Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Can I call a do-over?

The scene:
Inside a grocery store, 50 feet from the entrance where shopping carts are stored.

My still-empty shopping cart sitting by a bread display rack as I walk around the other side of the rack, looking for a certain loaf of bread.

Another shopper, with items about to tumble out of the over-stuffed cradle of her arms, leans over to drop her load into my empty cart.

Possible storylines:
A) I watch her put her items into my cart, figure she needs it more than me at that moment, and quietly walk over to grab another cart for myself.

B) I say, "Oh, that cart is mine, but you clearly need it more right now than I do." She smiles politely but doesn't take the cart, and makes it to the check-out counter just before the can of peaches falls out of her grasp.

C) I say, "Oh, that cart is mine" and she laughs, apologizes, and makes a joke about thinking a cart was more than she needed when she started shopping.

How it played out:
I said, "Oh, that cart is mine" and she laughed, apologized, and made a joke about thinking a cart was more than she needed when she started shopping.

The worst part? I didn't even think about wanting to hit the rewind button until I was walking down the next aisle. I'm pretty sure there was a time when option A) would've played out without a second thought on my part. :: sigh ::

Self-absorption is so unattractive.

But maybe The Goddess of Karma will give me consolation points for still obsessing about it 3 days later. Especially if The Parking Angel shows her my report card.


WWW said...
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WWW said...

There are some countries where you have to slot a coin into the cart. Sometimes just about two dollars worth.

In these countries there would be scenario D: "Hey, you're stealing my cart! Get your own." The poor soul with the can of peaches, among other useful objects, would be publically shamed -- and rightly so!

You'd probably have applause from the onlookers.

CSquaredPlus3 said...

I know how you feel. I try to to the "right" and compassionate thing, but occasionally I realize I've "missed it". I believe the Goddess of Karma will definitely give you consolation points. I would... if I was any kind of Goddess at all... and I do... as a friend. :-)

PS: I am SO ready for a cup of coffee and a chat.

Tara R. said...

I probably would have done the same think you did, just because by the time I get to the store it's after a long day at work and I'm cranky. I do however, let people who have only a few items to check out ahead of me. Hopefully that gives me consolation points on my karma.

Susan R. Opel said...

That's why I always leave my purse in the seat - I know - dangerous!