Conversation at Co-op

The check-out girl was dutifully scanning our purchases, when all of a sudden she stopped and stared at two vegetables on the conveyor belt.

Check-out girl: Excuse me, what are these?

Gareth and Jane (together):  Courgettes!

Check-out girl: Thanks. I recognised them, just didn’t know what they were called.

She looks at her product list.

Check-out girl: Excuse me, is this how you spell it?

She shows Gareth the product list.

Gareth: Erm, no. That’s pomegranates. It’s C-O-U-R …

Check-out girl: Oh.

She looks at her product list.

Check-out girl: Oh, here it is. It’s right at the top of the list. I couldn’t see it for looking.


She couldn’t see it because

  1. she didn’t know what it was, and
  2. couldn’t spell it.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 49 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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