I am resurrecting this thread to complain about a writing trend I'm seeing more and more frequently. For lack of a better term, I call it Unnecessary Possession. Here are a couple of examples:
"Yesterday, I had a man cut in line in front of me at the grocery store."
"At work this morning, we had a client come in and immediately start yelling at the receptionist."
It bugs me every time I see it. What's the matter with:
"Yesterday at the grocery store, a man cut in line in front of me."
"At work this morning, a client came in and immediately started yelling at the receptionist."