Went from being an angel to wanting to slug a guy!
Friday, August 05, 2011
I don't enjoy shopping. I find it a chore, especially grocery shopping. It's a necessary evil, which I had to do after work this past Wednesday (8/3). As I was picking out the cat food my Zoe will eat (picky eater that she is) there was an elderly man who was being assisted by a store clerk. The gentleman commented to me that getting old was hell. I readily agreed with him. As I was placing the cat food I'd selected into my cart, the older gentleman asked if I'd do a favor for him. Turns out he didn't want the cat food he'd selected - he'd mistaken it for the dog food he was needing to purchase. He asked me to put the incorrect cat food back on the shelf as he'd had a difficult time getting it down and putting it back would have been much harder for him. I was happy to help. After re-shelving the cat food, I noticed he was having difficulties getting the containers of dog food, so I asked him if he'd like some help. He did and the entire time I got the containers of dog food for him he told me that I was an angel and sure to go to heaven! I told him, I didn't know about the angel part, but that I did know that I was going to heaven. The entire encounter was sweet and I wished I could have offered to help him in the future, but I didn't think it appropriate to offer since I didn't know him or his circumstances.
I finished up my shopping, paid and walked to the parking lot in time to see some guy (in his early 40's) start yelling, pick up a potato that had obviously fallen from the bag that he and the woman with him had just purchased - the fallen potato looked undamaged. He swore and smashed the potato, then continued to swear and berate the woman as they walked to their vehicle. I was FURIOUS - it was obvious that the woman was cowering and totally ashamed of the whole incident, so I GLARED at the bully. He asked me "what are you looking at?" I told him not much - BUT I wanted to hit him! I figure if he treats the woman like that in public - how much worse does he treat her in private? UGH!
So I went from being an angel destined for heaven to a pissed off "young" senior citizen.