Thursday, December 17, 2009

'Tis the season...?

11:01 am- Bribe my sweet/spazzo kids to take a group photo using home made cookies. Yep, just fueling the fire!

11: 35 am- Aunt Barb and Lindsay pick up the kids to work on a "secret project."

11:36 am- Walking on air, I have a couple hours to myself.. Christmas shopping here I come!

12:00pm- One store down a few dozen to go.

12:10 pm- Enter Toys R Us. Put Barbie dream house into cart.

12:12 pm- Turn down tool isle in search of a work bench for a our little dude

12:13 pm- Kneeling down, looking over my choices.

12:13 pm (and 29 seconds...) - Hear a rustling to my left.

12:13 pm (and 30 seconds..) - Stand up to find a blond-haired, 30-something mommy, kinda like me, STEALING THE DOLL HOUSE OUT OF MY CART! I'm not kidding.

12:13 pm (and 33 seconds) - Three moments of SHOCK pass, and with the sassiest "tude" I could muster I yelp "ooooohhhhh NO you didn't!" Those of you who know me.. stop laughing...I held it together pretty well!!!

12:13 pm (and 46 seconds) - Mama thief pleads her case. It's not a good one. Not even close.

12:14 pm- This mama is not amused. For a few second, I start to question my faith in people... then I just politely and firmly stand my ground. Blond-mommy backs off, and heads out to potentially shop out of other carts...

12:16pm- Wait in mile-long line.

12:30 pm-Pay, pack up the car and leave. Doll house in trunk.

12:36 pm- Enter next parking lot. Sit in shock.

You know, I can deal with the crowds, the lines, the pushing, the rude comments, the poor attitudes, the rush, the stress, the lack of true holiday meaning and spirit... but STEALING out of MY cart!?! Come on now, that's just taking it a step too far!

Nothing like shopping to get you in the mood for some good holiday cheer! Huh?!

3:05 pm- Arrive home to lots and lots and lots and lots (yep...x4!) of love. Now I remember why I went out in the first place.

3:10 pm- Sharing my story and laughing. 'Tis the Season I guess!

TGIF EVERYONE! Be safe out there!


  1. Anonymous10:19 PM

    HAHA! We must have seen the same lady today! Gosh I really think everyone needs to take a step back and remember what Christmas really is and to count our blessings.
    Lots of love,
    PS;We had a gas with the kids!

  2. People are NUTS! Glad you stopped her before she went off with your goods. can you imagine?!?

  3. Oh my GOSH! That is unbelieveable! Good job being strong! That is seriously crazy. But a little funny. :)

  4. that is shocking! How could anyone take from children! What has happened to the holiday spirit? I love reading your blog especially your videos.

  5. wow ... people never cease to amaze me during the holidays!

  6. HAHAHA I was waiting for this post! People are so crazy this time of year....

  7. This time of the year sure brings out the crazies. We have a Farm and Fleet in Bloomington, IL and they open their toy dept on specific day, mad house and if you don't have someone with you to watch your cart, people take it right out. Unbelieveable if you ask me. What the heck happened to the Christmas spirt. I was cracking up with your comment, glad you held strong and got the doll house for your girls. Merry Christmas

  8. i said it before and i'll say it again: that crazy chick had NO FREAKIN IDEA who she was messing with! you do NOT "f" with gen mcnulty! lol. died laughing the first time i heard about this. (well, and the 2nd and 3rd)...why does the holiday season turn everyone into monsters!? (or at least, some people)...

    i posted my FB status before reading your post! i had just walked up to the gym this morning (5:30am) right after someone's car had been broken into. 'tis the season indeed! (sad- lots of theft going on around the holidays)

    but what's even more sad than that? a 30 something blond mom taking a toy out of YOUR basket and then pleading her case! lol. omg. can't get over it.

    (btw- LOVE the girls' jeans!!)

    now that i've written you a novel...happy friday to YOU! love you so much!!!

  9. I can SOOO see you in the store! I can't believe we all didn't get a text as it was happening!!! Love you Woman!

  10. Oh my goodness! That is ridiculous! I am glad you stood your ground.

    Big storm forcasted for this weekend on the east coast so we are battening down the hatches so to speak!

  11. that is just crazy!!!! Happened to my friend on Black Friday too! Just kills me that people would do that!

  12. No. Way.

    That wins the prize for best Christmas story of the year. Or worse, I guess. Some people! But way to go, standing your ground. It's what Skipper would do.

  13. Oh. My. Gosh. I can't believe someone would actually DO that!!! What's wrong with that crazy lady?!Glad you stood your ground! Merry Christmas :)

  14. GO get her! I swear people astound me every day! I'm headed out today into it. I will watch out for cart theifs!

  15. I had someone do that to me a few years ago on Black Friday. Except the item was in my hand!!!

  16. Hi Gen

    Did you see your post is in sfgate?

  17. Anonymous9:11 AM

    She's lucky. If that had happened to me I would have bitch slapped her so hard she'd need the Barbie doctor and Ken nurse dolls.

  18. Hilarious! I needed a laugh today! Good for you for standing your ground! Merry Christmas from the Miller Family in Nashville, TN. I love reading your blog! :)

  19. Anonymous9:58 AM

    That's crazy! Glad you stood your ground and she backed off.


  20. Wow...people really shock me!
    So glad you said something though...I would have been so mad!!
    Thanks for sharing..I needed a good laugh today!!
    Did you find the workbench?!?! :)
    Merry Christmas to McNulty family!!!

  21. oh my! i couldn't believe what I was reading. Who does that? Are they really that hard to find? My good friend had her house broken in to yesterday. Thieves took a bunch of stuff, i'm sure to sell for Xmas money. Ridic!

  22. I am just in SHOCK!! I would have not held it together very well, I'm afraid. WOW, the nerve of some people!~ I mean really is it worth it?!?! Hope you had a better day after that!!

  23. OMG Gen!!! Glad you saved the Dream House! People are just crazy...

    I commend you for not going crazy on HER! Some people surely would have. You just have to wonder what the heck she was thinking and if she REALLY thought she could take it without you noticing/caring!

    Glad you survived!

  24. OMG, who does such a thing! LOVED the play by play!

    Merry Christmas, LOVE your posts!

  25. OH MY GOODNESS!! I can hardly believe this! Way to stand your ground! I'd prob be speechless! People these days, hey?

    have a great weekend!

  26. Oh my, that is hilarious! I may have lost it on her!

  27. Haha, that was a great story.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  28. Oh my goodness woman!! Seriously...out of your cart?! What never :o Blondie picked the wrong woman to tick off!
    Love ya!

  29. Why? WHY? Do I have to miss moments like these? Oh to have been there to witness the take down/confrontation.

  30. Anonymous2:47 PM

    The nerve of people. I can't believe she actually took it out of your cart. Good for you for stopping her.

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  32. Wow! Nice Christmas spirit! I'm glad you stood your ground and she return the doll house.

  33. Funniest and saddest story ever! Thanks for the laugh!


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