So I’m in line at the grocery store, holding only a couple items, and I notice a handbasket full of groceries at my feet. A little strange, maybe, but I figure that they belong to the people in front of me. Questioning the matter with my fellow shoppers reveals that no one brought this particular basket of groceries to the checkout line. “Whatever,” I think, and step past it.
And five minutes later, just as I’m about to place my item down on the conveyor, an arm reaches over my shoulder and plunks that basket down in front of me. I was too suprised to react, and by the time I’d recovered and thought of some scathing comebacks ("Excuse you and other such blistering opening lines) it hardly seemed worth making a scene. I waited 'til he finished, then paid with no other incident.
Has anyone else run into this while shopping? Can a basket be used as a place-holder in a line? What about a shopping cart, or your kid? How does this all work, anyway?