Express Line "RAGE"

by Romelle Winters

Monday, July 17, 2001

Every once in a while I really get angry. Today was one of those days. I was in the express line at the super market with two items. Checking out was a man who argued for ten minutes about paying his bill. He harrassed the girl until she was shouting --"Do you want your groceries or not? If you want them, just pay the bill." He was taking out pennies, making excuses that he didn't want to pay etc. He tried to bum $13 off the men in back of him.

All kinds of management walked past the altercation. There were two men in front of me and several in back. I was the only female. I looked around to see if one of the men was going to come to the poor girl's defense. None of these panty-waisted nincompoops would do anything. When I looked at them they just put their heads down. Finally I stepped to the side of the line, put my hands on my hips and said in my sweet lady-like voice: "Pay the girl now or get the hell out. I have better things to do than waste my time with morons."

The jerk picked up his bag and left after suddenly finding the money. I think the "males" were actually afraid of the guy who -- according to the cashier -- lives on her block and is totally nuts. I wasn't afraid. I had already decided that if he came toward me I would tell him I have a license to carry a concealed weapon and then shown the weapon to back it up.

This is called express line rage. You should see me behind the wheel of a car.

But the moral of the story is, what if the guy had become physically abusive which I was expecting. Who would have been able to help? ONLY ME!!! Because I bet I was the only one in the store with a gun. George Bush, the UN, or Sarah Brady would not have come to our assistance. Don't cross me.

Romelle, NH

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