This morning I got in line at a cigarette/lottery/newspaper stand to get some matches. I was third in line and the elderly gentleman in the front of the line was purchasing a great deal of lottery tickets. I was in no rush and stood there patiently. I noticed the woman in front of me had a handful of lottery looking papers. Very politley, 'Ma'am, I just need to grab some matches. Do you mind if I grab them real quick after this gentleman is finished?'
She never even turned to look at me but simply smiled to herself and shook her head as if she couldn't believe what she was hearing. I was pissed. Acknowledge that I'm talking to you.
'Ma'am? Ma'am? Do you mind?'
She finally cocked her head in my general direction ever so slightly and without actually ever looking at me replied, 'I have to go to work too.'
'Thank you.' (I paused here pretty pissed. This whole thing is just ridiculous and yes, the man was still getting his tickets.) I couldn't help adding in a very friendly tone, 'Even though it would take about half a second.'
She ignored me and I smiled ignoring her but never put down a very friendly, patient demeanor. I thought to myself, just go to the next stand less than a minute away. No, that means she wins.
I know this is petty but I also know that you know exactly what I'm talking about. Yes, the man really was taking this long.
I decided that no matter what, I would very merrily wish this woman a Very Happy Holiday when she was done and starting to walk away. That'll show her what a bitch she is.
Apparently in that last minute of silence she had already realized she was a bitch. For when the man was done, she turned to me and said, 'go ahead'. I said thank you and got my matches and wished her a Happy Holiday and meant it.