Object Permanence Of A House Cat

, , , , | Right | February 7, 2018

(For a small grocery store, our checkouts are arranged oddly: a ring of five checkouts, two leading to the main door, two to the side door, and a fifth in the middle for when we are busy. I am stationed at the register nearest the main door. A customer approaches who is obviously underage.)

Customer: “Can I buy some cigarettes?”

Me: “Sure. I’ll just have to see your ID.”

Customer: “Oh. I, uh… I don’t have it on me. It’s out in the car; I’ll go get it.”

(The customer walks out the door, and I turn to serve the next customer. Ten seconds later, I hear behind me…)

Customer: “Hey, I need to get a pack of cigarettes.”

(He’d come back in the side door, somehow thinking I wouldn’t notice when I was still just ten feet away.)

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