Strange Customers (Part Three)

It never ceases to amaze me what I will find out of place while wandering around the sales floor.  For example, I have found clothing and Cool Whip in the pet food aisle, journals with shampoo, soda in the household cleaner aisle, and frozen food in the regular food aisle.  The latter had to be destroyed because it had been out for several hours by the time I found it.  Now, I can see how some of these things end up where they do.  But clothing in the pet food aisle? Whoever did that walked across the store before deciding they did not want that item.  Is it really that hard to put it back where one found it?

Another thing I see a lot is how parents interact with their children at the store.  I turned the corner one day and found a mother telling her son to come out from where he was hiding.  I was startled to see him appear from behind a stack of paper towels on the bottom shelf.  He had built a small fort out of them after finding a space behind them.  I was highly amused.

Other times, I have seen how parents calmly refuse to give in to the demands of their screaming children.  Good for them, though I can get headaches if the tantrums last long enough.

And still yet, I have seen some parents not really pay attention to their kids.  For example, the other day a customer waved me over.  Thinking she wanted something, I walked up to her and was surprised when she turned and pointed to a small girl who could not have been more than two.  The woman told me she had no idea who the child belonged to.  I looked around for a moment, and did not see or hear anyone calling for the little girl.  I waved over enough co-worker who had a radio.  I was getting ready to say that we should let someone know about the lost girl when the little girl walked down a nearby aisle.  We followed her and she led us straight to her mother, who was too busy checking a grocery list to see that her daughter had wandered off.  The mother hardly acknowledged the girl's return or our presence.  Relieved that the parent had been found, we went back to what we had been doing, though we were both disgusted by the mother's apparent lack of care.

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About emeree

I am an Air Force veteran. I served as a Security Forces troop for nearly seven years and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant before separating in 2008. My tours of duty were in England and Oklahoma. I live in the Seattle area, which is where I grew up. I used my GI Bill and earned a degree from the University of Washington. I currently work in downtown Seattle and experience all the adventure that comes with that.
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2 Responses to Strange Customers (Part Three)

  1. Hey, you never know when some discerning canine out there will want some non-dairy whipped topping on his Alpo.

  2. Emeree says:

    Or kitties for that matter. I suspect my parents' cats at the very least would consider that a delicacy on their canned food.

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