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  1. #1
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Are you ever tempted to throttle someone?


    I went to the corner bakery/coffee/ gift shop this morning for a coffee
    and a muffin, as I do several days each week. They have great coffee
    and good muffins, but they are not known for speed, and I am not usually
    in a hurry.

    When I went up to the counter there were two women ahead of me and two
    other women, a older woman and her daughter <?>, were walking around
    looking at the gift items. The girl at the counter was making up some
    special teas, which I assumed were for the women ahead of me at the
    counter.

    As it turned out, when the teas were finally ready, they were for the
    mother daughter who are wandering around, so we had to wait while they
    slowly returned to the counter. The counter girl asked if they wanted
    anything else. Mother said of course and ordered a brownie. The daughter
    is hemming and hawing and, after her mother pressed her to hurry,
    decided she wanted a sandwich. Despite there being a menu mounted on the
    wall that she could have been looking at while the girl was making their
    teas, she has to asked what kind of sandwiches there are.

  2. #2
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Are you ever tempted to throttle someone?



    Life's too short to let that rile you. I hope your day improved.

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    ItsJoanNotJoann Guest

    Default Re: Are you ever tempted to throttle someone?

    On Nov 4, 6:56*pm, Dave Smith <adavid.sm...@sympatico.ca> wrote:
    > I went to the corner bakery/coffee/ gift shop this morning for a coffee
    > and a muffin, as I do several days each week. *They have great coffee
    > and good muffins, but they are not known for speed, and I am not usually
    > in a hurry.
    >
    > When I went up to the counter there were two women ahead of me and two
    > other women, *a older woman and her daughter <?>, were walking around
    > looking at the gift items. *The girl at the counter was making up some
    > special teas, which I assumed were for the women ahead of me at the
    > counter.
    >
    > As it turned out, when the teas were finally ready, they were for the
    > mother daughter who are wandering around, so we had to wait while they
    > slowly returned to the counter. *The counter girl asked if they wanted
    > anything else. Mother said of course and ordered a brownie. The daughter
    > is hemming and hawing and, after her mother pressed her to hurry,
    > decided she wanted a sandwich. Despite there being a menu mounted on the
    > wall that she could have been looking at while the girl was making their
    > teas, she has to asked what kind of sandwiches there are.


    >
    >

    I would have been tempted to ask for my coffee and muffin while she
    was mulling over the choices.

  4. #4
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Are you ever tempted to throttle someone?

    On 04/11/2011 8:23 PM, ItsJoanNotJoann wrote:

    >> As it turned out, when the teas were finally ready, they were for the
    >> mother daughter who are wandering around, so we had to wait while they
    >> slowly returned to the counter. The counter girl asked if they wanted
    >> anything else. Mother said of course and ordered a brownie. The daughter
    >> is hemming and hawing and, after her mother pressed her to hurry,
    >> decided she wanted a sandwich. Despite there being a menu mounted on the
    >> wall that she could have been looking at while the girl was making their
    >> teas, she has to asked what kind of sandwiches there are.

    >
    >>
    >>

    > I would have been tempted to ask for my coffee and muffin while she
    > was mulling over the choices.


    There were still the two women in front of me. But FWIW... one day last
    week there was someone dallying over their order and the girl asked if I
    wanted the usual and went ahead and served me while she was making up
    her mind.

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    gloria.p Guest

    Default Re: Are you ever tempted to throttle someone?

    On 11/4/2011 5:56 PM, Dave Smith wrote:
    >
    > I went to the corner bakery/coffee/ gift shop this morning for a coffee
    >


    > When I went up to the counter there were two women ahead of me and two
    > other women, a older woman and her daughter <?>, were walking around
    > looking at the gift items.


