Friday, July 02, 2010

Oblivious, not deaf


Conversation with the old lady who was blocking the produce bargain shelves with her grocery cart. She was standing in front of the day-old bread.

Me: Excuse me [as I try to get to the produce].

Old lady: What?

Me: Could I squeeze in here, please?

OL: What?

Me [a little louder]: Could I squeeze in here by the produce, please?

OL: What?!

Me [louder yet and pointing to her cart]: Could I squeeze in here?

OL: What?!!

Me: COULD I SQUEEZE IN HERE?

OL: What??

Me: Never mind. [I put my hat and basket on the corn bin next to the shelves and squeeze in.]

OL [slightly impatient]: You can look as much as you want.

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