A couple pull up behind me at the supermarket check-out. They place five tins of beef casserole on the conveyor behind my stack of shopping for the weekend. From the following short drama, how many reasons can you spot why they and I might not get on that comfortably?
Is that all you've got?
Would you like to come through?
Thank you. We're in a hurry to get to the chip shop before it closes. We're from Luton.
I didn't realise our chips were that good.
No, we haven't come all the way from Luton just to get chips.
Gina (check-out assistant)
Would you like a bag?
Makes ostentatious, time-consuming and over-dramatic point of taking rolled up bag out of his jacket pocket.
They're free today
You should have said. I'll have one.
You only came for the free bags.
(Tumbleweed blows through store, tears of lament fall from the metal joists, there is silence)
Makes ostentatious, time-consuming and over-dramatic point of taking rolled up £20 note out of his wallet.
Enjoy your chips.