This was a conversation I overheard at work today, an encounter through the drive-thru between a coworker of mine, "M," and a customer he was taking an order from. (Okay so it's mostly paraphrased. I have a poor memory for conversations.)
M: How is your day so far?
Customer: Venti Mocha Frappuccino with two shots of espresso.
M: So, your day is a Venti Mocha Frappuccino with two shots of espresso?
M: Okay, so you said your day was a Venti Mocha Frappucino with two shot?
Yes. You read that right. The customer agreed to the statement that her day was a drink, that the descriptor of how her day was going was her drink order.
You can probably tell from my post this past Wednesday that I am infuriated by people who don't listen or acknowledge each other in any way.
It infuriates me that people are more concerned with talking or texting on their cell phones than looking each other in the eye.
To me that's ultimate disrespect.
When someone you're interacting with won't even look you in the eye.
It doesn't matter that I'm only selling you your $6 cup of coffee. Is it really that hard to get off your phone and talk to me like I'm a human being, instead of a coffee robot?
Okay, yes, I confess I went through the checkout at Walmart the other day while on my cell phone. No one is perfect. But for serious, I do actually feel guilty about it.
The point is, this is a HUGE pet peeve of mine. I'd rather someone talk to me and be verbally abusive toward me than ignore my existence completely.
It never ceases to baffle me just how often people don't listen to each other. When did this happen? How long has this been going on? The sad part is that I don't see an end to it. As long as people are obsessed with their fancy phones and texting and the internet, people won't even care about each other.