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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:35 AM

Was I wrong?

OK, so I had to go get a couple of things at the store yesterday afternoon, so I pull into my local Sav-A-Lot about 5:30 or so. I get the items--a package of chicken, 2 cans of cat food and a bottle of pop. There was one line open and the people ahead of me must have been buying groceries for a month because their cart was packed full. A line began for form, so the checkout clerk called a second cashier up. She announced that she could "help the next one in line" which was me. As I was pulling into the line, this guy with 2 bags of potato chips tried to lunge in ahead of me and I stopped him. He starts bitching and moaning really loudly about what a "mean old lady" I was for not letting him in, how he was late for his Superbowl Party, and how HE would've let someone in if "they only had 2 items". I ONLY HAD 4 ITEMS! So, he and I groused at each other back and forth, me calling him "quite a gentleman" and me a "mean old lady". Now, OK, I am in my 50's, but this guy looked like he was pushing 40, so he was no spring chicken either. Unfortunately, he was parked next to me in the lot, and I saw the NRA sticker on his car. I just had to ask, "Did you vote for Romney?" He said, "Yeah, what about it?" I said, "Nothing. Just curious." Under my breath, I said "I knew it." We then got in our vehicles and parted ways.

Should I have let this guy cut in front of me? If I am in a hurry, I wouldn't think of cutting off someome, but that guy thought I owed it to him or something. And when he let loose with the "old lady" insults, I wouldn't have let that bastard in if I had 5 carts full. I've been in a bad mood ever since. Arrgh!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:53 AM

1. I never bicker over who is 'next in line'

 

Always the courtesy is to allow the 'other' to go before you.
I'm never in too much of a hurry to argue over something so trivial.
And there would have been no way I would know who this person voted for just standing in a line.
I've been fooled before by rude people in public only to see an Obama bumper sticker on his/her auto in parking lot.
Lines in stores - its just never a confrontation for me.
I believe in karma in cases such as yours. He would have paid somewhere eventually.
Probably still will!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:57 AM

2. Well, it sounds like this guy ...

was a little too invested in getting ahead of you, if you ask me! I hate that situation in general, when they open another line. I've seen cashiers, before they do, go and actually get the next person in line and escort them over. I think that's a good way to handle it, so there are these sorts of confrontations.

But, don't dwell on it. I know it's hard to let stuff like that go, but hey, people are weird sometimes.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:59 AM

3. Best just face up to the fact

that some people out there are just rude and nasty. I'd have said "oh look you just missed your bus - you should've been under it" or similar.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:01 AM

4. Meh! Don't dwell on it.

Life is too short. There are rude people everywhere.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:02 AM

5. its usually bullies who try to cut in line

 

Don't let them get away with it. If I see someone trying to do that, I would tell them no way, no how. Get back in line behind me. These bullies count on people being wimpy or being disinclined to make a scene so they can get away with it.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:06 AM

6. In the broad raceway of life, that wasn't even a pebble in the road. Let it go. nt.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:22 AM

7. It was just a bad moment. Don't let it bug you

Just tell yourself that in the grand scheme of things it simply isn't important.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:43 AM

8. No, you shouldn't have. I'm old enough to remember when mothers taught their sons

to respect women and their elders.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:45 AM

9. Arguing with an idiot carries a risk of making you an idiot

 

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:48 AM

10. you let them go in front then tell them to go faster faster FASTER

Come on..

Why is it taking you so long to run your card, you were in such a rush..

Go go go, don't fumble, your savings card, Oh, you don't have it-- Now you have to enter your phone number..

Come on, go go go, we are waiting!

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