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Saturday, September 17, 2005

The Napkin Junior

Who designed the napkin junior? Who in their right mind buys the little napkin? I just don't get it.

Let's say you own a deli, coffee shop, restaurant, whatever. You know you'll have to give away paper napkins to "to go" customers and to include paper napkins in your deliveries. Why on earth would you choose to make your customers suffer through the napkin junior.

You know the napkins I'm talking about. The little 1/2" by 3/4" toilet paper quality pieces of bleached cardboard that you disentegrate when they come into contact with a liquid.

I suppose the guys buying these stamps, er napkins, do so in an effort to save a little money. But you know that they don't. Because we, the customer, end up going through 3281 napkins per mouthwipe.

And, of course, the worst culprits of the napkin junior are the bars where you order things like, oh, I don't know, wings. You sit there eating those wings, trying to wipe your fingers and mouths after each and you end up with this 18 foot high pile of used napkin juniors on your table. Do you really think the bar owner saves a dime using the little napkin?

It's gotten so bad, I can actually name for you the places in my neighborhood from which I pick up and/or deliver that have the good (read: normal!) napkins. And frankly, I think I'll start including that in my criteria of what makes a good place to order from.

Best napkins in my neighborhood, btw: Good ol' Starbucks. The worst? Paquitos' Tacos.


Blogger muckdog said...

Somebody finaly said it outloud! And the sad thing is, you have to grab a few dozen of them to even get through a meal. Since everybody does that, the napkin bin is usually empty or close to it. So the place has to hire some 16-yr old who has only one responsibility: KEEP THE NAPKIN BINS FILLED. What kind of US productivity miracle is that??

9/18/2005 09:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These were invented by the same guy who invented the low water volume toilet, which now gets flushed 2-3 times instead of once. Al Gore I think that was. Actually, it probably wasn't Al on the napkins, but I'd bet it was a treehugger that thunk it up.

9/19/2005 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous ss said...

Maybe it's just because I've had too little sleep lately, but I am finding it very amusing that courtesy of Google, you now have ads for napkin-related websites on your blog :-) I guess that might be handy if you have to start bringing your own to those places that only provide "junior" napkins...

9/21/2005 04:27:00 PM  
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