Sis was in the holiday baking aisle at her local grocery on Thursday. (Why is it always the holiday baking aisle?) There were two other ladies in the aisle, one with a cart and one without a cart. Sis had lots of baking essentials (powdered sugar, brown sugar, chocolate chips) plus a few weird items like kirsch and mint chips, plus decongestant medicine for her daughter. She turned her back on her cart for a second and when she turned back around, the lady without a cart had taken it and was rolling it down the aisle! (Fortunately, Sis keeps her purse on her shoulder at all times.)
She said, "Ma'am, that's my cart."
The woman insisted that it wasn't. Sis pointed out the specific items in the cart, like kirsch and decongestant and politely, but firmly, took the cart handle out of her hands. The woman stomped her foot and yelled, giving Sis a bunch of excuses such as
"I'm baking, too! I need these items just as much as you do!"
"I don't have TIME to shop for everything! Can't you be nice and just give it to me? Where's your Christmas spirit?"
"You're younger than me! It's easier for you to get around the store and shop for everything again!" (The woman was in her 40s. Sis is 31.)
For a second, Sis considered just handing her the cart and re-doing her shopping, but she had about 20 minutes until she had to pick up her daughter from the babysitter's. She refused, the lady stomped and whined some more. And when a clerk approached, the lady accused my sister of stealing HER cart. Fortunately, clerk overheard everything and said, "Ma'am, you can't take other customers' carts. Please get your own cart or leave the store."
Lady stomped off. Clerk apologized to Sis, then escorted her to an empty register and gave her a speedy check-out so she could avoid the lady.