I didn't handle this well I know.
I stopped at the pharmacy the other morning on my way to work for Advil. When I got to the checkout the cashier on duty was finishing up another customers transaction. They were rather chatty and taking a while to "mosey on." Typically this doesn't bother me but it was during rush hour, my work cell was ringing repeatedly (no, I did not answer, just sent to voice mail) and my head had some serious pain. I was feeling rather impatient but trying not to show it.
When my turn came up the cashier wouldn't. Stop. Talking. Not just pleasantries but random info about her life. How she was about to bean aunt, what she had left to watch on her DVR, the new diet she was thinking of trying. Keep in mind, this was rapid fire speech that did not stop. All the while, the Advil is rung through, its bagged, I just have to pay and go. I want to toss her the cash and just go to work already, but she has the bag in her hand and is gesturing madly with it.
No coffee in me yet, I did not handle the best. I yanked the bag from her, apologized and tossed ten dollars on the cash (came to 9 and change) and literally RAN out of there.
Two questions - should I go back and apologize or pretend it never happened and try to avoid that cashier in the future.
If something like this happens again what's a polite way to speed along the transaction/ stop conversation?