Friday, October 10, 2008

Just A Little White Lie

Today I arranged to have lunch with the women from my BigFinance rotational program. 5 of us ended up being able to meet. It can be difficult to get a table with that many people so I suggested we pick a restaurant that takes reservations. We settled on one and I called this morning to place a reservation. The woman who answered the phone told me that the hostess was out right now but they don't take reservations the day of. Um, what? Seriously? A 12:30 reservation wasn't going to happen in a place where the average price of a meal is $9.00. Craziness. I think this is an odd Charlotte thing. Sort of like how nothing is delivered here except for pizza and Chinese.

I asked when the hostess would be in and was told after 11 AM.

That's when I got sneaky. I called back at 11:10 AM and the conversation when like this:

Hostess: {Restaurant name}. This is {name} speaking. How can I help you?
Me: Yes, I would like to change the number of people I have on a reservation for today.
Hostess: OK, what would you like to change it to?
Me: From 6 people to 5 at 12:30 PM.
Hostess: Name?
Me: Stacey
Hostess: I'm so glad you called! We must have not written it down when you called to make the reservation.
Me: Oh great. Glad I called too.
Hostess: We'll see you at 12:30.

I told the ladies at lunch what happened and they were impressed with my approach. One even said she was wondering how I was going to get a reservation the day of (I guess it's a long standing policy).

So, am I going to hell or was I just working the system?


Helen said...

Love it- you know i love to f*ck with people like that, especially in person

Mommy, Esq. said...

Awesome. Aaron won't let me do crap like that though.