What are your feelings about manners in the grocery store?
I'm pretty sure they apply there right?
The other day I had my brood with me in the grocery store. It wasn't packed, but still kind of busy. I had my boys strapped in the monster race car cart (these things are like 20 feet long, I swear) and then each of my girls had their own little kid cart. I was aiming my monster cart into a line. Granted, the size of the cart requires extra maneuvering and time in order to make into the tiny checkout lane, but that was obviously what I was doing.
Out of nowhere a skinny little old lady toodled her way in between my gigantic cart and the magazine rack in order to make it into the check out line before I did.
I just stood there with my mouth open for about two minutes. I could not believe what had just happened. There was no apologetic glance. No shrug of the shoulders, acknowledging that she knew what she had done was wrong and feeling slightly guilty about it. Nothing. She went straight the the cashier and took her precious time digging out the coupons, double checking the receipt and writing out a check. Who writes checks at the grocery store, anyway? (Mom.)
Now, let me clear one thing up. Had this little old lady politely approached me, showed me her 4 items in her basket, explained that she was in a hurry and asked to go in front of me, I would have graciously allowed her to do so. I know that I pose a formidable sight with my 3 full carts. (2 of them are mini carts, but their overflowing nature just adds to the illusion). I am probably the last person at the grocery store that you want to be behind. But really, "toodling" as quickly as possible so as to duck in front of me? Is that really the most effective solution that you could really come up with? In all of the sage wisdom that you have accumulated over the years, there was nothing else you could do?
And so I ask you, my fellow bloggers, do manners not apply at the grocery store?