Almost everyday I find myself waiting in line at Starbucks. Something I can never understand. I just want coffee. Starbucks Coffee. I don’t need all that other whipped low fat soy anything. I just want someone to put a cup under a nozzle and press down. That’s all.
Anyway, if you wanna find idiotic douchiness, Starbucks is your place. People ordering one drink that sounds more like a Haiku then ONE item. You want your coffee low fat??? Don’t put crap in it. You want no whip? Take it off.
So there I was waiting…and I’m next in line. However, the lady in front me is taking a while. I listen in. She’s ordering hot water. Yes just hot water. But VERY specific hot water. Hot water at a certain temperature, with hot milk on the side, a lemon and a large cup. Whilst finally getting this indulgence beverage the cashier said, “that’ll be 80 cents.”
Instead of willfully paying this small amount, she argued that it should be free and demanded to talk to the manager.
I then walked up, ignored the lady and said to the cashier, “I’m buying this” and proceeded to order my own cup of flavored hot water and pay for hers. She insisted “no you don’t have to do that”. I insisted on pretending not to hear her talk anymore. She had her time-she was done.
As a former waiter. I saw this all the time. People with their insanely picky orders. Can I have “Sauce on the Side?”, “Can you just tell the Chef to…(insert obnoxious demand here)”, “Can you get me ice on the side with some hot water in a small container?”. I get it some people have allergies and “dietary” restrictions -I’m not referring to those people.
What people don’t understand…is sometimes you’re not just affecting the waiter, or the cashier, or the hot dog vendor on the street. Instead you’re affecting everyone else’s time around you.
While you’re making your own picky order, there are three people behind you who are late for something. While you’re making your waiter run around like crazy trying to get you ten things, the table next to you will be late ordering. Remember that time you were infuriated that it took so long for your waiter to get to you? Well he/she is not just in the back reading a magazine, he/she is probably running all over the restaurant looking for blue cheese to physically stuff into an olive for the lady that demanded “blue cheese olives”.
Before you demand to have your pasta reheated because you had woman issues in the bathroom, remember that you’re taking up a cooks time, which means someone else’s food will be that much later.
Sadly, most people can’t see beyond their own tongues, they want what’s theirs while being unaware that others do in fact exist.