Have you ever noticed that when you work at certain jobs, your customers are called different things? Like a hotel calls them guests, a restaurant they're diners...etc. Because I'm bored, I am now making a list :)
Hospital/Clinic -- Patient
Vet Clinic -- Client (animals = patients, not clients)
Convenience Store -- Customer
Hotel/Motel -- Guest
Restaurant -- Diner
Colleges -- Students/Parents (:D)
Fast Food Joints -- Customer
Sam's Club -- 'Members'
Insurance Company -- Clients
Theater -- Guest (?)
Pet Stores -- Customers
Furniture Stores -- Customers
The way I see it, if you're leaving a place with physical objects in hand (doggy bag not included), you're a customer. If you're leaving with nothing physical in hand but money has been exchanged, you're a client - a hotel/motel thing though is different because you're a 'guest' and you are temporarily living there. Diners (is that how it's spelled? I know that's how you spell it for a Diner, but not for the people themselves. I think so though). If you're a patient that's obvious, though now that I think about it, the vet clinic terms are similar to kids going to the doctor. The Clients would be the parents but the patients would be the child...
I hope everyone had a great Memorial Weekend last week (2 weeks ago? Crap! Can't remember!)
I'm going to go trolling LJ now :) Have a fantastic week!