Mandatory table service.
At the coffee counter:
"May I help you?" asks the coffee person.
"Yes, I'll have a coffee please." I reply
"Is it for here?"
"Then you can sit down and wait for a few minutes for someone who is obviously disgruntled to come by and ask you what you want, then watch them come right back here to get it. Then, you can pay them 20% of the price of the coffee for this extra time and unpleasant human interaction, instead of my handing it to you right now."
This is akin to mandatory full-service gas pumping in Jersey, which I also hate because it doesn't save any time.
I have been to places where preparation of coffee and bagel while you wait is so slow as to be almost an optical illusion. A man appears to be working on this continually, yet the bagel is no closer to being finished...like a magician he is.
— Stu, naturally
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