My kids like the Mexican restaurant chain Rubio’s and so do I. Part of the appeal is the fun of guessing each week what comes with their kids meal. The menu says that along with the main (burrito, quesadilla etc.) each kid’s meal
Includes a choice of: applesauce, chips, beans or rice; and a churro.
Walk through that punctuation mindfield and consider my family’s last three trips to Rubio’s.
1. After I order the kid’s meal, the cashier asks “Do you want beans or rice with that?”. I say “rice”.
They bring us applesauce, chips, rice and a churro.
2. After I order the kid’s meal, the cashier asks “Which side order do you want?”. I say “rice”.
They bring us rice and a churro. I ask about the applesauce and chips and they say that the dish comes with only one side order
3. After I order the kid’s meal, the cashier asks “Which side order do you want?”. I say “rice”.
They brings us rice only. I go back and ask for a churro and they say that if I wanted a churro instead, I should have asked for a churro instead of rice.
Apparent interpretations of the menu text, where M = meal brought to the table, A = Applesauce, C = Chips, B = Beans, R = Rice and CH = Churro.
Cashier 1 M = A + C + (B or R) + CH
Cashier 2 M = A or C or B or R + CH
Cashier 3 M = A or C or B or R or CH
Who is correct?
p.s. Yes, I notice that we keep getting less food each time, but I am assuming this about how different staff read the menu and not the declining state of the economy.