Yesterday I was at a craft store buying the finishing details for the Chili Cook Off I will be attending this weekend. I was standing in line to check out and I was the 3rd person in line.
I don’t know what was taking so long at the cashier, but I had been in line at least 10 minutes and was watching my watch because I had to get home to pick up my daughter and was getting concerned about the amount of time it was taking. Then, I had two people get in line behind me.
The cashier finished with the one transaction and the person in front of me was checking out. I was the “next in line”. I had been in line a minimum of 12 minutes. Another cashier opened a lane and called, “I can take the next person in line” and before I could do anything, the lady behind me ran over to the other cashier. Really? Seriously? She knew she was not the next in line. She knew there were people in front of her, but apparently she thought her time was much more important than anyone else’s time.
She might have been in line for two minutes…and that is pushing it. I had been in line at least 5 times longer than her. I was pretty irritated. Yes, I could have made a scene and said something, but I didn’t. What would it have accomplished? I would have embarrassed the cashier, the lady who ran like a banshee to the open line would not have understood my point of view because anyone that can do what she did, does not care who they step on as long as they get their way, because you know, her time is much more important than mine.
But, I am here to tell you, if you are not “Next in line” don’t go running over to the open cashier when she says she will take the “next in line”. Your time is not more important than other people’s time, and the person’s spot you just stole might not be as nice as me. Just sayin’.