This was just too funny for me to not record for posterity. As background, Tim Hortons (a popular Canadian coffee and donut shop) has two cold drinks with very similar names that my family likes to order: a Real Fruit Chill and a Real Fruit Smoothie. The Chill is like a slush, just fruit juice and ice; the Smoothie contains yoghurt. My family prefers the Chill.
Without fail the last three or four times at a local Tim Hortons, we’ve order a Real Fruit Chill and received a Real Fruit Smoothie instead. So I’m particularly sensitive to getting the order correct the first time. In addition, this was after our year-end youth party, during which I, out of shape and overweight, had been running around for a water fight and a giant slip-n-slide. The year-end party also marked the symbolic end of a really long busy stretch. I was exhausted at this point.
My encounter with the lady at the Tim Hortons counter:
I order two medium steeped teas, 1 milk, 1 sugar in each.
I order a small real fruit chill. “Chill, not smoothie,” I emphasize.
I notice that she has punched in a fruit smoothie, so I correct her, with an edge in my voice.
I order a chocolate glazed donut. She punches in sour cream glazed. I try to correct her several times. She keeps nodding and saying “yes”, but does not change her mistake.
I order a double chocolate. “Marble chocolate?” she asks.
“Double chocolate,” I enunciate.
I order a bagel, buttered and toasted. She does not add a bagel to the order, but adds “toasted” and “buttered” to the double chocolate donut order.
I correct her. She adds the bagel.
We get our teas. She moves on to the next item and mumbles something that sounds like “smoothie.”
“Chill,” I say, just to make sure.
She brings us a Real Fruit Chill.
She comes back a moment later and says, “I’m sorry, we don’t have any sour cream glazed donuts.”
“No, we didn’t order a sour cream glazed,” I say. “I ordered a chocolate glazed.”
She then spends an inordinate amount of time rummaging through the shelves where the chocolate glazed donuts are not. Eventually we get our donuts.
We sit down.
There is cream in our teas.
I shouldn’t go to Tim Hortons in town when I’m tired.