Today I’m going to resurrect a periodical series that I started last year and then I just let die. The series, as you can tell, is about pet peeves I have. Here are the first three: Pet Peeve No. 1, Pet Peeve #2 and Pet Peeve #3. For some reason, I switched first from “No.” to “#” when designating “number” and I have no idea why. It’s obviously not one of my pet peeves to change things randomly for no reason at all.
However, what is one of my pet peeves happened this morning:
Signs that don’t say what they’re supposed to say.
It all came about because of this sign on the pump at the convenience store I was purchasing gas and a couple of bottles of Gatorade since I was going to be out in the heat for an hour or two:
I thought to myself, “I’ll go in and prepay for the gas and buy the bottles of Gatorade altogether,” and then went to try to do what I thought would be a simple transaction. However, when I got to the register with my Gatorades, the sales associate or whatever term they’re using these days for such people told me that I couldn’t prepay for the gas and that it was clearly marked that customers using credit or debit cards had to pay at the pump. I told her that no, it didn’t and she told me that yes, it did…and then I told her…well, you can guess how far my argument got.
After I got outside, I took a photo at the pump of the sign that was there. I showed my wife when I got home. She said the sign should have read “Please prepay cash or pay credit or debit at the pump.” Ah, I see my problem. I was supposed to have read between the lines and understood what wasn’t there. Therein lies the lesson for the day: Learn to read between the lines and insert what you imagine that management would like to have placed there but didn’t. Of course, it might leave you, like it left me this morning, imagining what you’d like to place on management’s front door step:
So any pet peeves you’d like to share?