I almost shoplifted. Not intentionally.
When I was younger I always thought that lipstick was for older women. Recently, I have come to the realization that I am 22 and in that time of life when I am “allowed” to wear lipstick. So yesterday, when I went to HEB, I mustered up the courage, picked out a bright red color, and added it to my shopping cart.
As is always the problem with small items, it blended into the cart and had a hard time keeping itself in there. When I was checking out, I seemed to have forgotten it. I was focused on the high price of my vegetarian food selection on a college kid budget, and the lady in front of me after her full conveyer-belt piled high with food and a screaming toddler at her side.
So I checked out, and as the guy was helping me put the bagged groceries back into my cart, he noticed the lipstick. I felt like a little kid sneaking candy from the candy drawer and being caught by Mom.
He quickly turned on his heals, already stressed from a long day and no help with the bagging, and went back to the cash register. My guess is that my face was washed out and red with embarrassment.
As quickly as I could, I told him I was very sorry, got my cart and exited right to my car.
Let’s just say that the red color of the lipstick is very representative of the circumstances in which I bought it.
Sorry HEB guy!