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Topic: Bullies (08/09/04)

TITLE: The Grocery Bully
By Karen O'Leary
08/09/04

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Bullies come in all shapes, ages and styles. I was patiently waiting my turn in the check out line at Larson’s SuperValu. A middle aged man ahead of me shifted his grocery cart back and forth, finally leaving the line. I rolled my cart ahead, assuming he went to pick up something he had forgotten.

A couple minutes later, he came tearing back, shoved me aside, and shouted, “I was here before you.”

I was stunned speechless.

As he checked out, I took a few deep breaths, trying to regain my composure. He muttered something to the clerk then rushed out of the store.

“Did you see what he did to her?” the cashier asked her coworker in the next lane. She turned back to me. “Why didn’t you say something?”

“I thought about it, but I didn’t want to deal with him and didn‘t think you did either.”

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)


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Dori Knight08/16/04
good job, both in the situation itself, and in the sharing of it. thanks!
Melanie Kerr 08/16/04
Is it being a peacemaker to let someone be rude and say nothing? I have been in similar situation and just lately i have been inclined to say something - not rudely, but with patience and courtesy.
Dian Moore08/16/04
Hard decision there, should you have said something, politely and stood your ground? We don't know what the bully would have done. I have found myself more and more lately not giving in to rude and bullying behavior. It's a very fine line between keeping peace and being stepped on. I'm glad your experience didn't get any worse, but at the same time wonder what would have happened if you had confronted him? Each situtation is as individual as the people in it. I'm sure you made the right decision.
John Hunt08/16/04
Amen.

You had the right
(be)attitude!
John Hunt08/17/04
I was thinking about your article and the critiques that were left, when suddenly I had the most wonderful idea for a title: The Silence of the Lamb.
I am kicking myself for not thinking of it before. Oh well, my best articles are the ones I never wrote.
darlene hight08/17/04
Well written! You told the story and let it make the point. I like that technique.
darlene hight08/17/04
Well written! You told the story and let it make the point. I like that technique.
Marina Rojas08/17/04
Well, Daughter of God, you're a bigger man than I am! I'd probably have wrestled him to the floor and had a canned good fight with 'em! Nah! Not really! This was a real blessing...the next time someone stands close enough to me in the checkout line to write my check for me, I'll remember that scripture & ask them to borrow a pen! Thanks for this timely reminder of grace!
L.M. Lee08/18/04
yea, it's hard when it's an older person because our parents taught us to respect older people.
Sheila Boyd08/19/04
I have been trying to master this type of patience, to hold my peace and not let the devil steal my joy. I’m not sure I have reached the level of maturity you showed in your article, but you have encouraged me to keep working on it. Good for you and good story too.
Larry Hill08/21/04
Well done, my favorite kind of story, short but sweet. Great composure, thanks for sharing.