Sultan Center Snackage (July)

You really do run into rather strange people after midnight.

I was feeling peckish, at around 11 something (at night), and figured it warranted a trip to Sultan Center (Souq Sharq). I’d actually run out of Lay’s “Hint of Lime” Tostitos (if it’s not the Salsa it’s the Tostitos) ages ago, and had been been meaning to go back to replenish my stock for a minute now, but kept putting it off.

As always, I didn’t grab a cart, figuring, oh, I’m just going to pick up a few things… (which usually ends with me balancing more than a few things, haphazardly on top of each other, in my arms, while trying not to drop anything). I made it safely to the cash register, before I realized that I’d forgotten to pick up the Vaseline Rosy Lips that I’d clocked earlier. I dumped all my things on the conveyor belt thing-y at the cash register (there was nobody else in line) and hotfooted it to where I’d last seen the Lip Balm.

When I returned, the cashier was already scanning someone else’s stuff (a family of a mom and dad and two toddlers, so there was a lot of stuff), with a Kuwaiti Woman in line behind them. To signify that I was next in line, and that the things already on the counter were mine (separated by the “next customer” bar), I mumbled a polite but very audible “excuse me, please” in Arabic, so the Kuwaiti Woman in line, would skooch enough for me to toss the Lip Balm along with the rest of my stuff. She moved. I tossed the thing and slowly shuffled my way behind the family (whose stuff was still being scanned). I thought we were done, but apparently not.

I could feel the woman’s eyes burning holes in the back of my head. I could sense her energy (yes, I like to believe that I can sense people’s energy, just roll with it) and hers was set to aggro. I figured I’d try to diffuse the situation by apologizing to her. Plus, she looked like she was in her late 40’s. So, I turned around and apologized. She said “no, it’s fine” and I turned back. I thought we were done, but apparently not.

After a beat, she speaks up and says “You should’ve asked me first”. Realizing she was talking to me, I turn to her, again. I attempt to apologize to her, again, but she cuts me off. “I don’t mind. Really, I don’t. But you should’ve asked me first”, she goes on. I snatch the Lip Balm from the pile and show it to her, and attempt to explain that I’d simply forgotten to pick up this one thing. Again, she cuts me off and says, “You. Should. Have. Asked. But also, it’s fine.” Everyone was looking at us, at this point. She was causing a scene. I really needed to end it. So, I offered up my spot in the queue, but she declined. I thought we were done, but apparently not.

Homegirl decides that this was a “teaching moment” and piped up again, saying something alone the lines of, “I’m only doing this so you don’t make the same mistake in the future with someone else, because they might not be as nice as I am”. She thought she was being nice! She thought she was educating me! “Yeah, you’re right”, I tell her and turn around, hoping that she’ll leave me alone.

Finally, the family ahead of me in line (who along with everyone else in the place, had heard the entire exchange), pay for their stuff. Then, the mother of the two toddlers, turns to me and apologizes for taking my spot (I mean it was my fault, I was gone) and when I say “nah, it’s cool”, she thanks me several times, very audibly (I suspect it was more for the benefit of the older Kuwaiti Woman behind me, who’d been giving me a hard time), before leaving with her family. I step up to the check-out counter (my stuff was already on there, but was pushed to the back with the “Next Customer” Bar, when I’d left my spot earlier to go pick up the Lip Balm).

The cashier starts scanning my stuff. Once again, the older Kuwaiti Lady starts talking to me. “Are those your things?”, she asks me. At this point, I’d had enough of her, but I answer her with a succinct, “Yes”. After a beat, she explains that she’d thought that I had cut in line, ahead of her, on account of how I only had one item to buy and didn’t feel like waiting in line (because her shopping cart was pretty full with her stuff). I tried to tell her earlier, but she never gave me a chance to explain and kept cutting me off. I told her, it was fine and turned around. I thought we were done, but apparently not.

Now, she wouldn’t stop apologizing. I kept telling her it was fine and that I was in the wrong for leaving my spot in the first place. I needed this woman to leave me alone! She was causing a scene, again! People were starting to stare at us, again! Once I was done paying for my stuff, I slung the bag over my shoulder and practically ran to my car, lest she follow me and come up with something else to talk about! Good on her for apologizing. It takes a big person, etc… but dang, I just wanted to buy some Tostitos and go home. All this took place at around 12:30am so… lesson learned.

Chips Ahoy! Brownie Filled Chocolate Chip Cookie

Ahoy there! Picked these up for old time’s sake (dis), but they smelled pretty boozy, which turned me off. So, I gave ’em to the kids lol I think I’m done with these Brownie Cookies, for good.

Bostani Thin & Filled Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate (120g)

After the success of the Walker’s Banana Split Eclairs Toffee (dis), I was feeling a bit more “adventurous” and picked these up because… Salted Caramel. Despite myself, I thought they were deelish! If I spot them again, I just might pick another pack!

Hershey’s Gold Peanuts & Pretzels Caramelized Creme

The packaging made it look like something out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (I’ve never actually watched the classic nor the Johnny Depp remake, but don’t really feel the need to because I’ve heard so much about them). Also, I was obsessed with the Hershey’s Dipped Snyder’s Pretzels (dis) and figured these might taste somewhat similar. This stuff tasted even better than I’d hoped!

x2 Snickers Peanut Butter

Picked these on a whim. Way too rich and heavy for my taste, so I gave ’em to the kids lol

Vaseline Rosy Lips

Somehow, the cross-over from tub-form to tube-form had messed with the formula or summat (dis), because this stuff was just awful! It smelled lovely! However, it had the opposite effect you’d expect a Lip Balm to have, as it not only dried out my lips, but totally chapped them up! I had to stay away from matte lipsticks for weeks (well, just two weeks), up until I figured out that it was this stuff that was causing it. No, ma’am!

You’ve seen the Tostitos Hint of Lime Tortilla Chips and Pringles Salt & Vinegar Chips and Coco Mojo Coconut Water before, so I didn’t think they warranted close-ups. Notice how I bought 12 items after 12 midnight? That means…

absolutely nothing lol

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