230. The Rude Clerk

Baxter had wandered around Blockbuster for almost 30 after work. He was looking for a movie seemed even slightly interesting. He had to rent “new release” in order to get a free “.” Actually, he would rather just rent two favorites; hadn’t read one good thing about any of new releases.

Finally, because a coworker had liked , he selected a new release called “Cloverfield.” It a story about a giant monster that destroys . The other DVD he selected was “South Park,” popular HBO comedy series about third-grade students in . He went to the front counter.

He said to the employee. She did not look at ; all she said was, “Card?” Baxter gave her Blockbuster card. She scanned it. She broke open two locked DVD cases and checked to make the DVDs were in them. She said, “$9.28.” corrected her, “You mean $4.64.” She repeated, gruffly, “.28.” Boy, this is one rude woman, Baxter thought. told her to check again; he was entitled a free movie. She checked again, and said, “.64.” Baxter handed her a five, noting that she not bother to apologize for her mistake.

She him his change without a word. “What’s your ?” Baxter asked. She told him. “What’s your last ?” he asked. She placed the two DVDs and receipt on the counter top, where she could him printing her full name on a piece paper. Without asking him if he wanted a bag for the DVDs, she turned back to register. He looked at her, took the DVDs, walked out. Maybe her manners will improve after call her supervisor, he thought.