“I may look calm but in my head I’ve killed you three times!” ~ Anon. And some of us know that feeling well!
This week the Wednesday word-prompt over at Weekly Prompts, the site I share with GC is Xmas Zombies. We asked what your shopping experience has been like, and if you have come across any irate, impatient Christmas shoppers, the mouthy types that make everyone else’s shopping trips thoroughly unpleasant. Gerry has certainly come across a few. Take a look.
I can relate to his description of impatient shoppers. The other week I had a slight altercation with someone waiting behind me in the checkout queue.
At the end of the checkout conveyor belt was a stack of hand baskets that made it difficult to unload my groceries, so I moved my trolley to the side of the conveyor belt and proceeded to unload.
A minute or so later a couple of others joined the line and when I was halfway through emptying my trolley the woman immediately behind me began to huff and puff impatiently.
Next, she stepped forward and began unloading her items onto the belt. I turned to her and said, “Excuse me, would you mind waiting I haven’t finished yet!” She continued to empty her trolley.
I gave her the quizzical look, the one where I raise my eyebrows and inwardly ask ‘What are you playing at?’ Or words to that effect. The look did nothing, so I politely asked (using my best teacher voice) “Can you please wait until I’ve finished and put out the next shopper sign?”
The woman glared at me and snapped: “I’m in a hurry!” For a moment I was at a loss for words. I looked at the cashier who was shaking her head in disbelief. I turned back to the impatient shopper and told her she’d have to wait even longer now that she had left me no space to place my items. It was a ridiculous situation I could neither unpack my trolley nor move on to the bagging area. What makes these people tick, and what must it be like to live with them?