I have a bizarre story to tell you. Today was my son's graduation from kindergarten. They had an actual graduation and everything. Pretty cool stuff, but it's not about that.
Tank and I took the day off to witness this event and then decided to let my son pick somewhere to eat. I was hoping he'd pick some place like...Chuck E. Cheese or either of the two local pizza/arcade places. Nope, the kid wanted McDonald's. Okay...cool, sure...so we took him to the mall's food court. McDonald's for him and something not McDonald's for us.
Our local mall has two food courts. One being a plain Jane type of food court, the second is designed like an outdoor movie area with car shaped booths and shit. Naturally you can guess which one we picked.
This food court is shaped like a U basically, with all the different food shops set up in the shape of a U (duh.) McDonald's happens to be sandwiched in between a Taco Bell and some No Name Pizza place. In order to get to Micky Dee's, you have to either pass the No Name Pizza place or go all around the damn food court from the other entry area.
Tank and I decided to get the kid's food first rather than trying to juggle 4 different trays of food, so we passed by the pizza place. I was semi looking at the pizza menu because I thought I might like to try some. I noticed the price of one slice of cheese pizza was 6 bucks, and out of habit said "eesh."
As it was around lunchtime you can imagine that the McDonald's line was fairly busy compared to the other places. No Name Pizza had zero customers, which was apparently pissing off the employee there. As fate would have it (or by design, I guess) there was a little window on the wall between McDonald's and No Name Pizza. But the window faced customers rather than into the other shop.
While we were waiting we started to hear the No Name Pizza dude bitching and complaining. "No good pricks stuffing your fat asses with crap food from McDonald's. Get the fuck out the mall if you are going to be stupid and dumb," was one of the 'cleaner' things he said.
If a customer came to his line or looked at his menu he'd complain and bitch, causing people to just shrink away from the counter.
As I turned to Tank and said, "What wonderful customer service..." some random teen in the McDonald's line spoke up and told the No Name Pizza dude, "Well, maybe if you weren't such a dick face you may actually get some sort of business. Swearing at people ain't gonna get it, you nut job."
This led to the NNP dude to freak out on this teen, saying things like "You little punk, I'm going to fuck you up," and "I'll beat the snot out of your face."
My children were not the only kids present. I sent Tank and the kids away to find a table on the other side of the food court, hopefully out of ear shot while I waited to order.
In the end, mall security had to get involved because NNP dude was causing such a huge scene. I'm not sure what happened to him as he was shoved into the back by his coworker, but I'm sensing he may not have a job much longer. (Or if he's the owner, may not be in business much longer.) Not sure what lead to this outburst, I highly doubt it was because of me... My "eesh" wasn't loud. Tank didn't even hear it. Whether he snapped or was always liked that, I was quite shocked.
For those wondering, no I didn't get a pizza. I decided on Chinese and Tank got Taco Bell. And the kids were set loose in the mall play area after they were done eating, so I doubt they even remember it. :-)