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Thankful For The Lack Of Cussing

, , , , | Right | November 22, 2018

(It’s the Sunday before American Thanksgiving, meaning this is the last weekend people have to shop for the holiday. I am at a chain department store with an item I need to exchange. Most of the registers are open, with long lines, and I have seen other staff members rushing around trying to keep things clean and restock shelves. The staff at the returns counter are working as quickly as possible, and there are only about half a dozen people in line there. The customers being helped are doing large returns, so I figure it will be a while that I’ll be waiting. This is fine, as I figured it would take me a while to get through the lines at this time of year. I get in line behind two girls who look about college-age. [Girl #1] is reading something on her phone, but [Girl #2] is visibly annoyed. She keeps making comments to her friend, loud enough that I can hear, but not loud enough that the rest of the line or the cashiers can hear her.)

Girl #2: “This is ridiculous. Someone needs to serve us. If they don’t hurry up, I’m going to start cussing.”

(A minute later:)

Girl #2: “I’m seriously about to start cussing. This is ridiculous. They can’t make us wait this long.”

(She kept going on, and I was getting annoyed with her. I would have said something if she had started cussing or if she’d caused trouble for the cashiers, but after complaining a moment more to her friend, she decided she was going to browse while her friend did the return and she wandered off. The rest of the wait was much more peaceful, and the cashiers got us all through more quickly than I’d expected… no cussing required!)

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