Sunday, February 3, 2019

Overheard at Table 2: Gen-Ex-Centric - Micky D's

MR says to Niall Carter, "It was the early 90's, I think, and I was at a McDonalds.  I was ordering like a Quarter Pounder with cheese and I wanted them to hold the onions.   I'd had a friend who'd worked at a McDonalds and they said that if you order it with a change, that's when they make it fresh.  Otherwise you get just what's been sitting on the warming tray for two hours,

"and the kid looks at me at says, 'Uh, I don't think I can do that,' and I asked 'Why not?' and he says, 'I don't have the picture for that," and I said, 'What do you mean?' and he motioned me to look around at the cash register.  I leaned over and looked at it and yeah, all it was was columns and rows of pictures:  Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, Fries, the different drinks.

"It was then I realized, 'We're hosed.  This next generation is not going to be able to read, or think, or do anything that doesn't conform to one button of one cartoon picture that gives them an easy choice."

Niall Carter says, "Fast forward to now.   My wife is all the time complaining that while she's texting, her phone keeps putting up icons.   She was trying to tell her brother that's it was really warm yesterday, misspelled 'warm' sent him a picture of a green WORM."

MR says, "Exactly!"

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