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Thursday, January 25, 2007


Pardon me. I am crabby. Can't be helped. Women trouble and all....everything is on my nerves.

I was at the store the other day. It was one of those stores that never has enough registers open and is always crowded. That day was extra special because I had something I had to return and they decided to only have 2 lines open. There is only one line where you can make returns and exchanges. So I wait. Patiently. With my three small children. It was ok at first. I was in a good mood. Slowly but surely my mood took a turn for the worse. Red started whining about some treasure she found while waiting in line. Boo decided to lean forward in the double stroller and grab onto Stinky's hair for dear life (all the while smiling like a little hooligan). Screaming children everywhere. Suddenly it felt like I had twice as many and they all were making a scene. Much yelling an threatening ensues. I am starting to sweat and feel resentful holding this dress that I had bought that was too tight. (It was in fact these 3 little monsters that MADE me too fat to fit in the damn thing).
At that moment this woman comes walking over holding an item and asks me if she can go ahead of me. She just wants to buy one item. Here I am, my hair is mussed, I am cross eyed with frustration at the ETERNITY that has passed by while I was waiting in that line and the chaos that has danced around my feet. I look at her. Seriously?

Stupid Lady: You don't mind I am sure.

Me: Seriously?

Stupid Lady: It's just one item. (she starts to butt in ahead of me)

I put my hand up and stop her. She's actually rather lucky I didn't clock her or sic one of my screaming kicking hooligans on her.

Me: Lady I have 3 screaming children, what do you think? (followed by a whithering glare)

She gave me the stink eye and than skulked away. That was some gall. I may try that next time I am at a busy store. Walk up to the most ovewhelmed character I can find and just ask to budge in. I just don't feel like waiting. I know you don't mind.


Miss Kelly said...

Wow - I can't believe the nerve of that woman! You should've struck a deal with her - you'll let her have your place while you go grab a latte alone.

What's For Dinner? said...

You should have had Red and Stinky bite her ankles. That would have taught her!!! What a jerk, 'oh sure, i don't mind my children are killing eachother and the store will probably call security soon, but hey you go ahead!'
Miss you, crabbiness and all.

Ms.L said...

What a fricking..bad bad dirty word.
Ugh,the NERVE!
I'm impressed with your grace,she deserved to get hit,what a twit.

Pendullum said...

Surprised she lives to line up again!!!

Gingers Mom said...

Kelly - Fantastic idea. I need to think quicker next time. Plus, having her spend time with MY kids would have been perfect punishment for her gall.

Shan - I shoulda just kicked her in the mouth.

Ms L - Grace? Me? Blush.... I was just trying to restrain myself from giving her the finger.

Pendullum - I really am a patient soul. :)

Oh, The Joys said...

The gall! Seriously!

Mimi said...

I am so glad you stood your ground and did not let that woman get her way! That happened to me recently. The woman was cussing cause no one ahead of me would let her in line. I did not realize that was why she was making a scene. Then she asked me. I was in a good mood so I said yes. But them I felt bad because of the people behind me. And then I realized why she was having her fit before. So next time I will think of you for inspiration!

Dianne said...

I had that happen to me when I was pregnant with Landon. I was in line with the other 2 and I was feeling very tired and cranky because I was about to have a baby any day and this lady just budged in front of me, she didn't even ask!!! She said "I just have one item , so I'm going first". I didn;t even have time to respond. She was lucky I had the kids with me, otherwise there would have been a scene!! Good for you though standing your ground. Nothing is ruder than someone trying to cut in line!!

Mike, Nicki, and Josh said...

That is pretty crazy. What's up with people? I could see just asking as long as your able to accept no for an answer. YIPES what a jerk!

QueenieCarly said...

That happened to me a few years ago. It must have been around Christmas because I was buying a LOT of groceries. So this woman came up to me and she said "Can I go ahead of you?" I looked at her and said "No!" She went on "Well, you have all this stuff and I only have three things." I couldn't believe it. Again, I said "No. This is a line up. I had to wait and now you do." She threw a fit and said something like "Fine. Then I won't get anything." and left, muttering to her equally trashy boyfriend aobut what a bitch I was, I'm sure. Uh, okay. That's still your loss, isn't it? The cashier laughed, but the ex was appalled.