If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know I take a hard stance on ethics over here.
Well it appears that in my zeal to squelch obnoxious coupon behavior and peelie theft, I’ve completely overlooked another issue facing grocery stores today. Or at least my local Winco. For the record, it is NOT OK to punch someone in a grocery store. (And for that matter, probably not anywhere.)
Tonight as my kids and I were wandering past the bulk bin items at Winco I heard a rather loud argument between two grown men. I’m not sure what caused the argument, but I heard references to a shopping cart. I’m guessing someone cut someone off in front of the potatoes. Because things were getting rather heated, I decided for safety’s sake to take the kids to a back part of the store.
From a safe distance, I and other stupefied Winco shoppers watched, jaws to the floor, as one of the men began pummeling the other in the gut. It was about this time I decided to tip off the folks in the meat department that they might want to intervene. They assured me “security” had been called. Who knew Winco had their own secret police? Who knew they needed it?
On the way to checkout, I mentioned the altercation to the cashier. She didn’t seem surprised in the least.
“This thing happens every day here,” she said. She then proceeded to tell me about how a female shopper nearly took a swing at another female shopper vying for her checkout line yesterday. What is this world coming to? Seems to me I shouldn’t be so concerned if the cashier will mind about my coupon stash…she’s got other concerns on her brain these days.
Given this alarming trend, I’ve decided to share with you my official stance on punching fellow shoppers. Don’t do it. You may not punch or hit anyone, even if:
- Someone is a complete punk and raced to steal the last shopping cart.
- Someone bought the last can of tuna fish and didn’t bother consult if it was also on your shopping list.
- Someone is buying food without coupons.
- The store has fake “sale!” tags on items you wisely know are NOT on sale.
- And other similar scenarios.
If you forget, and end up punching someone, whatever you do – please do me a favor and don’t mention you read my blog.
At the end of the day, if I can prevent even ONE black eye, I know my work here is done.
Photo credit Gerd Paulsen