Driving down those city streetsNot just long black limousine's but even Fiat 500's.
I run a burger van and I hate it when I ask if I can help someone but they try and be clever by ignoring me whilst making a point of studying my menu.
It results in unnecessary awkwardness. All they need to say is that they need a couple of minutes to choose. I mean I'm not a monster, I wouldn't shout at them or hurt them.
Yeah I hate friendly people too...Going in Costa Coffee and the new ‘ Americanism ‘ of the staff wanting to be your best mate when it’s your turn at the counter .
“ hello and how are you today , isn’t it great outside “ .
I feel like saying in my right middle age miserable git self
“ look I appreciate you have to do your job , but I only want a f###ing cup of coffee and if I want a new mate I’ll go on Facebook “
He usually loses the big toothy smile and serves me my coffee in no time .
Officers deliberately avoiding payment of their mess billsPeople who make a noise when eating. Actors who talk when eating. Actors who knock on the door in programmes and when the door opens the person says 'Come on then don't just stand there!' without giving them any time to speak. People who will press the button at the zebra crossing while you are stood there. As if you would be that stupid not to have pressed it yourself! People who have no manners and won't thank you for holding a door open, or letting them go first. Bus drivers who set off when an elderly person hasn't had time to sit down.
You sound an absolute pleasure to do business with.You need to study customers body language. If we're stood staring at the menu, hold back and give us a bit of time. If we make direct eye contact with you and give you the little nod and smile, this is usually an indication that we already know what it is we're wanting to order and you can go ahead and ask us.
Every now and then you may be caught out, as you may have a customer who doesn't make eye contact, and decides to browse the menu and eventually asks "are you going to serve me then, or do you think I'm stood here waiting for a bus?", or may make eye contact with you and when you ask them what they want, they reply "A bit of time to decide would be good".
Generally though, if you take my advice you won't go wrong.
You sound an absolute pleasure to do business with.
Rather than studying all the subtle nuances displayed by a customer's body language and demeanour, I think I'll stick to the tried and trusted variations of 'can I help you?'. With most normal people (I.e. non-asreholes) it doesn't cause offence.
And I'm going to own up, I don't actually run a burger van.