Sunday, September 16, 2007

Picking the Wrong Line


Normally I never do errands on Saturdays because the stores are crowded but I'd put off a few things that couldn't be put off any longer so yesterday I ventured out and wouldn’t you know it--I picked the WRONG line at every store!

Let's see…at Target, the woman in front of me needed a price check on a car seat which she assured the salesclerk was 20% off. Five minutes later the lady is told her car seat wasn't on sale but a different one was and would she like to run back and get that one? Well of course she did! Grrr...

Next up the gas station. All the pumps were full so I stopped behind a car and after the guy fills his tank he goes into the Quick Stop--not for a pack of smokes or a drink, but two grocery bags full of junk! Grrr…

Next on my list is the post office and guess what? The couple in front of me was sending a legal-size envelope half way around the world and took ten minutes to fill out forms for that! Grrr…

After crossing the post office off my list I went to Petsmart for dog food and doggie treats. I lug the twenty-pound bag to the counter and the young girl in front of me is chatting with the clerk about where they each bought their dresses for next week's homecoming dance! (Just between you and me, neither of their dresses sounded all that exciting) Grrr…

After dog food came Sam's--that's always an experience. By the time I loaded my cart down with water bottles, Gatorade, toilet paper, paper towels, bleach and detergents I could barely push the blasted thing. I resigned myself to waiting in a long line, but was encouraged by the fact that the woman in front of me has only a few clothing items. When it gets to that lady's turn she whips out one of those Nextel phones and squawks to her friend to get her cart up there ASAP. The friend magically appears five seconds later, her cart loaded down with stuff! Grrr…

After Sam's I had planned a grocery store run but was just too, too Grrr…so I headed home and decided everyone could have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for supper!

Marin
*Hearts of Appalachia*
For The Children
Oct 2007
www.marinthomas.com

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hear your Marin. That's the very reason stores should have all their check outs open on Saturday and have someone monitoring them; especially to stop the problem you had in Sam's.
Ellen

RubyD said...

Sounds like your patience was tested a lot. Seems like there are never evough registers open during busy shopping hours. Wishing you better luck in the future.

Estella said...

It is always my luck that there are only a couple of cashiers working and 50 people in line to check out.

Laura Marie Altom said...

Marin, my love, I swear we're twins, as I've had this same rotten luck!!!! Hugs!! ;-)

Danny said...

I can't say I've ever had quite that bad a time at getting errands done, but I can imagine by maybe multiplying my worst troubles by two or three. Maybe karma will arrange for it to be super awesome the next time you have to get things done?

catslady said...

hmmm I'm making the petsmart/sams trip on saturday (usually I go on a weekday but it's all my friend has available so grrrr already). And I really think I would have put my foot down if that full cart lady got in front of you while you were already in line!!!!!

Marin Thomas said...

Hi Ladies

Thanks for the sympathy! Just what I needed after yesterday. I tell myself I need to speak up more when people bud in line, but then I chicken out at the last minute. How come I can write about plucky heroines but I can't be one myself--sheesh!

Marin
For the Children Oct 07
www.marinthomas.com

CrystalG said...

(HUGS)Marin. I feel like that happens to me all the time too. It never fails I get behind the person who takes forever.

Lou Gagliardi said...

I was away at camp on Saturday with the captain of my local Salvation Army, and we went to the "Super" Walmart in Butler (Pennsylvania)--yeah, Super isn't the right word for it. Even the self-check out lines were busy!

I mean my hometown of Greensburg (PA) ain't much better, but still. It's sad to know that when you need last minute items, you can't even do that.

Marianne Arkins said...

I always just assume the line will be a bad one -- it usually is... so, I have a book, or I snag a magazine at the checkout, and settle in for the long haul! LOL...

That guy at the gas station, tho? SO RUDE. And Sam's? RUDE again. those are the same folks who would come unglued if the same thing happened to them.