This morning, in dire need of proper coffee, I made way to s local shop and stood somewhat patiently in waiting to place my order. Nothing fancy, just a nice dark roast coffee. As large as possible. So when it was my turn, I told the girl at the counter I “need a large dark roast coffee”. You know, the way you order things.
Except the girl took exception to the word need. She decided to inform me I did not need a coffee, I wanted one. For all I know, she’s a philosophy major. At any rate, what she failed to understand was that I needed the coffee to prevent myself from basically getting very angry with a lot of people. So really I may have needed it to soothe the savage beastie that is myself without coffee, but the general public needed me to have the coffee for safety even more.
The more she decided to her point, the closer we got to her learning that the need was in her best interest. Finally though, as she was carrying on and I was trying to pay, the lady behind me loudly informed the cashier that “the customer is always right”. And if things could be sped up life would be better for all involved.
As I grabbed my needed coffe, and was placing a lid on it, I listened to next person order. It started with “I need”. I had a feeling it was going to be a long day for the girl at the counter if she was fixated on needs versus wants. But with coffee, just about anything can be tolerated or overcome. Just about. Because it is a bit hard to wrap my head around someone didn’t to lecture me on a need or a want while I am in their coffee shop, buying emir coffe, which they sell as their product for the niche.