    > As it turned out, when the teas were finally ready, they were for the
    > mother daughter who are wandering around, so we had to wait while they
    > slowly returned to the counter. The counter girl asked if they wanted
    > anything else. Mother said of course and ordered a brownie. The daughter
    > is hemming and hawing and, after her mother pressed her to hurry,
    > decided she wanted a sandwich. Despite there being a menu mounted on the
    > wall that she could have been looking at while the girl was making their
    > teas, she has to asked what kind of sandwiches there are.




    Stupid or inconsiderate/self centered. it all amounts to the same level
    of frustrating. "This, too, shall pass" is a good mantra when faced
    with buttheads like that.

    gloria p

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    Polly Esther Guest

    Default Re: Are you ever tempted to throttle someone?


    "gloria.p" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:j92334$1hf$[email protected]..
    > On 11/4/2011 5:56 PM, Dave Smith wrote:
    >>
    >> I went to the corner bakery/coffee/ gift shop this morning for a coffee
    >>

    >
    >> When I went up to the counter there were two women ahead of me and two
    >> other women, a older woman and her daughter <?>, were walking around
    >> looking at the gift items.

    >
    >> As it turned out, when the teas were finally ready, they were for the
    >> mother daughter who are wandering around, so we had to wait while they
    >> slowly returned to the counter. The counter girl asked if they wanted
    >> anything else. Mother said of course and ordered a brownie. The daughter
    >> is hemming and hawing and, after her mother pressed her to hurry,
    >> decided she wanted a sandwich. Despite there being a menu mounted on the
    >> wall that she could have been looking at while the girl was making their
    >> teas, she has to asked what kind of sandwiches there are.

    >
    >
    >
    > Stupid or inconsiderate/self centered. it all amounts to the same level of
    > frustrating. "This, too, shall pass" is a good mantra when faced
    > with buttheads like that.
    >
    > gloria p


    I wanted to see if my prescription was cheaper at Wallymart. It wasn't.
    But here's the local drill. There is a long, long line of folks winding
    back and around like at Disneyworld but there's no roller coaster reward at
    the end. Maybe you do get to scream. That line is for people who hope to
    pick up a prescription. There's another place to turn in the prescription.
    It is occupied by the most pompous a$$ of a woman I ever encountered. She
    has a computer screen with its back to the customers. For all I know she
    was sending email to her friend (as if). There's a red tape applied to the
    floor about 6 feet away from her. She will Not accept a prescription unless
    the customer stands behind the red line and awaits her invitation to come
    forward and she took her own sweet time to be bothered.
    Two hours later, I came back to pick up my pills. While I endured the
    pick-up line I fixed my most hostile stare on her; she couldn't help but
    feel it. I also noticed that her preferred customers were not commanded to
    stand away until invited. If I HAD to go back, I'd bring a camera and
    record her performance. Mr. Wally might enjoy seeing it. Polly


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    Tommy Joe Guest

    Default Re: Are you ever tempted to throttle someone?

    On Nov 4, 7:56*pm, Dave Smith <adavid.sm...@sympatico.ca> wrote:

    > As it turned out, when the teas were finally ready, they were for the
    > mother daughter who are wandering around, so we had to wait while they
    > slowly returned to the counter. *The counter girl asked if they wanted
    > anything else. Mother said of course and ordered a brownie. The daughter
    > is hemming and hawing and, after her mother pressed her to hurry,
    > decided she wanted a sandwich. Despite there being a menu mounted on the
    > wall that she could have been looking at while the girl was making their
    > teas, she has to asked what kind of sandwiches there are.



