185. The Spitter
Rudy and Brenda were walking on the sidewalk,
the coffee shop. A young man was sitting
an outside table. There were four chairs at
table, but he was by himself.
and Brenda got up to his table, the
man spit on the sidewalk. Rudy said to
, “Watch out for the spit,” and glared at
How dare he spit on the
just as Rudy and Brenda were approaching? But
was nothing Rudy could say in front of
—she would get angry. She was always telling him
ignore jerks. So he ignored this jerk. They
a nearby table with only one chair. Rudy
a chair from the young man’s table, and
Rudy went around the corner to
a newspaper from the newsstand. When he returned,
noticed that the young man was gone. Rudy
Brenda what she wanted to drink. She said
He walked inside to get himself
coffee. Surprised, he saw that the person behind
counter was the spitter from outside. “You work
?” Rudy asked.
“What does it look like?” the
“Where’s your supervisor?” Rudy asked.
break,” the young man said. He definitely had
attitude, Rudy thought. Rudy ordered an extra large
juice and an extra large latte. A few
later, the young man placed them on the
and said, “Eight dollars.”
Rudy asked for a
cup of water with ice. When the young
turned around to put ice into a cup,
knocked both of his extra large drinks over.
latte spilled onto the counter and then onto
floor behind the counter. The orange juice spilled
the tip basket, which was full of coins
bills. The young man turned around, looked at
mess, and glared at Rudy. Rudy said, “Forget
water,” and walked out.