On The Other Hand She Seems Fine

| LA, USA | Health & Body

(It’s a couple hours until closing. Our store is well known for discount prices. I’m in the accessories section rearranging the purses. On the other side of the see-through rack is a woman frantically picking through purses that are not hung up.)

Customer: *rummaging madly* “Ow, ow, ow…”

Me: “…ma’am? Is everything alright?”

(The customer looks up with a great big grin that’s hiding obvious pain.)

Customer: “Yes! Everything is wonderful. I’m just having some trouble deciding what bag to get. There are so many!”

Me: “You were saying ‘ow’.”

Customer: “Oh, that. I was in [other retail store] before coming here, and I broke one of my fingers.”

Me: “You broke one of your fingers?”

(She holds up the obviously injured digit. It’s swollen and not looking too good.)

Customer: “Yep! But, I just had to come here! The hospital is always open, but you guys close soon!”

Me: “G-good luck…”

(She eventually leaves without buying anything. I hope she got to the hospital!)