Date: Thu, 4 May 1995 17:08:46 CDT
From: "Krahn, Al" AKRA[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSIC.LIB.MATC.EDU
The number 86 is official restaurant jargon meaning
"we are out of that."
You will find it in the book issued to restaurant
workers who belong to the union.
I was at a Perkins Restaurant about two months ago. I kept hearing
"86" being piped to waiters and waitresses over the intercom. I
mentioned to our waitress that they seemed to be out of a lot of
things and she said several busloads of people they hadn't expected
had stopped there and they ran out of many supplies.
Albert E. Krahn
Instructor, English Department AKRA[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSIC.LIB.MATC.EDU
Milwaukee Area Technical College Phone: (414) 297-6519
Milwaukee, WI 53233-1443 Fax: (414) 297-7990