Two weeks ago I promised three "embarrassing moment" stories for the next three Wednesdays. Well, not to go back on my word, but I am taking off this week because I have the honor of hosting guest blogger Shannon from ! She was awesome enough to write a story for me to post so that I can take the day off. Fear not, I will be back next Wednesday with another embarrassing moment story unless I come up with another really good excuse (I actually already have one in mind so I think chances are good that it will happen. Okay, with out further ado, I bring you:
I consider myself to be a pretty honest person.
Mom: Shannon, do you want to do these dishes?
Friend: Shannon, I’d like for you to meet Billy. He’s from California too. Isn’t that cool?
Me: Uh, it’s all right.
Stranger: Hi, how are you?
Me: Sad. My cat’s on her deathbed and I had to take her to the vet. I touched her paw to see if I could get a reaction from her, but she just sat there and purred. Usually she’ll bite my hand to pieces. I’m so worried!
But there is one area in life that I suck at telling the truth: while shopping.
“Did you find everything okay?” asks every bright-eyed cashier as I’m checking out.
“Yeah,” I eagerly say to the person who’s handling my macaroni and cheese and my mint chocolate chip ice cream.
I’ll admit it: 78% of the time, my answer to this simple question is untrue. I am guilty. I am bad.
No, I did not find everything okay.
To me, shopping should be like this:
- Have your shopping list and pen in hand
- Scribble each item off into oblivion once found
- Place found item in cart (or, as southerners say, buggy—as if you need to cradle your precious Cheetos)
- On to the next item on the list
***No need to lollygag through the aisles looking at products that “You MUST Have!!!”:
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But if a situation presents itself to me where I can’t find the light bulb on my list that I so desperately need, I’m frustrated. I’m impatient. I’m not one to “window shop.”
I don’t like having to make my short legs unnecessarily walk up and down every aisle three times only to continuously be confronted with this:
And, better yet, there are no employees on the floor to ask where the light bulbs are located. So you have to go all the way up to customer service, ask where the light bulbs are, only to be directed in the same location where you were looking for the past ten minutes.
Repeat: walk up and down each aisle three times.
So, a few weeks ago, I found myself once again in this situation: “Did you find everything okay?”
The moment of truth finally came.
Do I tell the truth and nothing but the truth? The answer I give can make or break my integrity…or do I give the answer that the cashier is expecting?
After debating in my head whether or not to tell the cashier if I did actually find everything okay, I came to a conclusion.
I would tell the truth.
“No, not really.”
Feeling victorious in the battle that took place in my mind, I felt a sense of freedom. Feeling confident in knowing that what I said was right, I could only anticipate the kind of response I would get. Would she have me fill out a survey for customer feedback on the quality of the store? Would she give me a deal for the items I was purchasing? Would she confide in me that she, too, can’t find anything in this horribly-laid out store? Would she call her manager over to throw confetti above our heads for being brave enough to say what I had actually experienced? Would she deem me best-EVER customer of the month?
Her grand response:
As she went on duly scanning my purchases.
I finally found the "light bulb" in my head—cashiers don’t care how your shopping experience went.
For more of Shannon's awesomeness, check out her blog: Shanimal's Crackers and follow her on twitter @ShanimalCracker