And The Customer is…..

I have this one customer who drives me absolutely insane. When he speaks to me I want to run away screaming. The inanity that comes out of his mouth at times is boggling. And then recently I discovered that he also makes deliveries to the store.

Today I was facing in the cereal aisle when he came along. I did not even realize he was there at first. In the aisle. And then I heard his voice. I tucked my head down figuring that I would be safe. But no.

C: Why don’t you have the same specials as Wal-mart?

Me (eyes blinking rapidly): Um because we are not Wal-mart?

C: And Sobeys is expensive.

I bit my tongue hard. It took everything in me to not tell him that he could go and shop at Wal-mart if he found us so expensive. Instead I took a deep breath and continued to work.

C: Sorry for being so stupid.

Me: I would not say that you are being stupid. But we do not run the same specials.

C: Well and we all know customers are always wrong.

Me: I would not say that.

He wandered out of the aisle and I went back to facing. Suddenly there he was again showing me a can of strawberry rhubarb pie filling and exclaiming how his mother in law had told him that he could find it there. I smiled and commented that I did not bake. Neither does he but it makes a great topping. On what I did not ask.

After he left I finished off the aisle and tidied up. I knew that one of my curb customers would have placed his order and went to print it off. Ordered the bread and cookies I needed for tomorrow as well as pulled the grocery part of the order.

That took me to the end of my shift and home I came to a very quiet apartment. And it will remain so for the next week. T is at his dad’s until next Monday. Am going to have to get use to the fact that he is not going to be here two weeks out of the month.

I worked out and made steak and corn for dinner. Chilling on the couch watching Criminal Minds and counting down until holidays. Which begin on Thursday at 10 a.m. 10 days off. Lots of reading. Writing. And getting my peace back.

I no longer have a mask to hide the cursing.

May 16/22

Picture found on Facebook

Author: Jay-lyn Doerksen

A single hard working mom of a soon to be teenage son. A poet and story teller I have wanted to write since I was a child. This space is where I share stories about myself and my life and the creative poetry that stirs my soul. My hope is you will pull up a chair and a cup of coffee delving into the world that I offer and you find simple enjoyment for a few moments. Welcome to The Wonderful & Wacky World of One Single Mom

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