Let's say I'm in a coffee shop and a salesperson has just taken my order and then a second salesperson asks me what I want? If I say, "I've been helped", does that mean I've received my order and she may be thinking "Why are you still standing here when you already have your fix?"

By the way, what do you call a member of coffee shop staff? I'm using the term salesperson but feeling a bit akward. Please advise.

Thanks in advance!
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Clive is right. I'm being helped is much more often what people say -- though it seems to me that I've heard the other one too. Hmmm. [:^)]


I'm afraid this system only applies to western countries and developed countries. In some countries, you will be asked several times even when it's clear you have been served (chewing a mouthful of noodles ) Just kidding. but the idea is the tables are not always assigned and sometimes, you get lucky. an extra fre e dish courtesy of some stranger.Emotion: big smile

Very interesting.

So how do you get your bill when you are ready to leave?

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In BrE, it would usually be "I'm being served". "I'm being helped" might surprise the waiter.

(For some reason, it suggests a context of "therapy".)

Interesting choice of word! I was taught to use "check" in the contex of eateries/restaurants"

I would say they are dynamically assigned, meaning available waiters are supposed to attend waiting customers. and the order will be numbered according to the number of the table to avoid confusion. But sometimes, handwriting is an issue. Rarely, you'll geta free meal Emotion: smile but sometimes you get lucky. But I would point out their mistake.