Because I will be using John's car this month, I decided to buy a monthly parking permit rather than pay on a daily basis. There are two parking garages within walking distance from my office. One, owned by Montgomery County, costs $85/ month. The other, owned by a private company, is closer and $95/month. I decided to swallow the extra $10 and pay to park right across the street.
Early this morning, I went to the little office in the parking garage across the street. There was a long line. I asked the people in the line, "Can you buy a pass for this garage here? Or is it only for the Montgomery County lot?" No one knew.
There was an employee sitting at a window. She was not helping anyone, but was busy with her little adding machine. I was standing at the end of the line right by her window. So, I turned and said to her, "Excuse me. I have a question."
Nothing. She didn't look up. She didn't stop her little clickety-clackety adding maching typing.
"Excuse me," I said a little louder. "Can you answer my question?"
She still didn't look up. *clackety clackety click* went her little adding machine.
"Is it possible I am being ignored," I thought. "No. That couldn't be. My Montgomery County tax dollars couldn't be going to waste on someone ignoring me." Then, it hit me. So, I said, rather loudly,
"It's so nice Montgomery County is hiring deaf-mutes."
The people in line giggled. The clickety clackety adding machine woman stood up and walked away.
Fortunately, the next woman in line asked one of the other workers who told her I was in the wrong office.
Seriously, how hard was that? How much time would it have taken for the first employee to answer my question? How important was it that she get her numbers added up right then?
*gah* rude people first thing in the morning are no fun.