Friday, February 08, 2008

If I get to that point, it's time for a geriatric bank-robbery spree

McDonald's wants to charge for wireless, and at first I was appalled, but realized that yes, a restaurant doesn't want the place filling up with people hanging around on laptops all day, although I suppose there aren't many outlets so the battery life would limit people's squatting time.

I was in McDonald's yesterday between jobs and there was an ancient, I mean an ancient lady at the cash register, and what looked like a twelve year old girl looking over her shoulder. I was amazed that an old woman like that would be training to be a McDonald's drone, and I wondered how she felt about being trained by this kid who didn't look old enough to drive.

So I had lunch and went back for a coffee to go. There was one guy in line and I heard the young girl say something at the tail end of an exchange: "I'm just trying to keep up with what she's doing."

So, first impressions are sometimes wrong. The old lady wasn't the trainee, the kid was the trainee. But damn, that lady was like a hundred years old.

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