I ran errands over my lunch hour. Specifically, the following:
-I went to the hardware store to buy a new light switch.
-I got my hair cut.
-I went into a restaurant at high noon, ordered some food, and took it to go.
-I filled my gas tank.
-I went to the ATM.
Now: which of these took the longest?
The haircut, right? NOPE. Went to a new place, and I was in and out (and happy, no less) in less than 10 minutes.
Well, it had to be lunch, right? I mean, straight up noon, no call ahead…
NOPE. It took less than 5 minutes.
It was the ATM. Because the oblivious, selfish jackass two cars ahead of me apparently decided to do his entire 2009 small business accounting from the driver’s seat of his car.
I’m not kidding. The guy deposited AT LEAST a dozen checks, one at a time, correcting his entries. Then, he fed money into the machine bill by bill. Then, he removed his debit card, PUT IN A DIFFERENT ONE, and made a withdrawal…THEN SAT IN HIS CAR FOR 30 seconds writing in his checkbook.
The guy in front of me laid on his horn and started cussing, at which point the jackass looked up as if to notice the line behind him for the first time.
Don’t be that guy. I know it’s a lot to ask in this world of self-absorption, but pay a little attention to your surroundings--at the ATM, in the aisle at Walmart, while you’re running a stop sign right in front of me because you were having such an important conversation. I’m not always as patient as I was today.