Today, my daughter and I went to Target to pick up a few things. As is almost always the case, the few things quickly multiplied to a few tons of things, but I digress.
The checkout lines were horrendous, but I "lucked" into a line that the cashier had just opened, and was ringing up one woman's cart, which didn't look like it had too much it in. Score!
A man quickly joined the woman and added some things to the cart. Okay, that happens. Not a big deal. Then another woman joined them. She didn't add anything to the cart, but she started to question every item that the cashier rung up. Arguing the price on EVERYTHING. "$5.00 for a pair of socks? That's not right! It was 2 for $4.00! Take that off, I'm not going to buy those!" "What??? That necklace cost $6.99? They were supposed to be $4.99. I don't want those. Take them off my total!"
She was haggling over every. Single. Item. I honestly thought I was going to start screaming. However, being with my daughter, I like to try to model better behavior than that, so I tried to keep my cool. It took every bit of patience to keep it together. As I was waiting there, gritting my teeth, all I could think about was that I had never had an incorrect price show up at Target. Never. If anything, I'm pleasantly surprised when something costs even less than I had thought. I find it hard to believe that the prices were wrong for the majority of items in her cart. I almost felt like she was treating the Target cashier as some third world country street vendor; actually hoping he would say, "Ok, I'll sell you this necklace for $4.99. What a great negotiator you are!"
As I was standing there fuming, I noticed that I would have already been rung up if I had picked any of the longer lines. By far.
So, to the people ahead of me in line today: Next time, go to Walmart and stay the hell away from Target. And congrats on winning the Most Annoying People in the World award.