Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

When Push Comes to Shove

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

When Push Comes to Shove

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Another chink has opened in the wall of everyday civility. Until recently, people with selfish tendencies hid behind the anonymity of their cars. Now, it seems, they stand behind us in grocery checkout lines.

These are the people who, according to a recent Miss Manners column, find excuses to push our groceries forward with that little separator bar.

While no one has "accidentally" bumped into me with a cart yet, I have heard hostile muttering behind me, particularly if my order is large and the cashier new.

I have also been behind a shopper who drops her keys five times, or asks the cashier to wait while she fetches a bottle of Mazola from Aisle 15. Or doesn't start filling out a check until the order has been totaled.

Perhaps the reason I'm so irritated with slowpokes is that I try to squeeze grocery shopping into a weekday lunch hour. …

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