It got a little busy this afternoon when a group of six came in and ordered four wine flights. A couple more flights and glasses were ordered, and so I thought that it would be nice to clean all of those glasses instead of let them sit out on the counter. Plus, I had a little bit of spare time. When I filled up the sinks, I noticed that water had splashed onto the floor, and although I almost slipped, I didn’t think much of it. I just figured that I had overfilled the sink. However, when my colleague came in later and asked if the sink had “exploded,” I had no idea what he meant. He called me over about an hour later to say that he’d discovered the problem–there were two pinprick holes in our stainless steel sink. Frankly, I have no idea how one goes about poking holes in a sink, but it must not be easy, since these are solid, steel sinks. That is the unfortunate story and mystery of the day . . . .
The second story has to do with a family who came in to check out the store. I offered them some of our popular brown butter and sea salt cookies. One young child plucked a piece from the dish, and quickly gobbled it up. “More,” he ordered–literally ordered. “I want another cookie,” he demanded, just like the spoiled kids you see in films and hope to never meet in real life. I couldn’t cut another cookie sample for him just then because I was helping his parents choose a cheese. I gave a cheese sample, hoping that would appease him, only after that, he demanded both cheese and cookie. In the end, he did get his cookie, but as his family turned to walk out the door, I couldn’t help but inwardly balk at his rudeness. I sure hope he gets over that attitude. It’s not going to get him far when he grows up. As for me, I am getting used to speaking with more and more people. Everyone has an individual personality, mindset, and preference, and it’s often fascinating to speak with the people who walk in the door. It’s one of the high points of my job. It’s pretty rare for me to get turned off by anyone now. Today was just a surprising experience.