A few weeks ago, I was at the deli counter of the major chain grocery store in my area. There was only one other customer at the counter (who was also being helped at the same time). This was a woman, on the younger side of middle age, who had three small girls with her – ostensibly her daughters, all between the ages of about 4 and 10, and the older two in private school uniforms. While she spent about 10 to 15 minutes at the deli counter (she was there when I arrived, and still ordering/choosing when I left), her daughters made a general nuisance of themselves in the surrounding area. This is, sadly, not particularly surprising to me anymore – child control seems to be one of the areas in which customers are horribly lacking. However, here’s the part that really shocked me:
The deli has the typical meat/cheese counter behind glass, as is typical at many large-scale chain grocery stores. It also has low shelves (about two feet tall) in front of the glass partition, which typically hold items such as sandwich rolls and other bread options. For almost the entire time that this woman was at the deli counter, her daughters were STANDING and WALKING AROUND ON TOP OF the bread! One girl was kneeling on the packages of bread, fidgeting around just enough to ensure that all of the rolls were thoroughly smashed. And, to top it all – their mother was not more than six inches away, and did absolutely nothing about it. At all.
I felt quite sorry for the people working the deli that day… 0118-10