I called Ted yesterday afternoon to tell him not make any plans for the evening. I invited him to come over my house for dinner. I also called my siblings to come by and share a meal, however they already had plans of their own. Which means Ted and I would have the house all to ourselves.
For dinner I decided to cooked us some Porterhouse Steak slowly cooked in Lemon Butter, Sour Cream Mashed Potatoe and Roasted Asparagus. Nothing complicated, all simple recipes and down right comfort food (at least for me). I only have an hour to cook and thirty minutes to shop. So I barely have time on my plate.
I left the office at around 5:30 PM and headed for my uncle’s specialty store to buy the stuff I needed for dinner. Didn’t took me long, about a good 20 minutes. And then finally, got in the line to pay for the items I bought. The line was short and there were three cash registers open. I figured out, I’d be out in no time. Then while in line, I saw Dino (the store manager) and said a quick hello to him. He was kind enough to offer me a shopping basket, but I declined since I was already close to the cashier.
Then by accident, I dropped the bottle of wine I was carrying in my hand. It made such a big a mess and was so embarrassed as people were getting nosy with what just happened. Now I feel stupid, I should have put my items in the basket when Dino kindly offered it to me. Grrrrr! As a courtesy, I offered to clean up the mess. I felt terrible for what happened and it was the least I can do, besides paying for that bottle of wine. Then out of nowhere, the cashier (I assumed she’s new) yelled at me and said “You know, you have to pay for that. Right?” I didn’t like the tone of her voice, but I kept my cool since I did make a booboo. I just said “Yes, I’m very much aware of that!” So I though this rudeness was over. But when she was ringing me up, she made another comment that just threw me off the wall. She said to me, “Next time you shop, do us a favor and get yourself a basket. Will you? Save yourself and our staff the time cleaning up”
Forgive me, but I think I’ve kept my cool long enough. And I can’t let this woman insult me, not with people around. As a shopper, I think I deserve a bit more respect. “Excuse me Lady, but you have no right to talk to me this way. I did make a mess, and I said I was sorry and even helped cleaning up. What else do you want from me? And I do not appreciate your tone of voice. May I remind you, I am a paying customer!” I was so pissed that I turned red and my hands started getting shaky. And this is what she said, “Whatever dude! You can shop elsewhere if you like. Can I help the next person in line?” This woman is really pushing my buttons. She didn’t just insult, but she also refused to finish ringing my purchases. Rather than sayingg words I’d later regret, I just asked her to page the store manager and Dino came right away.
He was surprised to see that I was the complainant and I told Dino the whole story (even the two ladies behind me would agree that the cashier was very rude). He apologized for his employees misconduct and asked to speak to her in private. I heard him say to her, “Do you know who just insulted? That’s Mister Reyes right there. His family owns this business!” (Oops, if I may correct his statement – my uncle owns it, not me) The lady came back minutes later all red, asking for an apology. But I didn’t bother saying anything else, as I was upset with this whole situation. I just asked Dino to ring me up, paid my dues and left the store.
About half later, Dino called me at home to say how sorry he was. And I was quick to dismiss that thought, cause I don’t feel that he owes me an apology. It really wasn’t his fault, he’s just trying to be polite. Then he said my uncle wanted to speak to me. So he put me on the line with him, and my uncle with his deep voice said “Son, I’m so sorry for what happened to you earlier. Be rest assured that I will do the necessary steps to correct this misdemeanor.” My uncle wouldn’t let me interrupt and all I could say was, “Thank you, Tito.” Then we hanged up and I resumed doing my chores in the kitchen. Ooohhh! That lady sure got me pissed.