There’s no doubt people can be conditioned by training or repetition to occasionally ask a ludicrous question. The geezer has for years conducted an unscientific, but comprehensive, survey aimed at proving the point.
I almost always order black coffee in fast-food or chain restaurants with breakfast or lunch. About nine times out of ten, this happens:
The server takes the complete order, and then asks, “Do you want cream with your coffee?”
To that standard question, I have a standard reply, “Thanks, but I never use cream in my black coffee.”
After thinking about the gaffe, the server and I, and anyone else within earshot, usually share a few chuckles. A long-time employee at my favorite fast-food place has made a game of it. If she sees a newer server taking my order, she runs over and yells, “Do NOT ask him if he wants cream!” My friend thus heads off any possibility of a sarcastic response.
Recently in another fast-food place, a rookie server’s question left me speechless. He asked, “Do you want cheese on that cheeseburger?”