I stopped at the grocery store on my way home from work and bought one lemon and some cocktail toothpicks. There were few clerks and long lines. The cashier was working as fast as she could and surviving by rote. “Hello did you find everything today? Debit or credit? Thank you for shopping at Safeway. Would you like carry out with that?”
When it was my turn in line, the cashier took my $3.74 and put my lemon and my toothpicks in a teeny little bag. As she handed me the bag, dangling from one finger, she asked, “Would you like carry-out ma’am?” The she looked at the bag, realized what she’d said and grinned.
I grinned back, took the bag and walked away. I’m regretting that now. I should have said, “Yes.” I think she might have enjoyed the break.