I was waiting in line at the grocery store. When I got to the front of the line I suddenly remembered my total lack of garbage bags at home. So I sighed heavily, did this :smack:, picked up my basket and went back into the store to get them.
Back into a different line-up. After my second line-up of the day (and after a quick trip to the shop had evolved into a mission) I was quite excited to be finished and go home and eat my new ice cream before it melted all over me. But when I got to the front of the line-up this woman appeared, clutching a box of Peak Freens. She smiled at me and got in line dead in front of me (ignoring the ten people behind me). I met her eye with an expression somewhere between this and this :dubious:. She explained that she’d been there already and had just gone to pick up her cookies. It was at that point that I noticed that the clerk was surrounded by groceries stacked up around her, that she then started unloading and ringing in.
So it seems what happened was that the lady got to the front of the line, unloaded her stuff, realized she’d forgotten her biscuits, prevailed upon the clerk to stack her groceries around the till, went back to get her biscuits, and then totally crashed the line when she returned.
It’s not like it was tampons or diabetic medication or even a quart of milk that she went back to get. I can see how forgetting one of those things could be a major inconvenience. But fancy biscuits? Give me a break.
I said “You know, I was just in line over there, and I got to the front and I realized that I forgot something, so I got out of line and took my stuff back into the store and waited in line again so I wouldn’t inconvenience all the people behind me.”
And she looked at me pityingly and said something like “That’s too bad, in that situation I just left my stuff with the clerk so I only had to wait in line once.”
At which point my expression became :eek:. What do you say at that point? All I could think of to say was “Well, I never!” but I would have busted up laughing if such a thing had come out of my mouth.
Anyway, the question: was she being incomprehensibly rude, or was I overreacting? Should I have been ruder? Honestly. Where’s Miss Manners when you need her.