I had $2.99 worth of fresh basil (a big container from Trader Joe’s) in the fridge and didn’t want it to go to waste, so I thought I’d whip up a batch of pesto.
Trader Joe’s was out of the required pine nuts, so I figured I’d bite the bullet and stop at Bristol ($$$) Farms on the way home to just grab some, figuring I’d pay maybe a dollar more there. I didn’t see the price, but when the checker rang them up, I saw that they were $23.99! (For about 10 oz of pine nuts, if the bag was even that large…)
I was friendly and polite but said I just couldn’t pay that much for pine nuts, and I asked for a price check to make sure they weren’t mis-marked. What happened next was worth the hassle. Talk about a hoot!
Three or four beautiful-people Bristol Farms customers stood behind me in line — and the body language, exasperated looks and sighs that came from from this crew, because they had to wait two extra minutes for a price check, were hilarious. They looked completely put out, and one man and his wife were so ticked off, they practically got in a tiff right there about whether to stay in that line or find a new line.
We’re talking about a price check that took about 90 seconds. How do they respond when hit with a real problem? Did their parents not teach them anything about being patient and considerate? It eye-opening to watch these beautifully dressed people in their 30s and 40s sink into a toddler-worthy snit over such a minor inconvenience. (And yes, we’ve all had things happen where we HAD to get home to the babysitter in the next five minutes, or we HAD to get to the hospital to be with a family member, but that didn’t appear to be the case here.)
But humorous moments aside, it made me wonder… Do these folks care that their kids are watching them when they behave as if the world exists solely for their convenience and other people are merely road blocks on the way to getting what they want?