(Google image)It was the day for Bountiful Baskets, a co-op where you pay $15.00 and get random vegetables and fruits. My time to pick up my goods was 8:00 a.m. The next group was at 8:15 a.m. I was running late and was concerned that I'd have to forfeit my basket if not on time. (Those are the rules) As I pulled up to the site, I noticed a large group of people all standing in lines that puddled together towards the back. I grabbed my basket and headed to what looked like the end of the line. Some other people came behind me and questioned which line they should be in. Someone said that there were signs further up that determined the line to be in according to your time and last name. I got out of line and went closer to the front to see. I found the sign that had the right information and went to the back of that line.
I stood for about 15 seconds when I heard a man say to me. "So you think you can just cut in line?"
I looked at him, wondering if I knew him since he was about the same age as my sons, and thought he was teasing. I said, "Yeah, is that OK?"
"So you think you can just go where ever you want!" He said, a little more forceful.
You would think by then I'd realize that he was serious, but he was standing in the other line so why would he be so upset? I continued with my joking, ha-ha voice and said, "I usually do!"
He stared at me and with venom in his voice said, "How do you think everyone ELSE feels about this!"
OK, now I finally caught on. I didn't know this guy, he wasn't teasing, I obviously was standing where I shouldn't have been and I must have sounded like a real jerk! I told him that I thought I was in the 8:00 line and he said, "Yeah, so are WE!"
Remember how I said the end of the line puddled together? Well, I ended up in the middle of that puddle instead of at the end. I apologized for the misunderstanding and the indescribable stress I must have caused that poor guy and quickly moved to the end of the line, which was where I was standing in the first place!
Maybe I should wear a sign that says, "I'm really not this obnoxious, I'm just confused!"