So Talbot and I went to the supermarket today. She’s such a darling and was saying “hiya!” and waving to everyone. She’s a lovely ice-breaker and I have had many a conversation with strangers in the shops. I’ve come to quite enjoy my grocery time with her.
Today when we were lining up at the checkout it was absolutely packed. I let a lady go through before me who only had a half a dozen items, since I had a full trolley. Then a man comes up and says, “oh, I’ve only four things, see? Can’t I go in front of you?” I couldn’t be bothered to say no, and really what does it matter? But then they opened up the line next to us. Oh boy! This guy tries to grab up his four items and tries to ram my trolley out of the way to get to the front of the next line. As I mentioned, the checkout area was packed, and I mean PACKED. I had another trolley side by side next to me and one right behind me. I was literally locked in, and this guy is trying to crash through me! He had the audacity to say (rather rudely) “Can you move out of the way?” And I just said, “Where?! I’ve got nowhere to go! ” “Well, go backwards,” he says. I couldn’t believe it, and I just said, “Well gee, you’ve pushed me out of the way once already…” And he was gone like that. The people around me couldn’t believe what had happened and were all saying how rude he was and rolling their eyes. Now that I’m thinking about it, it’s kind of funny. I do try to see the best in people, and maybe he was having a bad day, but it did get me thinking about how we treat others and general courtesies in public places.
Personally, I’m a fan of letting people go ahead of me in line. I mean really, I’m not in a rush, and I go mid-morning, so for us it’s sort of an ‘out of the house’ activity, so I’m happy to buy some time, and Talbot has yet to have a complete melt-down at the shops, so I’m good. Plus, it’s really nice when people let you go ahead, so I like to do that too. So I guess this post is sort of just a mini-rant, give you a bit of a laugh about the antics in the supermarket (and you know, the antics of my very exciting life!) and just encourage you to be nice to other people in the shops.