Little B and I were finishing up the last of our errands Saturday afternoon when I noticed a man screaming in one of the Kroger checkout lines.
“Why not? Why not?”
I was about to go into his aisle when I noticed he had three shopping carts filled with Pepsi, Vernors and Cokes. I estimated his haul at 40 eight packs of bottled soda. I figured he was going to be there for a while. That was a lot of pop and the man did not seem too pleased. The cashier told the man he could not buy that much pop. There was a limit of eight cases or eight packs he could buy.
The customer was angry and raising his voice for all to hear.
Employees began to gather around and whisper.
“Have a nice day,” the cashier said.’
The customer insisted that he call the store manager. He came and told him the same thing. Someone whispered that they believed he was a party store owner who wanted to get the sale price on the pop and sell it for profit at his store. That made sense. The other issue is I am sure Kroger did not want to tick off other customers that came in Sunday looking for pop for the Fourth of July holidays.
It was a strange occurrence. The man would not move and the Kroger cashier and his manager would not budge. My son B wondered if a fist fight was going to break out. I assured him cooler heads would prevail. It did. The funny thing is a few minutes earlier B noticed that cream cheese was on sale for $1 per container. He said we could buy 100 cream cheese for $100.
I laughed and said there was no way we could eat it fast enough before it spoiled. We’d have to give most of it away.
“Thank you and have a nice day,” the manager said to the irate customer. “You are welcome to buy eight packs.”
The man muttered something about freedom and stormed off leaving the pop on the counter where three employees finally removed them and restocked the shelves. When you think about it the battle was an interesting give and tug on freedom in this country. The man should have been free to buy as much soda as he wanted. On the other hand the store should have the right to limit quantities.
In the end the store was right. I hate going to the grocery store for something and them being out of stock. The bottom line is it is better to tick off one guy than the 100 who will follow.