There is an old joke about grocery store cashiers. I remember it only because there aren't that may jokes involving grocery store cashiers. This is a joke that is in the telling. It's meant to take a long time with a build up about an extensive series of items being scanned at the register.
"Single, huh?" asks the cashier after ringing up the total.
"Yes. That's amazing. You knew that just from what I bought?" asks the customer.
"No. I knew you're single because you're ugly," replies the cashier.
(I didn't say it was a good joke, just a joke about grocery store cashiers.) Well thanks to
tiny lettuce, cashiers will no longer have to rely on physical
appearance to determine whether a customer is single or not.
Salon has the story of British retailer, Marks & Spencer's decision to introduce miniature heads of iceberg lettuce. Apparently designed to eliminate food waste, the tiny produce is about one-fourth the size of traditional heads. Most grocery stores don't cater to single shoppers outside of convenience foods. You can get a to-go box of fried chicken; but hot dog buns come in eight-packs.
While I'm not certain that Americans are nailing down salad alone in front of the television, the idea of single-size portions has merit. It's about time something was available in a mini size other than cupcakes.
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