I was in the grocery store last week when an incident took place I just can't shake.
I had gathered all the needed groceries in my cart, stood in line at the check-out stand, and it was finally my turn to be rung up by the cashier.
Midway through scanning my items, the cashier sneezed.
This was no ordinary sneeze, this was a big, wet, clearly-sick, juicy, snot-spraying, completely un-contained sneeze. It scattered mucus particles all over my groceries.
Did I mention a lot of what I was buying was produce?
(Being on a healthy eating kick, and all ….)
As I recoiled in revulsion, the cashier just went right on scanning my groceries. She didn't apologize, say "excuse me" or even acknowledge she had just sprayed my fruit and vegetables with a coating of germy green slime.
I felt my stomach turn, and I resisted the urge to bolt from the store leaving all the groceries behind, unpaid for.
It got worse, if that's possible, before I left.
Once all my items were scanned, I paid using my bank card.
While the transaction was processing, the cashier grabbed a kleenex and began blowing her nose.
This was no ordinary nose blowing.
This was a BIG.DEAL.
It began with actual nose blowing (of epic proportions), and concluded with fingers slightly covered with tissue digging deep into her nostrils in search of giant morsels.
I tried to look away, but the horror I was witnessing kept me riveted.
Suddenly, she tossed the snot-covered tissue into a trashcan at her feet, grabbed my receipt out of the cash register with her unwashed hands, and handed it to me saying, "Have a nice day."
She immediately began processing/handling the grocery order of the woman behind me in line. She never washed her hands or used any type of hand sanitizer.
It's now a week later and I still can't seem to scrub the horror of the experience from my brain cells.
What would you have done?
Should I have refused the groceries?
Should I have made a comment to her?
Should I have reported the disgusting-ness to her boss?
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