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What do you do ?

October 11, 2011

She was well dressed, middle-aged, looked executive, perhaps an infrequent train-rider.

The first look on her face as she was confronted with the ticket vending machine was a typical sight. Bemused, exasperated. She fought with the touch screen for a second and mumbled some expletives. I sat on the edge of my seat at the waiting cubicle, waiting for that cue, to jump in to action.

She turned to us and exclaimed in a low voice “What am I supposed to enter here ?!”

Turns out that I had a younger, fellow passenger edgier than I was. He sprang up, asking her questions about her destination and other likes, thumping away options and explaining to her in the course. The coin inserted, ticket printed.

He walked away concludingly shrugging “So, there you are. No witchcraft !!”. (that’s German for ‘rocket science’)

And she mumbled “ah, ok. Thanks”.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Err…. did that guy just now make himself feel good and her, stupid ?

I would have said “yeah! this IS a bit confusing’ at the end of it. That would be my method, to save her face, preemptive.


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One Comment leave one →
  1. Sadhana permalink
    January 14, 2016 10:44

    I empathise with that lady! And that guy- may not have been intentional, but the result was, ya what you said.

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