Purely exasperational

Several hours after the fact, I’m still trying to decide which was worse:

  • The fact that the guy in line in front of me bought eight loaves of bread, and specified exactly how they were to be placed in two grocery sacks, or
  • The fact that he wrote a check for all that, which the clerk didn’t quite know how to handle because nobody ever writes a check anymore.

Fortunately, I was purchasing nothing perishable. (And contrarian that I am, I paid cash.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    21 February 2013 · 7:07 am

    Oh, sounds like it’s French Toast Emergency time up your way.

    I’ve seen people push little old ladies out of the way to get to the last six dozen eggs. (That always puzzled me: if you get an ice storm, and the power goes out, what do you do with the eggs? The people who bought them won’t be able to cook them….is sucking eggs some snow-day activity I have just never heard of before?)

  2. McGehee »

    21 February 2013 · 7:39 am

    Cash? You’ll need three forms of ID for that.

  3. Lynn »

    21 February 2013 · 10:50 am

    Having once worked in a grocery store in a part of the country where one inch of snow was an (OMG We’re all gonna die!) emergency, I love the term “French Toast Emergency. Wish I had known it back then.

  4. Tatyana »

    21 February 2013 · 11:13 am

    FJ – if it’s an ice storm, no refrigerator needed to store eggs, no?
    When I lived on campus in continental Russia the winter temps averaged -20C; the dormitories didn’t have refrigerators and we stored our food suspended from window frame outside. We had to wrap some of it, like butter and meat in several thick layers, so the birds will not get to it.

  5. Charles Pergiel »

    21 February 2013 · 12:43 pm

    Last summer, before daring daughter got a refrigerator, she was storing her food outside on the balcony. It was winter there, in Buenos Aires.

    I seem to have a magnetic attraction to lines in the grocery store that are going to have a problem: the 300 year old woman painfully trying to write out a check even though she can barely see and can’t remember the amount from one digit to the next, the woman on foodstamps when the foodstamp computer won’t cooperate, the average person without enough money trying to figure out what to put back. Very rarely is it a Mexican, even though they make up a large percentage of the clientele.

  6. fillyjonk »

    21 February 2013 · 3:03 pm

    Charles P., you and me both. If there is a line with someone with (1) some kind of food stamp/WIC/other entitlement program issue, (2) mega coupons, (3) coupons that have expired/are for some product other than what the person is buying (!) (4) someone who does not speak much English or (5) all of the above, I will wind up in line behind them.

  7. Lynn »

    21 February 2013 · 9:17 pm

    Last big ice storm we had, the temperature got up into the 50’s F (too warm for milk and eggs) the next day but our power was off for 10 days.

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