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Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town

cfield Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 12:42 PM
Maybe it is. Maybe that was the point of Mike's column. Try to imagine that the only face to face human conversation you can ever have is with a bank teller because you live alone and your remaining living family members don't take the time to visit. And you are too shy to take the initiative to find organizations to join, or just doing occasional errands is such a chore you can't imagine managing any more trips away from your house. Is it axiomatic that every person behind that lady had reasons to be in a hurry that outweighed her need for human contact?

One afternoon I stopped by the bank to make a few deposits. I was in a rush and needed to get in and out as soon as possible. I had places to go and things I had to do. I picked the worst possible time of day and the worst day of the week to do my banking. But I had been out of town and needed to catch up on errands before the weekend began.

There was only one teller working and the line was about fifteen people deep. After waiting patiently, I got close to the front of...

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