The truth is stranger than fiction.
Of all the other visits I’ve ever had to Walmart, this has to be the exception, rather than the rule.
As I walk in I see a man at the check out wearing Jackfruit brown monk’s robs. The tote bag he’s carrying also has Thai writing on it.
It takes me a moment to go from “oh cool a monk” to “I wonder if he’s Thai Forrest Tradition?”
Now here’s the kicker… While I’ve spent an enormous amount of time with a former monk, they’re not on every street corner here in the US so I’ve only ever interacted with Todd.
I’m pretty sure I didn’t make any major Faux Pas, I’m also pretty sure I didn’t make a great impression either. A drive by greeting if you will.
I’m still hanging my head in shame for not being more “normal” when I met the men.
Now that I’ve got the things I came in for, I head to the express check out. There I’m met with 3 individuals who not only have more than 20 items each, they’re also doing their best to complicate things for the cashier.
The first cart is just finishing up as I approach. He pays for his groceries.
The Second cart is unloaded and now there’s discussions about this woman’s groceries.
The third person in the party takes a $100 bill out of her pocket and gives it to the man.
The man then proceeds to pay for everyone’s groceries with his welfare card.
“Whats the total now?” As the second woman adds a pack of gum. They’re still short of spending every last penny alloted on the card so the first woman exclaims “If you get another pack of gum I’ll pay you a dollar for it.”
So if I didn’t have reason enough to avoid Walmart, this takes the cake.