Would sober guys wear these hats?
Hello Boss, sorry to bother you at home. It’s me, Gretchen. You hired me as a bartender, remember?
Of course! Danke schön for calling, Gretchen. How are things going at the beer hall?
Not well, Boss. It’s mid-September, and people are already showing up for Oktoberfest!
Anyway, some customers want beer, but I’m not sure I should serve them. They are wearing totally silly hats, the kind you would put on only if you were already very drunk.
Hmmmmm. Anything else?
Ja, they are carrying guns.
I see, Gretchen. Perhaps they’ve already begun drinking, even though it’s still just Septemberfest! You must give them the sobriety test!
Listen carefully. Show them two of something, and then say, “How many do you see?”
If they get the number right, go ahead and serve them.
Boss, it’s me again. It was two and they got it exactly right, so I’m serving them now. Hey! Are you boys going to drink up, or are you just going to reload those guns?
The opening of the Oktoberfest in Berlin, September 15, 2010. REUTERS photos by Fabrizio Bensch