A month ago, I was standing in Safeway, buying my tofu and potato chips, and a woman walked in carrying her lapdog. Freshly bronzened and wearing track shorts, I guessed that she was a high schooler. I glared at her.
She walked passed the deli — all the fresh meats and cheese out on display — and toward the freezer section. I kept glaring.
Clearly, her soul reflected my evil eye. Some fairy must’ve blessed her at birth.
So instead I said, really loudly, “Who the hell brings their dog into the grocery store?”
My words reached her ears and she quickly left with her dog and let her friends pick up her groceries. I could tell that the grocer, who was ringing up my food, was relieved.
Why can’t you bring your lapdog into a grocery store?
Because it’s unsanitary.
Because it’s a health code violation.
Because the store could be shut down because of your dog and then you couldn’t by your energy bars and laxatives anyway.
Why don”t the store employees say anything?
Because the customer is always right. The grocery store clerk knows that one bad complaint equals the end of his/her job and the ability to pay for rent, cell phones, or electricity.
My mom manages a salon with a retail store inside. I asked her what she does when someone brings his/her dog into the store: Nothing, she said, not unless a fellow customer complains. This is despite that fact that my mom’s work would be shut down if a health inspector found a dog in it.
So don’t be a jerk. Leave your dog at home or in the car. Take your dog to a dog park. Your dog will like it more than waiting for you to choose between no fat or low-fat yogurt. Don’t ruin someone’s livelihood because you don’t think Cuddles is a bother in your handbag.