This morning I stopped by Orb K to cash in $50 worth of scratch-off winners. I like to vary my ticket purchase venues, and I have pretty good luck at this store.
There was one clerk working. I stopped on the way to Walmart, because the parking lot wasn't very full. I don't like to make people wait while I do my gambling. Some of us addicts are like that.
I was the only one in line at that two-register counter. The clerk moved to the middle, behind the mini liquor bottle display case, to scan my winners. I stepped over by the other register to look at the scratch-off ticket display, which is like a poster board with a plastic front, leaning up against the counter from the floor. While I was standing there, right in front of the doing-business portion of that register, a man came in from outside. He boldly squeezed by my left shoulder, and
STEPPED UP TO THE COUNTER!
The clerk moved from behind the mini liquors to right in front of us, and said, "Oh, Henry, do you need another one?"
Henry (may or may not have been what she called him...Val is not good with names) shoved a bright green $20 ticket across the counter to her, and said, "Yeah."
W. T. F. ?
Since when did this become proper convenience store etiquette? I was clearly there before Henry. I was being waited on at the time. Yet he flagrantly jumped line, and the clerk served HIM ahead of me! What if that was a ticket I was going to buy? What if it was a grand prize winner? How fair is that? Would I have the right to sue for my rightful ticket? I'm sure they have surveillance video. Should I have raised a ruckus, in order to document the interaction?
Now don't you worry about Val. That is NOT the game she was planning to play. Still. How fair was that?
I won $60 off my cashed-in $50, and am not losing any sleep over the line-jumper. It's not all THAT hard out here.