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“Really?” We asked as painters for an industrial kitchen that produced millions of prewrapped junk-food pies, “as many mouth-watering sugar-bombs as we want — all we can eat?! “
“That’s the rule. Workers get free pies if eaten here.”
Tarps and brushes in-hand, we earnestly worked until lunchtime.
My mouth watered, just looking at the array of still-warm pies – all mine! “HEAVEN!”
But at the first bite – ugh! Horrible!
We agreed, these were disgusting!
A laughing manager fessed up. “They may last for years on store shelves, but that recipe means they taste horrid for a month when fresh.”
Note: This is a true story, but this industrial prank was pulled on a trusted friend who, with me, was painting his way through college and told the story of this one great job he had where they allowed their workers to have all the free pies they wanted, as long as they were consumed on site.
On the first day any contractors arrived, the permanent workers were guaranteed a bit of entertainment as the management decided it would be fun to treat the newcomers to a taste of reality about industrial cooking. They all knew the investment would be only for one day because the newcomers would certainly not be back for seconds.