We stopped at a home improvement store to pick up two new storm door sweeps. This store is set up so that the check-outs are right next to each other with one big, open aisle between each two check-out stands. Not like a grocery store where you have to back out to change lines...in this case you just have to take a couple of steps sideways to move to an open check-out stand.
The line we got into had a gentleman ahead of us checking out and the check-out directly to our right wasn't open. The unopened check-out was also a six items or less check-out. It was taking the gentleman forever because he waited until everything was checked out and bagged before he started looking for his checkbook and refused to let the cashier take the check until he had entered it into his checkbook and subtracted it.
So, when the lane to our right opened up, I motioned to my spouse and we stepped over to it to check out. There was no one behind us and no one near us when we did that.
Unfortunately, it angered the person who was writing the check and he turned to my spouse and told him that he was too impatient and that he had almost finished and there was no reason for him to move to a new check-out.
My spouse looked at him, didn't reply and went to complete our transaction. The gentleman continued grumbling, but honestly, he was taking so much time (since he interrupted his balancing his checkbook to complain) that we were done and out the store door before he finished.
I don't think we were wrong to step sideways to the newly opened check-out, but being that it upset the gentleman ahead of us at the original check-out, I thought I would ask at Ehell and see what the consensus is.