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A Gonella's dilemma: was I a cheater or a genius? (DTW area)

boagman | Aug 20, 201309:26 PM

So I had work in Dearborn at Fairlane Town Center today, which took me near enough to Gonella's that I wanted to grab one of their Italian subs today. Unfortunately for me, it was kind of mid-afternoon (well after 2PM, that's for sure) when I was on my way down there via I-75, and I started thinking to myself, "Well, am I going to be happy if I get there and the hard rolls are gone?"

The answer, of course, was "Absolutely not.", especially when taking into consideration that I was going to be driving right near Bucharest Grill where I could get a chicken shawarma sandwich which would also have done the trick.

So what did I do? I used my smartphone to call Gonella's and asked if they had any hard rolls left. The answer? Yes, they did: exactly *one* left. I asked if they would hold it for me if I could be there in 20 minutes. "Sure, buddy, what's your name?" I gave them my name and continued on to Gonella's bypassing Bucharest. Sure enough: when I got to Gonella's I was able to get my sub sandwich with the last hard roll.

I'm pretty sure that, even though the 2-3PM hour is pretty dead around there, that within 20 minutes there's a good chance that someone else may have asked for a hard roll (perhaps not, though), and because of my call, they didn't get one.

Make the call, people: industrious, or evil? Genius, or conniving? Beater-of-the-system, or Cheater-of-the-system? Defend.

One more thing: I was told that it's always fine to call ahead and check, and if they have them, they'll hold them. I'm sure that if you ever *failed* to pick it up, of course, they'd never do it for you again.

Still: that's one sandwich where the hard roll raises the grade at least a half a letter grade, and possibly one full letter grade. Worth the extra dime, for sure.

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