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October 3rd, 2009
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The moderately surprising cafe
You get what the customer before you ordered. You pay for what you order.

Would you eat there?

Link thanks to Marginal Revolution.

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From:catbirdgirl
Date:October 3rd, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
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I think I would. what fun!
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From:xiphias
Date:October 3rd, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
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Eat there, like a meal? No. Buy a snack? Yes, absolutely.
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From:agrumer
Date:October 3rd, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like you could buy a snack and wind up eating a meal.
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From:redneckgaijin
Date:October 3rd, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
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Not a chance in Hell. I'm a bit picky about what I eat as it is; no way I'm going anyplace where I can't exercise some control over what I get.
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From:lysystratae
Date:October 3rd, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
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yeah, i'd eat there
From:geekosaur
Date:October 3rd, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
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What does the first customer eat?
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From:nancylebov
Date:October 4th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
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I don't know how they actually do it, but they could use the last order from the day before.

The very first customer for the new policy could have gotten a random order (or the most popular order) contributed by the restaurant.
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From:agrumer
Date:October 4th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
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It sounds like it was just a temporary thing anyway, so there might not have been a day before.
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From:ann_totusek
Date:October 4th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
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I'm a rude American, so I might have ordered there, but if they failed to communicate how they functioned prior to my paying, I would have raised a stink. If I order a meal, and pay for a meal, and receive an iced coffee, I've been screwed if I haven't been warned in a language or signage that is understandablet to me. Especially if I communicate to them that I do not speak or read Japanese, if I'm ordering a meal and receive iced coffee, I have been defrauded. The joke is only fun or funny if everyone is in on it and no one is harmed by it.
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From:nancylebov
Date:October 5th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
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I'd consider it a marginal case-- after all, it was in Japan, not an English-speaking country.
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From:whswhs
Date:October 4th, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
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Not a chance in hell. They might have ordered something revolting, like coffee, or something that would make me painfully ill, like a high-fat cheese dish.
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From:sashajwolf
Date:October 4th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
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This.
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From:communicator
Date:October 4th, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
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I think it's a fun game
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