"Do you do anything with AARP?" a woman asked me yesterday, as she handed me the cash for her bill.
I know damn well what AARP is. I knew she was asking if we had a senior discount (sadly, we do). I looked at the $2 (five percent) tip she had already spread out on the table. I thought about all the raspberry lemonade and cherry Pepsi her adult grandchildren had slammed down. I thought about how every time I tried to ask her a question she refused to make eye contact or speak directly to me - until now, when she wanted money off her bill.
I thought about these things and then I smiled right to her face and said, "No, no we don't."