Oh how people have changed when it comes to helping others without expectation of anything in return. To aid without anything other than kindness so as to not to watch a person struggle.
You must be wondering what has my ire up. And I will tell you, believe me I will. (If you saw me with head cocked to the side eyebrow raised as I said that you win for accurate imaginings)
Yesterday I was running my order to the back.
The area of the store where my section is located (hidden) is in the back corner by the bakery. That is to the right of the doors. To the left, is the milk cooler. With a bank of 8-10 doors. (I cannot quite envision in my head how many doors there are) Total shelf height is probably 6′ or a little more.
As I came up, there was a lady (I got ‘yelled’ at yesterday when telling this story to co-workers because I called her a little old lady-she was short, and maybe 65-70 years old) and she came up maybe to just about my shoulders, maybe a tad shy of that. Behind her stood a youngish man wearing his fancy shoes and suit pants, hounds tooth checked overcoat.
I am watching her practically crawling into the cooler, standing on tip toes plucking at the milk on the top shelf. Poking at bottom, trying to tilt it. All the while Mr. I am Too Important stood there watching her. WATCHING HER STRUGGLE TO GET THE MILK CARTON DOWN.
“Excuse me ma’am, would you like me to get that down for you?”
Just as I was asking my question the milk carton popped up and she grabbed it.
Turning to smile triumphantly at me she said:
I got it thank you. My exercise for the day!
I laughed as I walked around to the doors to the back. I cut eyed the ignorant jerk standing behind her. Had I not been in uniform I might have said something to him, or an under my breath aside that he could catch just on the periphery of his hearing.
I was telling this to a group of co-workers (containing the co-worker who ‘yelled’ at me while laughing) and one of them looked at me sharply. Which I thought was a little weird until she said:
Jay, I thought you said had you not been in uniform that you might have socked him.
Now that is a thought isn’t it?