Dear Readers: Today's Sound Off is about restaurants running out of house wine:
"My Sound Off is when you go out to eat and ask for a glass of house wine and the restaurant tells you they are all out of the house wine. Then they substitute a more expensive wine. Sometimes the substitute is as much as $2 more a glass.
"It seems to me that it's not the customer's fault that the restaurant hasn't stocked well. Personally, I think it's a scam. Perhaps they should give the customer the better wine at the house price.
"It certainly seems that the restaurant could send an employee to the grocery store for replenishments. Consider the markup on wine. Can't they lose a few cents rather than a customer?"
Steve D., Simi Valley, Calif.
An intriguing situation, especially if you are talking about restaurants in Simi Valley — wine country! I hope it's not a "scam" or an unethical way to "upsell" for more expensive wine. To be fair, there may circumstances where they legitimately run out: a big crush of guests all at once, the delivery truck was delayed or a no-show that day, or the server was mistaken. The next time, ask the server how much the "substitute" glass of wine will cost before agreeing. Restaurants do want to keep customers happy and coming back, and in this case should charge only the cost of the house wine.
As for sending an employee to the store, state laws vary. Restaurants generally are not supposed to sell product that they have bought at retail.
Dear Readers: Other uses for ice picks:
1. Poke holes in lids of containers.
2. A hole punch for paper.
3. Add more holes in belts.
4. Create holes in fabric when sewing.
5. As an aerator for soil when planting.
Dear Heloise: I use daily facial cleaning cloths every evening, and discovered that when I am done with one, it is perfect for cleaning the crud off my curling iron.
I try to do this after using the iron every time! You could keep a cloth in a plastic baggie and use it many times for that purpose.
Kathy M., Omaha, Neb.
Thank you for sharing, Kathy. Most of these the cloths are durable and can be used multiple times for cleaning around the house.
Dear Heloise: When my children were younger, I used comic strips to help them understand sequencing (the ordering of events).
First, I read the comic to them while pointing to the pictures. Then I cut up the strip and asked them to put the strip back in order. They got pretty good at ordering the pictures.
Susan in San Antonio
Dear Heloise: Here's another use for rubber bands: Use rubber bands on bottles. Wrap the bottle three or four times. No slipping out of the hand.
Tom in Texas
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