CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It was early Thanksgiving week when my friend Sue stopped by the grocery store on her way home from work. She'd been having an especially good day and was in an upbeat mood when she reached the part of the store's meat section where the roasts are kept.
Three women, who were shopping together, had parked their cart by the roasts and were examining them one at a time, trying to determine which was best.
"I didn't want to interrupt," Sue said, "So I kept shopping in that area and got the other things I needed. When I went back for a roast, the women were still debating which one to buy, so I said, 'Excuse me a second,' and reached around and randomly grabbed a roast from the cooler and put it in my cart."
A few minutes later, as Sue was finishing her shopping, she stepped away from her cart just long enough for one of the three women to reach into Sue's buggy and snatch the roast. Sue turned back just in time to see the woman putting the roast in her own cart and swaggering cockily away. While Sue stood dumbfounded.
"I wanted to say something," she said. "But what do you say to something like that?"
Instead, she went back to the meat section thinking she'd just get a different roast, but all the roasts were now gone.
"My good mood was shot," Sue said. "All I could do was come up with one thing after another that I wish I'd said, instead of just standing there and letting that woman walk off with my roast."
Even the most clever comeback probably wouldn't have made her feel any better.
"The way people act can be so discouraging," Sue said.