I am a client at my bank, I am my doctor's patient.
And, to quote a long ago friend of mine:
I stopped going to a therapist because she referred to me as her client and not as her patient. I told her I was a client of my agent only so long as he could get me work as an actor. I would be her client if she could get me work as an actor but, if not, I was her patient.
I am not "the next guest' at Starbucks, I am a customer.
(god, I hate that 'guest' crap.)
I guess I am a guest if I am staying at a hotel.
Unless we are at the pool, then I am a registrant
, as in:
THIS POOL AREA IS RESERVED FOR REGISTRANTS OF THE HOTEL BLAH BLAH AND THEIR GUESTS.
I like going to the deli up the hill. The guys just yell "NEXT!!" when they are free. You decide 1) what kind of bagels you want and 2) whether you are a client, a guest or a customer.
Joe(Nobody says, everybody knows)Nation