At our local Superstore, you are eligible for a freebie when you spend a certain amount of money. Since we are horrible grocery shoppers, and are attracted to bright shiny expensive things, we regularly get free stuff. Woo hoo! A reward for overspending!
Last week I I was standing in the line to get my free lasagna. I don't even really like lasagna that much, but it was free, and that meant it was worth standing in line for 15 minutes. Finally there was only one guy ahead of me.
"Ma'am," he said to the lady behind the counter "my bottle of rum was stolen! Right while I was over there bagging my groceries!"
She did soooo much better than I would have. She calmly looked at him and said "I don't know what to tell you sir, but we don't carry rum in this store."
"I know that. I brought it with me, and I put it down while I was getting my stuff, and someone walked off with it!"
"Well sir, it is pretty busy in here today. Hard to see what all is going on."
"The cashier said to talk to you. She said she couldn't help."
"Well no, and really, neither can I. I'm sorry this happened to you, but there is nothing I can do."
And with that he wandered off.