Some People Just Want To Watch The World Burn, Part 9

, , , | Right | July 21, 2021

I’ve come into a large DIY store, looking for one particular item I know where it is and what I need; I just need to grab it and go.

I get to the aisle, and a reasonably smartly dressed, middle-aged woman is stood right in the way of what I need. She is holding a boxed toothbrush beaker in her hands; on the shelf is the same beaker but unwrapped and put on display.

She is very carefully looking at this box, turning it around and around. She pauses and then looks at the display item, then back at the box, then back at the display, and then back at the box again.

I am transfixed slightly by how much thought process there is in choosing a £2 beaker. Either way, I stay two meters away and wait patiently. A few more minutes pass, then a few more, and I realise this might take a long time.

Me: “Sorry, can I just grab that there?”

I point to a box on the shelf.

Woman: *Giving me a long stare* “No, you wait!”

Me: “Fine, fine.”

She is still looking at the same item and then looking back at the display. She opens the box, takes the item out, compares it to the display, and then puts it back in the box. She’s completely ignoring the store’s requests to only touch things you intend to purchase.

She picks up the next one and does the same, and again to the next one.

I’m waiting silently, keeping my distance, but growing frustrated. This must be obvious.

Woman: “You! Go away!”

Me: “I really can’t. I need that box there.”

Woman: “Well, I’m not moving!”

She stands with her hand on her hips for a while, then, realising she isn’t going to get a reaction, she goes back to opening the next box.

Me: “This is ridiculous.”

I turn to leave.

Woman: “That’s it. You go. Leave me be.”

I exit the aisle empty-handed, spotting an employee as I go.

Me: “Hey, you might want to keep an eye on her; she is opening all of the merchandise.”

Employee: “What?! Not again! We’ve told her to stop once already.”

The employee approaches the woman.

Employee: “Miss, you need to stop. My colleague has asked you not to do that already.”

Woman: “No, she didn’t. You leave me alone.”

I turned to see her throw the beaker; it was so lightweight that it fell to the ground far from the employee. She turned and scuttled away. The employee said something on the radio and walked after her.

In the commotion, I forgot to go back and pick up what I needed. I returned a week later, this time on the lookout for beaker lady; thankfully, she was nowhere in sight.

Related:
Some People Just Want To Watch The World Burn, Part 8
Some People Just Want To Watch The World Burn, Part 7
Some People Just Want To Watch The World Burn, Part 6
Some People Just Want To Watch The World Burn, Part 5
Some People Just Want To Watch The World Burn, Part 4

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