By Kristie Hamon

It started as a regular trip for some fast food. I ordered chicken nuggets.I opened my 10-piece box of nuggets and thought, “Something isn’t quite right.” I began to count the nuggets.

Then I made a discovery that would change my outlook of fast food restaurants forever.

There were only nine nuggets in my box of 10 chicken nuggets!

This is where my dilemma arose.

I couldn’t go back and be like, “Um, excuse me. You only gave me nine nuggets . . . I want my 10th nugget.” I would look completely ridiculous and there would be no way for me to prove that I hadn’t eaten the 10th nugget and was just after a bonus.

But on the other hand, why would someone really file a complaint about one missing nugget unless it was a legitimate claim? If someone wanted to steal some nuggets, I’m sure there are better ways that would get them more than just one.

Is the recession so bad that restaurants are intentionally giving their customers a nugget less in order to save money? Or is this the McDonald’s way of making America less fat, one nugget at a time?

I felt slighted. It may have only been one chicken nugget, but I paid for that food. I was really excited about eating a whole 10-piece that day.

You might think, “It’s one nugget! You’ll live!”

And you would be correct; I will live without that nugget, but I will live on knowing that I may not always get my money’s worth of nuggets and that I should cherish every one I get because the next 10-piece I order may only contain nine, or even eight.

You may laugh now, but wait until it happens to you.

If I were anywhere else other than a fast food restaurant and I was sold one less item than I paid for, I think you may have seen my point differently.

If I were in a grocery store and paid for four candy bars and the cashier only bags three of the bars, it wouldn’t seem out of the ordinary for me to come back with my receipt and show customer service that I didn’t make it out with all of my items.

I guess the problem here is that McDonald’s doesn’t have a customer service desk.

I decided, the passive person I am, not to complain about my missing chicken nugget and go on with my day, despite the lingering emptiness I felt for the nugget.

A few days later, I went to a different fast food restaurant and ordered their chicken nuggets. As I learned from my last experience, I opened the box and began counting the nuggets.

This time, I couldn’t believe it. Instead of the eight nuggets I was supposed to get, I had nine and a half!

From this I must conclude that if you are slighted something that you were really enthusiastic about-in my case, a chicken nugget-life will eventually reimburse you in some way, so don’t give up on something that you really want because of one bad experience. Believe in the power of chicken nugget karma.