Posted: 08/03/2013 at 14:42
LTG, you make me feel like ranting about stupid shop assistants. Here in Wales, my pet hate is shop assistants who chew gum and call you 'love' - after they've finished their chat to their friend, of course. When I went to middle England and was called 'madam' in shops, I could hardly believe it. Lots of shop assistants are lovely, of course, and lots of customers, probably, are rude.
M and S went through a period when they printed your cheque for you and all you had to do was sign it (eons ago) and I said jokingly to the shop assistant something like, 'The trouble is, it doesn't sign it for you.' She looked at me incredulously and said witheringly, 'I don't believe you!' and I knew I was going to be idiot of the day in the staff room over lunch.