I want to thank all of you that have commented on what happened to me at Meijer's recently. And to let you all know I did actually think about calling the police and having her arrested for assault. What I realized later is that I should have let her take some things that I had rung up and she could have been arrested for stealing too. (I had not paid for my items yet and last I checked she didn't either.)
I also did make a complaint to the district manager when I got home. Since he was on the afternoon shift he was not aware of the situation but he was very nice and apologized profusely. (The change over in shifts could be why no manager appeared to help me.) He also assured me that he would review the CCTV tapes and talk to the other employees that witnessed the event and work with them on what should have been done to stop the situation. (I am thinking I might go up there personally to review the tapes and may still press charges.) Who would be laughing then, huh?
But you know they say there are always 3 sides to every story. My version, her version and the real version. She is surely not completely to blame for the entire situation. Yes I started out polite when I asked her to "lower the bar" and I obviously overstepped some boundary that set her off. But once she started being rude I continued it by being rude. But I saw no reason to be nice since she already crossed the line by shoving me. I can be like a terrier chasing a rat and I will not let some things go once I get stuck. (Right now my mom is probably reading this and shaking her head emphatically.) When she originally got angry and told me to back up on not touch her stuff I probably should have said I was sorry and got in another line. (Except they all had many people in them.) The thing that she was unaware of was that I had stood there for at least 10 minutes while she fished numerous coupons out to run through the scanner and I said not one word or made a face or rolled my eyes. By the time she got finished scanning everything and then went to bag her groceries (without lowering the bar) I was already annoyed that she had taken way too long with her coupons. Was I frustrated?... Maybe a little. Did it show in my voice when I asked her to lower the bar? I'm not really sure..... but I hope I didn't sound annoyed. Was I giving her dirty looks later on as she was taunting me... You betcha!!! I let her get to me and she did feed on it. I know better now and will either steer clear of people like her or just ignore them as they are not worth the time of day.
Now I am off to do some demos this evening at Stampeddlers so that I can put this horrible event behind me.