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The medium is the message

April 12th, 2012 · 34 comments

I can’t speak for the food at the restaurant where Edwin works, but when it comes to this note from his boss, the irony is delicious.

Guest cks are NOT memo pads. Use scratch paper!

related: Please refrain from unintentional irony

FILED UNDER: now that's management · restaurant · Texas

34 responses so far ↓

  • #1   shwo! bang

    Ck blckd!

    Apr 13, 2012 at 12:50 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Poltergeist

      I, too, would prefer it if waiters would stick to using memo pads rather than writing on my ck. I seem to have this problem wherever I go.

      Apr 13, 2012 at 10:06 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #2   Jesse

    If the management has to reconcile guest checks at the end of a given period (thats one reason why they’re pre-numbered), it might cause issues if too many are being used for scrap paper.

    Also, I’m sure that these checks aren’t necessarily the most expensive things in the world, but the cost does add up over time if they’re wasted.

    Apr 13, 2012 at 12:58 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   kate

      All perfectly reasonable. The irony is that the message is written on a guest check.

      Apr 13, 2012 at 4:28 am   rating: 61  small thumbs up

  • #3   Paige

    Mmm…sweet simple irony.

    Also, the “cks” line has plenty of space, although using the full word might have made the point obvious, and we’d lose a PAN.

    Apr 13, 2012 at 1:59 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #4   kermit

    Ah, Texas again. Good to see that mark of education and refinement displayed with rAnDoM capiTALizatioNs.

    Apr 13, 2012 at 2:01 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #5   infanttyrone

    From the Online Slang Dictionary
    scratch, noun: money, usually a small amount.

    So the message is it’s OK to take a few singles from the till to write those ‘notes to self’ that are so crucial to optimal food-service performance ?

    BTW, check out Camille’s Money Note song for a financial hoot.

    Apr 13, 2012 at 2:06 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   infanttyrone


      Apr 13, 2012 at 9:35 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #6   The White Clouds of Opium bang

    Like rain on your wedding day.


    Apr 13, 2012 at 4:29 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   FeRD bang

      Except, an admonition not to waste guest checks, written on a wasted guest check? Unlike all of Ms. Morrissette’s abuses of the term, this is the frickin’ definition of irony.

      Apr 13, 2012 at 2:47 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #7   H for Toy bang

    NOT memo pads, unless you’re the boss. Then you can do whatever the hell you want.

    Apr 13, 2012 at 8:34 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   The Elf

      Writin’ on a guest check LIKE A BOSS.

      Apr 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   H for Toy bang

      And this is why we love you, Elf.

      Apr 15, 2012 at 8:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #8   stickfigure

    So wait, what IS a “CK”?

    Apr 13, 2012 at 9:47 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Erin

      Hint: it’s written at the top of the item. Jesus people.

      Apr 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   Dr.Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      You mean at the top of that cheque?

      Apr 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #9   Fob at BobJob

    That is not irony! Ugh!

    Apr 13, 2012 at 10:47 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   FeRD bang

      OK… then what’s irony, that this isn’t exactly it?

      Apr 13, 2012 at 2:50 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   Dr.Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      I’m pretty sure the definition of ‘situational irony’, as opposed to verbal irony as a rhetorical device, is broad and vague enough to include scenarios like this where the confluence of events and conditions occurs in such a way as to produce amusing coincidence. Particularly in this case, where those events are driven by the actions of one person (the note-writer) who, were he a fictional character, would be neatly fulfilling the definition of dramatic irony.

      Apr 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #9.3   Uly

      Hypocrisy, FeRD?

      Mind, I’d agree that it’s also ironic.

      Apr 14, 2012 at 10:39 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #9.4   Clumber

      #9.2 Dr.Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff – Am on too many pain meds to actually comprehend your post, but I loved the flow of it anyhow, so a thumb your way! Some language usage is gorgeous regardless of content.

      Yeppers, lots of pain meds, yesserieMabel.

      Apr 18, 2012 at 12:39 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #10   yeah

    Those pads are the BEST memo pads. Something about the paper.

    Apr 13, 2012 at 11:49 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #11   unsatisfied

    excuse me……..

    the irony is FUCKING delicious.

    Apr 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   FeRD bang

      I’m on the verge of hating you.

      Apr 13, 2012 at 2:50 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   unsatisfied


      Apr 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #12   bob loblaw

    Would a Post-it note be ok?

    Apr 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #13   Dr.Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

    It’s written on one of the guest ‘checks’ (as you Americans insist on spelling it). It’s funny because that’s the very thing the note-writer is saying not to write a note on. That’s where the joke is!

    Apr 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #14   Sioux

    I don’t understand why so many comments seem to be explaining the humour of this PAN? Is this seemingly obvious irony more complicated than I realise… or do we have especially stupid commenters online at the moment?

    Apr 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Bec

      For me, half the fun of PAN is reading the endless humour explanations. Reminds me of The Vicar of Dibley, shall we call them Alice?

      Apr 13, 2012 at 8:24 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   Dr.Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      Actually, that’s the point. By saying “this is why it’s funny…” what we’re actually saying is “it’s not funny”. It’s basically a sarcastic way of saying “I see what you did there” when what the joker did there wasn’t funny.

      Apr 15, 2012 at 8:36 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #14.3   Clumber

      #14.1 Bec : No, no, no , no no, no… Yes.

      Apr 18, 2012 at 12:40 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #14.4   FeRD bang

      @#14.3: …Choosing your escorts for the midnight orgy, Empress Cluympho?

      Apr 27, 2012 at 1:18 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #15   Eileen

    Talk about “do as I say, not as I do.” I guess it’s okay if you’re the boss.

    Apr 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #16   dot

    Wasn’t this on here before?

    Aug 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up