Last month, I went to get a meal at ShopRite after finishing the day’s shopping at the mall with the prudence dictated by the new normal. Mask, sanitizer and social distance.
I made my purchases that were small, and when I was in line to pay, between taking the money and storing the phone, the N1000 note I had to pay fell on the floor, and the man who was in front of me finished paying, put his purchases in the box, slowly bent down and picked up my note.
How much education in pandemic times – I thought. I held out my hand, waiting for him to return it, trying to stay away, so that he would feel safe, while thanking the gesture.
But what he said to me was – What’s on the floor belongs to whoever finds it! – and left … naturally, as if he hadn’t done anything wrong.
I looked at the lady behind me and the people next to me and they all looked at me in shock and disbelief, whispering things between them.
For a moment I was beside myself. This thief was taking me for an idiot! I wanted to do justice on my own … I left my purchases, because I had no way to pay (I had left the bank card in the car), and went after him to the parking lot, to have my N1000 returned.
However, I realized that the people who were closest to the line came after me, curious to see what was going to happen …
I spoke to him demanding my money, but he just looked at me with contempt and acted like I was invisible.
When he got to the car, he slowly put his two shopping bags on the floor to take the key out of his pocket and open the boot, and I thought – It’s now or never!
I took the two bags and told him the same thing he had said to me – What is on the floor belongs to those who find it! – and I started running towards the basement where my car was parked, between fright and laughter, proud of my revenge.
The people who followed me started to applaud and I saw that after all the “smart guy” had been irritated, because he left the parking lot dropping a few safety pins to his passage.
I swear I felt a rush of adrenaline, fright and nervousness, but then I cried laughing.
When I got home I opened the bags and found:
– 2 kg prawns
– 1 kg of salmon
– Black and green olives
– Ham, cheese and yogurt of two flavors
– 1 big bread
– 1 bottle of extra virgin olive oil
– 1 bottle of white wine
– 2 bottles of red wine
– 2 jars of jam
– 2 kg of very good quality sausages
– 1 jar of mayonnaise
– 1 jar of mustard
I had never made so many purchases with just N1000.
And now there I was … Having a glass of wine, eating and thinking – am I a vigilante a thief 419 or a vindictive person?
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