I go into Handyman to buy some things. There are about 30 salespeople more or less standing around ready to help customers with their shopping needs. I find one and then another to find what I am looking for. All goes great, I get my stuff and then head over to the registers. There are two people ahead of me and the cashier is waiting on some change to give to the first customer.
All of a sudden there are five people behind me and still only one cashier and I start thinking about efficiency and why isn’t there at least another cashier. Okay no big deal as I am only second in line. Next thing you know the cashier starts bagging the purchases of the first customer in line who just so happens to have a ton of stuff.
Meanwhile, there are literally five sales people all in arms length of her standing around doing nothing, basically waiting for customers to come in. So (now there are 8 people in line) I say out loud how ridiculous that no one is helping bag the purchase and then I say to one of the salespeople in more or less an abrupt way “Hey, instead of standing there waiting for a customer to come in how about helping this line go faster and bag customer purchases“.
Well this apparently rubbed the well dressed moneyed customer in front of me the wrong way and he said “That’s not their job and why I don’t mind my own business” I said back that it’s frustrating to wait on long lines when there are salespeople right there to help, make things go faster. Well he throws his credit card on the table and says “We are not in America“ which I reply “Ain’t that the truth” and follow with “I really think that this is about efficiency and what’s wrong about asking the salesperson to help make this line go faster”
He was seething at this point, staring at me with incredible hatred and started to suggest that the salesperson should file a legal complaint against me for suggesting that he help bag and that I was inferring he was lazy and my statement to him was slanderous and he could make money by suing me yada, yada, yada. In my mind I am thinking yea about the only way anyone makes money in this country is either stealing it or suing foreigners that bring their money here in good faith to spend, hire people, support families, etc… Yea we are really terrible people LOL Can you believe this shit.
But, I held my cool even as he went on to threaten me by suggesting he would be looking for me and I better watch my step. I was so angry inside that I wanted to rip this assholes head off but I held my cool and smiled and just said look I have better things than to wait in long lines when my wife and kids are waiting for me and I think it is perfectly reasonable to request assistance to make things go faster.Published in