Okay ... I did something today that probably wasn't the nicest thing; but don't push my buttons. I have one good nerve left and this kid hit it.
I'm in the Dollar General store ~ there's this little boy there, probably around the age of six or seven. I was thinking to myself, what a cute little bugger he was and why wasn't he in school. Any hooooooo ... he's running all over the store, his parents yapping away with each other and seemingly oblivious to his actions.
I was pushing my cart through one of the aisles and he comes past me and says, "Hey lady, get out of my way," in a very rude and sassy manner. Now I was in no way in his way. I said to him, "You shouldn't talk to people like that." He says, "I can do what I want." I said, "So can I. Do you want me to tell your parents about the way you talk to people?" He says, "I don't care. I won't get in trouble."
Off he goes on his merry little way.
I still see him though out the store, running around and being a little stinker.
I'm thinking to myself ~ what is wrong with the parents letting him run about like that, and if I would have heard one of my kids talk to an adult like that I would have had them by the ear and would have been marching them right up to that adult and having them apologize ... but that's me. Mercy, if I would have acted like that in a store when I was a kid ~ I know I'd be punished and probably wouldn't have been allowed back in the store until I was in my thirties!
Well ... as luck would have it ~ I get to the checkout line and who's behind me ... rummaging through the candy display, mixing them up as he's "innocently" looking? His parents are standing back a bit ~ yapping away, still oblivious to his actions.
He gives me this look ~ like ... yeah I'm mixing them up, what of it.
Okay ... I admit ... this kid was really getting to me. Now my actions probably weren't the best here; but here's what I did:
I then said to him, "Would you like me to buy you a piece of that candy?" Awww.... such a sweet face. He looks at me and says, "yeah, do it". I proceeded to tell him, "well ... you should have been nicer to me, I probably would have bought it for you." He says, "I'm telling my Mom." I said, "Go ahead, I'll tell her how you talk to me."
Then - he starts ripping off the price tags and labels on the display!!
I said, in a voice loud enough to get his parents attention, "Hey, don't rip off the price tags and labels. You're gonna get in trouble."
Finally his mother grabs him and puts him by her side and tells him to behave.
If looks could kill .... I'd be laying dead on the floor of Dollar General.
I must admit, I had a smirk on my face as I walked away.
Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.