Bucket List: The Napkin Number

Napkin-NoteThere’s something I’ve only seen in movies that I’ve always wanted to try, and on Friday I checked it off my bucket list.

The movie trope is when one person writes a number (typically a salary offer or some sum of money in exchange for a service) on a napkin, places it face-down on the table, and slides it over to the other person to consider.

I love this because it’s such a cinematic thing to do. There’s no reason to write down the number (unless maybe if you don’t want anyone else nearby to know what it is). It’s just something that happens in movies because it looks good on camera.

It’s hard to explain the exact situation in which this happened on Friday, but basically it was a joke. I was discussing jobs and careers with a good friend, and I made him a “job offer” to work at Stonemaier.

It occurred to me at the last second that I had paper and pencil on hand (we had already received the bill), so I stopped talking and wrote down the number: “$8/hour”

I flipped it over, slid it across the table, and waited for the response.

My friend carefully considered the offer before countering with an offer of his own: “$7.50/hour…plus tips.”

I could have considered $7.50, but tips? That could add up to hundreds of cents! I’m trying to run a business here. So unfortunately I had to reject his offer.

This was my first napkin offer, but I hope it’s not the last. It’s just too much fun.

Have you ever made someone an offer via a napkin?