People are weird. It’s true. They are! I see it all the time at work, at the gym, while shopping or driving.
I see people at the gym doing things I cannot even begin to understand. What purpose is there in doing squats on the smith machine with your feet so far in front of you that you couldn’t possibly maintain that position without mechanical assistance? Maybe I’m just not aware of the benefits of such an exercise. Or maybe you’re just weird.
There is the woman who I see at the gym on a regular basis…the one who quarter squats 65 pounds with a pad and doesn’t put her weights away when she is finished.
Every. Single. Person. at the gym who cannot perform a basic exercise without looking at themselves in the mirrors. Having trained more than 3 years at a gym without mirrors, I find the whole concept of mirror worship to be strange and unappealing. I do not get it. Especially when technique takes a back seat to appearance.
I frequently come upon an intersection with a dual left turn lane. More often than not, I will pull up behind a vehicle in the outer of the dual left turn lanes waiting for the turn signal. Again, more often than not, once the turn signal activates, I am flabbergasted when the vehicle in the outer lane makes the turn and immediately proceeds to move into the right lane. You had two lanes to choose from for this turn and you chose the far left lane, but what you really wanted was the right lane. Why? Why were you in the far left lane to begin with? I don’t get it.
I see people at the gym training in all sorts of inappropriate footwear. Untied shoes. Really? Sandals. Really? Now I live 3/4 of the year or more in flip flops, but I can’t imagine ever training in sandals. Why? What purpose does it serve? How does it benefit your training? And shoes untied? Are you serious? Or are you here for show and not to actually put in the work?
Even though my clientele has changed significantly since I started working at Starbucks, there are still the occasional oddities that leave me scratching my head. Like the woman today who made a face behind the back at the customer before her. She seemed extremely put out by the gentleman I had just served, even though his order wasn’t anything complicated, yet she felt it necessary to silently shriek at him behind his back as he walked away from my register. I didn’t understand her frustration, since his order didn’t take that long to process. However, her order was significantly more complicated and time-consuming. Of course, I treated her with the same courtesy and respect I had shown the previous customer, while I inwardly sighed at the insanity of it all. Seriously, get over yourself!
My heart broke when I realized that a young girl was quite likely without a place to go tonight, after she asked if we were open all night (we closed at 9pm). She was wearing only a t-shirt, pants, and flip flops. She didn’t order anything, but proceeded to concoct a drink of water with copious amounts of sugar stirred in. I’m horrible at guessing ages, but I’d estimate she was between 11 and 14 years of age.
People that do not understand technology annoy me. Like really! I don’t understand a lot of technology, but I figure it out. If you tap your card on the POS terminal and it doesn’t work, the problem most likely isn’t with my terminal! You do know how tap works, right? Here’s how my tap works…I can tap my card up to a limit of $5o a transaction. More than $50? I need to insert the chip and enter my PIN. Simple. Even if my transaction is less than $50, if I have used the tap feature so many times in a row, then I will be required to insert my chip and enter my PIN before I can use the tap function again. Simple. Now, I don’t have a fancy debit card, but that is how my card is set up. I don’t know how your card is set up at your bank, but I suspect that there are more similarities than differences. So, if your tap doesn’t work at my establishment, then perhaps you just need to insert your chip and enter your pin rather than giving me a condescending look and attitude about it. Maybe you should understand your banking features? Just a thought.
I always get a kick out of the customers who apologize for their complicated orders, even when I do not consider their order to be complicated at all! Thank you for thinking of us, but we’ve got you covered! A triple grande, non-fat, half-sweet caramel latte with no foam and extra caramel drizzle is not a complicated order. Trust me on that. Also, I don’t care if you ask for a medium sized drink instead of a grande! I worked at Tim Hortons for 12 years before switching to Starbucks…I understand how foreign the Starbucks language can feel.
To the woman in the pick-up with Alberta plates…when you pull up to a red light at an intersection, it is generally considered the right thing to do to stop your vehicle in front of the road markings indicating where to stop rather than completely covering the crosswalk with your vehicle. I know this is British Columbia, but I suspect the driving laws aren’t that dissimilar in Alberta. Just a guess though.
So, you are a Christian. Great! I’m a Christian, too! So why is it that you have no concept of a garbage can when you are a guest at my workplace? You are a regular customer. I know you by name. And yet, you never fail to leave your garbage on the counter or table where you sat. Why? I raised my kids to always put their garbage into the trash receptacles whenever they were outside of the house, even if they were at a cheap, fast food establishment. I consider that basic decency, courtesy and respect. It has nothing to do with my religious beliefs, but your lack of decency speaks volumes to me about your beliefs.
It’s no secret that I hate shopping. I hate shopping for many reasons and encountering people is actually quite low on that list. However, I am frequently irritated by people when shopping. The people who leave their shopping carts unattended in the middle of an aisle. People who slowly wander aisles while blocking anyone’s attempts to pass. People who stop unexpectedly in crowded spaces. People who are more concerned about Costco’s samples than they are about blocking the flow of traffic. Stores and businesses that don’t open until 10am. When I have a free morning, I like to get stuff done first thing in the morning, including shopping! Who has time to wait all day to go shopping?! So you charge for bags? Okay…I’ll pay for bags. Hey! I’m paying for bags…why are you shoving everything into as few bags as possible, so the bags will rip before I even get home? Paying for bags or not…why are you packing the bags so full and awkwardly so that box will rip a hole in the bag before I get home?
So you work in customer service? Great. Me, too! Why can’t you smile? Why are you doing your best to shuffle me through as quickly as you possibly can without any effort to engage me as a customer? Seriously? Would it hurt you to smile and have a bit of personality? I know it’s been a long day, but I’ve been there, done that and smiled my way through it.
People. There are many reasons why I prefer to stay at home and avoid them, but sometimes it’s nice to be out in their midst. Sometimes though, I need frequent reminders of why that is a nice thing!