I don't want to think. I don't want to work. I don't want to do anything but sleep.
However, tired or not, life still goes on, and I had a project with a deadline that needed done or else I wouldn't get paid for it. Since I like having extra money in my pocket, I decided to go ahead and complete the project with bags under my eyes.
I needed pink tape to finish my project. I didn't think it would be too difficult to find pink tape since it decorative tape became trendy a few years ago. I went to the store after a long day at work only to find they didn't have anything but regular, clear, boring tape.
Frustrated and desperately wanting a nap, I ventured off to another store. It's a store I don't particularly like going to because every time I go there I have horrible service but I didn't want to drive across town and go to the craft store or Walmart, so off I went.
I found the tape in a few minutes and somehow managed to pick up a few planters pots because they were 75% off and pretty! From there, I decided it was time to leave the store while I still had money in my pocket.
Now, why exactly do stores have 20 or so check out registers and only one or two are open?!?! This drives me crazy. However, I went to the shorter line and waited.... and waited...and waited. I don't know what was taking so long. When I picked the line, the customer was literally swiping her credit card in the machine. This NORMALLY means the transaction has occurred and they would be picking up their bags shortly. Several minutes later, I finally set my plant pots and tape on the counter so I can check out and head home.
The first item the cashier picked up was the tape. Somehow on my journey across the store, the cardboard with the price tag fell off. This series of events made the cashier very distraught! She had no idea what to do in this situation. She looked at me, she looked at the tape, she looked at the other cashier, and then she did a shoulder scrunch. "I don't know what to do. Did you still want to buy it?" She asks.
I'm not going to lie, I'd lost my patience several minutes ago and so I wasn't exactly all rainbows and butterflies when I said, "yes, it's why I came to the store."
She paused, still clearly trying to access the situation. Finally she said, "do you know how much it was?"
"I don't know, 3 something, maybe $3.19 or $3.99" I respond.
"Well which one was it because I'd hate to charge you $3.99 if it's $3.19." Her pace was as slow as her speech which irritated my tired self even more.
"I have no idea. Charge me $3.99, I'm okay with that." I respond.
She looks at her screen, she looks at the tape, she looks back to her screen. "I don't know how I'm supposed to override this. Hold on." She leans over to the lady at the next register. "There's nothing on this for me to scan. What should I do?"
The lady gave her a wow, really smile and said, "why don't you call the stationary department? You can't sell it to her if you don't know the price."
She looked back at me, completely oblivious to the two other people who have gotten in line behind me. I only had three items, it shouldn't take me very long to check out, right? Finally she said, "do you want to go back and pick up a new roll of tape?"
"No, you can call them." I responded and watched her cluelessly try to call the stationary department. I realized a minute into her starring at the phone that I should have walked back across the store to pick up a new roll of tape. I kept telling myself she is a
moron, idiot, GOD'S child and He loves her though He might be the only one and she makes someone smile but not me. I radiate love okay, I'm trying to anyway and there is nothing about this situation that should frustrate me other than the fact that she is horrible at her job!
She makes the call and they have to call her back. Now, she can't find pen and paper to write down the SKU number. The two people behind me have moved over to the other cashier and have checked out and gone on their merry way while my cashier still hasn't rung in 1 of the 3 items I decided to purchase. I almost suggest that she can scan my pots and wrap them in bags while we waited but then the phone rang. She finally found a pen and paper and by the third ring, she answered the phone, slowly jotting down the SKU number. She walks over to her register and types them in, one index finger tap at a time while triple checking each number before moving on.
"Oh, look, it was $3.99!" She exclaims with pure joy. You are God's child and He created you out of love. Someone loves you. You make someone very happy. Just smile at her and be nice.
"Yay!" I unenthusiastically reply. She scans my pots and doesn't put any of my purchased items in a bag. I stack the pots and throw the tape inside and FINALLY walk out the door of the store.
This trip took me 20 minutes. TWENTY FREAKIN' MINUTES!
Talk about being grumpy. I tried so hard to change my mood, to shake it off, to remind myself of every positive mantra I'd repeated over the last few years but it wasn't working. She simply set off my grumpy mood and negative thought alarm and as much as I tried to ignore it, the meaner the talk got inside of my head.
So, here's the truth. Sometimes it is really hard to love people when you are grumpy. Like, really hard. Sometimes hating people is easier. Sometimes I take the easy route even when I know it is wrong.
I made a commitment to myself after this frustrating moment, and that is, I will never go to that store again. I have never had a good experience there. I will simply run to the other side of town to avoid a store with slow and not so great service.
And, I'll try to love people even when I'm grumpy.