Costco Caution

Costco Sample Lady,

I know it must be mind-numbing to serve dozens, if not scores or hundreds, of tiny samples of chicken alfredo to everyone who walks by your station.  I bet the idle chit-chat you drum up is a good way to pass the time.  Otherwise, you might drive yourself crazy counting the number of people who reach for a sample immediately after coughing, sneezing, or some other germy activity.  Or maybe that’s just me.

My point is that I understand why you struck up a conversation with me, particularly since it was about my kids.  I don’t want to brag about how cute they are, but since you brought it up, I feel like it’s OK.

“They’re so cute,” you said.

I smiled and nodded, because my mouth was full of chicken alfredo, but once I swallowed, I chuckled and said thanks.

“Be careful with them,” you said. “I bet they’re gonna be heartbreakers.”

I laughed politely and started to move away.

“You’re gonna need a stick to keep people away from them,” you continued.

I continued to laugh politely and began herding the children away from your station.

“You better be careful you know, in a public place like this.  Those kids are so cute and sweet, someone will steal them away from you.  I mean it.  Those are just the sort of kids somebody would love to snatch.  And in a place like this, too, with so many people around.  You better keep an eye on them,” you cautioned me.

I thanked you for your concern and hurried the children away from your station.  They wanted to try the buttered bread samples that were next to your station, but I moved them along.  You can’t be too careful, you know.

Creeped out by Costco,

4 comments

    • It creeped me out, too. It hasn’t kept me from going to Costco, but I do keep a close eye on the children. Thanks, too, for the endorsement of my writing ability. I’m just trying to be like you. 😉

  1. Hey Roshaunda; it’s Sis. Audrey Black!! : D I pray all is well. I read your post about the Costco Caution, and I agree with you – she did sound creepy. From what you wrote about what she said, I would have thought either she or someone she knows is a child abductor. Even though she was right about your children being beautiful and the possibility of someone taking them from you, it sounds as though she sounded a little too right by going overboard with the comments from the thought of someone snatching them. That would have made me feel a little suspicious of her, even though she or anyone she knows may not be a child abductor. Nevertheless, whether we shop at Costco (for you) or Sam’s Club (for me) and whether or not she sounded creepy, it goes without saying we keep a close eye on our children, and we have a keen sense of awareness of where they are at all times when we are out in public, not only because we love them, but also because she was right about what she said. See you in church….or at Wireless Toyz! lol lol

    Be blessed,

    Audrey

    Ps: The Dance Ministry did another, as always, outstanding job of serving The Lord Sunday, Sept. 30th at the 9:45am worship service!!

    • Thanks, Audrey. We love to praise God with our dancing, and we feel so blessed when we know that our ministry touches people.

      You’re right, too, about keeping an eye on our children. It’s just so sad that we have to keep such a tight watch on our kids. When I was my daughter’s age, I could play outside by myself (without a fenced yard) and roam up and down the street (with limits of course). I know I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t allowed past the light pole 3 houses up the street.

      Now, my kids are never outside without one of us with them. The world is so different than just a generation ago.

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