Life at Thorntons


Every weekday morning I stop at Thorntons, a local gas station/convenience store, to get a Diet Coke and the occasional pack of Extra Polar Ice gum.

There’s this crusty old lady who works there and fascinates me.  She’s in her own world, working her own game-plan.  For example she’ll ignore the fact that there are no 44 oz. cups while adding another sleeve of 32 ouncers to an already full dispenser.  Or she’ll cram another box of straws into an already over-stuffed straw holder when there isn’t a clean napkin in sight.  The best is when she cluelessly gabs with the regulars while one girl has a line at her register stretching out the door and half-way to the street corner.

So.  Today, she’s at a register, with the “closed” sign on the counter, watching the line I’m at the head of.  She’s chewing on something.  We make eye contact, but she says nothing.  She just chews and watches, like a lazy house cat.  Just as the customer in front of me is wrapping up, the old lady says next and I walk up to her register and put my Diet Coke on the counter…and wait while she picks a handful of coconuts out of a pile of trail mix that she’s poured out on the counter.  Nice.

While I wait and watch – as she pops a handful of coconut into her mouth – two people pay for their stuff in the next line and leave while I try not to have an aneurism.

Is it any wonder that this same store has been out of Extra Polar Ice gum for two months?  TWO MONTHS!

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3 responses to “Life at Thorntons

  1. Shana Carson

    Enjoyed the article. One of my pet peeve’s is for a store not to restock things in a reasonable amount of time or for people with little blue vests at Wal-mart to act as though you are totally inconveniencing them by asking for help. “Oh I’m sorry, I thought the little vest and name tag meant you were working . . .how rude of me.” Bahhahahahaha! Love ya! Katie has began writing again. She really looks up to you and brags on your writing ability often to her friends! 🙂

    • Mine too, obviously. By the way, there is still no Polar Ice Gum. The manager finally told me that there is no line for it on the re-order form. She said it as if to say “That’s that.” Like there’s no way the form can be updated or “Polar Ice” can be scribbled on another line. And what happened to digital technology? Why are they still filling out forms, for Pete’s sake?
      I’m getting all worked up….

  2. btw – This store finally stocks Extra Polar Ice gum. The world is back on its axis and global warming just ended.

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