I read a Bill Bryson essay (from his collection Notes From a Big Country) about how Americans embrace “conveniences” that end up taking longer than before the “convenience” existed, like drive-throughs.
I stop at one of the 600 Tim Hortons’ coffee shops on the way to work, picking up a coffee and sometimes a muffin. If there’s a line-up of more than 3 cars at the drive-through, I’ll park and go into the store to purchase my items; it’s a waste of time and fuel to wait in line for more than 2 minutes for a damn coffee. Yet, I’ll see people driving into the queue NO MATTER HOW MANY CARS ARE ALREADY THERE. It’s insane. They’ll be 10 cars waiting in line and people won’t give it a second thought to join the queue, idling in their car for however long it takes to order a $1.20 coffee. They’re too lazy to park and walk into the store where there’s NO line-up.
And now there are self-serve cash registers at grocery stores. I’ll save my complaints about how people use those for another time.