Saturday was the start of my daywork tour, which usually coincides with my lack of patience for stupid people. I am not a morning person, so when I enter the local Wawa – it’s an east coast convenience store chain – at 6am and have to deal with idiots, it angries up the blood.
I walked into the store to get provisions for the workday; specifically, a salad, Diet Mountain Dew, and a few cheese sticks. (I’m trying to be less fat.) While walking to the checkout line, this Jewish woman is berating one of the workers behind the sandwich counter. Now normally, I would ignore such ignorant people, turn on my inner music playlist, and go about my day, but this woman went above and beyond the usual criticisms.
The woman was placing a breakfast order, and was ranting about a specific ingredient, which I did not catch. The conversation went like this…
Woman: “Why are you smiling at me?”
Wawa worker: “Ma’am?”
Woman: “Why are you smiling at me? Do you think my order request is a joke?”
Wawa worker: “Not at all.”
Woman: Yes you do. I told you I am allergic to dairy and you’re smiling at me. I want to speak to a manager!”
A manager approaches the woman.
Manager: “Yes ma’am, how can I help you?
Woman: “I gave this person a specific order and he keeps smiling at me. I DO NOT want him handling my food.”
Manager: “Okay ma’am, I will be happy to make your order.”
Woman: “Why are you smiling at me?!!”
Now, this woman did not seem outwardly deranged, but she certainly had issues. Issues which would have – on most other day – gotten her pistol-whipped. Luckily for her, self-control got the better of me.
I’ve mentioned this before, but my mother was a waitress for years. I know what people in service industries have to endure, so I try to be non-confrontational. If my order is not perfect, I always suck it up. I never raise my voice. I don’t believe in tipping; I believe in over-tipping. Even if the service is absolutely awful, I will still leave something.
When I got to my cashier, I actually apologized for that woman’s misconduct, because I was embarrassed for her. Sadly, the woman will continue living her pathetic, hate-filled life believing others were placed on Earth simply to serve her.