So I'm at Safeway in the express lane around 9pm on Wednesday night. I put my few items from my basket on the belt behind a big buff guy who's next to go through the cashier. As she's processing his stuff a young 20-ish girl swoops in front of me. First I assume she's with the guy - they looked like they belonged together, so I don't think anything of it. Then because she's got her back to me and is leaning towards the cashier, I think she just wants a price check on a pair of glasses which were in her hand. Then she tells the cashier that my goods which are about to be run through aren't hers, so I think she's either wanting a price check or she's a Safeway store employee who quickly needs to run something through the cashier.
She was actually purchasing 3 items! I asked the cashier when she had left if the girl worked at the store, and the cashier confirmed she had never seen the girl and an employee should not do that.
So yep, you guessed it.
She just brazenly butted in front of me and bought stuff. My mind went through a gamut of emotions and I tried to be Zen about it. And maybe those who are used to shopping in the big cities are used to this kind of stuff. But this was a new one for me in this little town, on a quiet weekday night at a sleepy little grocery store.
After I finish typing this I will let this story go from my mind, but I just wanted to tell the story and prepare you so you are not surprised by this kind of behaviour as I was.