Sighting at the supermarket today.
I take my basket of 4 items to the "15 items or less" checkout. In front of me is a cart that obviously has more than 15 things in it. "Gosh," I say cheerfully to the guy with the cart. "That looks like more than 15 items."
I've done that before without a problem. Usually the person says something like "Oops! I didn't see the sign." and moves off. Sometimes the person just glares at me and moves off. I've een ha stotroe clerks thank me, because they are not allowed to say anything. Not this guy.
He starts counting items. "One, two three.." He stops when he gets to 20. "Oh well, " he says to me. "We won't tell anyone."
"Actually," I replied "You are delaying me."
"But, see, some of these are multiples of the same thing, so they only count as one." (Even though, in this store, the clerk must scan each individual one.) My stony gaze apparently convinces him that I'm not going to be very understanding, so he turns his attention to the clerk, regaling her with his tale of how this food would be used to provide lunch for a volunteer activity he was coordinating--congratulating himself several times on how he was "giving back to the community."
When it was my turn, the clerk apologized for the delay. I told her I understood that she was probably not allowed to say anything to customers about too many items, and that I hoped maybe my comments got to the guy.
"No," she said. "He does this all the time. He thinks that because he's a regular customer, the policies don't apply to him."