Shopping here is frustrating

April 24, 2012

Drawings, School

I love my job, don’t get me wrong, but if there’s anything more frustrating than playing Uno with preschoolers, it’s having a 3-year-old with a toy cash register.

They hold all the power, and they know it. (fist shake) They can play the game and make it go on forehver.

A typical scenario will go like this. We’ll use Hunter, since you’re familiar with his work.

Hunter (plunks down the cash register across the table from me): You wanna buy someting?

Me: Sure. What do you have? (I always ask this because I’m never sure what kind of store I’m in. Plus, I know what’s coming.)

Hunter: We have food, toys or Legos.

Me: Legos, please.

Hunter: We’re out of Legos.

See what he did there? They all do that. If I just ask for something, they’re out. If I ask ‘What do you have’, whatever it is on the list that I want – they are out of it. They outgrow this by 4, but the 3’s are positively drunk with the power of making me wait for my goods and/or services. Let’s try Evie at her restaurant:

Evie: What do you want to drink?

Me: What do you have?

Evie: We have coffee, milk, pop and juice.

Me: I’ll have some coffee, please.

Evie: We don’t have any coffee.

Me: Ok, milk then.

Evie: We’re out of milk.

Me: What do you have again?

Evie: pop, milk, juice, coffee

Me: I’d love some juice.

Evie: We’re out.

Me: …..Can I speak to a manager?

I do eventually get to buy something, but the price is astronomical. My Legos, when I eventually got them, were five money. Hmmmph. I remember when you could get them for one money.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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4 Responses to “Shopping here is frustrating”

  1. Ribs Said on:

    Priceless! My son was exactly the same, though he is now 4 and has lost interest in playing shops for the time being at least. Currently, I have to pretend to be an Octonaut, or make inanimate objects talk. And I must be holding the item I am speaking for at all times: “Hold the box/ball/tape measure Mummy. Hold it!”. These items generally need googly eyes superglued to them too. Our house is getting quite creepy looking…


  2. Brad Said on:

    That’s exactly what it’s like to go to KFC here in Baltimore. Exactly.

    What happens if you ask them for something they didn’t offer, like coconuts?


  3. Peggy Said on:

    HAHAHAHA!!! That is hilarious!!

    And thank you 3 year olds! This is a GREAT system for when I don’t feel like making dinner. I often ask what everyone feels like having & they ask what the choices are. Muahhhhhh!!


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