Happy Sunday ya’ll! I work for a utility company, heating fuel mostly, so we’re in our busy season currently. As such I work one weekend day a week and have off a weekday instead. It’s not a terrible schedule, I enjoy the work that I do, and most of the people I work with. The problem, as with most places, is the customers…Now if you have ever been without heat in the winter you know what I’m talking about, and normally I sympathize and do everything I can do to make people feel ok about their situation, and to let them know that we are doing our best and that we care. The worst group as a whole are elderly people, and while I understand their upset, and that it’s scary for them to be cold because of their fragile health and immune system. Some of them can be downright MEAN!
Which brings me to my story for today. I got off of work today and on my way home stopped at the store to pick up some things so that P could make his homemade mac and cheese. Now apparently the gray and gloomy weather has put some people in a bad mood.
The cashier was a high school girl, possibly college, but more likely high school, she looked really young, anyways… So the woman in front of me had a whole cart full of stuff and the line we were in was one where the cashier has to bag and scan, it’s really meant for small orders, I actually thought it was an express lane. I got on line and the girl was just about done with the other woman, but I noticed that she was putting the stuff in the bag rather heavily, like basically slamming it in. The woman finally asked her, “Is there a reason you’re slamming my stuff in the bag? You’re just really putting it in hard and I don’t want my soda to explode”
The girl said the 12 packs of soda were just heavy. Seems like a reasonable explanation, right? So, I had 5 items, two 2 liter bottles of soda, 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup, and a bag of shredded cheese. So I’m thinking ok, whatevs, small order maybe the kid will smile.
Nope. She doesn’t even say hello! Avoids all eye contact, AND slams my 2 bottle of soda into the bag and doesn’t even double bag it. So she tells me my total, again no eye contact, grumpy look on her face. She rings it out and hands me my change, doesn’t tell me what the change is, doesn’t say thank you or anything. So I check my receipt, make sure I have the correct change, take my bags and very pointedly say to her, “Have a nice day!”, and walk out.
So now I’m thinking, geeze, someone should have called out ‘miserable BITCH’ today… So i walk out, going to my car, I wait for a car leaving to pull out, and as I’m about to start walking once they’ve cleared, the old guy who was waiting for the spot starts pulling in and damn near hits me!
So I stand there, and I wait for him to get out, and I say to him, “Would you have stopped, or just hit me?”
The guy was old, most likely in his 60s, and I’m not even joking, he looks at me and says, “What’s your problem?”
I’m like, “Really? You almost hit me!”
Then, this charming winner actually says to me, “Well you shouldn’t have been walking there, why don’t you smarten up!”
Now I’m floored, but I’m also, pissed as hell! I’m like “Are you fucking kidding me right now? It’s a parking lot, people walk through it!”
He legit looks at me and tells me to watch where the fuck I’m going, to which I respond, “Why don’t you just go drop dead you miserable old piece of shit!”
I’m dead serious right now, if you are to the point in your life where you can’t even muster up a half assed, half hearted apology when you almost hit someone with your car because you’re in that much of a big damn hurry it’s time to park your car in the garage, run the hose from the tailpipe into the window, and end it. Take your miserable ass attitude to hell with you.
Now, my reaction may be a little harsh, as may my opinion, but I was raised in a house where if you did something wrong you took responsibility for it and you apologized for any hurt you may have caused, what you didn’t do was try to turn it around like you are the injured party and be a dick about the whole thing. Harsh as it may be, I hope that old man gets creamed by a semi walking through the parking lot back to his ugly ass truck.