The office park I work in has a very limited selection of food vendors, so most people end up going to this little sandwich shop. It’s not bad – decent selection of custom sandwiches, cute and courteous waitstaff – but its one drawback is that there’s always a line for the single cash register. It’s an annoying bottleneck, especially because the person running the register has to occasionally grab coffee or desserts, and because the people buying lunch often decide to dash across the room to grab a Snapple while in the middle of paying.
So even if you actually * liked * waiting in line, the process would be tedious. I always make it a point to pay as fast as I can to present as little of an inconvenience as possible for those people behind me. Today, I was next up to the register. The man in front of me got a salad, asked for some cookies, paid with a bank card (quite a bit slower than paying cash) and finally, when the cashier was about to get the change, said, "Do you have any Texas quarters?"
At which point I politely suggested that he leave the coin collecting for a time when there weren’t people waiting in line. He seemed quite affronted – apparently the notion that other people were waiting for him to pay and get the hell out of the way hadn’t previously dawned on him.
So now I’m wondering who was more discourteous – me for not willing to wait the extra 20 or 30 seconds while the cashier fumbled through the quarter drawer, or the guy in front of me who casually assumed that those 20 or 30 seconds were his to take.