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Cutting In Line Is Out Of Line

, , , , , | Right | November 27, 2020

I’m checking out. The person in front of me has a full cart of goods, while I have everything in a small handbasket. The store has removed the lane dividers, so I leave a small gap between our goods as I unload, and then I put my basket in the holder they have at the end of the lane.

A woman then ends up looping around one of the empty check stands, and, pretending to not notice me, drops her handbasket on the small gap, landing on top of some of the items in both the man ahead of me and my own piles. She then faces away from me, very obviously trying to pretend like I just don’t exist.

Not willing to indulge her, I reach over, grab her basket, and scoot it over before dropping it into the holder on top of my old basket. Naturally, this gets a response.

Woman: “What are you doing?! Why are you touching my things?!”

Me: *Jerking over my shoulder* “Back of the line.”

She seems startled at me not rising to play her game, and she looks to the clerk, obviously hoping for some support. However, the clerk’s response is to do exactly what she had done and pretend the woman doesn’t exist, finishing up the man’s goods and then rolling the lane forward until my goods are right at the scanner.

Apparently disheartened at no-one standing to support her, she turns and slumps out of the store. Once she has gone, I haul the basket of goods out of the holder and hand it off to the clerk.

Me: “Looks like someone abandoned these. They’ll probably need to be put back.”

Clerk: “Oh, look at that. Thanks for spotting that.”

We shared a grin, then finished up, and I headed out. I saw the woman sitting in her car after I came out, and she stuck her tongue out as I passed.

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