    I usually hold my tongue in public but do occasional make meek
    hints of displeasure such as a slowly shaking head with a grimacing
    face aboard, or even light moans or groans of disgust. I think a
    really good counter person who knows you and what you normally get
    would look to you and quickly ask, "The usual?" Back when I drove cab
    5 days a week I had one medium coffee per day from Dunkin Donuts. I
    love their coffee, with cream only, which is good fatty stuff, not the
    half and half. Anyway, I used to go in for pretty much the same thing
    every day. One day I was behind a group of inconsiderate people who
    couldn't make up their minds, and the counter person looked beyond
    them to me and I said, "The usual", which was the coffee with cream
    only, and then added, "and a plain old fashioned donut." I began
    tipping her from that point. Nothing great, just a keep the change
    kind of thing. I never forced her into it or said anything, she knew
    how to work it. Those people in front of you were inconsiderate, but
    if the person behind the counter knows you and your order is small and
    quick, then I think if they're any good at what they do they should be
    able to get your quick order while those in front of you are
    dawdling. But because I am wimpy about such matters and wish to show
    no disrespect to any worker, especially those who make little money, I
    would not go out of my way to complain or say anything. That person
    behind the counter who worked me in that day was operating the same
    way I would if I were doing the job.

    TJ

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    Tommy Joe Guest

    Default Re: Are you ever tempted to throttle someone?

    On Nov 4, 8:30*pm, Dave Smith <adavid.sm...@sympatico.ca> wrote:

    > There were still the two women in front of me. But FWIW... one day last
    > week there was someone dallying over their order and the girl asked if I
    > wanted the usual and went ahead and served me while she was making up
    > her mind.




    Ok, sorry, didn't see this one, responded only to your first
    one. So you too have experienced the good side of the fast food way
    of life. I guess I wasn't telling you anything you don't already
    know. I'm not Mr. Impatient, but I really think at certain stores
    there should be separate aisles, like one for just paying gas, and
    definitely one that is only for buying or cashing in lottery tickets.
    Waiting in line is funny. Ever check the lines at the super market
    wondering which one might get you through the fastest - or if not the
    fastest, the easiest at least? So you pick the one you think fits
    that descrption, maybe because there's only person in front of you but
    the other aisles are way more packed. But you just happen to get
    behind someone with coupons or a card that requires the checkout
    person to get on the microphone and call in the manager who is busy
    somewhere else and you wind up in the shorter line longer than anyone
    in the longer ones. I love that one.

    TJ

  9. #9
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Are you ever tempted to throttle someone?

    On Fri, 4 Nov 2011 21:28:19 -0500, "Polly Esther"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Two hours later, I came back to pick up my pills. While I endured the
    > pick-up line I fixed my most hostile stare on her; she couldn't help but
    > feel it. I also noticed that her preferred customers were not commanded to
    > stand away until invited. If I HAD to go back, I'd bring a camera and
    > record her performance. Mr. Wally might enjoy seeing it. Polly


    From what I've read about him, he would be absolutely appalled.

    sf - not a Walmart fan.

    --
    All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.

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    Dimitri Guest

    Default Re: Are you ever tempted to throttle someone?


    "Dave Smith" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:WY_sq.88810$[email protected] om...
    >
    > I went to the corner bakery/coffee/ gift shop this morning for a coffee
    > and a muffin, as I do several days each week. They have great coffee and
    > good muffins, but they are not known for speed, and I am not usually in a
    > hurry.
    >
    > When I went up to the counter there were two women ahead of me and two
    > other women, a older woman and her daughter <?>, were walking around
    > looking at the gift items. The girl at the counter was making up some
    > special teas, which I assumed were for the women ahead of me at the
    > counter.
    >
    > As it turned out, when the teas were finally ready, they were for the
    > mother daughter who are wandering around, so we had to wait while they
    > slowly returned to the counter. The counter girl asked if they wanted
    > anything else. Mother said of course and ordered a brownie. The daughter
    > is hemming and hawing and, after her mother pressed her to hurry, decided
    > she wanted a sandwich. Despite there being a menu mounted on the wall that
    > she could have been looking at while the girl was making their teas, she
    > has to asked what kind of sandwiches there are.


    There are many people in this world who are so self obsessed as to be
    unconsciously rude and inconsiderate of others. Unfortunately it is a fact
    of life. Just be thankful you don't have to either live with or have a
    relative who are like that.

