Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Attention Deficit Disorder

As I awaited my turn at the Automated Teller Machine yesterday I saw the lady in front complete her transaction and walk towards the neighbouring coffee shop. Earphones firmly inserted, she soon had a couple of folk in the queue calling after her ....

Even I tried to call after her. In vain, she was in her own world and totally oblivious to our calls.

The thing was, she'd just withdrawn cash from the ATM and left without taking the money. Lucky the next person in line was honest ... but really ... how distracted must one be to not even be able to complete a simple, one-minute transaction to its logical end?