AT LEAST ONCE A DAY at work i encounter a customer who accepts change in a singularly annoying way: instead of holding their hand traditionally--palm up, bills and coins laid out neatly--they curl their hand into a vertical slot, forcing me to "insert" the coins with as little incidental skin-to-skin contact as they can manage. crude illustration below.

why do they do this? besides being weirdly particular, it is also impractical; i am waiting at any moment for the coins to exit out the other end of their hand-hole. this is a beverly hills-specific phenomenon, largely female, and never fails to make me think that they think touching me is gross. and this, of course, makes me want to touch them more, or else drop their coins in a pile on the counter such that they then have to slide them, one by one, into their precious, manicured hands.