A woman walks into a bar that is not yet open for business, through the side door of the restaurant, which has been propped open so that employees may enter the building.
WOMAN: Yoohoo! (Waves from the doorway.) Good morning!
WOMAN: I know you’re not open yet, but would it be possible to get a Magnificent Coffee?*
ME: No, sorry.
WOMAN: (Pause.) Why not?
ME: Because we’re not open.
WOMAN: I know that, but can’t you just pour me one?
ME: I don’t have a cash drawer set up or any way to charge you for your coffee.
WOMAN: Well, you wouldn’t have to charge me.
ME: Yes, I would.
WOMAN: Couldn’t I come back later and pay?
WOMAN: Why not?
ME: Because we don’t give out coffee on credit. Do you have exact change? If you’re paying in cash and have $4.50, I might be able to work something out for you.
WOMAN: No, I’ll be paying with a card.
ME: Sorry, but in that case you’ll have to come back when the restaurant’s open at 11:00.
WOMAN: But that’s in an hour and a half.
ME: It is.
WOMAN: Why can’t I just have a Magnificent Coffee now?
ME: Because we are not open.
WOMAN: You are being very rude.
ME: I’m sorry you feel that way.
WOMAN: Well. You’ve lost my business.
* The real name of the coffee drink is not being used in order to protect the innocent.