So there I am, in Sainsbury's, I've the few items I want so I approach the tobacco kiosk, carrying them in my arms because I had no need for a basket. As I prepare for the daylight robbery goes on at the tills, Herbert manning the till explains, 'Oh no, it's gotta be less than five items here'.
Me, I'm not really one for kicking up a fuss, encountering individuals with an absence of consideration is far too common an occurrence. Yes I did once grab a guy forcibly by the collar and shove him to the side when he cut in front of me, while I was stepping up to the ticket window at the train station but that was something of an aberration. Yesterday though, I wasn't really in the mood for being a doormat, so I corrected him, 'It says five items or less on the sign'.
'Oh!' he exclaims, with a certain embarrassment at being caught out, then he proceeds to fulfil his duties at the till.
I didn't leave it there though, 'So how many people have you turned away?'.
'I didn't know about the limit, I've only just been told,' he says.
'Oh so it's just me then, what a surprise,' I retort.
I think he was a little stung and felt like he had to offer an explanation, 'I think they're trying to cut down on the queues here,' he says.
'Oh you mean like there is now,' I quip with as wryly as I can, there are three customers in the shop, there are no other customer within about fifty feet of the tills and I'm carrying my shopping in my arms. This doesn't go down particularly well with him, well that's tough I thought and I gave him my parting shot, 'Yeah, I do think I remember there being a queue in here once'.
Never have I ever seen anyone else challenged at the tobacco kiosk because they've turned up with too many items, yet somehow, this is the second time this as happened to me and on this occasion I wasn't even over the limit. So you know what I'm going to do today, I'm going up to that till with five item, then I'm going grab about fifteen items from the nick nacks they have on the rack there.