Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Make yourself at home

Aside from the usual struggles, Monday was particularly brutal. I was supposed to leave at 5:30 p.m., but was "asked" to stay because there was literally no one to work the Service Desk.

So I'm on the register on the end, by the phone and the MoneyGram forms. There's this huge line, and I catch something out of the corner of my eye. Usually, the customoer is trying to pick out which MoneyGram form to use. Not this time.

A woman with a small child (infant, really) was maneuvering past the 27 shopping carts of returns, items left at registers and other detritus that coughs up at Customer Service during the day to find a space on one of the benches up against the wall. OK, she just wanted to sit down. Umm, no.

What happened next was quite frankly amazing. She sat down, lifted up her shirt, (no bra), plopped out a boob and proceeded to nurse. Probably 15 people within 10 feet and she's got not a care in the world. GOOD FOR HER!

It's legal and all that. But I'm just not sure I'd have that much aplomb to plop out a boob and attach a kid right up in Wal-Mart. We DO have family bathrooms that are nice and private and probably more comfortable for her than in front of people hollering at us because we won't give money back on open DVDs.

Anyway. That was my Monday. The rest of the week would take a book to describe in the entirety of its horribleness. Thank God I'm off Friday!


FARfetched said...

I'd call that a fringe benefit, but that's just me. ;-}

Anonymous said...

Yeah, but if you look it up on the Wire, you can't complain or do anything about it.

The dykes next door said...

Why would you WANT to complain or do anything about it?

Anonymous said...

I know this is a way-old post, but I just recently found your blog (LOVE it, by the way!) and am working my way back reading everything.
I do, however, feel the need to comment about your suggestion that the nursing mother might have used the family bathroom instead. Um, bathrooms are dirty -especially Walmart bathrooms- full of germs, and pee. Would *you* eat in one? Didn't think so... So why should this baby need to eat in one?
Now I'm not saying she couldn't have been more discreet, she likely could have. But nobody should need to hide in a bathroom to feed their child.