A while ago, before Panther was born, my good wife and I visited Pizza Hut to partake of their “All You Can Eat” buffet.
Or maybe we didn’t have the buffet, but really why would you go there and not have it? (This preceded the New Year diet.)
We attacked our pizze with gusto and I pushed around a piece of lettuce from the salad bar for form’s sake.
After about 10 minutes we had both eaten a lot of pizza and were starting to feel inexplicably irritated. We also started to notice a certain manic atmosphere: kids screaming, staff on a short fuse, etc.
It was then that we noticed that the in-restaurant radio was playing the songs slightly, slightly too fast. I’m not talking Alvin and the Chipmunks style, just maybe 5% faster than is usual.
My guess is that they speed up the tracks to get people to subconsciously eat faster and vacate their tables sooner.
Is this standard practice? Is it common knowledge?
Anyway, this is a public service announcement. It’s a lot easier to enjoy your food if you know it’s happening and can screen it out!
Also, as blogs are supposed to be about surrendering personal information to the internet, let me advertise that my favourite pizza topping is pineapple.