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An old woman came up to the till with a danish and demanded "This, a
glass of water and a knife" I was taken aback by the way she barked at
me but I put on a big smile, the sooner I served her the sooner I wouldn't
have to deal with her rudeness. I told her "I'll have your glass of water in
a second, the knives are in the cutlery tray just to your left". I fetched a glass
and went to the ice bucket and she screamed "No Ice!!!!" in a you idiot tone
across the counter at me "What ever way you like it miss" I hope you like it
in your face because if you bark another order at me so help me... (I really
wish I said that.)
I took her payment and as I did I noticed she had very bad tremors in her hands.
Realizing she had Parkinson's, I decided to forget about the way she spoke to me
and bring her items to her table. But as I was leaving her table she shouted "AND A
KNIFE ?!?!?!!?!!!" in an exasperated and outraged voice. "Sure" I said through gritted
teeth and got her knife (I had some really violent thoughts involving the knife as I
was doing so). Before I was out of earshot and able to breath a sigh of relief, she
spilled her change purse and just commanded me to pick it up. Not so much as a
please, thank you, or kiss my ass. I just pushed the incident aside and got back to
work I had a string of pleasant customers I could have a chat with and low and behold
who should darken my doorstep again? This time she demanded a packet of biscuits
that open them which I did. As I was handing her receipt and change she said "dont
bother" I said "pardon?" and by way of an answer she flicked the receipt into my face!
If anyone deserved to be exasperated it was me. I would have liked to throttle her
but then again why bother? God saved me the bother and he's doing it constantly
I know I'm a spiteful evil bastard but I need some retribution even if its just a bad
joke at her expense.