Five Routine Minutes: Was It The Old Switcheroo?Posted: July 1, 2013
When I arrived at the bagel shop I opened the door and allowed another customer to enter ahead of me.
Once inside, the gentleman who I’d let in said “please, go ahead of me.” I turned the offer down, but he insisted.
Let’s review the story so far. I let him in. He returned the favor. Here is a diagram of these transactions:
I order one bagel.
After I order, I move to the line to pay. The other guy orders a dozen bagels and then…
…jumps in front of me to pay!
This was unprecedented. I’d never seen this situation before.
At first, I thought it might be the old switcheroo. I thought about it and determined that it was not.
Since I could not label what this man did, I was powerless to counter the move. Fixing situations is what I do. I’m not used to being powerless.