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Line Hopped

No, I'm not talking about the boot-skootin-boogie here...I'm talking about something far more tragic!  I'm talking about the worst type of line-hopping known to mankind.  I'm talking about being cut in line--at the craft store, no less!  It's as Charles Barkley would say, "terr-ible!"

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I was so dumb-founded when it happened to me tonight that I knew it would make a perfect story to share with everyone on the blog.  I seriously have never seen anything like this before.  I couldn't believe it!

It all started when I decided to make a trip to some of my local craft stores.  I had a few projects in mind, and wanted to pick up some supplies.  One of the projects I wanted to work on this weekend was a silk-flowered-tulip arrangement for my guest bedroom, so I headed to Hobby Lobby to see what their selection of silks was looking like.  No luck.  I'm very particular about my silk flowers--they have to look mostly real, or else it's a no-go for me.

Since I hadn't planned to strike out at the Hobby Lobby I started to debate whether or not the search should continue, and ultimately I decided I would just run to the Lowes right down the street to pick up some paint before heading home.  Well, when I came out of Lowes the sun was still shining and I convinced myself it would be a waste of gas to make another trip for my silk tulip search...and so, I headed to Michaels.  Luckily for me and my indecisiveness, all of these stores are within a few miles of one another!

By the time I reached Michaels it a little after 7 pm, and since I had already been running around two other stores, I'll admit I was a bit tired.  But that didn't stop me from strolling the aisles and collecting a few things for my endless list of projects (none of those things happened to be silk tulips btw. ha! What can I say?).

As I made my way over to the check-out line I noticed there were about six people in front of me, and several others got in line behind me at the same time too.  Just my luck.  I had passed the check-out line about six times earlier while I was shopping, and they were empty...but now, it seemed every shopper in the store had decided it was time to make their purchases.

Now the way I just set up that last paragraph probably makes you think that the line hopper was me, right?  Did you see the way I added details that would give you the impression I was in a hurry, ready to get on home, and looking for an opportunity to seize a line-hop moment?

Don't let me fool you though...I wasn't the culprit...it was the sly woman directly behind me.  I was the victim!  She must have seen my glossed-over, weary eyes and known I was weak prey!

It wasn't even so much the fact that she line-hopped me, it was how she did it that drove me insane.  I was standing there with my cart, next in line and she simply asked me, "would you mind if I went right up there?"  She pointed up near the register, but they always keep little last-minute sell items (like $.99 rubber stamps and ribbon spools), so I just thought she meant she wanted to go and browse through them.  Nope!  As I kindly moved out of her way, so she would have enough room to get around my shopping cart, she moved in for the kill and walked right up to the open register...my open register!!!

I couldn't believe it!  I was soooo taken back to even be upset at first.  It was insane!  Worst of all, I just stood there...staring...jaw dropped...and I was too darn nice to even say anything to her.  I just watched her check out and go on her way.

Uuuuggghhhh!  I think line-hopping should be a chargeable crime...and line-hopping in a craft store should be considered a felony!  Seriously, aren't people in craft stores supposed to be in love with butterflies, ribbon, and glitter?  Doesn't that sound like people who nice, friendly, and thoughtful? People who can wait patiently in line while their fellow crafters buy their own glitter?

In a perfect world I guess...

Oh well, it actually worked out to my benefit when I checked out anyway.  I wound up getting the same store clerk that had helped her and when I let him know what had just happened he gave me a 40% off coupon.  Score!  I guess I can still enjoy my glitter afterall.

Here's my question to you though...does it make me a bad person if I find myself hoping that her craft project bombs?  I don't know what she was buying, or what she plans to be working on, but I do know what they say about kharma...just sayin'...haha, just kidding.  I wouldn't wish that on anyone.



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Reader Comments (4)

I have hopped line too but not in a craft store. It was in line for security at the airport. Long story but then none of mine are short.
I figured it had just been a long week and you laughed at my cereal post but where too tired to reply. I drink the milk out of the bowl as well but usually wait until my second bowl so the milk flavor is better.
I have found beautiful tulips that are very realistic at Walmart of all places. Fabulous pink, red, white and purple ones. Check it out. I know, Walmart of all places and yes I had looked at Michaels and JoAnn Fabrics also.
Hope you have abetter week this week and even if you never write me back I would still read your blog because I like your style of decorating and your ideas.


April 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

See, I'm okay with a line hop at the airport...or even a buffet. There's just something different about it being in a store I think. Oh well, I guess it wound up being okay.

I'll have to check out Wal-Mart's flowers to see what they've got.

You're so sweet! I'll have to keep some more ideas coming. You know me, I love to share all of the nitty-gritty details. Ha!

xo, Kel

April 2, 2012 | Registered CommenterAHPCH

Oh my goodness, I feel your frustration! Some people have very little social intelligence.
It was really nice of the employee to sympathize and give you the discount.

April 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNichole

Yeah, the 40% off made it easier to forgive...haha! I just can't believe some people!

April 4, 2012 | Registered CommenterAHPCH

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