So when I went to the grocery store, paid for my groceries and the checker asked me if I would like help out with my bags, I was in shock.
- I'm not old.
- I'm obviously not frail.
- I was twice the bagger's age - she was probably 16.
- I was actually more than twice her age, but not by much.
- The bagger probably weighed 85 pounds.
- I was not double her weight - just had to make that point.
- I could have carried her to my car.
- I didn't need help to my car, but if someone could carry them inside my house and help me put them away, I would be much obliged.
I mean really, ladies. Why would a store hire a waif to help people to their cars with groceries? Isn't that a worker's comp claim waiting to happen? Like she could pick up my sack of potatoes and never be seen again.
Then, just last week I bought a lot of groceries on sale, lots of canned foods, things for my food storage attempt in case of a disaster and when they asked me if I needed help to my car I said yes. This was the first time ever I said yes. So the cute little guy that looked kinda like David Archuleta loaded my mini-van up with bulk food galore. I reached into my purse and grabbed a couple of dollars and stuck my hand out to give to him. Well, usually when someone makes that gesture the other person holds their hand out to receive, right? He looked at me really weird and asked, "What's that for?"
Am I from another planet?! It's money and I'm trying to give it to him. "Your tip for helping me with my groceries," I informed him.
"Oh, no. That's okay," he says and looks at me like I have the plague. "I think they only do that on Base. I don't think we're allowed to take it, anyway."
Now, back in the "old-fashioned days" we tipped. Well, I never tipped because I never needed anyone to help me to my car before I got middle-aged. But my mom always tipped the bag boy. Well, now that I know I don't have to tip I just may start having 85 pound little girls help me load my car.