Sunday, March 07, 2010

The day I stole a case of water

Ok, so I didn't really steal the case of water. But, I totally should have! Seriously, I know stealing is wrong and everything - but in this case, it would have made everyone's life much happier! :)

Let me start at the beginning:

So, there I was, minding my own business in the checkout line at the grocery store when I realized that I knew the cashier. I started unloading my purchases onto the belt as we chatted. She rang everything up for me, I paid the bill, and we said good bye and told each other how nice it was to see the other and all that jazz.

As I'm unloading my cart full of food into my car, I realized with alarm that I had a case of water on the bottom of my cart that I'd forgotten to tell my friend, the cashier, about so she could ring it up.

I had stolen a case of water.

This is when I stopped thinking clearly.

I knew that I couldn't just leave the case of water in the cart outside of the store, because the someone else would steal it, and the store still wouldn't profit from their loss of product. So, I decide the best thing to do is just push my cart with the water still on the bottom rack into the inside stall. That way, I could get the water inside the store, but not have to admit that I was a dirty rotten thief.

My plan would have worked too, if it weren't for this pesky old man (Ok, he wasn't pesky at all, he was really sweet - but it fits my Scooby-Doo impression better if he's pesky!)

See, as soon as I thought I was in the clear and walking away from my stolen case of water, the pesky old man stops me to inform me that I forgot the case of water I'd bought!

Remember that I said I stopped thinking clearly? This is probably the time when my thought process became the foggiest. The best course of action would have been to thank him, grab the case of water, and go back through the line again to pay for said water.

But, I wasn't thinking of the best course of action. For some reason, in my head, I was convinced that someone would think if I did that (go get in line to pay for it) I was trying to steal it!! Hehe...how's that for logic?

So, instead - I end up with the case of water at the customer service desk. I explain to the nice lady (Ok, really, SHE was the pesky one!) that I'd accidentally left the store with this case of water, and I'd like to go ahead and pay for it now.

She couldn't just praise me for my honesty. Oh no, she wanted to punish me. She wanted to see the receipt of my purchase, not to make sure I was correct, but to know which cashier to tattle on! :(

So, I ended up getting my friend in trouble for my inability to think clearly.


And this, my friends, is why I regret not stealing a case of water.

4 comments:

luaphacim said...

You're so funny. And honest, too. :-)

Mrs. M said...

Just wait until that baby gets here. I have gone back into grocery stores to pay for things under carseats, under coats, in kids hands/pockets (blush)....

Joy said...

I once stole a muffin, so the next week I just asked the cashier to charge me for two, cause I didn't wanna go back in.

tsbjf said...

That is rotten that the service lady was being so mean about it when you were offering to do the right thing.