Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Drama in the checkout line...

I went to the grocery store this morning. We've been home for two days and have been eating stuff from the freezer and pantry and trying to put off a trip to the store for as long as possible, mainly because I don't like grocery shopping (with or without kids).

This morning, it coudn't be put off any longer, so the kids and I got up early, got dressed, and headed out. The store was pretty empty and we were making record time. Until...

We got to the checkout line with the ultra-friendly cashier who kept talking to me about Mama Mia (I really want to see that movie...and soon!). While he was talking to me about the greatness of Pierce Brosnan (scary, I know), I reached into my purse to pull out my wallet.

Only my wallet wasn't there.

What?!? I really haven't used it much the past week and half because we've been traveling and John has been the one paying for stuff.

I told the cashier, who was mid-way through my cart that he needed to stop because I didn't have my wallet.

In all my years of grocery shopping (and that's a lot of years) this has NEVER happened to me. At first, I was embarrassed, but there really wasn't anything I could do about it. Will offered to pay for our stuff with the money in his pocket...but $15 was just a fraction of what I needed!

I was trying not to panic, and trying to think where my wallet could be. I never take it out of my purse, and I couldn't remember the last time I saw it. It's been at least a week.

The checkout guy was great about it. I had chicken and ice cream and other perishables in my cart so he told me they'd put my cart in the walk-in freezer and I could come back later. The lady in line behind me told me it's happened to her many times. I guess she was trying to make me feel better.

I walked out to the van praying that my wallet was at home and not somewhere in Arkansas. We buckled up and were pulling out of the parking lot when Abbey said, "Hey mom, it's right there" and she was was pointing at my wallet on the floor of the van. JOY. And, THANK YOU, LORD!

So...we walked back inside, told the customer service guy that our cart was in the freezer, and ended up with the same chatty cashier ringing up our purchases. He was trying to be funny and kept holding items up and saying, "I've seen this before" and "Deja Vu".

I wish now that I had been able to laugh along with him.

22 comments:

Gina said...

C'mon, laugh at your self a little. I have had to leave my cart- only they finish ringing it up, bag it all, and then suspend the transaction- amd go to the bank to write a counter check so I could go back and pay for my groceries. WITH 5 KIDS IN TOW! Good thing we live in a town small enough that I didn't need ID to write that check.
Or the time I lost my wallet the day before I flew to Chicago. At least the airline accepted my photo credit card as ID.
It could have been worse....

Jacquie said...

I did that once when I was newly married... so, maybe I've got it out of the way!

Angie said...

Oh, I'm SO GLAD it was just left behind in your car. What a relief! Your story wouldn't have been nearly as funny (or funny at all?) without the chatty cashier trying to be funny at the end. I can just see you standing there, tolerating his every joke. :)

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Oh, that would have made me go into full-on panic mode. :) That is the worst feeling, not knowing where your wallet is.

His Doorkeeper said...

This is what you have to look forward to in the future: I'm in line with lots of groceries( which I always pay for with a debit card) and I get to the time to put in my pin number and my mind goes COMPLETELY blank!!
I've only used that pin number 4 million times and I go BLANK! Try and explain that to the checker with 10 people lined up behind you waiting...... See what being 60 makes you do!! har

Thanks for the shout out to Flippin and DeQueen. I'm with Jacquie, if I had known you were coming thru I would have stood by the highway with a sign "HI Mer and Family from Colorado"! Next time, drop by and we'll show you the REAL beautiful spots around here! Glad you had a good trip!

Fran said...

That is PURE panic right there! How about last night I check out of Walmart with 2 little bags and go out to my car only to find a VERY FLAT tire. Yuck, yuck, yuck!

I need routine people. Don't throw me for a loop. :)

Barb said...

The closest I've come to that happening was back when we still wrote paper checks to buy groceries. When I opened my checkbook...you guessed it...no checks. So I had to stand off to the side and wait for Rob to show up to bail be out. Very embarrassing of course. But I'll bet we'd both be surprised how often this happens to people.

I guess these days it would be, "Where's my debit card?!!"

Michele said...

Bless your heart. I am so glad you found your wallet. I dislike the grocery store too and it is a labor of love for me - so I am so glad all of your hard work did not go down the drain. What a relief!!! What a nice cashier to put your cart in the freezer and also not to act like you were a bother - it really does make it easier doesn't it? Glad you had such a great trip!

Betsy said...

Thank goodness you found your wallet!! That would have been awful if it was still in AR! My problem is I keep letting my kids take my debit card to get things they need, then they forget to give it back. So I get up to the grocery counter and they ring everything up, then I don't have my card! UUugggh!!

Thank you so much for the strawberry ice cream recipe! I can't wait to try it!

And, you asked about The Kite Runner movie? It was interesting to see how someone else interpreted the book. You would probably enjoy it if your expectation is that it won't be as good as the book. But, it is mostly in subtitles!

Amber said...

Oh,I'm so sorry. That actually has never happened to me, but I can only imagine that my time is coming. I'm scatterbrained enough!! Glad you found it...I so thought you were going to tell us that your wallet had been left in Arkansas or stolen.

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

stay tuned... I have a store post coming as well :)

(It never ends.)

And glad you found your wallet. What a pain THAT would have been!

Gretchen said...

Oh, I've done that now at 2 grocery stores in my town. Guess that's why Big drills me on: Gretchen, you NEED to know where your keys and wallet are at.all.times.

I don't get it. ;)

I'm so glad your wallet was not far from home. xxxooogretchen

Tiffani Long said...

I am laughing, not at you, but at your description of the cashier...I can just picture him!! I'm glad it wasn't a nightmare scenario and that you had a somewhat painless experience...hey, at least it makes for good blogging :)

Leah Belle said...

I know you weren't laughing, but this was hilarious!

Just a couple of weeks ago, I had several places to stop in the nearby big town, so I made a list detailing the most efficient and time saving order to hit each store. I got all the way to the big town and my first stop when I realized I didn't have my wallet. I went in to see if they would accept checks. They said yes, with ID (which was in my wallet). So I called my sweet hubby who brought it to me. So much for efficient use of time and gas!

Kellie said...

OH no! That is the WORST feeling!

That happened to me too this summer! It is such an awful feeling...especially the thought of having to come back to the grocery store to get your stuff again!

So glad it worked out the way it did!

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Meredith said...

OH no! I'm so glad you found it in the van and didn't have to make a special trip back.

Holly said...

Aw Mer!

I'm glad it was in your mini the van!!

Natalie @ I AM (not) said...

Oh, I've done it my friend. I have done it.

Steve n Vickie said...

OOps. Before we moved, our little town grocery store had grocery drive up, I'm embarassed to say, I drove half way home several times before realizing I had forgotten my groceries back at the store. Don't feel too bad.
Vickie

Rae said...

That has so happened to me before except my wallet has been at home. Argh!!

I too have been putting off grocery shopping since coming home from vacation. I finally went last night after I went out and saw...Mamma Mia!!!! It was fabulous and I hope you get a chance to go and see it soon!