(I’m a manager at a popular fast food restaurant. The phone is ringing but i’m too busy at the moment to grab it. I flag down an employee who has a history of asking not so bright questions.)
Me: “Hey, [Coworker], can you grab the phone for me?”
Coworker: *gives me a blank look* “What do I say?”
Me: “You could always start with hello and work from there.”
Me: “Hi, can I get two [value meals], twelve nuggets, and two sundaes, please”.
Cashier: “Sorry, we don’t sell twelve nuggets. We only have them in six or ten packs”.
Me: “Okay… Can I get two of the six-pack, then?”
Cashier: *pauses* “Oh… yeah, I guess we could do that.”
(I am at a fast food restaurant with a group, ordering separately. The cashier takes the order of the first person, then leaves the register and starts doing stuff in back, with me and the rest of my friends still in line. After a few minutes, I wonder if we should move to another register.)
Me: “Excuse me, is this register still open?”
Cashier: *huge sigh* “It is. I’m just not at it.”
(We moved to another line.)