I had a little "incident" at the grocery store last Sunday, and I'd like to tell you about it.
My grocery store routine is pretty much down to a science. On Saturday afternoon, I make a menu plan for the week and a list of groceries to go along with that menu. I have been shopping at the Tom Thumb around the corner for almost a year, so I know their layout very well. I even make my grocery list in the order that I am going to put things in my cart. On Sunday afternoon, I go to the store and buy all of the items on my list. It works for me.
Last Sunday, I needed to buy avocados, among other things. I grabbed a cart and headed in! The first item on my list was sliced ham and cheese for sandwiches. I got those things and started to place other produce-y stuff in my buggy. Cilantro, check. Yellow onion, check. Lettuce, check. Avocados, no check. All of the avocados were still green...yuck! That meant they were not ripe yet, and I really needed them to make guacamole that night! I was in crisis mode.
Then I had a light bulb moment!
Tom Thumb has this random display of things in the front lobby, and this week they happened to have avocados!
The wheel locked up, so I couldn't move it!! Also, an alarm started going off and a man with a name tag came running after me! What in the world?!
Apparently, leaving one section of the store and going into another section constitutes shoplifting. I quickly explained the situation, "I NEED RIPE AVOCADOS!", and the name tag man looked at me like I was crazy. "You're going to have to get another cart, ma'am."
I got another cart. I finished my shopping. I paid for my groceries like every other honest, productive member of society. I figured I was in the clear. Then I saw this:
|Why do we need THREE police cars?!|
I didn't know what the deal was! I DO know that I'm a little scared to go back. What if they follow me around the whole time? What if I'm not allowed to buy avocados anymore?
What if there is a big sign like this on the door???