Wish You Could “Go-Back” On Your Roommate Choice

, , , , | Friendly | June 30, 2017

(Both my roommate and I have worked retail for years. We are at a big box store shopping for a few things. We’ve been talking about terrible customers the whole trip.)

Roommate: “Oh. Wait. Why did I grab all of these lip balms? I don’t need more lip balm.”

(She then proceeds to cram the six or so lip balms onto a shelf with some mugs, since we are in the dishware section.)

Me: *aghast* “[Roommate], what are you doing!?”

Roommate: “I don’t remember where they’re supposed to go. Someone will put them back later.”

Me: “Are you KIDDING?! You are doing exactly what our terrible customers do! You need to put those back where they belong or take them up front with you!”

Roommate: *flippantly* “Don’t be silly. I’m not being mean about it. It’s their job to clean this stuff up.”

(I grabbed the lip balms and put them into my bag. When we checked out, I asked the cashier to place them among their “go-backs,” which are a pile of unwanted or returned items they keep up front that employees work through putting back as the day goes on. On the ride home, my roommate makes fun of me for “being a weirdo” and “giving that cashier more work to do.” She simply didn’t understand why I was so shocked. We didn’t remain friends after I moved out.)

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