    Dimitri



  11. #11
    Dan Abel Guest

    Default Re: Are you ever tempted to throttle someone?

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Polly Esther" <[email protected]> wrote:


    > I wanted to see if my prescription was cheaper at Wallymart. It wasn't.


    [sad story deleted]

    > If I HAD to go back, I'd bring a camera and
    > record her performance. Mr. Wally might enjoy seeing it. Polly


    Mr. Wally is dead:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Walton

    "Samuel Moore "Sam" Walton (March 29, 1918 * April 5, 1992) was a
    businessman, entrepreneur, and Eagle Scout born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma
    best known for founding the retailers Wal-Mart and Sam's Club."

    He was a firm believer in buying American.

    --
    Dan Abel
    Petaluma, California USA
    [email protected]

  12. #12
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: Are you ever tempted to throttle someone?

    Dimitri replied to Dave Smith:

    > There are many people in this world who are so self obsessed as to be
    > unconsciously rude and inconsiderate of others. Unfortunately it is a fact
    > of life. Just be thankful you don't have to either live with or have a
    > relative who are like that.


    Have you never read Dave's stories about his relatives?

    Bob



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    Ophelia Guest

    Default Re: Are you ever tempted to throttle someone?


    "Polly Esther" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >
    > "gloria.p" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:j92334$1hf$[email protected]..
    >> On 11/4/2011 5:56 PM, Dave Smith wrote:
    >>>
    >>> I went to the corner bakery/coffee/ gift shop this morning for a coffee
    >>>

    >>
    >>> When I went up to the counter there were two women ahead of me and two
    >>> other women, a older woman and her daughter <?>, were walking around
    >>> looking at the gift items.

    >>
    >>> As it turned out, when the teas were finally ready, they were for the
    >>> mother daughter who are wandering around, so we had to wait while they
    >>> slowly returned to the counter. The counter girl asked if they wanted
    >>> anything else. Mother said of course and ordered a brownie. The daughter
    >>> is hemming and hawing and, after her mother pressed her to hurry,
    >>> decided she wanted a sandwich. Despite there being a menu mounted on the
    >>> wall that she could have been looking at while the girl was making their
    >>> teas, she has to asked what kind of sandwiches there are.

    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> Stupid or inconsiderate/self centered. it all amounts to the same level
    >> of frustrating. "This, too, shall pass" is a good mantra when faced
    >> with buttheads like that.
    >>
    >> gloria p

    >
    > I wanted to see if my prescription was cheaper at Wallymart. It wasn't.
    > But here's the local drill. There is a long, long line of folks winding
    > back and around like at Disneyworld but there's no roller coaster reward
    > at the end. Maybe you do get to scream. That line is for people who hope
    > to pick up a prescription. There's another place to turn in the
    > prescription. It is occupied by the most pompous a$$ of a woman I ever
    > encountered. She has a computer screen with its back to the customers.
    > For all I know she was sending email to her friend (as if). There's a red
    > tape applied to the floor about 6 feet away from her. She will Not accept
    > a prescription unless the customer stands behind the red line and awaits
    > her invitation to come forward and she took her own sweet time to be
    > bothered.
    > Two hours later, I came back to pick up my pills. While I endured the
    > pick-up line I fixed my most hostile stare on her; she couldn't help but
    > feel it. I also noticed that her preferred customers were not commanded
    > to stand away until invited. If I HAD to go back, I'd bring a camera
    > and record her performance. Mr. Wally might enjoy seeing it. Polly


    You could complain to the store manager and invite him to watch.

    --
    http://www.shop.helpforheroes.org.uk/


  14. #14
    Bryan Guest

    Default Re: Are you ever tempted to throttle someone?

    On Nov 4, 10:47*pm, Tommy Joe <j...@bellsouth.net> wrote:
    > On Nov 4, 8:30*pm, Dave Smith <adavid.sm...@sympatico.ca> wrote:
    >
    > > There were still the two women in front of me. But FWIW... one day last
    > > week there was someone dallying over their order and the girl asked if I
    > > wanted the usual and went ahead and served me while she was making up
    > > her mind.

