Monday, September 27, 2010

In Which I'm Confronted With Crazy People

Hiya everyone! How have you all been? Did anything exciting happen during my away time from the interwebs? I'll be spending much of today catching up on everyone's blogs.

While I'm doing that, let me tell you a funny story that happened to me two weeks ago.

Do you guys have Jimmy John's where you live? If not, Jimmy John's is a sub shop where they sell delicious samiches.

Every year they do a Customer Appreciation day where you can get one of their delish samiches for only $1. Which is awesome.

BUT the deal is it's only 1 PER CUSTOMER, so you can't go there and pick up two $1 samiches for you and your spouse who isn't there with you.

So, I decided on Customer Appreciation Day, I would get a samich for lunch, even though I knew there would be a long line. And there is indeed a long line outside the restaurant. But even though it's really busy, there's plenty of parking. In the parking lot is a minivan which is illegally parked. Instead of actually parking in one of the many open spots, the van is parked on the end of the aisle.

What minivan driver didn't know, was, there was a cop in the parking lot. So cop pulls up next to illegally parked minivan and gets out. Ahead of me in the line a lady tells the cop the van is hers, and the cop tells her she can't park there.

So the lady is forced to lose her spot in line to move her van.

The Old Man in front of me applauds the cop.

The lady then parks her van, sits in it a second, and then drives away.
I assume it's because she's pissed she lost her spot in line, but the Old Man says to me she must have been embarrassed. We then have a conversation along these lines:

Me: I don't know why she just didn't park. There's plenty of open spaces
OM: she must have been too lazy
Me: It doesn't make any sense
OM: I see people doing that at the grocery store all the time. People should just follow the rules.

By this time OM and I are in the restaurant. There are 2 registers and we each order our samiches.

Then the Old Man PAYS FOR MY SAMICH!

I'm completely touched by OM's generosity. Yes it's only $1, but still. I had been having a crappy day up until then and his $1 completely turned it around.

As he walks out of the restaurant ahead of me, I thank him again and we each wish each other a good day.

I get my samich (JJ BLT, btw) and leave the store. I see the OM in the parking lot ahead of me.

Now, everyone remembers the rules of the Customer Appreciation Day, right?

As I'm watching OM, he gets to his car, changes his shirt and GETS BACK IN THE LINE!

I'm completely stunned. Here this OM has a conversation with me about how people need to follow the rules, he applauds the police officer, he pays for my samich, and then it turns out he's a lying cheater.


Moral of the story? I think it could go a few ways:

1. All people can be assholes
2. Even assholes can be nice people.
3. People are just crazy.


Lola Sharp said...

Wahhh, we don't have Jimmy Johns! (I've never heard ofit), but it looks YUMMY! *green with envy*

I think all of the above choices are true. But I sure didn't see that ending coming. WTF, indeed.

Happy Monday. Missed you.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Just proves reality is stranger than fiction. Maybe he though the nice act of paying for your sandwich negated him getting back in line.

Cruella Collett said...

I'm gonna go with "all of the above".

Or, perhaps he was one of those people who makes a big deal about the difference between "real" rules and regular rules. A rule that involves an officer and a uniform? Real rule. A rule that involves changing into costume and chatting with nice ladies? A regular rule, one that can be broken.

Though this clearly falls into category number 3, People are crazy ;)

Maria Zannini said...

That is an awful lot of work for sandwich.

Hannah said...

Clearly I would've done the same thing but I wouldn't make a big deal about "following the rules." Jimmy Johns is awesome! And they deliver to me so fast I do sincerely freak, every time.

Jaydee Morgan said...

Welcome back - and yes, people are crazy ;)

Anne Ahiers said...

we have a Jimmy John's like 5 minutes away- but we're like 30 seconds outside their delivery zone so we freak in anger that we're so close but they won't come the extra few blocks

Unknown said...

Haha that made me giggle. I'm gonna go with All of the Above.

Sarah Ahiers said...

Lola - it's so delicious! And they deliver, but only if you live close by. Missed you too!

Alex - i laughed like a madwoman when i saw him get back in that line

Cruella - i'm sure that's exactly it. And clearly laziness was an issue with him, since he had to go to all the work of chnaging shirts and standing in line twice

Maria - to be fair, the sandwiches are awfully good

Hannah - CHEATER! and see anne's post below for our anger over JJs delivery policy to us

Jaydee - thanks! And yes. Yes they are.

Anne - that still pisses me off

Meika - yeah it probably is all of the above

Southpaw said...

That seems so weird. Did he think it was one per customer per visit? Did it make it okay if he got back in line and waited again? I have so many questions. Things like that just puzzle me.

No JJ here.

Anne Gallagher said...

Maybe he WAS following the rules, bending them gently. Maybe he had a sick wife back at home and she wanted Jimmy John's but couldn't leave the house. Maybe he was starving. Maybe he bought one for lunch and one for supper. You never know what lurks in others minds.

Austin Gorton said...

That is an awesome, awesome story.

Seriously, people, $1 samich is great and all, but it isn't like JJ's samich are usually that expensive. I doubt the $5 (including the $1 he spent on your samich) he saved by waiting in line (twice) for two $1 samichs was equal to or greater than the time and effort he put into doing it.

