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March 16, 2007

PSA for Idiot Shoppers

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 8:54 am

Newsflash: You are not the only person stuck standing on line that wants to get out of the store.

When a new line opens up and the cashier says “I’ll take the next person on line over here”  THAT DOES NOT MEAN YOU. (unless of course you really are the next person)

YOU, the person who is three people back on the line, should not budge.

YOU should let the person who is next on line (who has been waiting just as long, and probably considerably longer than you) move to the line that is opening. That is polite. That is right.

I felt that it was important to provide this PSA to you naive shoppers who think you are the only busy person on the planet, after someone tried to do that while I was shopping yesterday.

 I say tried because they had the misfortune of having me in the store.

When the offending shopper scooted into the just-opened line, I shouted (yes, I literally shouted because I firmly believe that the only chance we have of rehabilitating rude people is to publicly humiliate them) “Hey, you weren’t next in line. Wait your turn like the rest of the grown-ups!”

Said shopper froze.

“Back up and let her in,” I ordered the would-be line-cutter.

“You’re rude,” she told me. 

Boy that stung!

“You’re rude and wrong,” was my witty reply. Okay, so it wasn’t witty but I was having a devil of a time not telling her she was an entitled &$%^.

She backed up and let the correct shopper take her rightful place on line.

I got out of the store before the idiot shopper (karma baby!) but I’m sure she left soon afterwards.

And there’s the lesson to be learned Idiot Shoppers: The store is not going to close all of the check out lines before you finish shopping. The business wants your money. EVERYONE eventually makes it to the cashier so wait your damn turn!



  1. ooh. harsh.

    Comment by sacofat — March 16, 2007 @ 8:57 am

  2. OMG, ROTFL! Can I go shopping with you sometime? This happened to me just the other day.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — March 16, 2007 @ 9:03 am

  3. that’s awesome, I love it! I want to take you shopping with me every time!

    Comment by Angela James — March 16, 2007 @ 10:34 am

  4. You’re absolutely right, but let me add a small caveat to that… if the truly next person already has their selections on the belt, then the person after them should be allowed to go. I know I wouldn’t want to have to reload my things just to go to the next line and unload them again.

    And this isn’t just a rude one-off, we’re talking a nationwide retail epidemic!!! Everytime I’m standing in line and another line opens, it’s always the last person who scoots over and takes advantage like they are the most important person in the store. Now, if they were really THAT important they would have hired a personal shopper to go in there for them and their stupid, rude butts wouldn’t even be in line.

    **Hey, how did I get up here on this soapbox?**


    Comment by Kat Mancos — March 19, 2007 @ 7:48 am

  5. Jennifer and Angela — You can shop with me any time — just be sure to wear protective gear! 🙂

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — March 19, 2007 @ 9:24 am

  6. Kat — Yup, people with their stuff on the belt do not qualify as next in line (unless the register suddenly breaks down).

    It is a nationwide epidemic.

    Feel free to climb aboard my soapbox!

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — March 19, 2007 @ 9:25 am

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