas…someone would call up and ask "What's the special?" And I could just say, "Two medium one-topping pizzas for $13.99", because the first one's $8.99 and the second one's five bucks. Go figure.

    The suggestive sell that I remember most, as a customer, came when I was picking up some Mickey Dee's in the drive-thru:

    MICKEY DEES GUY: Help you? (Not 'May I help you', or 'Welcome to Mickey Dee's'…just 'Help you?')

    ME: I'll have a double cheeseburger combo meal with Coke, please.

    (Thirty seconds of dead silence elapse.)

    ME: Hello?

    MICKEY DEES GUY: Want a pie?

    ME: Er…what?

    MICKEY DEES GUY: Pie. Apple. Want one?

    ME: Uh…no.

    MICKEY DEES GUY: OK, pull forward.

    I'm sure that fellow had a bright future ahead of him.

  2. Susan Anderson says:


    Our posts are definitely complimentary today, and your commenter and I are even more closely in tune.

    Great job on this one. Love the fun twist!


  3. Christine says:

    ya, those communion wafers are never enough

  4. Viki says:

    LOL, very fun take on this.

  5. Judie says:

    I supersize, and ask for TWO communion wafers AND the fries!

    Hahahaha! This was a great post!!!!

  6. anitamombanita says:

    Love this. Very funny twist.

  7. Carrie says:

    I think I would happily take part of communion if I could get some fries with it 🙂

    Cute story, visiting from Saturday Centus

  8. Jenny says:

    I love this! What a creative (and totally original) direction to take this prompt!

    You totally cracked me up here!

    Thanks for sharing your quirky humor with us.

    You are just a gem!

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