Open Letter To Customers

Dear customers of a certain grocery store which shall remain nameless (lest I be fired for complaining),

1. I hate when you buy meat that is soaked in blood – I’m talking dripping the red gooey stuff everywhere – and you utterly refuse to put it in a plastic bag (conveniently located in the meat department)! Instead, you just slap that foul smelling, sticky, bloody package straight onto the conveyor belt with the rest of your groceries. What happens? The belt now has blood all over it and now I have to pick up this gross freakin thing with my bare hands so I can scan it! So now I have blood all over me and I still have to scan the rest of your stuff and handle money…so don’t tap your foot impatiently at me when I have to go grab a hand sanitizer wipe before proceeding with the rest of your order!

2. Why, when you have more than 15 items do you come into the 15 items or less lane?? Look, there’s limited counter space here, people! I don’t have room or time to bag your 50+ items and we both know I can’t order you to leave my line. Were you never taught the basic laws of common courtesy??? Now, I have to ring up your humongous order that I don’t have room for, bag it, and then after you leave, the 50 trillion people who each have 5 items apiece yell at ME for ringing you up!! And without fail, you people ALWAYS ask for your order to be bagged in paper – PAPER!!! It takes a thousand times longer to do that, you know! And God forbid you help me bag your order…you just stand there watching me as you do absolutely nothing! Also, when you get in line with 30 items and say to me, “I think I have a few more than 15” then giggle – I’m not gonna giggle with you! Get your impatient butts to the normal lines where you belong!!

3. Why can’t you read the sales signs?!! You see a sign that says “99 cents” and somewhere near the sign is a 24 pack of pop. The sign says that it’s the 2-liters that are 99 cents, but somehow you can never manage to get past reading the first few words of any sign! You grab whatever it is you WANT to be on sale and assume that that’s what the price is going to be! So then you come up to my register and get upset at me because you can’t read! Okay, I’ll admit that some of the sales are legitimately confusing, sometimes only certain flavors are on sale, but when a manager checks the sign for you and tells you that it’s not on sale, why do you have to get your panties in a bunch?? Either learn to read, or learn to handle disappointment when you’re not getting a 20 pound turkey for 50 cents! (ps – this goes for your coupons too – if it says buy two and get a dollar off, you can’t buy one and get a dollar off!)

4. Stop bringing your screaming kids to grocery shop with you! Enough said.

5. Please don’t ask me out if you are over 40 years old (or even over 25 for that matter). You’re creeping me out and next time I see you shopping I’m putting out my “closed” sign and hiding.

This being said, all of you are not like this. I do enjoy talking to a lot of you and you good ones make these other people bearable. Also, want to emphasize that I am not saying anything negative about the store I work at itself. Every store has its crazy customers.


Love, Tori


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A Tiny Story About Love

Horrified by the way he had been misquoted, lied about, and misunderstood, Love took his own life. Sadly, few noticed due to the fact that most were preoccupied with Love’s cousin – Infatuation.

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Let me redirect you…

…to this other person’s blogpost:


Slavery is still a huge issue today. Awhile I ago I watched a movie called Call and Response and it is truly appalling what still goes on in our world today.

Here is where you can check out what that movie talks about and such too:

Call and Response

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My First Encounter With Death

It seems like most people first encounter death when a childhood pet dies. Maybe this is untrue, but I feel like I hear that story more than most. As a child, I never had a pet for more than a few months at a time (generally) so that wasn’t the case for me.

Preschool. It’s a memory that is no doubt faded, warped, and skewed. The perspective of a six year old child is not reliable even to the very same person years later. In this blurred time of my life, I recall my teacher being Mrs. Marshall. All I remember is that she had gray hair. She was probably nice. Who knows, though.

One day we had a substitute teacher. The only thing I remember is the teacher telling us that Mrs. Marshall was very sick in the hospital.

My next memory is a funeral.

I don’t remember very much about it. The entire memory to me is simply one still frame of my teacher in a coffin and hearing myself ask why they had changed her hair from gray to brown.

