In an attempt of improving the business of our friend’s Chinese Restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne, we prepared a series of customized Fortune Cookies:
Positive contributions on tripadvisor.com reflect the positivity of your soul
A generous tip to our waiter Jason is an investment for your future happiness
The Brits are great adventurers in the face of difficult choices. Build our heritage and try our homemade dessert no.30 on the dim sum menu
Through discussion, comes agreement. Through honesty, comes improvement. Discuss your meal and feedback to our waiters
If luck is what you seek call the lucky no. 07908316894. And good luck will rain down on you (it will not cost you a fortune)
Notes from the experiment:
- Generally people were positive about the Cookies and in some cases the experiment followed with a nice informal conversation.
- Jason refused to serve our cookies to Chinese customers. He said Chinese customers don’t believe in fortune cookies. I insisted. He said that Chinese customers don’t believe in fortune cookies, therefore don’t open fortune cookies. I insisted a bit more. He told me not to. I stopped insisting.
- Some people called my number asking for luck. One other person was a bit annoyed because he was going through some school exams and really just needed luck “not stupid tricks”.
- A couple told me that promising things that can’t be delivered, such as luck, happiness, etc… is exactly what designers do all the time. “Think of designer’s jeans – they said – you think you’d look beautiful, successful or even smart by wearing them, instead you’ll just be who you are. Design is a scam”. Now, you go tell them that’s not what designers do.