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Guess I offended her badly *sigh*

May 8th, 2007 at 05:11 pm

At the grocery store the woman behind me was in a motorized cart - I offered to take her groceries out and put them on the counter. I thought she said thank you so I started to take an item out. She said "I said no thank you". I immediately apologized and said I was sorry and I misheard her and put the item back in her cart. Her next words to me floored me as she said "Yes, you did mishear me". The look I got was quite icy and irate.

Pffffffffft. Glad I never did offer you a coupon as I had I (I like to do this whenever possible) she likely would have gotten even more offended.

I honestly misheard her. And didn't mean to offend her. It is so hard to know the protocol about helping people. You offer and try and you offend and you don't try and you are seen as rude and uncaring.

I feel like its a "heads you win, tails I lose" proposition whatever you do.

4 Responses to “Guess I offended her badly *sigh*”

  1. nika Says:

    Don't pay attention to this. It is better to be an individual that is nice to others than a grumpy suspicious one.

  2. Amber Says:

    That was rude, was she old

  3. yummy64 Says:

    She was in her mid to late 50's I'd guess. Nicely groomed, dressed neatly and nicely, very overweight with very swollen legs and feet. I think even in the ride on cart she was using her legs were bothering her because at one point she took her shoes off and was flexing her feet (they needed moisturizing badly). And no I wasn't staring at her I just noticed that...

  4. Thrifty Ray Says:

    You know, her reaction had nothing to do with you. Perhaps she was having a really bad day...or perhaps she has self esteem issues...

    In any case, dont allow a single bad reaction to distract from your obvious kind spirit.

    Your intentions were good...she just didn't want or appreciate them, for whatever reason.

    Keep offering help...the next person may appreciate it more than you'll ever know.

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