Unsocial Distancing

, , , , | Right | January 27, 2021

I am a customer standing in line to pay for my groceries. The queue is quite long. When I finally approach the checkout, an elderly woman tries to sneak into the line ahead of me from the left. I casually block her off with my cart and address her.

Me: “Excuse me, but the line starts back there.”

Elderly Woman: *Huffily* “I didn’t realize that. I’ve been standing here for quite some time!”

I ignore her and start putting my groceries on the conveyor belt. Turning to my cart, I realize she managed to sneak into the line behind me and is now standing way too close for my comfort. I address her again.

Me: “Excuse me, but could you at least keep your distance? I’ll give you a hint: if I can touch you like this—”

I extend my left hand and lightly touch her with my index finger.

Me: “—you’re standing way too close.”

I turned back around and approached the cashier. When I looked back, I saw that she had taken the hint and was finally keeping the required distance.

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