Plans change and an angry coffee customer.  

itsallfun1957 59M
881 posts
6/18/2005 10:49 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Plans change and an angry coffee customer.

It continues to amaze me how some people have absolutely no decorum nor patience in a drive through lane. I was at a local coffee shop that doubles as a donut farm and an icecream mill. The coffee is not all that bad with the proper amount of cream as well as the price for an extra large cup of Joe.

My thoughts on the proper etiquette of a drive through is that the orders can not be complex for a variety of reasons including drive through implies rapid service (to a degree)and complex tasks conveyed over distance are left to misunderstanding. So I'm sitting in line three cars behind this person observing an escalating disagreement in drive through philosophies between the person violating etiquette and the driver of the car directly behind said offender.

I'm in a mellow place in my mind with fond thoughts of gardening dancing through my head. It also did not hurt that I was listening the Dead covering Dylan's "When I paint my masterpiece". Meanwhile, the offending person is now yelling at the speaker post, something about the competence of the unseen server. To further add fuel to the fire, the next car in line's driver decides to voice his concerns over the ordering process and the inability of the offender to adequately speak any version of the Queen's language.

I usually do not get scared easily unless my shadow suddenly grows three times its size. But, this individual is facing the driver squarely with all the menacing body language she could muster. The verbal barrage continues to escalate from both parties. The offending individual quickly spins around and jerks her car door open and leans in. Now my mind is reeling that there is going to be something very bad going to happen right in front of me. Luckily, the offending person gets in the car and speeds off.

I have been known to critique an individual's abilities to function in a manner that I consider correct. Who's to say that I have that right to correct an individuals actions? Whether the offense is poor driving or too many items in the express lane. Unfortunately in this day and age the duty of being a proactive thinking and medium of change can sometimes invite bodily injury. My take is to read the person's attitude, mannerisms, and body language before intervening. Even with those moments to re-think the positive and negative consequences of my impending action(s) may not afford a good and safe outcome.

Once I got my coffee, I quickly finished my errands and got back home. Hopefully in my insulated world no one will take offense to my cooking techniques or my gardening philosophies. Angry-mean people suck, a lesson I need to keep from repeating. Take care.>>>itsallfun1957

rm_morefutility 37F
175 posts
6/20/2005 10:44 pm

As a former service industry worker, I say f**k em all. People are a bunch of demanding sh*ts. If they pay 4.50 for a latte or a sandwich, they expect some boot licking in return, and people wonder why I am a history major!

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