Timely thread! I was grocery shopping yesterday and trying to navigate out of a busy aisle. There was a little girl - maybe six? or seven? - darting around while her mother would occasionally murmur "Look where you're going". She ran out in front of my cart twice, so I was actively trying to watch out for her, but as I was exiting the aisle she managed to run in front of my cart just as I pushed forward; my cart was pretty full and heavy at this point and I couldn't stop. I basically ran her over, knocking her down. She immediately started to wail, I stood there horrified, and mom reached forward, grabbed the girl's arm, and hauled her out of the aisle and somewhere else in the store before I had a chance to sputter out anything other than "Ohmigosh, I'm so..."
The worst part was that she continued crying loudly for the next twenty minutes. You know how sometimes when you're grocery shopping, you seem to see the same people in every aisle? I was haunted by the sounds of her crying for the rest of my trip - and so was everyone else in the store.
I wish I had the chance to finish the apology, but it happened so fast!