Now, I know most children are innocent, pure, and uncorrupted, unlike the rest of us, but let’s just be honest here for a second.
Some of those little bastards are as rotten as the milk I accidentally drank the other day. (It was chunky.)
I mean, some of them might as well have chest hair, a beer in their hand, and a cigarette in their mouth. The amount of hostility and calculation they can display at such a young age is extremely alarming. For example, the concept of blackmail is not something I would expect a small child to understand, let alone execute with optimum effectiveness. Yet, there I was the other day at the store, watching it unfold before my eyes.
Two little kids, who I assumed were brothers, were on the same aisle I was on. It was a food aisle, and their mom was near the end of it on the phone with somebody. The kids were near me towards the front. They couldn’t have been much older than kindergartners.
One of the brothers looks to make sure his mom isn’t going to interfere with his master plan before turning to his brother and telling him to open one of the chip bags. The other brother refuses. The first brother, let’s just call him Turdsniff McGee, goes on to explain how the store allows free samples of the food so you can see if you want to buy it or not.
I forget about the Pringles I’m examining and start paying closer attention to Turdsniff, curious as to where he’s going with this. (Yeah, I could’ve told them not to do it but what would be the fun in that?)
So, the other brother is apparently persuaded pretty easily, which is pretty in line with normal kid behavior, unlike his brother, and tears open a Lay’s bag and starts munching.
Turdsniff McGee immediately points and goes, “Oooooooooh, you’re stealinggggg!”
A look of fear comes across the other brother’s face as he realizes he has been deceived. Meanwhile, the mom is still way down at the other end of the aisle, talking on the phone, and hasn’t even looked to see if her kids are still around. It’s starting to make sense now why Turdsniff is such a P.O.S.
I’m not even holding the Pringles anymore, I’m just watching intently, thinking in my head: Oooooooh, you’re in troubleeee.
Turdsniff cracks a smile, knowing he’s got the checkmate. He doesn’t even care that I’m watching, knowing if I caused any trouble, he’d just call his goons on me. The other brother is nearing tears as he stuffs the bag back onto the shelf.
“Please don’t tell mom!” he pleads.
Turdsniff smiles even brighter now.
“I won’t tell mom if you give me all the money in your piggy bank.”
The other brother is crushed, you can see it in his little miniature body language. He’s been defeated.
“Fine,” he pouts.
Damn, I think. This little Turdsniff is one smooth operator.
Then, like some kind of untouchable mob boss who’s got the whole city on his payroll, he looks at me and says,
“You know they let you try samples here?”