You ate ALL MY PIZZA!
September 4, 2009 11:58 AM Subscribe
Is there a mathematical, economic, logical or game-theory name/description for the following scenario?
posted by contessa to Grab Bag (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Let's say you have two pairs of people: Pair A and Pair B.
Both pairs are ordering pizza. Pair A will not eat meat toppings, whereas Pair B wants meat toppings. Collectively all four decide to order two pizzas: one with no meat toppings (pizza #1) and one with meat toppings (pizza #2).
When the pizzas arrive, Pair A of course will only eat pizza #1. But Pair B are not committed carnivores; in addition to pizza #2 (which only they prefer) they also want to eat slices from pizza #1.
At the end of the meal, Pair A have had to struggle to get a "fair" share of pizza #1, whereas Pair B have helped themselves to both pizzas.
What's this called? (Besides "being jerks"?)