It doesn’t seem like this encounter affected me much. I suppose it must have in some way. It’s one of only a handful of memories that my mind retained from preschool. I wonder if I would be any different if that had not happened…


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Merry (belated) Christmas.


I love Christmas. Well, I more love the Christmas season. It’s a beautiful thing to see just about everyone decorate and get excited about one thing – it’s so unifying. Yes, there are other holidays that are nationally celebrated, but none of them can compare to Christmas. Everywhere you go, Christmas music fills the air, there are trees neatly decorated, and strings of lights brightly gleaming. I love that there are so many things that are uniquely Christmas that you only come across this time of year. We have all our Christmas music, our Christmas movies, our Christmas decorations, our Christmas stories and books, and even Christmas food. When you drive past the park and see the trees all dressed up and lights strung everywhere, it just makes you feel happy.

One thing that’s sort of weird (for me at least) is the day after Christmas. The day after Thanksgiving until December 25th we are bombarded with Christmas left and right and it’s exciting and fun, but when the day after comes, it’s almost gloomy in a way. It seems odd to see the Christmas trees still up, to hear Christmas music still playing in some stores, and finishing up the last of the eggnog. It’s not about Christmas being too commercial or superficial, it’s more about knowing that something is over that you just spent a month of your life thinking about and preparing for.

I don’t have any deep way of defining or ending this post. Oh well.

The new year approaches and I’m really excited for 2011.

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I’ve had a sort of epiphany recently. It’s something I’ve probably heard a million times, but it’s just become so apparent to me now – You can’t be happy in a relationship unless you can be happy being single. Obviously there are many other things that contribute to having a successful relationship, but I think this is at the top of the list.

So many couples fight because one of the two people is too reliant on the other for their security and happiness. So many problems stem from this unhealthy reliance including distrust, “neediness”, etc.  You always hear the cliche of meeting your “other half”, but I think that that is a very unhealthy way to view relationships. A relationship should not consist of two people who feel incomplete and inadequate somehow filling each other’s voids, but should be two happy, healthy people who form a couple – not two halves forming a whole, in other words.

Do you ever notice that the most attractive people are the people who go through life with confidence and self worth? I’m not talking about the people who are egotistical obviously, but the people who are satisfied with who they are, accept themselves, and pursue their own interests. I think I’m slowly, but surely getting to that point in my life.

To be able to function in a relationship, I think you have to have a few years of what some would consider “selfish”  living. Before getting into a long term relationship I think you should explore all of your interests, know your likes and dislikes, find out what sort of person you are, have a healthy body image, find out what you believe and why, etc. You should be complete. You should know yourself inside and out. Another person will not complete you. They really really won’t. Everyone has shortcomings and will disappoint you. If you are depending on someone else for your happiness, you will not be very happy because they will let you down. Even the most perfect person out there will let you down. I think “finding yourself” is something everyone should do before pursuing any sort of long term relationship that could potentially end in marriage.

Well, I’m not really sure how to wrap this up so I’ll just leave you with that. I’m not trying to pretend I know everything – or anything at all for that matter – I’m just expressing what I have found to be true in my own life.


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If I could do anything…

Sometimes I wish money didn’t matter. Actually, a lot of times I wish money didn’t matter. I especially wish it now, though, as I try to figure out what I want to do with my life as far as a career. It seems like all of my interests are more like hobbies and I could never make a living off of them.

If it were up to me – if I could do absolutely anything – this is what I would want to do (at least for now, my interests always seem to change with my mood):

I would study philosophy and creative writing. I then would go to some sort of culinary school so I could learn to cook really really well. I’ve always been fairly good at it and would love to get even better. From there I would spend my time writing and taking art classes at various places because I’ve always been interested in learning how to draw and paint well. I would probably also try to take classes in photography and sewing too. I would also somehow use my interest in music, not sure how. Then I would just spend my time writing, drawing, painting, taking pictures, cooking, sewing clothes, playing piano and possibly guitar (if I ever stop sucking at it), and possibly making money off one or more of those things. I also would travel a lot, but I’ve already gone on about that before. That would be the dream life for me. We’ll see what happens, I guess.

Sorry for the rambling, boring nature of this post!

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