Sunday, December 21, 2014

Are You Being Served...Politely?

It happened to me again today.

I say again because it's happened many times before, and with increasing regularity.

It's happened to you too, I'll bet.

Rude store clerks.

Now, to be clear I'm not saying , "Go f*&# yourself", rude.

I'm saying, "You, Mr. Customer, are inconveniencing me", rude.

I stopped for gas and the dude behind the counter couldn't be bothered to stop jabbering on his cell phone long enough to even ask if I wanted to use any of my collected points. He just kept blah blah blahing away and merely motioned to me when it was an appropriate time to swipe my cards.

Had I been a regular customer at this establishment, I would have made a note to his Manager.

But it's happened before, and more frequently.

Gas Bars, Corner Stores, the Buck Store... a lot of places, come to think of it. 

I know what it's like to serve a customer. I drove a Taxi and had a cell phone long before call display. If it rang when I had a customer, I either didn't answer it, or told the caller I'd call back. It's the same now.

So I am adopting a new strategy: if I come into your establishment, and you are too rude to put the phone down, I'll wait. If you motion to me to input anything, I'll say, "I'll wait until your not too busy to serve, me, the guy who is giving you money for your service and making it possible for you to jabber away on that $200 smart phone."

Then I won't go back if I can help it.


1 comment:

Scott said...

Or try, "I'm sorry, but if you're too busy to serve me, I'm too busy to pay" and walk out.