I can count the number of them that I've had since beginning work on just one hand. Today I had a horrible customer. Angry, rude, lashing out. It was my fault, really. I rang up his things, and did not notice the clearance tag. When he pointed it out, I corrected it immediately, apologizing. He glared. GLARED. Surprised, I looked back. He continued to glare. I apologized again, and he began to complain. I said, "You're not going to let me off the hook for this?" in a light sort of way, and he snarled "No. I am not. Every damn time I come in here, it's something. I always have a problem each and every time I come in here!" and he was very angry, very disgusted. I was amazed at the level of anger for a mistake that was corrected immediately. I said, "Well, that's the first I've ever heard a customer say that. Tractor Supply is noted for our customer service," and I met his gaze directly. He continued to complain. "You don't have any cold weather clothing." I said, "We are closing out our winter line, and bringing in the spring clothes." All stores do that here. I don't know why he was so surprised at that. He continued to complain hotly, and grabbed his bag, storming out of the store. "Wow," I thought, looking after him. He was one angry man. Why are people like that?
But before the night was done, I had a couple come in. "Happy Valentine's Day," I sang out. "Did you get the ring you wanted?" The wife was quite taken with a ring, and she stuck advertisements for that ring all over the place in the days preceding Valentine's Day (her husband rolled his eyes and said, "She even GLUED one inside my hat!") The wife laughed and extended her hand so that I could admire her ring. "Beautiful!" I said. "So did you go out for dinner?" And the wife said, "Oh, yes. We went out for dinner at the restaurant we went to for our first date, and we danced in the parking lot to 'our song'...almost froze our butts off!.... and then we sipped wine and fed each other chocolate in the car in the Tractor Supply, because once we were going to have a romantic weekend. We were headed to Erie, but we stopped into Tractor Supply and we ended up buying chickens instead. I don't know what possessed us, but we bought chickens and we went home." She sighed. "I love my chickens. I love my kids. I even love this husband of mine." And unabashedly, the husband looked down at his wife and said, "I'm a happy man. I finally found a woman who can put up with me." It really was delightful. "Well," I said, "it sure does seem like I'm talking to two of the luckiest people in this world." And they both said, "How funny! That's what we were telling each other in the car!"
Funny, isn't it? People are a real mixed bag...
Oh. And the bone scan came back clear.