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September 08, 2005

Just a weird day

Late this afternoon, John googlemailed me and said he would like grilled hamburgers for dinner.
So I drove up to our local grocery store, Price Chopper, and got some ground chuck, buns and cat food (we always need cat food).

Because I had so few items, I got in line for the express lane.

A blonde lady was in front of me - as her purchases went through the line, I got one of those little separate the groceries sticks and put my groceries on the conveyer belt. Oddly, a man put another one of those little separate the groceries sticks in between my stuff and the stuff belong to the woman being checked out. I thought, well, what a jerk, but did not say anything.

As soon as he finished checking out, another woman jumped in front of me and my food and put her purchases in front of mine. At this point, I was getting a little steamed.

I said, "Excuse me, ma'am, I was here first". She says to me - "Oh, no - I'm with him" - pointing to the guy who had butt in front of me. I said, he's leaving, how you can you be with him - at this point the cashier said, "You are right, they did butt in front of you, thank you, I was afraid to say anything".

At that, the lady said to me " I just got here from New Orleans, seems like I should go first, but I won't."

So she got behind me and in front of the woman who was patiently waiting for me.

Now. I live in Leavenworth, Kansas. I know that we do have some Katrina evacuees in the KC area - so it is possible that this woman and the man before her had gone through the hurricane.

However, it seems to me that people don't suddenly get to butt in line just because they have suffered the awful tragedy that is Katrina. Am I wrong to be somewhat annoyed?

Aside from the fact that I don't know if she has escaped from NO or not, isn't it still considered rude to butt in front of people in line at the grocery store?

Posted by Beth at September 8, 2005 06:13 PM