A friend brought me a newspaper from the airport lounge. I don’t get to see many physical English-language papers in the depths of the Black Forest, so I was very grateful.
It was the Gulf News, which is published in the United Arab Emirates. It appears aimed at the expatriate population there, especially those from India and Pakistan – most of the sports coverage involved cricket, something I almost never get to read about in Ottawa.
I devoured the paper, not surprising given my love for the printed word. I read the articles, and the advertisements. Which is why I noticed the add that has left me puzzled and seeking answers.
There was a large ad for “Customer Appreciation Days” at a pizza emporium. For three days everything was half price. Sounds like a great deal. The pizza is probably pretty good too – it was a local franchisee of a major American chain, albeit one I have never frequented.
What has me confused is the offer is only valid on “dine in and “take away.”
So what is the other choice? You either eat the pizza there or somewhere else. I prefer takeaway myself – it’s cheaper to eat at home than pay the inflated prices restaurants charge for soft drinks. But it seems to me that they have all the bases covered. I can’t figure out what type of pizza you don’t get the discount on.
After writing that it suddenly clicked. I could delete the post so you wouldn’t know how I could miss something so obvious. I’ll let it stand though, as concrete proof that I am less than perfect. In my defence, the answer is one that wouldn’t occur to me because it is a pizza option I haven’t used in decades and had forgotten it existed. What is not covered by the half-off special? Pizza delivered to you. You saw that immediately of course. I have no excuses.