I was out to dinner tonight at an Italian Restaurant (or should I say ristorante?) when I noticed this little bit of information at the bottom of the menu:
One meatball for $2.09? $2.09? Seriously???
It’s not that I have a problem with the restaurant charging extra for additional meatballs, or even the (meat) ball park price they have set. They are large meatballs, truth be told. But it’s the oddly specific amount that doesn’t make sense.
Why not just $2.00? Our state sales tax is 6%, so it’s not two dollars plus tax.
Is the profit margin of this establishment so narrow that they need to charge an additional nine cents to keep the lights on and the staff paid?
Or did someone literally sit down and calculate the cost of adding one meatball to a meal for an arbitrary profit margin that yielded a result of $2.09?
The world may never know.
And I ordered the veal anyway.