I just realized I only have 3 days left (after this post) on the NaBloPoMo commitment. I still can't believe I've stuck with something this long. Okay, on with today's post.
Today I was thinking about the few times I've had *Encounters Of The Ugly Kind* in public, with strangers. I mean, I'm such a non-confrontational type person. When I say I'm Confrontationally Challenged, I'm quite serious.
However, I suppose everyone, even me, has their breaking point. The most recent occurrence of this odd Snooty Primadona phenomenon happened during one of my countless trips to the grocery store before Thanksgiving.
It was 11:00 PM and I was convinced the store would be deserted, so off I merrily went to get the few items I'd forgotten earlier in the day. As usual, I can never actually stick to a grocery list although I really do try.
So, I get to HEB, grab one of their mini carts and I'm off to make this as quick a trip as humanly possible. The store was still jam packed with people, so having a mini cart is a good tool for weaving in and out of the brain dead people who seem to block every single aisle when you're in a hurry. They. Make. Me. Insane. I secretly want to ram my cart up against their heels (hurting them), profusely apologizing as if I mean it, explaining that I thought I could slip past them even though they were blocking the entire aisle.
The ones that really make me crazy are the families that shop *en mass*. You know the ones. They have like three to six little monkeys running up and down each aisle they go down, making it difficult to pass them without running over them with my cart. (Hmmmmm... I wonder if there's a law against that.) They always seem to have one or two rug rats inside their grocery cart while the rest of the menagerie works at being an obstacle course for other shoppers. It annoys the daylights out of me. And these people are so freaking slow that I find it almost amusing. Almost. Can they not read, or what?
Okay, so I race around the store, proudly dodging one moron after the other, smiling as I go. That always seems to piss people off. Hey People! It's just a smile, okay? I'm not smiling at you because you are polite or look nice or offered your smile first, so get over that right now. I always smile at toddlers and babies because I can't help myself. I'm not looking to kidnap or molest them, so quit looking like I am when I smile at them. In other words, GET OVER YOURSELF! Learn to smile at others and be polite and this world will be a much more pleasant place to live.
I got a bit sidetracked there and could have gone even further, but I'll save that for another time.
I finally finish getting my items (along with a few extras) and head toward the front of the store where the checkout lanes are. As crowded as the store was, they only had THREE LANES OPEN. During. A. Holiday. WTF? Two lanes were for the regular BIG basket shoppers and the lines were really long (like maybe a 20 to 30 minute wait) so I headed to the 10 items or less checkout. I counted my items and had 11 instead of ten or less, but noticed the guy in front of me had even more than that, so obviously it was okay, right?
While the checker is still adding up the guy's MANY purchases, the line begins to grow with 1 to 3 item shoppers, who all seemed to look really ticked off by having to wait for a few minutes. Hey, I understood. I wanted to get out of there and back home too. I had lots of baking to do before bed.
So, this guy that was two people behind me says, "You have more than 10 items lady. Go to one of the other lines." I turned to him and replied, "Have a heart, man. I'm only one item over and the other two checkers open have people with the equivalent of 2 shopping carts full."
So then he starts to berate me, going on and on (very loudly, I might add) that I must be one huge jerk to come with one extra item. I ignore him. He continues. "Why do you think they have the sign for 10 items or less up for all to see?" "Can't you read?" "We're all having to wait longer because of you being an inconsiderate jerk." Then he crossed the line. He said, "What? Do you just think you're better than everyone else and so you just make your own rules?"
That did it. I was really getting hot under the collar at this point, but I still (amazingly) kept my mouth closed. He still continued as the checker was scanning my items. She was avoiding any kind of eye contact because she obviously did not want to be any part of this public spectacle. Thanks a bunch for your help, missy! Little coward.
This guy ranted and was still ranting as I walked toward the exit with my items. Then he yells after me, "You just think you're an elite type and that you're better than everyone else." To which I replied, "Well, I'm certainly a better person than you." Then I did the unthinkable. Something I've never done in public before. Ever. I gave him the bird... bigger than life, for all the uncomfortable onlookers to see, cheerfully saying, "Have a great Thanksgiving holiday... if that's possible."
I had no idea if there had been anyone in that line that I knew, and frankly, I didn't care. That man deserved the finger more than any human being I have ever come up against in my life and I didn't care who saw me. Sometimes being nice just doesn't work...
Friday, November 27, 2009
Posted by Snooty Primadona at Friday, November 27, 2009
Labels: video of funny mistakes & accidents grocery store brain dead shoppers, people who hog grocery aisles, people who throw fits over one item over the requirement for the check out