Tonight at karaoke (Tuesday night is karaoke night), I asked my friend Andrew–who is a waiter–the following question:
“Andrew-Who-Is-A-Waiter,” I began, “what is the grossest thing about the restaurant business that most people don’t know about?”
Andrew didn’t pause. He said: “Ketchup.”
I looked at him with slight confusion. “Forgive my look of slight confusion,” I said, “but why ketchup?”
“Well,” he responded, “when we close up we ‘marry’ the ketchup.”
“You marry the ketchup?” I asked incredulously.
“Yes,” he answered. “We take all the ketchup and put it in this big carton. And then we redistribute it the next day. So it’s really gross–it’s like this ketchup from God knows when all combined in this big box that keeps getting recycled over and over.”
“That is gross,” I agreed.
Someone began singing “The Rainbow Connection” from “The Muppet Movie.”
“Thank you for sharing,” I concluded.
“No problem,” said Andrew.