Just reporting an annoyance from meatspace that doesn't have much to do with anything I normally post about.
Earlier this week, I stopped by the local Sonic Drive-in. The waitress came up to my car and handed me my chicken strip basket (in a box), "Here you go, babe." I let out a reflexive thanks before the oddity sank in. "Here's your receipt, hun."
I've managed to improve my appearance thanks to clearing up my skin with modern medical science, but I'm not going to jump to the conclusion that she was flirting with some random customer she barely had time to get a look at. Now, I'm pretty casual most of the time, but "babe" is crossing the line into attempted intimacy. "Hun" is a bit more acceptable here in the deep south since we're oh so warm with the southern hospitality, allegedly. Anyway, it's just annoying when an employee doesn't know how to address the customer. I don't insist on 'sir', but I do have a limit on familiarity.
(Note for any of you yankees who end up here in this pit: "Ma'am" is regarded as the female equivalent of "sir" and nothing more.)