Submitted by Roy:
Kim and I made plans to meet up at a small coffee place and then do dinner, if things seemed to go well. Over the phone, I was very specific: "I'm wearing a brown shirt. Meet you inside the place."
Fifteen minutes after our arranged meeting time, she wasn't inside. I called her phone. No answer. I waited five minutes, called her phone again.
"Hey, what's up?" she asked.
I replied, "I'm inside. Are you on your way?"
Silence. Then, "Inside? You're–oh! I'm meeting you inside? I've been rocking out in my car."
Maybe I hadn't been clear enough, but no matter. Mistakes happen, and bottom line, she ended up inside with me. I went up with her to the counter, intending to pay for whatever she wanted.
It was our turn in line, and the barista asked us what we wanted. I turned to Kim, who instructed me to go first. I did, then turned back to her.
She sort of crumpled slightly and said that she didn't do well under pressure. I suggested that I order something for her to see if she'd like it, and she shook her head. "Well, what do you want, then?" I asked.
She shook her head again without answering, like she was a 6-year-old. I turned back to the barista and paid for my drink, then sat down with Kim.
"If you want something, then let me know," I said.
She frowned at me and said, "You didn't give me a chance up there. I do want something."
I definitely recall asking her what she wanted, and her response being that she didn't do well with pressure. So I said, "Now that we're not on line anymore and there's less pressure, what can I get you?"
She hissed, "Don't you patronize me! I'll walk out of here so fast–"
"I wasn't patronizing you! I just want to get you something if you're thirsty. What can I get you?"
She stood up. "Goodbye," she said, and walked out.
Did I do something wrong here? Or was she a bona fide Brazil nut?
Submitted by Roy: