Last week, I wrote about a friend who had visited Pancho’s Mexican Buffet. They offered discounts to people who brought in church bulletins and it seemed like atheists were being given the shaft.
Zachary visited that same restaurant Sunday. (He has pictures, too!)
But he, unlike my friend, came armed with a “church bulletin” courtesy of the North Texas Church of Freethought. Would that be accepted…?
As I drove west towards Euless, a dark, towering thundercloud loomed large on the horizon. Flashes of lightning crackled occasionally along the storm line, as if thrown by Yahweh himself, riding his seraph-driven cloud chariot to stop me from besmirching a holy discount offer with my profane “church” bulletin.
Outside the amusing, elegant prose, Zachary tells us this:
After placing my order, I proceeded straight to the cash register. As the girl rung me up, I casually mentioned, “Oh yes, and I brought my bulletin with me,” and handed it to her. She glanced it over briefly, then set it down and punched in the discount. As I mentioned, the buffet is inexpensive, so the discount was less than a dollar, but it still felt good. When the receipt printed out, she stapled the bulletin to it and dropped it in a box, presumably for the manager to count later to assess the success of the promotion.
So thankfully, there’s no discrimination against atheists. But if you don’t have a bulletin of some sort, you’re still paying full price. (Either that, or the cash register girl made a $1 mistake.)
I should clarify one thing about Zachary’s post: The “Muchas Gracias! Vaya con Dios” wasn’t considered offensive or discriminatory to anyone (including me). It just didn’t help when there already appeared to be an implication that atheists were not welcome there.
[tags]atheist, atheism, Pancho’s Mexican Buffet, North Texas Church of Freethought, Euless[/tags]