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Old 05-27-2009, 07:38 PM   #41
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This is one of the clearest examples I have seen yet as to what happens when govt regulation gets involved, and a "one size fits all" approach is taken to finance.

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I can remember walking into a pizza place once and wanting half mushroom and half peperoni. There was no price set up for a half and half pizza. They were completely baffled as to what to do. Obviously charge me for a one topping pizza! They flat out would not do it, and seemed to be OK with loosing a sale over it.

We are becomming a nation where no one can... or wants... to think for themselves anymore. I think it is sad....
While govt regulation often does lead to "group think, one size fits all", it isn't the only cause. Just like your pizza example, where I assume there was no govt involvement in setting the price or condition of a pizza transaction, businesses get stuck in ruts. In that case, probably because they rely on low wage employees, and don't really depend on them to make smart decisions (pros/cons to that, but it is what it is).

Generally, in a really competitive market, the business will do more of the "think outside the box" stuff,.

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Old 05-28-2009, 11:28 AM   #42
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I can remember walking into a pizza place once and wanting half mushroom and half peperoni. There was no price set up for a half and half pizza. They were completely baffled as to what to do. Obviously charge me for a one topping pizza! They flat out would not do it, and seemed to be OK with loosing a sale over it.
Not obvious at all

Heck... charge you for a two topping pizza... you are asking for two different toppings aren't you?
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Our pizza places always charge for two toppings for ordering what you describe, Armor99. Don't ask me how I know
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The pizza story kinda reminds you of the scene in Five Easy Pieces where Jack Nicholson's character wants plain toast (if my 1970 memory serves). Since they wouldn't (couldn't) give him plain toast, he "suggested" that they sell him a toasted chicken salad sandwich, hold the mayo, hold the chicken salad. Jack was the only thing I liked about that movie - too young I guess, not yet beaten down by life - and bankers.

I sorta flashed on that as I lived my original banking saga (stuck in the 60s and 70s again, I guess).

clifp - I think the banker picked up on the income from my taxes. He didn't mind that it was a conversion as long as it was "consistent" over time. The assets got "looked" at but not given much weight, although I wasn't told what their algorithm was.
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Our pizza places always charge for two toppings for ordering what you describe, Armor99. Don't ask me how I know
Pizza Hut and Dominos (around here) both would only charge for one topping. So would the non-chain places I go to. Can't speak for them all. Only one pizza worth of toppings is used. Maybe they're charging you for the extra labor involved.
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I've worked part-time at Dominos off and on over the last 11 years and we always charged for 1 topping in that situation.
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