I went to the grocery store yesterday evening to pick up a few items. I stopped by the deli and asked the young lady for three quarters of a pound of Sara Lee Honey Ham, shaved. After a five minute search behind the counter the other deli worker asked her what she was searching for. Worker 2 told my worker that she should just open a new ham since there clearly was not one partially sliced behind the counter.
This search meant she could not remember how much ham I wanted or how I wanted it sliced. I told he again I wanted 3/4 pound, shaved.
She carried over a slice about 1/8 inch thick and asked if that was OK? I told he no, I want it as thin as possible -- shaved. She brought over a slice about 1/16 inch thick. I told her no, I want it shaved, make the slicer barely clear the guard, it is OK if it comes out in small pieces. I explained I wanted the ham almost see-through.
She placed the meat on the scale and called her co-worker. "How much is three quarters of a pound?" she asked him. He frowned in disbelief and told her 0.75 on the scale.
She handed me my 1/16 inch thick slices of meat. Apparently she flunked both math and vocabulary in school.