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    Doesn’t Know Rudimentary Rudeness

    | Boston, MA, USA | At The Checkout, Wild & Unruly

    (I come in several times a week, and most of the cashiers recognize me. Since I work retail myself, I’m always extra-careful to use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ when I order. One cold day, I pop in for a cup of coffee on my way to work.)

    Me: “Hi, may I please have a medium caramel latte?”

    Cashier: “Skim milk, right?”

    Me: “Yes please!”

    (There is another customer behind me; I can hear her talking but am tuned out since I don’t know her, and I assume she’s on the phone. Suddenly she grabs the sleeve of my coat and yanks, pulling me off-balance so I have to catch myself on the counter.)

    Customer: “HEY! I’m talking to you!”

    Me: *totally rattled* “Don’t touch me. What do you want?”

    Customer: “I was going to say I like your coat, you stupid b****, but you’re the rudest thing ever, ignoring me!”

    (I am flabbergasted, but then the cashier jumps in.)

    Cashier: “She not rude, you’re rude! Don’t touch people! You need to leave now!”

    (The woman starts ranting and raving and we all just stare at her until she leaves.)

    Me: “That was awesome!” *leaves a big tip* “Thanks, see you tomorrow!”