What I don't like is the assumption that everyone is right handed. Have you ever seen a pen on a cord that was tied on the left side of a counter?
More than a few times, I've had this or similar conversations:
Clerk: Please fill out this form.
Me: I need a pen, please. (My left hand is extended.)
Clerk: There's one there. (Pointing to the pen.)
Me: I need a pen. (Insistence in my voice.)
Clerk: Use that one! (With insistent voice.)
(I proceed to more or remove the pen, by breaking or removing the cord.)
Clerk: HEY! HEY! Stop that!
Me: I need a pen.
It's only then that they clue into the fact that the pen is on the wrong side and hand one to me.