Here’s another example of an atheist showing more understanding and good humor than a religious person in the same situation.
In the following conversation, the gas station attendant (“Me”) is talking to an uptight Christian woman (“Lady”)…:
(We are a prepay station. A little old lady walks in.)
Lady: “So what, I can’t get gas now because so many idiots drive off? What kind of world do we live in that a Christian doesn’t get treated right?”
Me: “… I’m sorry, Ma’am, we lost over 75,000 gallons of gas last year due to drive offs.”
Lady: “This is just stupid. Why don’t you just turn the damn pump on? I’m filling up, I don’t know how much it’s going to take.”
Me: “Ma’am, you can either leave your keys, a credit card, or an ID, and I’ll be more than happy to turn the pump on.”
(The lady hands me a $20 bill.)
Me: “Alright, I’ll just prepay this 20, and it’ll shut off for you when it hits 20.”
Lady: “No no no. That’s my down-payment. Turn the pump on and I’ll come pay the rest.”
(I sigh and turn the pump on, I’m really not supposed to, but at least I’ll have some money to put towards it if she drives away. The lady goes out and pumps her gas, comes back in to pay.)
Lady: “One day, the Lord is going to come down and smite everybody who doesn’t respect the Christians who live by the rules.”
Man behind her: “I’m going to be a good Atheist and prepay my gas. $15 on pump 3, please and thank you.”
Nicely handled, anonymous atheist.
(Via (The Customer Is) Not Always Right — Thanks to Lauren for the link!)