Then She Spit on My Produce

posted by Momo Fali on May 20, 2011

Some of the most embarrassing moments with my son have taken place at cash registers.  As if it isn’t bad enough to fork over $75 at Target when all you wanted was a roll of paper towels, try having your son tell the cashier that she looks like “kind of a girl” or that her big lips make her resemble a fish.

This would be why, a couple of weeks ago, my 12 year old daughter was a quick-thinker and pulled her little brother out of the grocery store line.  I had no idea what she was doing, until I stopped removing items from my cart, looked at the cashier and noticed he was wearing an eye patch.  Clearly, that guy was going to get called “a pirate”.

But, when we approached the register at the grocery store yesterday I didn’t see anything that might cause him to make a comment.  I was proactive and chose a cashier who was nice looking, clean and without blemishes.

And, of course, it backfired.

My son spied the young, blond-haired girl scanning our items and said, “Ohhhh, you’re pretty!”

She smiled as he gave her his shy look and smiled back.

Then his shy look disappeared and his expression became one of excitement as he looked over her shoulder, pointed to a different cashier and said, “Wait.  Actually, that girl over there is the pretty one!”


  • Miss Britt

    That sounds exactly like what happened to me in my dating life.

  • mrsmouthy

    Seriously, does he say these things to mess with people or is he just being honest?

    • Momo Fali

      He is BRUTALLY honest. It’s part of his charm (and his disorder). You always know where you stand with this kid, that’s for sure.

  • Monica

    I LOVE that kid!!!!

  • millicent frick

    oh my word he is hilarious!!!!!!

  • SurprisedMom

    I want to be your son when I grow up! I love his direct honesty and always knowing where you stand with him.

  • unmitigated me

    My daughter once told a cashier what a lovely name she had, then as we were walking away, quite audibly she said, “I think she liked how I was sucking up to her.”

  • Tara R.

    I hope she saw the humor in that, or let the air out of the ‘pretty’ girl’s tires later.

  • meleah rebeccah

    Okay, that was hilarious. I hope that cashier had a good sense of humor!

  • Leila

    OMG, my son did the pirate thing once and I was NOT as smart as your daughter was, so I ended up making loud shushing noises and trying to talk over him, which I am sure fooled NO one, least of all the pirate. I mean, the guy with the patch.

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