What once was yours is now mine, so LEGGO!
I get this so, so very often, but if I posted about these kinds of idiot every time I encountered one, this board would get dull fast... This is therefore just a generic rant about certain types of SC rather than a single story.
What is it with people thinking that just letting you see their method of payment is sufficient to make a purchase? Bad news sucktomers, you don't get to simply "show me the money", you have to actually give it to me as well. I understand your confusion; there's this big sheet of glass between us, and until this week the turntable to ferry your payment through it was possibly not as obvious as it could have been. I mean, you tend to put your hands down in the right spot, but you're not letting go for long enough for me to retrieve your sacrificial offerings without breaking your fingers in the process.
However now we have a shiny new counter, and there's not one but two very differently coloured troughs carved in its surface to indicate where & how you can shove your money towards me past the security forcefield. You do have to make some effort though, insomuch as you have to push the money forwards towards the shield of doom. I cannot reach through & take it, my arms are too thick & don't bend in enough places.
You are making a purchase, which means you are exchanging your money for our goods & services. We will not release said goods & services until payment is received no matter how much you whine, beg, plead, or are "in a hurry" - this last is in fact a greater reason for me to wait for you to find your purse/wallet, and not the special secret "gief it to me nao" password, as you seem to believe it to be. And anyway, you've been queuing for arglebargle minutes - why didn't you get your payment out then?!
Standing there staring at me (or the wall, your friend, your phone, etc.) with no obvious method of payment will not make the card machine activate. Unless & until I know how you're paying, I cannot turn it on on the "off chance" you're using a card, as if you then pull a tenner out of your pocket I now have to cancel that whole transaction & start it afresh, and the card machine is very single-minded; once I've told it to expect your chip&pin, it gets very upset at me if it's denied its silicon snack. This in turn will lead to a greater delay in processing your order, so be sure to let me know as soon as you know how you're paying, & we can both get out of here with our dignities intact.
Finally, I get that you're in a hurry; your train is due soon, and you need a ticket. The thing is, if you keep paying more attention to the arrivals board than you do to me, then you're going to miss the train because I still don't know where you're going or how you're paying to get there, so you STILL won't have a ticket and you've just wasted all that hyperactivity looking back & forth between the arrivals board & the tracks...
Ah well, it could be worse - there's no works this weekend, & I'm getting nearly 4 days' pay for one extended shift tomorrow!
That definitely calls for a query about the relationship between arboreal regions and ursine defecation habits. - Wolfie
Last edited by RealUnimportant; 04-08-2012 at 08:56 AM.