Yesterday I caved in and went to the cafeteria to get some coffee. I have been trying to avoid any beverages except water and orange juice during pregnancy. This is the third cup of coffee I’ve had in 7 months. It was still breakfast time so the man in line in front of me had a container with sausage gravy and biscuits and another that was clearly grits with scrambled eggs on top. The cashier, who I will call “Connie” because that is in fact her name, was very suspicious of this second container. She said “are you sure you don’t have gravy in there?” which the man denied. I said it looked like grits to me and the man said, “yes, grits and eggs. My wife doesn’t like gravy.” Connie shot me a look and scrutinzed some more but then gave up and just charged him for the grits and eggs.
After the man left and I was paying, she continued to mutter about him stealing the gravy, how he comes in here all the time and just doesn’t want to pay for things. I am certain there was no gravy in that container.
I would have thought this strange except that a few years ago, my friend Valerie and I were checking out and Valerie had added a grilled chicken breast to her salad. When the charge for the small chicken breast ended up being a ridicuous $4, Valerie told Connie that she didn’t want the chicken. This upset Connie so much that she snatched the chicken breast off the salad and threw it in the trash can. Valerie replied in a loud mock-sincere tone: “Are you having a blessed day? I am having a blessed day and I hope you have a blessed day, too.” Then she took her tray and walked off and left us there at the register with our mouths hanging open in disbelief. Me at the chicken snatching, Connie at the prompt comeback.
(for those of you not familliar with the South, it is common for people to say something not nice and then end it with “have a blessed day” thereby absolving themselves of any wrong doing. Valerie kind of turned the tables on Connie on this one. You can also do something similar by calling someone a name but following it with “bless her heart.” Example: That Kim sure is a skank, bless her heart.).