Caught Out

I consider myself to be an easy-going kinda gal, the sort that likes to help other people out, dog sit for friends, assist short people with shopping items on top shelves etc, that kind of thing.
There is such a thing though as taking the P***, and yeah, I got caught.

no good deedI have always tried to have a little bit of consideration for others when shopping, especially if they are behind me in the queue with only one or two items and I have a full trolley.
I have been on the receiving end of such courtesy, and always grateful should going first be offered.

I was in a supermarket a little while ago and had a basket with about 10 items in it. Although I wasn’t in an express queue, the guy behind me only had a bottle of soda and a bar of chocolate, so I offered to let him go ahead of me.
queue 2‘Great! Thanks. Oh, hang on, I’ve forgotten something……’ and off he rushed to get whatever it was.
He came back with four more items, then disappeared again for something else.
The cashier had now finished with the person originally in front of me (her bill had been over a hundred pounds), and said
‘Looks like you’ve been caught, and all because you didn’t want to hold him up!’

To be honest, I was a little annoyed, but the cashier was quite prepared to ‘leap frog’ this cheeky male’s items and ring up my purchases before he got back.
We were both a little slow off the mark though, as the culprit puffed his way to the checkout with an armful of other shopping, bringing his total purchases to some 20 items including a six-pack, large pizza and multipack of crisps, plus a few bags to put everything in.
shopping bagsAt least he didn’t fumble with finding a bankers card to pay and handed over £30 in cash to the cashier. He had very little in change.
My own purchases tallied up to less than eight pounds (I felt a pinging sensation on my forehead) and the cashier was very apologetic.
sucker 2I told him it wasn’t his fault, and life was too short to make a fuss over a bit of shopping. Inwardly I told myself to beware of male shoppers with only an item or two in future.

I confess I did feel a little guilty today though as I had half a dozen things in my basket and the guy behind me just had a hot pasty from the bakery section.
I consoled myself that my purchases wouldn’t take long to ring up so it would be just the right temperature for him to eat.

considerateYeah, Considerate is still my middle name.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to Caught Out

  1. That sort of thing has happened to me. Now I ask, “Is that all you have” before I offer to let them go first. If they need to go off, I would say, “Since you’re not done shopping, I’ll resume my place in line and you can finish shopping.” You are right though. After it’s done, no point in agonizing over it. Lesson learned.

  2. lbeth1950 says:

    How right you are!

  3. I tend to do large shopping trips, so I am always considerate of letting someone go ahead of me if they have only a handful of items. I would have been good and steamed over what happened to you, though! I think if you have less than 10 items there is no need to let someone jump ahead.

  4. scifihammy says:

    haha Yes I’m sure his pie would be the perfect temp!
    I do the same as you, mostly for old people who find it hard to stand in a queue, or if someone has only one or two items and I have a trolley load. I have never had someone be cheeky like your guy, and I would have been annoyed with him. Still, it was just the once 🙂

  5. I wondered if that was a plan he had or is he just thick?

  6. He he, yes, perfect temp. I would have been more than not amused at such a stunt, also do allow people to jump, but usually age takes precedence for me…which can also be an issue, specially at the moment of payment, but I can live with that.

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