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The ledge at a window or counter of a booth where customers (or similar) are separated by a partial wall from cashiers (or similar). It is a place where objects (such as money or credits cards) can be placed on while receiving service.

Patience tables are generally found in places including banks, pharmacies, ticket booths, and snack bars.

The name "patience table" is given because people must wait patiently behind them.
Customers inside the bank place their checks and documents on a patience table while the tellers do their duties.

When getting your medicine refilled at the phamacy, you place your prescription on the patience table.

There is a patience table at the entrance to the theater where tickets are sold.

The vendor places the beverages on the patience table for the customer to pick up after they are purchased.
by Bed time April 27, 2010