I don't mind waiting a bit while people gather their thoughts and am not too quick to blow my horn if the person ahead of me doesn't proceed instantly when the light changes because I know it's easy to get lost in one's thoughts. Believe me, I know. So, I stopped and waited while she looked down, engrossed. I might have been able to squeeze around her, but I wasn't all that impatient.
My goodness thought I after a certain amount of time had elapsed, "She must be having real trouble reading her grocery list," so I parked my own cart to the side of the aisle and edged myself around her to check the shelf just beyond.
When I was easing by, however, I was rather shocked to see that she was not checking her list at all. Nope: she was texting!
I took a moment to scan the shelf, failed to find what I was looking for, turned to return to my cart, only to see that she was still at it, remaining statue-like in the centre of the aisle, apparently mesmerized by whatever was on her cell screen. I maneuvered back to my cart, turned it around to head in the other direction and said in surprised tone to the guy who had lined up behind me: "She's texting!"
He smiled, and as I turned to exit the aisle, I saw him trying to edge his cart past the woman — still engrossed in her cell phone.
We have recently enacted laws in the this province covering cell phone use in vehicles. You either have to communicate hands-free or pull of to the side of the road. Whodathunk that we'd need a similar pull-over law for grocery stores?