A convenience store where I deliver the Outpost now has a sign up asking customers to refrain from talking on their cell phones while paying for their items in the checkout line. It must say something about the state of modern courtesy that the store would even have to ask.
I was in a grocery store checkout line sometime back, and the person in front of me made it all the way through -- waiting in line, paying the bill, picking up the groceries and leaving -- without ever suspending his cellphone conversation. When I got to the cashier, she scowled at me.
I thought, What did I do wrong? But it wasn't me she was angry at.
"I hate it when they do that," she said.
"So do I," I answered.
It does seem to be appalling behavior. What's up with that?