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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Rude or Acceptable?

I met up with a friend this afternoon in Target. Once we were inside, had a whiff of the coffee and shared how we both needed a quick bit of caffeine, we headed straight to the Starbucks counter. (Seriously, I have to give whomever came up with these two joining forces a lot of credit! Just when you think you are getting out of the store without spending a hundred go over it with that Salted Caramel Mocha.) The counter was was our turn for caffeine! 
Salted Caramel Mocha
Salted Caramel Mocha

Or so we thought...until my friend started placing her order with the barista and a lady who strolled up behind us in line pulled a "no-no" in my book. Here is how it all went down...

Rude Stranger - "Hey, Do you mind if I go in front of you I just need two iced coffees?" She begins walking to the barista with her money in hand and tells the barista, "Two tall iced coffees." (no "please" from her mouth the question to us...or the order to the barista)

My friend - "Well, I guess so..." because obviously Rude Stranger was already going in front of us.

Me - Standing still with my jaw dropped to the floor. Yes, the sticky floor at Target where all of the people spill their drinks and they pretend to take a mop over it to clean it.

Rude Stranger - "Well, I have to get home to get my kids off the bus."

Me - Standing still with my jaw dropped to the floor.

My friend - "Really?! Did that just happen?!" in a whisper to me.

Me - Standing still with my jaw dropped to the floor.

My friend - Places her order, receives it and starts drinking within three minutes.

Me - I place my order, receive it, pick my jaw up from the floor (it was stuck so it may have taken a few seconds or so) and start drinking my drink within those same minutes.

Rude Stranger - Stands by the coffee fixing station and chats it up with her friend.

My friend - "Can you believe that?! She took even longer than we did and is still standing there!"

Me - "Well, at least she has her priorities before kids!"

So, what do you think? Was that rude or acceptable? You can obviously tell my vote! Would you ever have the guts to do that for a simple iced coffee? I mean its not like she needed a blood transfusion while we just needed a band-aid!



At November 3, 2011 at 10:19 AM , Blogger Robbie K said...

I'm not even a coffee drinker and I think her behavior was INCREDIBLY rude. While I am usually one to offer ppl with a only an item a two a chance to check out before me in line I wound NEVER EVER ask for that favor.

At November 3, 2011 at 10:26 AM , Blogger Lori said...

Knowing you like I do, I can't believe you didn't say something to her! :) Completely rude. I wouldn't think of doing something like that, even on my worst, I-need-coffee-now mornings. Uck.

At November 3, 2011 at 10:45 AM , Blogger Kristin said...

Wow..I would deffinetly say that was rude behavior. If she was in a hurry the least she could do is ask nicely to go first and wait for a reply before pushing her way to the counter. But like you said she wasn't in a big hurry if she had time to chat up a friend. Some people ((Shakes head))

At November 3, 2011 at 11:07 AM , Blogger Maren said...

I think that is totally rude. I mean, one thing if she is in a crazy hurry .. and if she's nice about it - then I don't mind at all! But just stepping past you and not even being polite.. No no no.

At November 3, 2011 at 11:28 AM , Blogger llawlor said...

Wow! Rude all the way around and even afterwards by hanging around!

At November 3, 2011 at 3:40 PM , Anonymous Babaloo said...

In her entitled, self indulgent, I-am-better-and-more-important-than-everyone world, that was perfectly acceptable.

At November 3, 2011 at 5:20 PM , Blogger WhisperingWriter said...

That is so rude!

My Target has a Starbucks in it as well. Love it. I shop and then I drink.

At November 3, 2011 at 8:31 PM , Blogger Jen Has A Pen said...

What in the WHAT??? Ruuuu-hooood! I hate people sometimes. My jaw would have been on the floor with yours. I'm so irritated and it didn't even happen to me!

At November 4, 2011 at 6:54 AM , Blogger Jon said...

C'mon KP, you can't even put "acceptable" as an option. I'm with Robbie on this, I really appreciate someone noticing I have only one item and letting me check out before them, but that is something that is offered, never requested. If you're in that big of a hurry, you've lost your coffee privileges. Simply selfish. But, you're too kind to make a stink over someone else's thoughtlessness, I know, so you did the right thing. You can't control how other people act, I've come to recognize. You only control your own actions.

At November 5, 2011 at 12:04 PM , Blogger cyndi said...

I was the friend...and Kristen was being nice...this woman actually stepped in between me and the counter...and did not wait for me to respond...she said she had schedules to keep and kids to pick up....I have four under the age of 10, I understand schedules! It was funny how she wasn't even done sugaring her coffee when I had paid and already started drinking mine :-)
I had the better day - when I could have spoken my mind, I just smiled. After 5 minutes I was laughing with a friend and enjoying the afternoon. Another lesson in serenity at the end of the day!

At November 6, 2011 at 9:18 PM , Blogger Kim said...

Wow. That is insanely rude! You and your friend are rockstars for being able to keep your cool! I, however, have not reached such a rockstar status yet and she would have been wearing that coffee. Let's see how late you are when you have to make a pit stop at the dry cleaners.


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