Seriously? Is this a trick question? That was my initial response, but the guy behind the deli counter at Wal-Mart was dead serious when he asked me that.
I was getting 3/4 of a pound of corned beef. So, I asked for it (once he finally acknowledged my existence after standing around waiting for an eternity), and he looked at me and said “how much is that?” I thought he hadn’t heard the amount I needed; Wal-Mart is a pretty noisy place, after all. So, I repeated myself.
That’s when the fun started. “No, I mean, how much is 3/4 of a pound?” I would have loved to see the look on my own face at this point–who asks that? And how in the world was I supposed to answer? So, I’m rummaging around in my brain, trying to find some way to explain a basic fraction to a Wal-Mart employee, and all I could come up with is something like it’s halfway between a 1/2 pound and a pound, but that sounded ridiculous, so I didn’t want to actually say it out loud.
Anyway, he helps me out by letting me know what he’s getting at: “You know, is it like point five or…?” OK, at least I see where he’s coming from now. So after letting him know that 3/4 is .75, I get my corned beef and am on my way.
But, seriously? Maybe they should give their deli employees a bit more extensive training…I can’t be the only person who has requested a quarter of a pound of something!