Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Camelot

The owner of Camelot Stores near the Mater Hospital is an irascible and silently menacing sort. I've noticed this a few times now on the walk home from work, stopping in on occasion to catch my breath and peruse his Use By dates and selection of cut mixed peel.

He just sits there with eyes following me around the shop, my newfangled hoodie giving the lie to trouble, the spectacles on my face fixing the situation. Scumbags don't wear glasses.

I was on the hunt for some green tea - coffee now a thing of the past - and eventually found some behind the Barrys and Lyons staples.

"That's green tea," he grouched when I approached the counter.

"Sorry?"

"That's GREEN TEA. Not NORMAL TEA!"

"I... I know. I'm able to read."

He threw my change back at me with eyes that said Vishnu's gonna get you, sunshine, gonna get you good for your sarcastic ways so I legged it as quickly as my yellah legs could carry me.

I suppose all I can wonder now is what led him to believe I was a dunce?

14 comments:

adogwoof said...

green tea with a gin, oh yeah

Sarah Gostrangely said...

well, if you are going to drink furren tea and all....

Susan at Stony River said...

To answer your last question, I'll guess he's had too many housewives/drunks/idiots who did come back and complain about it. I used to work in a library and people came in complaining they'd taken home the wrong book and it was our fault. WTF.

YOU read labels, but you might be the only one y'know. And yeah, we're surrounded on all sides by these people...

Radge said...

Furren tea, Sarah? In my tiredness I googled it and the first thing on the list was your comment on Radgery.com, which I hear is a shoo-in come award season.

Susan - I don't think so. He was just rude. Hard to get his tone across in print, or the non-challenging of my initial 'sorry?'

hope said...

Sounds like he wanted to ensure he didn't have to give you a refund.

mapstew said...

Does he have any Lemon & Ginger tea? :¬)

Terence McDanger said...

Radge I have nothing to add to this exept to add that I am very drunk (see Susan's blog) and the typing of this took at least 5 minutes but I go through these fires of hell just to make sure I am present and correct, syntax speaking, if not in every other respect.

'I am very drunk', he concluded in a cut and paste. Grogh...

Radge said...

Mapstew - The best of all the teas, but no.

Terence - Not even a middlenight phone call to tell me you love me? We're finished.

thingy said...

Very nice story on green tea.

It really is awful stuff, though. Maybe in his way he was warning you.

Therese Cox said...

"Vishnu's gonna get you, sunshine, gonna get you good for your sarcastic ways."

God help me Radge, I'm gonna get out my sitar and start penning a song cycle.

Namaste and peace out, you crunchy old soul.

Radge said...

Thingy - I can read nothing into anything.

Therese - Damn it. I had words but I lost them.

Maimie said...

Have you forgotten - he sat beside you at school. He KNOWS you're a dunce.

Holemaster said...

I had a similar below par commercial exchange last night involving a taxi driver. I think there's a voodoo curse on my life.

Not that I'd notice.

Radge said...

Mother dearest - That's you crossed off the Christmas card list. Not that I've ever sent one.

Holemaster - These are confrontational times.