Thursday, January 27, 2011

you've picked up a few (ie usually less than or equal to 12 or 15) items in the local supermarket & when you arrive at the "get you out of this place quickly" checkout there's an interloper somewhere in front with a trolley filled with fairly obviously more than the number of items quite clearly prescribed on the sign at, or above, the checkout
Well it's all I need to make me grumpy
I’ve tried challenging the education history of such interlopers - voicing particular interest in their reading &/or arithmetical expertise. In most cases I quickly discovered that perhaps I should have:-

  • felt a tinge of sadness for them as their speech & hearing skills appeared to be very limited when they didn’t react to my voice, or
  • felt a tinge of sadness for them as they appeared to be visually challenged when they turned & gazed in no particular direction for the location of my voice, or
  • been more observant & compassionate & agreed with them that their child/children was/were restless, sick or otherwise upset & needed to get out of the supermarket environment as soon as possible, or
  • not questioned their lack of reading &/or arithmetical expertise but been more appreciative of their wonderful grasp of the Australian language - & particularly when that’s at its most colourful

Teaching these people a lesson is not helped by a checkout operator who might give the shoulders a shrug & blame the incident on company “don’t upset the customer” policy

Well you’ve upset me - mate! How does that make any sense? - you’ve just contributed to me being very upset & also I'm now very grumpy
Or an operator who comments that “I’m not that busy anyway”
Well I’m very busy - mate! I’ve got a million & one more important things to do instead of spending another unnecessary minute in your supermarket & also I'm now very grumpy
Which all leads me to ponder
Are interlopers, generally of the non-Mature Aged female variety, the reason for my grumpiness?, or 
Am I really just a grumpy Mature Aged Australian male - anyway?


  1. In such circumstances, just remember to breeeeeeeaaaaaath...

  2. If I am with my lady friend I will quite often go to the express lane with nearly double the allowed items as there are two of us. The only time one person complained I told them that we could split it between the two of us and double the transaction time.

  3. I hate it when people use red text on blue backgrounds. Makes it bloody hard for us visually impaired grumpys to read it.

  4. Your favpurite band comes to Oz (Little Feat) and don't come to Adelaide. Bufgga! They will be at the Blues Festival @ Byron Bay in April, so Manos/Ted can still go. Grumpy Norm.