Almost got arrested by the potato salad police today

  1. There is a deli/grocery near to me that is famous for their potato salad among other things. They have their potato salad on sale today. I had to wait in line to get service. So did the guy behind me and I had a feeling he was a bit annoyed. He made some sort of inoffensive comment and I replied, can't remember what we said. But when the sales person handed me my potato salad this guy pops off and says, "I can't believe there are people so lazy that they won't make their own potato salad." I sort of looked at him and walked away down the other side of counter. I would have forgot about him but he followed me. He repeated "I can't believe there are people who are to lazy to make their own potato salad. Why even I can make potato salad." At this point I spoke reasonably to him and explained that I was a fairly good cook but making potato salad was not my strong point. I know I was giving him more info than he was entitled to but my first impulse is to give a soft answer to a butthead as not to set them off. Once again I walked away and again he followed me complaining about lazy women who will not make potato salad. This time I turned an said, "Listen pal this is a free country and a person should be able to walk in to a store and buy @#$% potato salad without being harrassed. I walked away and this time he let me go. I went to the other side of the store where the assistant manager was standing and told him there was a goofball on the loose but he just stared at me as if I had two heads. So I checked out as quickly as I could and left. I got outside and started to laugh. What was that all about anyway.
    Last edit by oramar on Feb 9, '02
  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   oramar
    I just told the above story to a friend. She says the guy was not a member of the potato salad police. That he was actually a member of the Talaban and is trying to keep women in their place by cutting off their access to convience foods. :chuckle
    Last edit by oramar on Feb 9, '02
  4. by   NurseDennie
    LOL Oramar.... Your friend could be right. But it could be you just ran afoul of one of the members of the potato-salad obsessed-American Community. Who knows?


  5. by   RN-PA
    SHEESH! There are a LOT of people out there in "Edge City". It sounds like he had some "issues"...

    Just working on a 65 bed Med-Surg floor, I see how many folks have "issues" and wish many of them could automatically be given a Psych consult on admission. It's getting scarier all the time out there.
    He was in line behind you at the deli? I would have politely stood by as he made his purchase, then ridiculed him for it. "My God! I didn't think there was a wimp of a man alive that couldn't slice his own ham! What kind of man are you?"

    Tit for tat, I always say...

  7. by   NRSKarenRN
    Well known for my potato salad, I still occasional buy my Deli's as different taste. I will be making 5 lbs later today for party at work tomorrow. Will be watching for this man to appear next in Philly!! LOL.
  8. by   Paprikat
    Wow, what a complete jerk! Who's business is it of his anyways? People like that shouldn't leave their houses. Don't worry, prior to harassing you, I am sure he stood behind some other person in the canned isle and said "I can't believe there are people so lazy that they can't GROW and CAN their own corn!"
  9. by   oramar
    I know what I wish I would have said, "I feel real bad that you mom was busy working in a brothel when you were a boy and did not have time to make you potato salad. However, that is not my fault, please don't take it out on me."
  10. by   Furball
    I'm glad you got away from him. He sounds like one of those psycho, woman hating serial killers or something. Why do MEN seem to have these issues? Women put up with so much more grief and you rarely hear about the psycho man hating woman...
  11. by   babynurselsa
    hey Oramar, I have a real good potato salad recipe if you want
    Sounds like somebody forgot to take their Lithium if you ask me.
  12. by   canoehead
    there have to be people in his group home he can harass and leave innocent PS buyers alone.
  13. by   NRSKarenRN

    Police arrested my Potato Salad....kept it locked in the Refrigerator in the work kitchen. NEVER put it out for the going-away party yesterday. Now I have 4 1/2 pounds at home, only hubby and I eat the stuff...managed to devoir 1/2 lb between dinner and bed time snack....and I was doing so good with just soups and salad at lunch time to cut callories. SIGH.
  14. by   thisnurse
    maybe he was trying to put the moves on you but he wasnt all that

    maybe he wanted to invite you over and make you some potato salad.

    people are getting more strange by the day. i think you were very nice. MUCH nicer than i would have been.

    of course the assistant mgr looked at you like you had antennaes coming out of your
    how often does someone tell a story like that...