When you get your groceries and head for the line, one of the decisions you are going to have to make is if you can get away with making it through the ’10 items or less’ lane. Sure, if you have 11 or 12 items you might be able to squeak through but sometimes, people take advantage of the kindness of others and try to take a full cart in. It can be frustrating, especially if you have 10 items and you have to wait. As you are about to see, things don’t always go perfectly for those who try to cheat the system.
Best moment I ever had in a Wal-Mart. I was in Colorado Springs. I had a loaf of bread, a gallon of milk and a couple of other things.
This woman whose cart was overflowing, almost runs me over to get in front of me at the 10 items line. The woman starts to unload her cart onto the checkout stand and the cashier says, ‘Which ten items would you like, ma’am?”
The woman stops and says, “What?”
The cashier responds in a calm, patient tone, “This is a ten items or less express line.”
While speaking she holds up both hands showing all ten fingers. Then she pointed to the sign above the lane which read Ten Items or Less in both English and Spanish.
The woman gets all red in the face and says, “I want all of this!”
The cashier, “Ma’am, I’m sorry. As I said, this is a ten items or less line, please choose the ten items you’d like to purchase today.”
The woman at this point lets out this noise that sounds like someone poked one of those screaming goats and shoved her still overflowing cart as hard as she could. It almost hit this little old man sitting on a bench. Then she gave all of us who were laughing at her the finger, said “F*** you!” and stormed out.
I purchased my items and tipped the cashier a $20 for the best improv comedy moment I’d seen in years.