Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Smudge of Embarrassment on Your Collar

I was at the grocery store the other day, without the kids, meandering the aisles. I stopped in the medicine aisle to buy some ibuprofen. Next to me was this guy, your average joe, looking for something. He started in the pain relievers and wandered down the aisle, looking lost, as I got my drugs and went to check out.

I didn't think much of him until I noticed him checking out next to me. He scanned something that evidently didn't have a bar code, because the uppity You-Scan computer informed him and the world that a cashier was needed, STAT. I glanced at what he was buying - it was four; count em -4 boxes of Midol.

I couldn't help it - I laughed out loud.

I said to him: "It's bad enough that you get sent to buy this stuff, but then the register won't ring it up and has to announce storewide that you need help. Buddy, you are in Man Hell!"

Evidently it was funnier to me, but then, I'm not the guy buying Midol.

17 comments:

manicmanicurist said...

Heh. Poor fella. That IS man hell.
Wandered over here from Ben and Bennie's place. :)

Chanda (aka Bea) said...

Evidently men being sent out for feminine products just isn't amusing to men. I can't imagine why, I think it's worth at least a giggle or two. Besides, it's good for them to have to shop outside their comfort zone every once in a while. It could have been worse for the guy, his wife could have sent him out to buy midol, tampons, chocoalte and a magnum of wine. He'd have to buy a Sports Illustrated just to maintain some level of testosterone.

Hmmm am I being sexist and stereotypic? Maybe. Do I care? Funny you should ask. :)

Sturdy Girl said...

Well, he probably wasn't in the best humor, you know because of the cramps and all.

Professor J said...

Hey, at least it wasn't tampons.

Kelley said...

Hee hee. You should have handed him a tube of Preperation H and told him he dropped it.

bandick said...

I had a somewhat embarrassing Beano experience a couple of weeks ago but then I realized, I will never see most of these people again and if I do, at least I know I'm not gassy.

FairiesNest said...

Cut the guy some slack, if he's buying FOUR boxes, things must be REALLY rough back home...

hele said...

Hilarious!

As if it was not bad enough that he got sent to buy this stuff, that the register won't ring it up and has to announce storewide that he needs help he also had someone joking about it on her blog ;)

flutter said...

lol poor guy

Vodka Mom said...

I LOVE that story!..."And then he was spotted at the beer distributor, loading up on cases of Bud..."

Julie Pippert said...

I was LOL thinking that was a great ice breaking tension relief moment and he could sure have LOL and probably turned it into a good time.

But then I recalled you saying 4 boxes of Midol. Ummm...wtf?

Maybe there's a reason he didn't laugh, and I don't mean 4 women at home PMSing.

BlackenedBoy said...

Okay, so the other day at work one of my co-workers was telling the story of how a former employee had come in complaining of headache a while ago.

The young man had informed them of his malady and then asked, "Does anyone have some Mydol?"

All of my other co-workers began laughing, but I hadn't heard of the drug before, so I asked, "What's that, like, cough syrup or something?"

Then everyone, including two customers in line for popcorn, was laughing at what I'd said, and my manager politely informed me of the medicine's actual purpose.

"Oh," I said. "Well now that I know what that means it really is funny."

San Diego Momma said...

Wow, if he was buying FOUR boxes of Midol, his mate must really be in some sort of PMSy fury. Probably explains why he wasn't laughing with you.

I'm surprised he was also buying a pound of chocolate and a pickaxe.

p.s. I see your blog name everywhere and just now came over to check you out! Was worth the trip!

At Home Redesigns said...

Ha!Rough night all around...

Bennie said...

San Diego Mom beat me to my punch line. Indeed the poor guy must be living in Man Hell. And thanks again for making our blog so nice and cheery last week.

Maggie, Dammit said...

Ohhhh, poor thing.

Probably deserved it. :)

tysdaddy said...

I am way past being embarrassed by this sort of thing.

Recently I was in Walmart staring at the giant wall of tampons. I nudged up to the twentysomething standing next to me and said "So, do the wings really help, or am I just being too imaginative." Her smirk was priceless . . .