from Issue #1, April 2016, page # 30
by: Need Food
Three of us brethren were on a business trip away from home. On Friday evening we needed a place to eat. A large selection of restaurants and food places on one street invited us in. Which one should we choose?
We pulled in at one restaurant, but the parking lot was full and a long line of people stood waiting to be served. We decided to move on and settled on Applebee’s. None of us had eaten at that one before and we thought it worthy of a taste test.
This place was also full, but we were soon seated on high stools close to the bar where drinks were being served. The lights were none too bright and directly in front of us was a large TV screen showing a basketball game with partially clad men and accompanying commercials. Much noise and music made it difficult to visit with one another or talk on our cell phones while we waited; it was an atmosphere in which I felt uncomfortable.
When the waitress brought us the menus, we studied them carefully. It appeared that the average dinner plate cost $12-$15. Adding on the expected tip, our bill would probably top $50 for the three of us. This was a larger amount then we wanted to pay for food that evening.
Considering the uncomfortable atmosphere and unexpected cost, what should we have done?
- Quietly exit and find another eating place.
- Order a cheaper menu and forego the tip, thereby saving money.
- Order a better menu and tip extra to show we’re not stingy.
- Pass out gospel tracts while we waited.
- Remain and tell all our friends never to eat at Applebee’s