No lines or waiting lately

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Submitted by Stu949 on August 17, 2007 - 12:54pm

Curious to see if anyone else has experienced this lately.

My local coffee houses and lunch spots have been very accomodating lately. For the last week and a half, I keep thinking that I must be beating the rush or coming after the rush.

Just today, I went to Wahoos (great fish taco place). I was there at 12 and the place was not its usual self. Those that know this restaurant; you're always waiting in line at this place. I walked up and ordered, no line. Spent about 30 minutes eating and talking to a co-worker. By the time we left, still no line and plenty of tables open.

Anyone seeing the same in their area?

Note: I live in south OC

Submitted by drunkle on August 17, 2007 - 12:56pm.

people finally realized that wahoo's food is rather bland and tasteless?

good deals on beer tho.

Submitted by FormerSanDiegan on August 17, 2007 - 1:19pm.

Hmmm. Maybe the rest of the country is back to school, and locals are taking vacations.

Nahh. It's because Wahoos sucks

Submitted by Alex_angel on August 17, 2007 - 1:33pm.

They all went to Rubios.

Submitted by bsrsharma on August 17, 2007 - 1:36pm.

One thing that hits you in the face is the emptiness of Home Depot stores (And parking lots too). Have you been there lately? It used to be a zoo during the bubble days. Now it is down to one or two checkout counters and still no waiting. One needs an IQ just above the freezing point to recognize the recession just seeing that.

Submitted by FormerSanDiegan on August 17, 2007 - 1:39pm.

One thing that hits you in the face is the emptiness of Home Depot stores (And parking lots too).
Gotta confirm that one. Look at their recent slide in sales. Maybe now you can get some decent service there (doubtful).

Submitted by Ozzie on August 17, 2007 - 1:44pm.

What HD do you go to? I went to the one in Encinitas last weekend and waited in the garden area for abut 20 minutes and they had all 3 or 4 cash registers open. I hate going there because it's crowded every day of the week. I've never seen only 1 or 2 checkout counters open. Same with Costco. Busy 7 days a week. Still wouldn't buy HD stock though. Seems like there is a HD or Lowes in every city.

Submitted by CMcG on August 17, 2007 - 4:36pm.

I went to Bank of America around 3:20 this afternoon (a small San Diego branch) and was shocked that there was no line at all (very unusual, especially for a Friday). After reading about the run on Countrywide Bank yesterday I was expecting there to be a lot of people transferring funds. But no one was even waiting on the couches to see a new accounts supervisor.

Submitted by waterboy on August 17, 2007 - 4:57pm.

hmmmm....maybe we've been "Left Behind"

Submitted by one_muggle on August 17, 2007 - 4:59pm.


That's because nobody has any money left.
But really, the BofA near me is usually empty, and I know I do all my banking online or at the ATM. I don't see how one would notice how well business is doing by looking at traffic when the branches have done everything possible to keep you from going to the branch office.

-one muggle

Submitted by FormerSanDiegan on August 17, 2007 - 5:05pm.

I saw a huge line at Ortho Mattress. Guess that's where they are planning to put their money.

I haven't been inside a bank or credit union for over 2 years. Why do people go there ?

Submitted by sdrealtor on August 17, 2007 - 5:10pm.


Submitted by drunkle on August 17, 2007 - 5:11pm.

the Ac. banks have the best ac.

Submitted by sdrealtor on August 17, 2007 - 5:13pm.

2nd best. My house is 68 degrees right now.

Submitted by CMcG on August 17, 2007 - 6:04pm.

Muggle and FSD--for complicated reasons, I need to go to B of A twice a month in person. There was a new teller today who didn't even say "hello" (reminds me of an old Seinfeld episode). He was borderline surly. In the branch I go to, it's mostly old upper-middle-class people who aren't computer literate. Seems to me going into a teller job to get into higher management is a horrible idea. They will be dinosaurs, like most travel agents.

Submitted by drunkle on August 17, 2007 - 6:14pm.

unless you have cute girls with frosty nipples at your house, your ac sucks.

course, if you don't have frosty man nipples either, you might be +1.

Submitted by one_muggle on August 17, 2007 - 8:55pm.

CMcG reminds me of an old Seinfeld episode

LOL! I grew up in NY and my deli was exactly like the soup nazi--and I miss it! There would be a 100 person line that would move through in like 5 minutes. If you stopped the flow by asking a stupid questions or didn't think to figure out what you wanted while on line (during morning rush hour) they would literally move on to the next person. Great for coffee and a bagel, not so good for major financial transactions.

-one muggle

PS is this six degrees of kevin bacon? Banks to Nipples in three... you guys are weird.

Submitted by hipmatt on August 18, 2007 - 10:10am.

Costco sales are actually down lately... they seem busy.. but because this is the end of the fiscal year and the managers are fighting to get their payroll bonuses... so they cut massive hours.. and then the store looks busy.. in reality there is less traffic, but less employees and open lines too.

Costco will always "look" busy even if the economy is slowing.. one reason is that they sell food, water, and consumer staples. The other and possibly more important is that Costco is constantly adjusting their workforce in regards to sales volume, door counts, and average shop price. They will always seem busy because they are too efficient to have employees standing around if unnecessary.

Submitted by kewp on August 18, 2007 - 10:48am.

I do my bi-weekly CostCo run during around two PM on a weekday (when I telecommute). I've noticed that they seem to be much less busy then they were towards the beginning of the year. I rarely have to wait even with only a few of the cashier lanes open.

Can't say I can complain, other than the volume of free samples is down as well!

Submitted by eyePod on August 18, 2007 - 12:39pm.

What's wrong with nipples? I like that better than the politics discussed on this "housing" blog

Submitted by CMcG on August 18, 2007 - 12:46pm.

Muggle--Bwahaha! I have to go to NYC twice a year. During the Seinfeld days, someone I do business with asked me if I wanted to go to the Soup Nazi. Huge line outside and it was mid-summer. I declined, fearing humiliation such as George experienced when he asked "Where's my bread? Aren't I supposed to get bread?" He was summarily dismissed FOREVER.

The Seinfeld episode I was referring to was the one in which George (probably, or it could have been Kramer?) went to a bank where...most of the details escape me...they promised to give you $100 or something if the teller didn't greet you properly, such as "Hello! How may I help you?" George's teller simply said "Yo!" Hilarity ensued.

Submitted by novice1027 on August 18, 2007 - 10:21pm.

I'm finished forever on the free samples at Costco, after I was there the other day and watched the lady turn her head, sneeze into her plastic gloves, and return to playing with the food. And no there was no changing of the gloves. Yikes!
I'm sure it happens way more often than I care to know, but once I see it, I'm done.

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