    >
    > * * *Ok, sorry, didn't see this one, responded only to your first
    > one. *So you too have experienced the good side of the fast food way
    > of life. *I guess I wasn't telling you anything you don't already
    > know. *I'm not Mr. Impatient, but I really think at certain stores
    > there should be separate aisles, like one for just paying gas, and
    > definitely one that is only for buying or cashing in lottery tickets.
    > Waiting in line is funny. *Ever check the lines at the super market
    > wondering which one might get you through the fastest - or if not the
    > fastest, the easiest at least? *So you pick the one you think fits
    > that descrption, maybe because there's only person in front of you but
    > the other aisles are way more packed. *But you just happen to get
    > behind someone with coupons or a card that requires the checkout
    > person to get on the microphone and call in the manager who is busy
    > somewhere else and you wind up in the shorter line longer than anyone
    > in the longer ones. *I love that one.


    I repeatedly insulted the piece of human refuse that was in front of
    me in
    the line at Aldi a few days ago. She did everything she could do to
    be slow.
    I guess she was trying to prolong her face time with normal humans.
    >
    > TJ


    --Bryan

  15. #15
    John Kuthe Guest

    Default Re: Are you ever tempted to throttle someone?

    On Nov 5, 6:07*pm, Bryan <bryangsimm...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > On Nov 4, 10:47*pm, Tommy Joe <j...@bellsouth.net> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > > On Nov 4, 8:30*pm, Dave Smith <adavid.sm...@sympatico.ca> wrote:

    >
    > > > There were still the two women in front of me. But FWIW... one day last
    > > > week there was someone dallying over their order and the girl asked if I
    > > > wanted the usual and went ahead and served me while she was making up
    > > > her mind.

    >
    > > * * *Ok, sorry, didn't see this one, responded only to your first
    > > one. *So you too have experienced the good side of the fast food way
    > > of life. *I guess I wasn't telling you anything you don't already
    > > know. *I'm not Mr. Impatient, but I really think at certain stores
    > > there should be separate aisles, like one for just paying gas, and
    > > definitely one that is only for buying or cashing in lottery tickets.
    > > Waiting in line is funny. *Ever check the lines at the super market
    > > wondering which one might get you through the fastest - or if not the
    > > fastest, the easiest at least? *So you pick the one you think fits
    > > that descrption, maybe because there's only person in front of you but
    > > the other aisles are way more packed. *But you just happen to get
    > > behind someone with coupons or a card that requires the checkout
    > > person to get on the microphone and call in the manager who is busy
    > > somewhere else and you wind up in the shorter line longer than anyone
    > > in the longer ones. *I love that one.

    >
    > I repeatedly insulted the piece of human refuse that was in front of
    > me in
    > the line at Aldi a few days ago. *She did everything she could do to
    > be slow.
    > I guess she was trying to prolong her face time with normal humans.
    >
    >
    >
    > > TJ

    >
    > --Bryan


    Some people just love to be the center of attention. I can remember
    first noticing this with a girl in grade school who would always dilly
    dally, waste time and play dumb when she was called on to do something
    in front of class on the blackboard. Becky was her first name, and I
    always dreaded when a teacher called on her to do something at the
    'board" like an arithmetic problem or something. I wanted to tell her
    "Just do the problem and sit down, dammit!"

    Notoriety is better than anonymity, after all!

    John Kuthe...

  16. #16
    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: Are you ever tempted to throttle someone?

    On Fri, 4 Nov 2011 21:28:19 -0500, "Polly Esther"
    <[email protected]> wrote:
    snip
    There's a red tape applied to the
    >floor about 6 feet away from her. She will Not accept a prescription unless
    >the customer stands behind the red linesnip


    That's the standard setup here. It's for privacy reasons to allow you
    to discuss your issues without embarrassment.
    Janet US

  17. #17
    Polly Esther Guest

    Default Re: Are you ever tempted to throttle someone?


