A month or so ago, The Mexican and I went to Wal-Mart to put gas in the car. There was a long line! The Mexican pumped and I went to pay. There were about 4 people in front of me and 3 people behind me waiting to pay. All of a sudden I feel a tap on my back. This man who was not in line comes up to me and says,
Him- "Mam, my wife and I have an emergency and I can't wait to pay. Do you mind if I give you my Wal-Mart gift card in exchange for $20?
(you can buy gas with Wal-Mart gift card.)
Me- Ummm, yeah I mind! Sorry but you'll have to get it from someone else.
I remember being not so cheerful that day and what I really wanted to say was...
What do I look like? An idiot? I'm not falling for that! Find some other idiot! I mean really, do you think I'm not quick enough to figure out that if you give me your gift card (which probably has NO money on it) and I give you a 20, your going to be able to get gas? What are you going to do? Swipe the twenty dollar bill at the pump? It makes more sense to swipe your fake gift card dude!
He didn't ask anyone else. He walked away, clearly pissed off, so I'm kind of glad I didn't go off on a rant. Once I made it through the line and back to the car, we began to pull off. There he was sitting in his car around the corner with some woman. I guess they were waiting for the next person that looked vulnerable.
A couple of weeks later I was at Walmart grocery shopping. I was in the produce section and my son says, "Mommy, you didn't get mangoes!" (he loves mangoes) Having already passed them I turned my buggy around. All of a sudden this woman appears out of nowhere screaming,
Her-"what is your problem?"
Me- (looking confused) "are you talking to me?"
Her-"Yeah! you almost hit me with your buggy, do you have a problem?"
Me- "I don't have a problem, it sounds like you are the one that has a problem, you were no where in sight when I turned my buggy around. Know what, just go ahead...."
There was a man standing right beside me watching the whole thing. He says to me, "Did I miss something?" I replied, "Apparently we both did." He responds with, "She's crazy!"
ummmm, ya think?!!
About 3 minutes later an employee came up to me and asked if I was okay. I told her yes then explained to her how she just came up to me screaming, etc... The employee proceeded to tell me that the woman frequents the store quite a bit and has "mental issues." Just about that time we hear her screaming at some poor elderly man. "Are you squeezing those tomatoes? I saw you squeezing the tomatoes! You can't squeeze the tomatoes!"
OMG, let me get the hell outta here!
I've noticed I'm becoming more and more outspoken! Hope I do not get into some type of fist fight one day! I'd loose! I'm not a fighter. I've also noticed that it is harder and harder to keep my mouth shut. Especially when it involves me or my family.
I know that I look vulnerable. I look like I would not speak up. Maybe that makes me an easy target. Oh well.... maybe I'll loose my vulnerable look one day or maybe I should stop going to WalMart.