I’ve been scolded twice in the last two weeks for the same offense. I left my purse unattended. First it was in Ross. I accidentally left it for a moment while slipping on a pair of sandals one aisle over. I think I was maybe 10 feet away and had my eye on it. A lady stopped me and hissed, “IS THAT YOUR PURSE?!?!” (Look of disgust). “Yes,” I reply hesitantly. “NEVER, EVER leave it unattended. You’re just asking for it to be stolen.” I think I turned bright red. “Um, thanks. OK. Yeah, it was an accident….”
Then, the other night at Safeway, I parked my cart at the check-out. All of a sudden I realize I need butter! I dart down the closest aisle, grab it, and run back. I’m gone for 15 seconds. The cashier says, “Excuse me– but never, ever do that again. Do you expect me to watch your purse for you when you run off like that?”
I wasn’t sure what to say. I’ve never had people yell at me for being dumb. But was I being dumb? Am I way too naive? I know people snatch things but I guess I assume that happens in places like Rome. Or New York City. Or… Inglewood. But my little unassuming Safeway?
I guess I’m a suburbia girl in transition…