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Mommy & Baby – Petty Thieves?

I loaded up the car after a trip to the local wholesale club with my jumbo pack of facial tissues, mega box of yogurts, multiple cartons of milk/cream, and super-sized bag of baby sweet peppers. Pop the baby carrier into the car and off we go. Then I saw it… sitting benignly in the bottom of the over-sized shopping cart… a huge tub of hummus that I hadn’t paid for.

It took me a minute to realize the hummus had slid under the car seat while baby was riding inside the shopping cart (because I refuse to perch my baby precariously on top of the cart where small children allowed to run wild through stores might jostle my cart and down will come baby, car seat and all!).

I stood there appalled and chagrined. Appalled because I had just unintentionally stolen a giant tub of hummus (which, if I were actually into petty thievery would NOT have been top of my list to swipe!), and chagrined because in the sweltering June heat I had to load baby (and milk, cream, yogurt, and London broil and anything else that might spoil in the car-oven) back into the cart and go back into the store. Argh!

Then I laughed remembering how I had had TWO coupons for the hummus, and the clerk and I couldn’t figure out why they weren’t ringing up, so he gave me the coupon discount anyway – gee, maybe it’s because you never BOUGHT the hummus! So add that to my list of crimes – $4.50 in stolen coupon discounts! Then I laughed harder because I realized this was the THIRD time since the baby was born that I’ve made it to the car only to discover the baby was “holding” something that slipped into his seat, or his car seat had hidden a small object I hadn’t purchased. (Great, I’m probably giving some terrible ideas to people out there without morals, but I am posting this b/c I figure if they are without morals, surely they’ve thought of this angle before).

I waited in the customer service line behind 8 people to explain my situation and pay for the hummus. Don’t they have a express line for truthful customers? You know, a “12 items stolen or less (although we English majors know it should really read “or fewer“). And the sad thing was, the worker behind the desk was shocked I had actually returned! I would’ve lost sleep at night if I hadn’t – and goodness knows, new moms can’t afford to lose anymore sleep as it is!

Do you have any funny shopping stories from when you were a new mom? Share it below!

adriel, from the mom

Wednesday 7th of July 2010

this is great! my thing is that i always find myself rocking the cart back and forth... even when i've left my baby at home with daddy! i must look like a lunatic! ;)adriel

adriel, from the mom

Wednesday 7th of July 2010

this is great! my thing is that i always find myself rocking the cart back and forth... even when i've left my baby at home with daddy! i must look like a lunatic! ;)adriel

Susan

Sunday 4th of July 2010

Thank you for the wonderful laugh, and the fun memories, although years ago they probably weren't funny. But you made me laugh as I read your post. Thank you for letting me visit.Susanhttp://amazingcouponanddiscountdeals.blogspot.comhttp://joininandgogreen.blogspot.com

Susan

Sunday 4th of July 2010

Thank you for the wonderful laugh, and the fun memories, although years ago they probably weren't funny. But you made me laugh as I read your post. Thank you for letting me visit.Susanhttp://amazingcouponanddiscountdeals.blogspot.comhttp://joininandgogreen.blogspot.com

T Rex Mom

Sunday 4th of July 2010

First, I commend you for not propping your carrier on top - that scares me so much when I see it in the store.And the toddler is responsible for a couple of "stolen" items, too. Once we left with a jar of dill. By the time I realized it I was driving away. But I turned around, rolled down a window, and stopped a lady passing and asked her to return it to customer service for me. Part of the wrapping had been torn. The next grocery trip, I saw the dill on the shelf with the torn wrapping and this time I purchased it!Happy 4th to you!

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