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I waited at the till for ten minutes for the woman in front to quit arguing about the price of oranges and stop spewing racist language long enough to hand over £3.02 and move on. She had a half-drunk bottle of wine with her, and whether this contributed significantly to the intense nature of her mental issue I cannot say. Although I did roll my eyes expressively and exchange a sympathetic look with the beleagured cashier. (Oh yes, admire the bold way in which I stand up for ethnic minorities in a public space!)

However, this delay allowed the creature queueing behind me ample time to peruse my own shopping (seedy bread, brown rice, avocados, tiger prawns, organic chicken, spinach and milk) long enough to get a contemptuous running commentary going about "Prawns? Avocados? Oranic chicken? You would never catch ME spending good money on toss like that."

And it took all my self-restraint not to retort "Well you wouldn't catch me spending money on crack."

I could taste how satisfying those words would be, although I could also taste what it would feel to get punched in the face so I judged it wise to desist.

My unlived life is Adventurous and Bold. Oh Yis,Phear Me!

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actually_not
Apr. 10th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
That sainsburys gets worse and worse. I can no longer bear to use it.
rainsinger
Apr. 15th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
Yes, it's fairly dire. I prefer to venture in there in larger numbers. Or at least with a baby to deflect attention away from me.
67threnody
Apr. 10th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
I think you *should* have said that. It's the perfect retort. If you could have somehow gotten your shopping cart between the two of you, you would have been totally out of arm's reach.
rainsinger
Apr. 15th, 2009 09:04 am (UTC)
I think my shopping bags would have slowed me down and given her an even greater advantage. I'm all internet bravado and real life sissiness it seems.
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