I am a thrifty Midwesterner who shouldn’t and doesn’t really drink caffeine. Honestly, my friends would tell you that the world couldn’t handle me on caffeine… I am VERY energetic
Recently I was at the coffee shop with the Green Sign (can I even say the name?) I have been buried with computer work and needed some fresh air. I had seen an advertisement for a “salted caramel mocha drink” YUMMY! I decided to indulge. Arriving at the drive up window, I realized I had driven past the “order” kiosk and ended up directly at the window. A car was behind me so I couldn’t back up. There was a young teller who greeted me, and I began with, “I am so sorry… I didn’t mean to pass the order kiosk… May I please order here?” She giggled and started to say “yes” and a more mature teller spoke over her giggle and said, “No, there is someone behind you.” I felt terrible. My one indulgence and I was going to have to turn around against traffic, on a road under construction, and go into the store. I did. The mature teller avoided me and didn’t even try to converse or apologize.
So I ask you- is this a situation where good manners may have helped? Who had bad manners? Admittedly, I was wrong. I mistakenly passed the order kiosk. I began my conversation with “I’m sorry” and was sincere and apologetic- but my good manners were not reciprocated. What would you have done?