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Shopping, American Style

I wonder if this is a trait
reserved only for Americans,
Or do all humans suffer
From this dementia?

I saw an item advertised
In my local paper
A one day sale
Limited quantities.
So Hurry In!!!!

This was something I'd 
wanted for years,
And the price was reasonable,
But a forty mile ride to get there

So, I drove the distance
To this big Department store,
Speeding a bit
I hoped they would still have more,

A line at the check out counter,
Department Manager on the phone,
Every few moments you could hear a groan,
And another frustrated customer
left for good...

Before I knew it, I was at the front of the line
The manager and sales clerk buzy
With a potential customer on the phone,
Now I understood the groan.
This potential customer was shopping
by phone, with endless questions...

Seemed there was no way to get these people's
I waved, I knocked on the counter,
I repeatedly begged for assistance
But the Bozo on the phone got all
of their attention.
Live customers waving cash in thr air
Made no difference to them,
As they decribed every item in the

I turned to the eight or so people behind me
"Isn't this Ridiculous?"
Turning away from live customers,
eager to buy, and spending all your attention
to some clown on the phone too lazy to come by!

So now, when such an incident arises,
I'll call them from my cell phone,
While on line,
And perhaps, then, I'd be taken seriously.

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  1. Date: 12/23/2009 12:20:00 PM
    Interesting idea put to pen in this write. Keep the creative pen flowing. Sara

  1. Date: 4/27/2009 8:49:00 AM
    You're right, Tom! It's an American style. Great write. Ruben.

  1. Date: 12/18/2008 9:21:00 PM
    Yes in deed Tom, this is a fact as I have experienced this many times. I really enjoyed reading this poem as I hope many others will as well with the hopes that even some retailers may read and realize the importance of having a real customer at their counters. Congratulations for being featured... MPK

  1. Date: 12/18/2008 1:57:00 AM
    Poeple suck sometimes, Tom. :) I wish you were here to read this, but I know that somehow, someway, you already know how much you are missed. Peace and love be with you in ever incarnation, friend, love, Kristin

  1. Date: 12/17/2008 8:51:00 PM
    Tom, Congratulations on YOUR Featured POEM "Shopping, American Style" Been there I think YOU have the right idea with the cell Phone LOVEYOUr Wit...HG

  1. Date: 12/17/2008 11:32:00 AM
    I like this poem very much and am sorry I didn't know about you when you were here. Its so typical of american shoppers!! and great insight but, to whom am I making this comment? This somehow is very eerie.

  1. Date: 12/17/2008 6:58:00 AM
    Tom - Boy are you missed - Gone but never forgotten my friend - I miss you bro, MJ

  1. Date: 12/16/2008 9:04:00 PM
    I miss you Tom, You were a light in my life. Love you, Lainie

  1. Date: 12/15/2008 5:14:00 PM
    Tom, Tom, Tom, I miss you so. Remember last Christmas? I wish you were here buddy. One of the few real friends I will treasure forever. God, I miss your sense of humor, and raw honesty. Hope to see you again one day. Till then, congrats on your featured write. Never forget I love you. Always. Shar xoxo

  1. Date: 12/15/2008 6:04:00 AM
    So wonderful to see a a dear friends poetry written here today. Though you are no longer here with us dear Tom your spirit will always be. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/15/2008 5:57:00 AM
    This was priceless, Tom! Well done on all accounts..I've been in situations like this and wonder why that is that store reps would rather help the one on the phone instead of the one in the store...go figure.