As if the act of waiting were itself not bad enough, many businesses and institutions feel compelled to subject their clientele to waiting rooms. I have no doubt that whomever devised the idea of waiting rooms is getting dust blown into his/her eyes for all eternity in the fifth circle of Hell. Okay, maybe I exaggerate - the fifth circle is actually reserved for folks that do those two-people-yelling-over-each-other ‘SATURDAY SATURDAY SATURDAY!!!! MONSTER TRUCK BONANZA…” commercials. But no matter how you slice it the words ‘enjoyable’ and ‘waiting room’ are seldom uttered in the same sentence (Dang, that movie was almost as enjoyable as the State DMV’s waiting area).
Seems that if you’ve got a captive group you’d want to keep them as content as possible, particularly if you’re about to drop some bad news on them (e.g “I’m sorry, but we’re going to have to operate”, or “while we were changing your tires we couldn’t help but notice that your transmission fell on the ground”). Reason would suggest a doctor’s office might want to have reading material interesting enough to divert one from thoughts of impending body cavity probes and insurance billing screw-ups, but instead we find most doctor’s offices filled with Funny Sounding Diseases Quarterly, or a 1989 Zenith tuned into Wheel of Fortune with the sound off.
Who tends to have the worst waiting rooms in your opinion? If you were designing the perfect waiting room what would it be like? What periodicals are located in your office's waiting area? Any waiting room tales you care to share?