We’ve ALL done it! Don’t even try to deny it. Heck, maybe even some of you have done it because of me. I’m talking about hiding from people you know in the store. There are as many justifications as to why we do this, as there is the number of people that you know. Perhaps it’s that you are in a hurry and have no time for conversation, or because you look horrible and don’t want anybody you know to see you, or you’ve had an exhausting day and flat out don’t feel like talking anymore, or you don’t really care to engage with that person right now or maybe, just maybe they’re a little weird. Whatever the excuse is, it happens and you can’t deny that you haven’t done it.
I write this because the other day I was trying to get my grocery shopping done at the end of a long day. I was almost finished when I rounded the corner to head towards checkout. Then I noticed someone that I know, who will remain nameless, and made a U-turn as fast as my little legs could spin. My very good friend and loyal shopping companion didn’t see the person so I had to turn around again, quickly grab him by the shirt-tail and pull him back. It was such a close call that I couldn’t help but giggle at the whole ridiculous escapade. We sped to the end of the aisle and watched this person go through the checkout line. FYI: if you are tall, end caps are great places to spy on the progress of the person you are avoiding. You can stand behind them and peer over the top. Which is exactly what we did. Okay, maybe “we” didn’t do that since I’m not quite tall enough to see over the top but I did get status reports every minute or so. We got a few stares because I was laughing almost uncontrollably as we waited until the coast was clear. Something about it all was so childish and silly. It was like adult hide and seek.
Hopefully this post will not cause tons of people to reply admitting they’ve hidden from me in the store or anywhere else. But if you have, I suppose I deserve it. I completely understand and will try my best NOT to take it personally. Happy Incognito Shopping to all!