...okay, maybe not, but this totally bugs me.
If you are in some kind of store or restaurant or any place where you are at the cash register, make sure you finish your cell-phone conversation before beginning your transaction with the cashier. It is so rude to be talking on your cell phone to someone in some other place when you have an actual human being right in front of you trying to do something for you.
In my job at the Covenant Seminary Bookstore I'm the one that rings out 90%+ of our customers. I'd say that it happens a couple of times a week that a customer is having a conversation and expects me to take care of his transaction while he either completely ignores me or communicates actual annoyance at my presence. Those times are really the only times that I don't like my job. In a weird way I can't explain, I feel degraded and diminished by such treatment. My mind tells me to just get over it, but there is something about such that situation that makes me feel totally crummy.
It's not that I want the people to talk to me instead of whoever they are on the phone with. In fact, most of the time, I don't want them to talk to me. But I do want to feel free to tell them the cost of their books and ask them the usual questions like whether they found everything they were looking for and whether they want a bag. I don't even mind if they talk on their phones as they walk around the store. That doesn't bother me at all either. But it would be nice to have my existence and attempt to provide a service acknowledged. My response lately has been to go through with the reaction with as little communication as possible, which means I don't make eye contact and I don't say anything, even the cost or goodbye when they leave. I don't know or really care whether that's a good response, but I'm not going to insist that people pay attention to me.
Except for right now. You should pay attention to the people that are providing you with service. Talk on your phone later.
boon-dog-gle: (noun) work of little or no value done merely to keep or look busy.
free: (adjective) provided without, or not subject to, a charge or payment.
"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people."