Between last night and this morning, we saw 2 things that are just signs of bad times, and things will get worse. We went out to eat last night at Coco's just wanted to sit in some A/C and not cook. On the way out 2 guys were sitting on the ground a few cars away with signs. Said something to the affect of "God Bless" "Help", etc. Thats pretty common to see, usually at freeway ramps, not usually in a shopping center. We just got in the car which was before them, and left.
This morning we had to go to the market. We usually buy a lot all at once which gets up mostly through the month. Takes us a while by the time we get all the stuff we need, so we usually sit for a while in the deli-area where they have tables and a coffee-bean, all the take out things, etc. I'll sit with the cart and Mrs. G2 goes and picks things nearby.
A lady about 40 asked if she could sit and share the table, I said sure while I was texting back and forth to my son. I didn't really talk to her at all, glanced to see she was eating fried chicken from the deli, looked like about a 6 piece box, and she drank a Mountian Dew bottled. I realized after she left what she was doing. She used us as a shield to look like she was shopping, sitting next to me while Mrs G2 piled things up, nobody would think anything about her eating. It looked like she was one of us. She got up with probably 4 pieces of chicken still in the clear plasic container, and only about 1/4 of the mountain Dew drank. She didn't say a word, goodbye, thanks or anything, quietly walked over to the trash can and tossed it all in the trash. She than left, walking straight twards the exit directly about 100 feet away, and walked right out the door.
You can not pay for anything is the Deli area, it goes into your cart and you pay going out the cashiers. If you buy 6 pieces of chicken, they box it in a plastic container, and put a price label on it, to pay with all your groceries. A 6 piece box might have been under a hot light ready to buy.
I was dumbfounded, that someone would walk into the deli, get a box of chicken you would think you were going to buy, eat only 2 pieces and throw out the rest. Its kind of an honor system, that if you eat something, you would be sure to show it to the checker on the way out. Not keeping the soda and walking out the door showed she had not paid for that either. Pretty brazen, and she did not look homeless, or like she was living out of a car.
Some people stoop to anything, and find all kinds of ways to make everyone else pay for them. This one is an easy scam, but its still shoplifting and stealing. She knew enough to not take any of it out the door. The markets know it goes on, they just shut their eyes to it, and the losses are folded into those that pay. The old story.