Yesterday I went to the local grocery store, and this is how the conversation between the checker and the bagger went:
bagger - "Did you get the coke?"
checker - "No, I'm not cold."
bagger - "I'm sorry you're cold."
checker - "I'm not cold."
bagger - "Do you want my coat?"
checker - "I said I'm not cold."
befuddled customer (me) - "He asked if you got my coke!"
checker - "Coke?"
befuddled customer - "It was the first thing you rang up."
I felt like I was in the middle of an Abbott and Costello routine. Tell me again - who's on first? I think we might be a couple bases shy of a full playing field.
Well, the core of the conversation--at least for one of them--was business-related. I hate when the checker does not acknowledge me (the customer) and continues his/her dialogue with the bagger about personal or work-related topics. Not that I necessarily want to chit-chat with the checker, but I don't want to hear what they're doing after work or what's wrong with the new manager.
No, I'm not cold; I just don't care.
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