I am a curmudgeon. That’s fine with me.
Just over a week ago I went into my local Of—e M-x store to get some art supplies for my Church School Class.
A clerk greeted me with these words:
“So what brings you to Off—ce M-x today?”
I was tempted to say “I need 2lbs of Barbecued Baby Back Ribs”.
Instead I fobbed her off with a smile and an off-handed wave.
This morning I was at my locale Tar—t store to buy some kitty litter. As we completed the transaction the store clerk said “Have a marvellous afternoon”.
I wondered how these words would ring for a customer had recently experienced a terrible tragedy such as the death of family member, or a diagnosis of some dread disease.
Some supermarket clerks have been trained by management to ask "Did you find everything you needed?"
The other week when asked this question I responded with a firm “NO”.
The young clerk was nonplussed until I added “I did not find the meaning of life”
Then he grinned.
On the other hand, as I completed my purchases the other day at my local Sw—t B-y Supermarket the clerk said “Thank you for shopping at Sw—t B-y”
That’s all I needed to hear.