Hi. Please allow me to tell you that there IS a happy medium between being rude and being overly friendly, which leads to annoying
Direct eye contact and a "How are you today?" is welcomed. I will answer you pleasantly, but please don't expect an ongoing conversation. Just assume I am in a hurry and don't have time to chitchat, because I AM. We are not friends. Don't feel compelled to ask me about the weather. Save your breath. Just focus allllll your energy and attention onto getting my products scanned, bagged and back into my cart as expeditiously as possible, m'kay?
You don't need to make small talk about the products I am buying. I don't really care that your sister-in-law has the same shirt or that the chocolate granola bars I am buying are your son's favorite.
Please don't hold a conversation with your fellow cashier/bagger/stock boy about the latest Jersey Shore episode and how you TOTALLY IDENTIFY with JWOWW and how you tape every episode and how you sometimes watch themoverandoveragainOMG. Because now you aren't focused on my stuff and that can of pinto beans has been hovering over the scanner for about a minute now while you wave your arms back and forth excitedly over Snooki's latest antics.
Don't ask me where I work and if I'm doing some shopping on my lunch break. It's none of your business.
Remember, less is more.
You are there to cash me out. Just do it.