I had a “Mom of the Year” moment a couple of weeks ago that I just had to share. After hearing this story, you’ll either come to the conclusion that I am a bungling kook, or this is the worst convenient store experience ever. (I technically said, “worst experience,” not “worst store,” don’t sue me!)
I picked up my kids from school, and we were on the way to a meeting at the Broyhill Inn. They were “STARVING” (of course) and incidentally, I didn’t have any snacks stuffed under the minivan seats.
Well, because I can’t let my kids go hungry (and I really wanted them to stop whining) I decided to stop at the nearest Convenience Store. After gathering up various snacks, water, and a diet Coke for me, we waited in line at the front.
The total came to $3.00 and some change, so I fished through my purse- only to find that I forgot my wallet at home! Now remember the whole time, the kids are whining at me in various stages of starvation, and the 6-person line is looming behind me. So what would you do?
I pulled out my checkbook, and said, “OH NO I forgot my wallet! I have to write a check, what do I make it out to?” The clerk looked me in the eye, and said, “You have to have a photo ID to write a check.”
Me: “But I forgot my wallet, and I’m local! Can I just write this check for three dollars?” (Kids staring from behind me)
Clerk: “You have to have a photo ID, sorry.”
Desperate Mom:”Well, my kids are really hungry and they already have their stuff.”
Clerk: “I’ll put it back for you if you want”
Six men in line behind me: (blank stares) Thanks a lot guys.
Frantic Mom: “Well, kids, we have to put it back, I’m really sorry.”
Kids: “BUT! Why? We’re SOOO hungry” (loud cries and tears)
Really Embarrassed Mom: (Grabs the food out of little angels’ hands and herds them to the door.)
Six Men in line: (stare at crying mom as she leaves the store)
Now, what is wrong with this picture? Am I crazy for thinking that the clerk should maybe have made an exception for a three dollar check from a mom? Should one of the guys in line have said, “You know, add it to mine, I’ll take care of it.” I surely would have done that for another mom who forgot her wallet.
What do you think?
And thankfully, Doug at the Broyhill Inn was nice enough to bring out all kinds of snacks for the kids! He was our hero in preventing my kids from wasting away to nothingness!!