Went to Staples to get some artwork scanned. There was a woman I never saw before working the Copy Center.
ME: I need to get this scanned, but I need the DPI raised. Is Bill (not his real name) coming in today?
WOMAN BEHIND COUNTER: No, he has the day off.
ME: Forget it, then. (Starts to walk away)
WOMAN BEHIND COUNTER: (In snarky voice, looking down at the cash register) Do you have a gender preference?
ME: (Turns around, pauses, grimaces) What?!
Woman just looks at me with faint, self-satisfied smile.
ME: Do you know how to change the DPI?
WOMAN BEHIND COUNTER: What?
ME: Do you know how to change the DPI on the scan?
WOMAN BEHIND THE COUNTER: (Looks at me for a couple seconds, then looks away and chuckles faintly) No.
ME: That’s why I asked when Bill is coming in. Most people tell me they don’t know how to change it.
WOMAN BEHIND THE COUNTER: ALICE (not her real name) is coming in at one. She’s REALLY good at that stuff.
ME: I can’t come back a-
WOMAN BEHIND COUNTER: (Interrupting, impatient) I don’t care . . . whatever.