One of the utterances from service personnel that I find most irritating—along with the ubiquitous “Can I help who’s next?”—is the question, How are we doing? It’s as if they’re asking how they themselves are doing, too. How should I know how they’re doing?
My standard response to such effrontery is, “We’re fine. How are we?” Unfortunately, that kind of sass doesn’t usually improve the service.
So, what would you recommend I say instead? Should I take the high road and be polite, or reply with something a little more subtle? Maybe give a withering look and walk away? Let’s hear your suggestions!