We were shopping the day before yesterday, and I normally avoid this grocery store like the plague because it's always crowded. Add to that, nobody seems to have any concept of personal space. I split off from the "core group" to check something out, and it took me five minutes to find my way back because of this. I was cutting down an aisle to get to the front of the store again, and two people with shopping carts (coming from opposite ends of the aisle) recognized each other, stopped their carts side-by-side, and began to hold a conversation. I waited to see if they'd notice me, then said "Excuse me, can I please get by?" All the aisles were crowded, and I had already turned back from two aisles because they were so clogged with people.
The two women glared at me, then one moved her cart. I thanked them, and continued on my way, hearing, "--in the middle of our conversation! How rude!
" Sorry, ladies, but the world isn't going to end if your deep philosophical debate about 'Soda Brand A' vs 'Soda Brand B' is interrupted. I don't know if I was rude or not to interrupt them and ask if I could pass, but I do know it's rude to block the aisle so that no one can get by, and I was just this
close to having a panic attack from so many people violating my personal space bubble. They could have had their conversation just as easily if they parked their carts single-file.
Or, on closer inspection, am I the SS for asking them to move? I dunno...