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    It Pays To Be Patient, Part 5

    | Tennessee, USA | Awesome Customers, Food & Drink

    (After visiting an out-of-state friend, I’m taking the bus back to my home. On the way back, the bus stops in Tennessee, and I take the opportunity to grab a bite to eat at the bus stations diner. Going to the counter, I realize that the current customer is really going at it with the poor girl behind the register, who seems to have some sort of mental disability, and is having a very hard time understanding the woman’s order.)

    Employee: “So, that was… cheese fries and—”

    Customer: “Are you deaf?! I said a hot dog. A hot dog!”

    Employee: “Yes, a hot dog, ma’am. Are you still wanting the cheese fries that you—”

    Customer: “Why the f*** do you keep bringing up cheese fries! I never f***ing said anything about cheese fries!”

    (The poor employee looks close to tears at this point, and people surrounding the counter are starting to stare.)

    Employee: “Yes, ma’am, I understand. I’m sorry for my misunderstanding.”

    Customer: *sighs* “Honestly, the standards of these places…”

    (The customer steps to the side, muttering to herself, and I place my order. I speak calmly and make sure to apologize for how the previous customer has treated the employee. While I’m still waiting for my food, the annoyed customer’s meal comes up. Coming back to the counter, she takes one look and it’s obvious something is wrong.)

    Customer: “Where are my godd*** cheese fries?! Are you really that stupid?!”

    Employee: “Ma’am… I thought… I’ll get them for you ma’am.”

    (While the customer is still waiting on the cheese fries that she clearly did not order, she turns to me to complain.)

    Customer: “Can you believe these people? I’ve been on a bus for four hours and I can only be treated this well? Honestly, did you see that? Is she stupid?”

    Me: “Yes ma’am, I did see that, and I don’t think she’s stupid. She treated you with more respect than I think you’ve treated anyone your entire life. You’ve been on a bus for four hours? She’s been working this job, dealing with people like you for a while now. I think we know who’s better off.”

    (My food comes up, and I collect it.)

    Me: *to the employee* “Thank you!”

    Employee: *gives me a small smile*

    (After this, the customer just stood there and stared, embarrassed. Thankfully, I didn’t see her again before left. And to top it off, I got a free drink!)

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