Yesterday I stopped by Panera to grab some lunch with a coupon for a dollar off a bowl of soup. Woo hoo!
I stepped up to the counter and placed my order for a Soba Noodle Broth Bowl, telling the cashier about my coupon. She swiped my Panera card and informed me the coupon was for soup. I promptly reminded her that I had just ordered soup.
Correcting me, she said I had ordered broth. To which I replied – “which is soup”.
She told me the coupon was only good for soup, but she would check to see if I could use it on the broth bowl. The manager was standing behind me so she asked him if I could use the coupon but he didn’t know.
Swiping my card again, she stated the coupon was invalid because I was ordering broth. To which I replied again – “which is soup”.
She made a valiant effort to convince me that the broth was something other than soup.
Cashier – “It comes in a big bowl.”
Me – “Because it’s soup.”
Cashier – “It’s more of a broth.”
Me – “Which is soup.”
Cashier – “It’s a broth with noodles in it.”
Me – “Like soup…because it’s soup.”
A second cashier listened to our entire debate. At the end of the exchange, she started to laugh, looked at me and said “Yeah, it’s soup!”
I thanked the original cashier for checking on the coupon, picked up my soup and left.
May the farce be with you!
(By the way – Panera, you owe me a dollar.)
Credits: Picture from Panera