I like IKEA. Smart and affordable ideas to furnish your dream home. If you haven’t been, you need to go. Last fall my friend and I took our kids to the IKEA in Charlotte, NC for a fun weekend along with a trip to Carowinds. We perused the store selecting items we savored as we headed to the checkout. But I never noticed the sign that said “self-checkout”!
I suppose it shouldn’t matter – except the store was selling things while I was standing in line. Really appealing inexpensive eclectic items that I never saw anywhere else. So I loaded my cart with 9 bottles of sparking Lingonberry-apple juice. I just couldn’t resist.
Suddenly my eyes fixated on the international food items being sold past the checkout. I love this stuff. Plus,they would make great Christmas gifts. Not thinking I left my overstuffed cart to bring back 10 bottles of Swedish hot wine and 10 canisters of giner snaps. Again, I couldn’t resist the temptation.
Meanwhile my friend went to pick up the car, but when she returned she couldn’t believe it. My cart had tripled and I still hadn’t checked out. She exclaimed, “Barb, what are you doing?” But my mind was made up.
Of course, I would have never gone to self-checkout had I known. Of course, I am sorry for all people surrounding me who were trying to checkout. Of course, I am sorry for the poor checkout girl who was suppose to service all these people – not just me. Of course, I am sorry for my friend who was embarrassed. And of course, I am sorry it took so long!
I was just confused. Growing up in a colorful family we just marched to a different drum. We thought differently. I suppose there’s some lessons for me here:
- Carefully read the signs.
- Listen to your friends – that ones that speak good fruit into your life
- Watch the surroundings around you – not just the ones that catch your eye.
- And do a self-checkout on yourself before you proceed.
Thank God for forgiveness and second chances! I suppose those lessons could even be life lessons? But next time I shop – I’ll be more careful. I’ll even know what NOT to do.
Anyone for a shopping day? I promise I won’t be infamous at IKEA. ;-D