Saturday, February 17, 2007

The five levels of chicken shop recognition

Last night, during a visit to Millennium Fried Chicken, I graduated from being a chicken shop level three intermediate to level four: professional. One day, with practice, I hope to become a grand master.

Level 1: Beginner
Chicken shop man ignores you for several minutes before grudgingly asking for your order. You get what you are given. You are treated like a stranger.

Level 2: Amateur
Chicken shop man recognises you and asks your order immediately. He puts a small amount of thought into which pieces of chicken you receive. You are treated like a customer.

Level 3: Intermediate
Chicken shop man knows what you normally order and asks if you'll be having the same again. He ensures your order includes the tastier pieces of chicken. You are treated with respect.

Level 4: Professional
Chicken shop man doesn't even need you to confirm your order – he starts preparing your normal meal on sight. He shows you the chicken pieces he has chosen for your approval. You are treated like an old friend.

Level 5: Grand Master
Chicken shop man knows exactly what days and times you're likely to drop by and so prepares your normal order in advance. He includes the choicest cuts of chicken and even throws in a few bonus spare ribs for free. You are treated like royalty.

3 comments:

Huw said...

I think there's also a degree of how much they like/value your loyalty in the amount of wet wipes they provide. I find it can range from zero to four, each probably matching the levels you mention.

Doris said...

Urban life is complicated.

Chris said...

Level 6: Grand Tamil priest of Chicken
Chicken shop man knows exactly what days and times you vannakam and so prepares your normal order in advance. Apart from getting you a drink, because he knows that Mamallapuram. He includes the choicest cuts of chicken (and if he doesn't you get Mad-urai) and even throws in a few bonus spare ribs for free. You are treated like Rajini.