Six days until Christmas and I am at Best Buy . . . which was a mistake because the place was a looney bin. I go to the restroom and the first stall had no paper, so I went in a different one. I hear someone come in and I’m thinking to myself, “that person is going to go in the first stall and get stuck with no paper.” I am already anticipating the awkwardness that I know is about to come. So I come out and sure enough, she was in the first stall. So I hang around a minute because I am the only other person in there and I wasn’t gonna leave her hanging. But she never said anything, and the toilet had already flushed so I was fixing to leave when she (adult woman) comes out of the stall, makes direct eye contact with me and starts walking toward me with her scarf in one hand and her purse in the other, and at the same time holding her pants up. I have that freak out moment that you have when a strange person is walking directly to you in a public place and you have no idea what they are going to do or say. Just then I see two drawstrings hanging down. She says to me “excuse me, will you tie my pants?” Inside I was like “WHAT?!” I have no idea what my face looked like. But she just stood there looking at me and I only had a second to say something, so I said “sure.” I mean what do you say to that?! “No, I’m going to leave you here holding your pants up in a public bathroom! Merry Christmas!” So I am tying the drawstring to her sweatpants (in the front) trying not to get too close, which means I did kind of a sorry job. I said “hows that?” knowing that it was going to be too loose but hoping she would let me out of there. Of course she says “actually if you could do it tighter that would be great, like as tight as you can” so I went in for attempt number two, all the while trying to keep my distance and keep my own purse from falling off my shoulder. Thank goodness she accepted that one. Talk about awkward. As she was washing her hands and I was leaving she says “I guess there are still good people out there.” I decided I was done shopping for the day and walked straight to my car.
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