Sippy Cup of Kindness

by Sherry Riter in Attitude,Self-Development  

As you know, I do not like to go shopping. I guess I didn’t get that gene. There are times, unfortunately, that I must go to the store for needed items. On those occasions my mind has been trained by long ago past experience when I shopped often. I expect to enter a “clean” store with “polite” shoppers and “helpful” clerks. Isn’t that your expectation?


Undoubtedly, almost every shopping experience falls short of this target. Often the stores are in total disarray because the clerks don’t have pride in their job and let their duties fall to the wayside. Also, the shoppers do not have respect for the store so they unfold, scatter, and open items without putting them back the way they found them. The politeness and helpful factor is non-existent. Fellow shoppers shove and run into me without apologizing. Often they don’t even acknowledge my existence, thus nearly knocking me off my feet. A cheerful “May I help you?” never escapes the lips of the clerks. They are too busy talking on the cell phone or trying to look busy in another part of the store so that they do not have to help the customers.

I was shopping for supplies since I am making my families gifts. Not only do they enjoy the gift that has effort and thought, but it helps the budget since my husband is not working. Upon entering one store today, I had a lady run into me with her basket. She looked at me and raised her eyebrows.

That’s it!

Christmas spirit or not I said, “Excuse you.”

She laughed and went past me.

I continued my hunt for this one particular item. I’ll show you pictures of everything when Christmas is over. I finally gave up and sought the help of a store clerk.

Not only did she literally drag her steps as she went down the correct aisle, but she only pointed to the item that had been so elusive.

She didn’t smile.

She didn’t make eye contact.

She didn’t say a word.

I said, “Thank you! I’ve been looking high and low for this today.”


Not a word.

She acted all put out as she dragged her feet back to the front of the store acting like a spoiled baby.

As a matter of fact, everyone acted like a spoiled child.

I wish they would all just get a sippy cup of kindness and drink it for a few days.

Note: The sippy cup is a spill-proof drinking cup designed for toddlers.

sippy cup

Wherever there is a human being,
there is an opportunity
for a kindness.”
Roman philosopher, mid-1st century AD


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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Shawn December 15, 2009 at 6:50 am

Oh, this is my PET PEEVE!! I really can't stand how no one has the time or desire to just be civil anymore! When I used to work in retail—it was MANDATORY that the customer was always right and we were there to SERVE THEM!! With a SMILE!!

Uhhhh—-I don't even want to start on what it is like now….


2 Teresha@Marlie and Me December 15, 2009 at 9:10 am

This is why I avoid stores like the plague this time of year. I never understood the bad attitude I encounter from other shoppers in stores. If holiday shopping makes you such a Scrooge, maybe you should stay home until and shop online. As for customer service, I just chalk it up to poor self-esteem. bah humbug!


3 parentingBYdummies December 15, 2009 at 11:39 am

Sorry your shopping trip was filled with brats. Shopping is supposed to be fun! And, you look so different over here I barely recognized you. Very nice. Wish I could change things up over there at Casa de Dummies, but I'm paralyzed by fear. Happy holidays!


4 Oh Sew Good December 15, 2009 at 11:44 am

I figure it's nothing a little Metamucil won't cure. Metamucil or Psyllium Husks. 🙂


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