Today, I became a reverse shop lifter

I still go cold when I think about it- today  I was almost mistaken for a shoplifter.

I intended to return a can of salmon I’d bought by mistake – it was salmon and chilli I had wanted plain salmon. To be sure of returning it , I’d put it and the store receipt in my handbag. There were a few other chores to do first- and when we got to the supermarket I breezed right in and started shopping.

Half way round I realised I was supposed to be  returning the salmon , so I asked my husband to get it from the car. He returned shaking his head, saying “Its not there. you must have it.”

I opened my handbag and there nestling inside was the tin of salmon- too late to try and explain it away. I swear I must have flushed red with embarrassment. What to do? I was expecting  store security to accost me at any second.

“Give it me,” my husband hissed and I glanced around me before stealthily sliding the can into his hand. He strolled  away to  return it to the shelf and I continued shopping.

I only relaxed when we had not only left the store but left the car park. Did I do right? What would you have done?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: soniabellhouse

Sonia Bellhouse is a contributor to Writing the Dream, an anthology for published writers produced by Serenity Press in 2016. In 2012she won two major awards in the inaugural Rockingham Short Fiction contest. Sonia's articles and stories are published in various magazines both in Australia and the UK. These include Good reading, Today's Bride, That's Life! and That's Life! Fast Fiction in Australia and Yours, The People's Friend and Best of British in the Uk. Sonia worked as a book reviewer for two years .As an avid reader and writer of multiple genres she facilitated a local book club for eleven years. She reluctantly decided to give it up, to concentrate on her writing. Sonia is a long time member of a writers group, regularly engaging authors to present workshops to the group.. Sonia enjoys catching up with friends, ignoring the ironing in favour of playing with her cat and learning new things. She's taken several online courses with Future Learn and The University of Iowa for both writing and non writing topics.