    "Janet Bostwick" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Fri, 4 Nov 2011 21:28:19 -0500, "Polly Esther"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    > snip
    > There's a red tape applied to the
    >>floor about 6 feet away from her. She will Not accept a prescription
    >>unless
    >>the customer stands behind the red line

    >
    > That's the standard setup here. It's for privacy reasons to allow you
    > to discuss your issues without embarrassment.
    > Janet US


    BUT there was no one ahead of me or behind me. There was no reason for me
    to go 'stand away' except she had to show her authority. Polly


  18. #18
    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: Are you ever tempted to throttle someone?

    On Sat, 5 Nov 2011 11:36:39 -0500, "Polly Esther"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >"Janet Bostwick" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]. .
    >> On Fri, 4 Nov 2011 21:28:19 -0500, "Polly Esther"
    >> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> snip
    >> There's a red tape applied to the
    >>>floor about 6 feet away from her. She will Not accept a prescription
    >>>unless
    >>>the customer stands behind the red line

    >>
    >> That's the standard setup here. It's for privacy reasons to allow you
    >> to discuss your issues without embarrassment.
    >> Janet US

    >
    >BUT there was no one ahead of me or behind me. There was no reason for me
    >to go 'stand away' except she had to show her authority. Polly


    I've never thought about it.
    The line/sign is there and I honor it. It's like the stop light at
    the corner, there is no car coming but I still don't cross against
    light. It doesn't matter to me where I wait.
    Janet US

  19. #19
    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Are you ever tempted to throttle someone?


    "Polly Esther" <Po[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >
    > "Janet Bostwick" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> On Fri, 4 Nov 2011 21:28:19 -0500, "Polly Esther"
    >> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> snip
    >> There's a red tape applied to the
    >>>floor about 6 feet away from her. She will Not accept a prescription
    >>>unless
    >>>the customer stands behind the red line

    >>
    >> That's the standard setup here. It's for privacy reasons to allow you
    >> to discuss your issues without embarrassment.
    >> Janet US

    >
    > BUT there was no one ahead of me or behind me. There was no reason for me
    > to go 'stand away' except she had to show her authority. Polly



    That's not what you said in your first post. You said, "There is a long,
    long line of folks winding
    back and around like at Disneyworld but there's no roller coaster reward at
    the end. Maybe you do get to scream."

    For a long time Wal*Mart advertised their $3 prescription drug program for
    generic equivalents for people who don't have Rx drug coverage. After I got
    out of the hospital in 2008 my doctor insisted I start taking an antibiotic
    immediately, as soon as I got home. I knew this drug was on the list I had
    previously read of drugs eligible for this antibiotic so I I had them call
    in the prescription to the Wal*Mart pharmacy. I went over there, stood on
    line for what felt like hours and the charge was close to $50. I don't shop
    at Wal*Mart. Since Sam Walton died his greedy kids have let everything go
    to hell.

    Jill


  20. #20
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Are you ever tempted to throttle someone?

    On Sat, 5 Nov 2011 11:36:39 -0500, "Polly Esther"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    > "Janet Bostwick" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > > On Fri, 4 Nov 2011 21:28:19 -0500, "Polly Esther"
    > > <[email protected]> wrote:
    > > snip
    > > There's a red tape applied to the
    > >>floor about 6 feet away from her. She will Not accept a prescription
    > >>unless
    > >>the customer stands behind the red line

    > >
    > > That's the standard setup here. It's for privacy reasons to allow you
    > > to discuss your issues without embarrassment.
    > > Janet US

    >
    > BUT there was no one ahead of me or behind me. There was no reason for me
    > to go 'stand away' except she had to show her authority. Polly


    That's what they call a petty tyrant.

    --
    All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.

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