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    Chilly Reception

    | Belfast, Ireland |

    (I was working at the kiosk where we sell sweets and drinks when this transaction occurred with an old woman over the bottled water.)

    Customer: “Is that water cold?”

    Me: “Yes, it’s just out of the fridge.”

    Customer: “I don’t see a fridge.”

    (I gesture towards the fridge a few feet away from the kiosk.)

    Customer: “Can’t I just have one out of there?”

    Me: “Yeah, of course.”

    (I fetch her one out of the fridge.)

    Customer: “That doesn’t look too cold to me.”

    Me: “…well, you can feel for yourself, if you like. It really is quite cold.”

    Customer: “No. You do it.”

    (I put my hand against the bottle and then pretend to flinch.)

    Me: “You’re right, ma’am, it’s boiling hot. I’m very sorry about that.”

    Customer: “I’ll just have a Coke then.”

    Me: “…”