‘Problem’ at grocery store ends with random act of kindness

This particular reporter/journalist/author is one of my more favorite.  I love the view she has of the world, and the beauty she sees amongst the piles of decay:

Shanna Sissom
Midland Reporter-Telegram

Late-night shoppers were scurrying about the grocery store, picking up everything from cat food to infant formula. Everyone’s goal seemed clear: to purchase what was needed and get out of there quickly, since the clock was inching toward midnight.

As far as crowds at that hour go, the few checkouts remaining open had several people deep in line — oddly enough, many of them toting a week’s supply of groceries.

So when it came time to check out, yours truly was among those carefully choosing the line that looked most promising. Third in line, my 20 or so items were then loaded on the conveyor belt as I glanced at my watch. Surely I’d be home in pajamas just in time for my favorite midnight show.

But then there was a problem, which seems to happen often when you’re at the grocery store and in a hurry. The scanning of items and sliding of debit cards came to a screeching halt.

Soon it became clear this wasn’t a simple price check, either.

There was whispering going on, the customer said she’d be right back, she went outside as we all waited and then returned. Then more whispering. Finally, a manager came along. Those of us behind seemed convinced the supervisor would make the problem go away so we could get out of there.

But the whispers continued as the exasperated lady behind me gave up and moved to another register. I considered following suit but figured whatever the problem was, a resolution was surely at hand.

Then the customer at the checkout was heard, most apologetically, saying she would return some of her items.

Read the rest:

http://www.mywesttexas.com/columnists/article_dae35a19-8a22-5ce7-9cc7-529fe43a5b89.html

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