Preferred solution to a clerk's counter to maintain
efficiency, comfort and eye contact.
This Raised Counter Detail provides a counter integrated with a raised floor so that the clerk can be seated while the patron is standing. Eye contact between clerk and patron has a normal relationship.
Without a platform, the patron looms over the clerk.
An alternative solution is a tall counter at which the clerk sits on a stool. If the clerk remains at the counter all day, the stool becomes very uncomfortable.
It is preferable for the patron to remain standing to keep the transaction from taking longer than needed.
See 'Comments' for ADA considerations.