Thursday, September 14, 2006

Oh No She Di'int

So let's see...what to write about when you are just sitting around waiting for the phone to ring....Well, no one needs any lists on what to bring to Colombia, so I'll just have to improvise here. Okay, here's a kind of funny inane story.

Last weekend my husband and I were running errands and we passed this brand new Super Stop & Shop grocery store. We've been meaning to try it out, since we travel kind of far to our usual grocery store because, well, we are picky about the quality of produce and service, cleanliness, etc. We hoped this one would work out so we wouldn't have to travel so far. Ahh........no.

Upon entering the store, I go right to the deli line and pick a number from the little machine thingy. I walk over to my husband who was talking to an old friend who happened to be there. After a time, I walk back to the counter (I wasn't that far away) and the guy says "Oh, we aren't taking tickets, you have to get on line". NOW YOU TELL ME. So I lost a few spots, but whatever, I get on line, and try not to give the woman on line who CLEARLY SAW ME take the ticket, a dirty look. There are two people behind the counter. A young guy, who is clearly in no rush to service the 10 people on line in any expeditious manner. An older woman, who is shuffling around, sweeping and grumbling. After a time, the woman leaves the department. Twenty minutes later I am STILL on line, but now I am number two. The aforementioned woman comes back into the department, extremely disgruntled, saying things like "This place is crazy. Why I gotta still be here. I'm sposed to be gone already. I'm leavin at 7 no matta WHAT...blah blah blah." I turn to my husband and say, you KNOW she is going to wait on me now. Sure enough, as she's griping, she is putting on plastic gloves. "CAN I HELP WHO'S NEXT' she screams practically in my face...a face I might add, that had very few teeth. I give her my order and she turns to get the meat out of the case. Would you believe Miss Nasty Thing, in one fell swoop motion, did a big old SWIPE of her gloved hand across her nasty face, wiped her sniffly nose and scratched her head. UGH!!! I just said "You know what, forget it!!" and walked away. Almost half an hour and no order! We got a few necessities and left the store. That night I emailed a letter to the store, and the next day the store manager called to apologize. He said "As you can see we are having some challenges hiring the right people" Well I'll say!! So back to good old King Kullen who never fails us. I think I will write them a letter and tell them how great they are.

So that's all I got. Work is very busy. We are coming up on budget season here, so I've got to try and get it done soon so I am not working from Colombia. I mean, just in case, you know.

OH wait, I have some exciting news. In two weeks I am going to meet Miss Jennifer up close and in personal!! I am very excited to meet her. NYC watch out!! I figure she needs some kind of ally during her trip to see her family. I'm here for ya girl.

And lastly, The Office season premiere is coming!!! I know they are going to torture poor Jim this season, I hope my heart can take it. Now excuse me while I watch last seasons finale again, which is on TV right now.

15 comments:

-Jenny said...

2 weeks from tonight we will be tearing up the city. Well at least eating something and having a glass of wine. And maybe a black and white cookie for me and my ride home!

Can't wait. Tried to buy an outfit today, it is going back tomorrow!!!

Margaret said...

Eeew. It reminds me of that Seinfeld episode where Poppy didn't wash his hands after using the restroom.
(There's a Seinfeld reference for everything!)

Erin said...

I know how insane waiting for the call is. Ugh.

When you get the call, I want to know all about it!

MMrussianadoption said...

Don't you hate when employees feel it is ok to complain to whoever is in earshot. That is disgusting. I am sorry you had to wait, but good for you on writing them a letter.

jeneflower said...

It's hard to find good help nowadays. Everyone who is a good employee wants those higher paying jobs for some crazy reason.

Anyway, thanks for telling me about the Office starting up new again. I will have to try to fit that in.

Amy Lane said...

eeeeeewwwwww!!!!!! Probably one of the graduates from my high school...

Rhonda said...

That deli story was very gross. Makes me wonder how many times that's happened when no one has witnessed it. ICK.

I just saw the LAST episode of the office a few nights ago. I never saw it last season. The scene where Jim tells Pam that he loves her had me completely engrossed. LOVED the kiss at the end.

Ruth said...

I'm a complete germophobe (yet another seinfeld reference) and your story gave me chills. Good on you for writing the letter, I'd probably have walked away and complained to my friends, but never done anything constructive. :) Hope that call comes soon!

Barely Sane said...

Gross!! Good thing you wrote the letter - that lady was obviously not going to be a stellar employee. And I think you should write the other store to tell them how much you like shopping there. Last time I wrote a "thank you" letter, I got freebie stuff!!!

Have fun meeting Miss Jennifer!

ladylinoleum said...

That is pretty darn gross. I'm with ya!

Lauren&Marco said...

DISGUSTING!

Beagle said...

Oh the deli counter! That always puts my germaphobic radar in over drive! Yesterday I was all exicted because the deli person had to open a new vacuum sealed ham to fill my order . . . until she put said ham on a counter that looked . . . well less than clean! So, in my mind, my fresh clean ham was "contaminated"!

I can get very freaked out about these things. I blame it on ten years as an OR nurse.

Jenni said...

EEEEWWWW! *gag* I hate when food service people are unsanitary. It reminds me of a time when we went to an entirely too authentic Indian food restaurant (which is no longer in business). Our waiter had really greasy hair, and he kept running his hands through it before serving us water and food. It was not a pleasant dining experience.

jill said...

i hate stop and shop - and now even more....

Jenn said...

I'm so excited for The Office, too. Good for you for writing a letter...I refuse to pay for poor service. Once a cashier was so rude to me, I actually left the groceries in the cart in the aisle and walked out.