A bar is testing out an innovative new exchange system.
The bar owner has noticed a relatively major problem in her area- people come in to drink, and when they are ready to head out, they feel obligated to finish the drink they paid for. This little bit is enough to push many patrons past their limit and the bar owner wants to do something to encourage responsible drinking.
The owner decides that she is going to introduce an exchange system. She decides that any patron of her bar will be able to leave an unfinished drink at a designated spot on the counter, and if they can currently spare it, they will give the customer a free small food item in place of the unfinished drink.
They test out the system at the bar, and overall it’s a resounding success! The one issue that is brought up is that people want to be able to choose their food items rather than having the bar choose for them. The bar owner decides to address this by giving her bartenders authority over deciding if someone can request a certain item or not, and that it can depend on how much is left in their drink so that the system does not get taken advantage of.
Around that time, a group of friends is visiting the bar. They are having a great time, drinking, laughing, and even doing a little bit of singing.
The time comes for the group to head out, and one of the members has a bit of whiskey left in his glass. He knows that if he finishes that last bit, he’s going to regret it in the morning. He gets ready to just leave it on the table and head out when one of his friends stops him and tells him about the exchange system.
The bar is known to have the most amazing fried onion around. Though small, it’s perfectly dark golden brown with a glistening thick texture that breaks perfectly into your mouth with a satisfying crispness on each bite.
The man decides he is going to request that fried onion in exchange for what is left in his glass. It’s not a lot of whiskey, but it’s at least a few sips worth.
The group watches as he walks up to the bar and leaves his glass at the designated spot on the counter for exchanges. They watch as the bartender on duty walks over and begins a conversation. They can immediately tell by the body language it’s not going as planned. The conversation ends as the man tries to find out just how much whiskey he would have needed to be able to obtain that amazing fried onion.
He returns to his group empty-handed to inform them of the result.
“Well,” he says to his friends with a sigh,
“It was worth a shot.”