When One Reaches Peak Obliviousness

, , , | Right | January 14, 2020

A customer pays for her items and heads at a fast pace toward the door, but she’s left her items at the register.

Me: “Ma’am, you forgot your items!”

The store isn’t loud, and the registers are close to the doors, but she doesn’t seem to hear me.

Me: “Ma’am! Wait! You forgot your stuff!”

Without a glance back, she opens a door, steps through it, and carries on walking at a fast clip. I turn to the customers waiting in line.

Me: “Excuse me for just a moment.”

I grab the plastic shopping bag and jog after the woman. She keeps up her fast clip across the sidewalk and into the parking lot.

Me: “Ma’am! Wait! You’re walking off without your purchase! Excuse me! Lady with the red shirt!”

Other employees are sitting in front of the store on their cigarette breaks. They try to help.

Coworker #1: “Ma’am! Ma’am!”

Coworker #2: “Ma’am! You forgot your stuff!”

She doesn’t slow down or look back. She enters a van, which, funnily enough is facing the store. Despite this, she never looks straight out the windshield but instead looks down as she enters the car and turns on the engine. I wave, trying to get her attention, but she looks over her shoulder and reverses out of the parking space, still giving no sign she’s seen or heard us.

She is out of the parking lot in seconds, and I am left holding the shopping bag. As far as I know, she never came back for her purchase. I’ve never encountered anyone as oblivious as her, and I’ve rarely seen anyone move so fast! She spoke to me during the transaction and gave no indication she was deaf; our store also doesn’t collect donations or accept tips.

To this day, I have no idea what was going through that lady’s head.

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