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originally posted by: jupiter869
Maybe you noticed it too. On our once-a-month trip to Olive Garden, we noticed that the usual green cloth napkins were replaced with paper napkins wrapped around cheap standard-issue silverware. I guess it's not a big deal... sort of the same thing everyone does.
So anyway, the assistant manager came around to see how we were enjoying our meals and I have a tendency to turn a 'doing great' into a 5 minute conversation. Anyway we were chatting and laughing and I mentioned the paper napkins. "Yeah, I know," she sighed. "I guess the 'mother ship' thinks that saving a tree or two or washing and folding and reusing the napkins was costing too much money. Did you notice that we don't use our traditional silverware anymore either? We get them all pre-wrapped so we can quickly just slap them down on the table." She paused, leaned over and continued, "We know it's not good for the environment... but it's cheap."
For once I was speechless that she'd admit something like that. I was kind of bummed and a little depressed because my whole 'do your part' recycling and reuse every piece of paper and all that dumb stuff I normally do seems such a waste. But my friend reassured me that it's just the American way. "Now just let big business continue to take care of the world, and finish your ravioli."