I mean, we're not talking $1 20 lb Maine lobsters here...

PS The BLT is totes the way to go. I get mine loaded (with sauce and onions).

Mmm...I might have to get Jimmy Johns for lunch now..

@Anne: we have a Jimmy John's like 5 minutes away- but we're like 30 seconds outside their delivery zone

We have that exact same problem. Seriously, they have the smallest delivery radii ever!

Summer Frey said...

JIMMY JOHN'S!!!! We were spoiled in college--there were THREE in town. THREE! Heaven!

And my old job had one within delivery radius, so I totes would order out all the time.

My personal is the Turkey Tom, add mustard. And salt & vinegar chips.

I love that place.

Oh, there was a story...

I think it's funny that he thought just changing his shirt would disguise him! But yeah. Peoples is crazysauce. Maybe he thought the good karma from buying your lunch would balance the bad karma from cheating. :)

Matthew MacNish said...

What a strange and wonderful story. He was probably just changing shirts so he could give away another sammich.

When I lived there the only Jimmy John's was on Grand Avenue. They're probably all over now because they even have them down here.

Anonymous said...

I went to Jimmy John's for the first time on Saturday! It was delicious.

That is not how I thought that story was going to end. Strange, a little funny, and something you just have to shake your head at.

Sarah Ahiers said...

Holly - yeah i have no idea what was going through his head.

Piedmont - these are indeed all possibilities. But it was still rule breaking when he had no compassion for the woman ahead of us who also broke the rules

Teebore - i know! it was crazy. Yeah the whole way they have "freaky fast delivery" is because they really only deliver to places within walking distances. Big Whoop

Summer - ooh i used to eat the Turkey Tom until i discovered the deliciousness of the BLT. I don't think i'll ever go back.

Matthew - yes, i suppose we could assume he was doing a super hero-esque shirt change. That would be pretty awesome

Kelly - it is also not the way i expected my lunch to end which is why i laughed hysterically and then immediately called twin to tell her

Eric W. Trant said...

Maybe he just enjoyed paying for people's sandwiches all day...

I personally take an extra look at gritchers and grouchers. Nobody will complain more about theft than a thief.

Why is that?

Because they know what ~they~ would do in that situation. They'd steal.

Straight-thinking people don't even see those crooked angles. For instance, I would never have thought about getting back in line...

But a crooked girl thinking crooked thoughts would!


- Eric

Hart Johnson said...

*giggles* Guess he figured the rule was really 'One per trip through the line'. It is pretty darned funny, given his rules thing... Or maybe he said that TO THROW OFF SUSPICION! BUWAHAHAHAHAHA--wouldn't that be an evil, book twisty thing to do?!

Nate Wilson said...

What?! No Jimmy John's within 150 miles of me?! I only learned of their existence two minutes ago, but I'm still pissed!

Oh, and I believe the true moral of the story is this: "People should just follow the rules, unless they happen to have a change of clothes nearby."

Sarah Ahiers said...

Eric - it never occured to me to get back in line either

Hart - ooh, throwing off suspicion may be up his alley, since he brought with a change of clothing

Nate - oh man, you are missing out because it is delicious!!

DEZMOND said...

wait, what if the old man was buying the food for kids or poor people? That's what I would think first if he was so nice to you.

Tara said...

Um, hmm. I'm not even sure what to say about this, lol. But, I like all of your multiple choice answers ;)

Kelsey (Dominique) Ridge said...

Wow. Just, wow.

Shelley Sly said...

HAHA! I love this. That old man is ridiculous.

We don't have Jimmy John's, but it looks delicious.

Anne Gallagher said...

Not to nitpick, and you're right, but the old man just changed his shirt. The lady ahead of you was actually breaking the law.

Sarah Ahiers said...

Dezmond - i find that most people who give generously to the poor, etc, are the type of people who follow rules

Tara - yeah it was just weird

Dominique - crazy, right?

Shelley - oh it is. so nummy

Piedmont - he wasn't breaking a law, but he was breaking the rules set by the company. They don't have to make their sandwhiches $1 but they do it to show their customers they appreciate them. But this guy was just taking advantage of that

Carolyn Abiad said...

Gotta love the OM! He probably has a bunch of balloons tied to his house too. LOL :)

Elizabeth Mueller said...

LOL! That's why I don't like retail! People are the meanest there! Ugh...
I, too, am trying to catch up on the blogfrontier! :)

Sarah Ahiers said...

Carolyn - oh! i love that movie so much!

Elizabeth - oh man, working retail is crazy - people are certifiably insane

Kelley said...

Jimmy Johns is delicious and your picture makes me want to go get some right now!
I went to customer appreciation day but i didn't see too many crazy things :(

ann foxlee said...

That is HILARIOUS! And strangely reminiscent of my father-in-law...

Oh god, I hope that wasn't him, lol!

Sarah Ahiers said...

Kelley - yeah i try not to look at the picture too often because then i get hungry

Ann - LOL maybe it was! If so, thank him for me for the sandwich

Unknown said...

4. Old people are great, therefore they don't have to follow the rules

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