There were 5 people ahead of me in the customer service line, and several behind me. I was starting to second guess those high-heeled boots I hadn’t worn in ages…
That’s when she walked up to the counter, seemingly oblivious to the line of others who had been waiting.
I’m sure she was in a hurry. But then, there were probably others in the line who had places they had to be. Myself, I just wanted to return my item and get the groceries done so I could go home and take off those boots…
What I couldn’t understand is why she thought she was so important that she didn’t need to wait in line.
As a new employee entered the customer service area and proceeded to deal with this customer, the lady behind me in line and I started to talk. “It’s a whole new world,” she commented. “One where it’s always me, me, me…”
Sadly, I have to agree with her. And it seems to get worse this time of year. People rushing, trying to get their shopping done… More cars trying to get through the yellow lights instead of stopping. Unkind gestures as cars zoom around each other. Shorter tempers at the checkout line.
At a time of year when we should be striving to help one another…where we sing songs of good will and peace, we have lost sight of what it all means.
I don’t want to be one of those people.
So, even though my feet were definitely NOT happy when I finally got to the front of the line, I smiled at the employee behind the counter when it was my turn. And I made sure to wish him a good day before I left.
And when I noticed an elderly lady who had just put her groceries in the car, I offered to take her cart back for her. I’d like to think it’s a chain, and that maybe if enough good links get put back into it, there will be less of those “me, me, me” links left to tarnish it.