Friday, October 17, 2008

Overheard at Wal-Mart

I can't be the only person who runs in for a bag of cat food and walks out with forty dollars worth of stuff I really don't need (although in my defense, one of the purchases was a novel by one of the author's of my editor, so I'm filing that purchase away under Market Research).

Still, as I was browsing the book aisle, four women flocked in around me, nattering away. Two were adult women, two were teenaged girls. Their conversation went like this:

Woman One -- What's that book I was looking for?
Girl One -- Which book?
Woman One -- You know that book I said I wanted to get. Do you see it?
Girl Two -- I don't know, Mom. All those vampire books are the same.

I was try hard not to snicker as I walked away, book in hand. I was also wondering, for a brief moment, if any of those women would wind up buying my book next year.

I'm also loving Wal-Mart's policy of age restriction on R-rated movies. After scanning my purchase (two-disk, special edition L.A. Confidential!), the checker's register squealed.

Her -- How old are you?
Me -- Er...twenty-eight.
Her -- Can I see your ID?
Me -- Sure.
Her -- (after checking my license) Thanks. You look good for your age.
Old Man Behind Me -- Hey, you going to card me, too?

Um...when did twenty-eight become old? Or maybe I just looked a lot younger than usual with my jeans, sweats and ponytail? It was just...odd.


Jaye Wells said...

Hi Kelly! I was trying to find your email to ask you about something but didn't see one listed. Can you shoot me a line? jayewells(at)gmail(dot)com Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I work at Wal-Mart. I just card everyone. I don't care what they look like okay you have to be pretty freaking old for me not to card you. I live in Florida so that's mostly everyone.

1. I don't want to go to jail.
2. We have to card for cigarettes and alcohol if they look under 40.

So the cashier might just be doing the whole you look under 40 I'm going to card you. I know of two other people who were arrested for selling items to underage people.

Kelly Meding/Kelly Meade said...

lyrajean - Thanks for the info. I guess it really struck me funny, because I've bought R-rated films at Wal-Mart before and not been carded (should I say that out loud?).

Anonymous said...

But... but... you're my parental guardian! :D (I reaaaaaaaaaally need to remember my blogger id...)

Kelly Meding/Kelly Meade said...


JenWriter said...

Hmm. The "You look good for your age" comment implies you're supposed to look kinda old at 28 which is just silly. Was this a teen? I used to think 28 was old when I was 16.

Kelly Meding/Kelly Meade said...

No, she was older than me. Late thirties, maybe early forties.

But I know what you mean about the 16/28 thing. Gak! When did I get so close to thirty???