A Technical Moment

, , , , , | Working | October 30, 2019

(I’m not having a good shift as a cashier. Everything seems to be going wrong, I’m feeling super stressed out about it, and what’s worse, my register’s computer has decided to glitch. Luckily, the store has a tech guy on location, so he comes to work on it while I stand nearby, waiting. We don’t know each other, and we don’t engage in small talk. He seems to be having no trouble accessing what looks like DOS and entering some commands. He reassures me it’ll be a moment. I’m looking forward to it, hoping that once he leaves I can take a short moment to breathe and calm my anxiety before getting back to work checking customers out. But, just before he steps away from the machine, he turns to a line at another register.)

Tech: “This register is open!”

Me: *disbelieving stare* “I can call my own customers over, thanks.”

(I didn’t end up getting that moment to calm down.)

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