The Pee Pee Dance

(subtitled: This is Customer Service?)
(sub-subtitled: Awkward Check-out Moment #329)

My brother-in-law’s text message was simple: “You always have the BEST awkward moments.”

Gee, thanks. That’s not exactly what I was aspiring to be known for but, hey. . . I guess it’s better than nothing. His message was in response to a text I’d sent, Friday, to practically everyone I know. I could NOT believe what had just happened.

Let me back-up.

First of all, I have put in my time at a register, working both retail and fast food as a high school kid. I remember the long hours, too few breaks, and the wear and tear on my body. So, when I am in a store or restaurant, I try to be sympathetic. I get it — it’s hard work. What I do NOT get is the belief that your customer should endure these hardships with you. As my Grandma would say, “It’s just plain TACKY!”

“Tacky” was what my daughter and I saw on Friday. The Little Lady and I were at a local clothing store — a store that always has a ton of Halloween costumes. While it is a bit early to be costume shopping, I wanted to see just how cute my daughter could be this year.

(Although, we set such a high bar last year, I don’t know if Halloween can get any cuter. Seriously, how in the world can it get any cuter than last year’s Bald Ballerina look?)

Unfortunately, I wasn’t impressed by this year’s selection; it was a disappointing collection of Strawberries, Ducks, Penguins, and Red Peppers. The same costumes as last year. I wanted something unique! I don’t want the Little Lady to be Strawberry number 4, walking through our neighborhood. I was so upset at the sad results of our quest that I decided to buy a new purse. Every girl knows that a new purse is the answer to any bad momet. Even now, thinking about that new purse makes me smile!

It was with a smile on my pale, freckled face that I made my way to one of the registers. The sales lady, a tall woman who seemed to enjoy wearing tight white pants, and whose name-tag proudly declared her to be “Maggie,” was not smiling. Her face was distorted — twisting and grimacing in pain. At first, I was concerned for her. Was she ok? What was so wrong that it was visible on her poor face? Was her face always like that? I soon discovered the answer to my questions.

“Janet?” My sales lady spoke loudly, with a strong Texas drawl, to the young woman working the register behind her.

“Uh.” Janet grunted and didn’t look up from the security sensors she was removing from a pile of clothing.

“Has Miguel not come back offa his break yet?”

“Nope,” Janet replied.

“Awwwww, Man!” Maggie’s voice rose to a near screech. “I gotta GO!”

Goodness, I thought — is she late for a doctor or legal appointment?

“Just go,” Janet casually prompted, “When you gotta go, you gotta go.”

Maggie’s body started to tighten and her face became tenser. “OOOOOOOooooo,” she squealed, as she began to clamp her thighs together and twist back and forth.

Her dilemma was perfectly clear: Maggie had to go to the bathroom.

Tense and stiff, she started bouncing a little, yelling to Janet, “Well, he better git back soon or I’m gonna go right here and now!”

Please, don’t be serious! Please, don’t be serious! I began chanting in my head. Please, oh, please, oh, please, oh please, don’t be serious!

With customers gaping in her line, Maggie’s “pee-pee shuffle” became frantic — looking like a stressed three year old. Just like a little girl, Maggie was oblivious to how she appeared to anyone else. All she could focus on was the overwhelming pressure on her bladder.

Thankfully, for Maggie’s sake, the sake of her too tight pants, and the sake of all waiting in line, Miguel finally showed up. His Big Gulp in hand, he sauntered to the register. It was quite apparent that HE wasn’t in any hurry.

Maggie was. “GOL! It’s about time, boy!” She gave one more quick, twisting shuffle and stepped back from her register. “Take over — I’m about to pee my pants!”

Violently pushing past Miguel and his Big Gulp, Maggie left and, I assume (as I didn’t hear any “Clean up” announcements over the speakers), that she made it to the restroom in time.

But, then I didn’t really stay to make sure. I was in too much of a hurry to get out of there. I had to send out a text message: “OMG! You are NOT going to believe what just happened!


  1. armyfamilyok says

    HAHA I had to do that when I was in customer service while I was preggo!! I don’t think I was quite that bad, but when I finally got rid of them and could quit holding their hand, I ran for it!!

  2. Rachel says

    Sweet, sweet Jennifer — Please note that I am not making fun of poor Maggie and her bladder. I was a teacher — I NEVER got to visit a restroom between 7:00 am – 3:00 pm. Believe me, I understand needing to GO!No, it was not in a spirit of jest that I wrote this post. Merely, I was elaborating on a random moment, hoping to share the shock of watching a 40-something (wearing tight white pants (oh, and no underwear mind you . . .yes, they were that tight).) do something only 3 year old children and under should be allowed to get away with.My apologies that I offended your sweet, little bladder! 😉

  3. The Mom says

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  4. Jennifer says

    I am so offended. Having a bladder the size of a pea, I don’t know how you can make fun of us “pee pee dancers.” So rude!

  5. Jessica says

    We aren’t going to the reunion. I had heard about it, but never knew when it actually was…bummer. We were just in Austin last weekend, the car ride was painful…don’t want to relive that any time soon! I would love to catch up with Curtis and actually meet you for real…I was at your wedding, but I don’t think we ever actually met.

  6. Christy says

    That is hysterical. I don’t know why people working retail think that the general public wants to know about their employment problems (I gotta get off in 10 minutes….I ain’t had my break yet) and we certainly don’t want to know about how much y’all gotta pee.Sheesh. Walk away from your register and find your superior. Ask to pee. Because that kind of information is filed under “do not want”.

  7. Amy A.K.A. "The Mrs." says

    what a fantastic story! it always cracks me up when people behave strangely and seem to be completely oblivious to their surroundings!If I were there, I probably would have burst out laughing. People crack me up, sometimes!

  8. Ann says

    Funny!!!Well written, it felt like I was right there with you in line.(And I must say, that is the CUTEST Bald Ballerina I have ever seen!)

  9. DeniseRMT says

    LOL OMIGOD! I sooooo would have told Maggie to invest in some Poise! I think I peed myself laughing! LOL

  10. Jyl @ MommyGossip says

    I totally feel for Maggie. But at the same time…. Hee Hee! That is funny :).

  11. Kelly says

    i only just got out of retail last year and the only time any of my customers were ever subjected to my undying urge to pee was when i was 8 months prgnant. then i would just ask them to wait a sec and i would run. i was pregnant so they understood. it’s so much easier to gain sympathy from strangers when you have a huge bubble protruding from your mid section.

  12. Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy says

    HAHAHA, what a strange, and quite frankly, sad little woman!

  13. The Mom Jen says

    Had she birthed 3 children, there would have been CLEAN UP ON AISLE 4!Oh your princess looked so beautiful in her tutu!!

  14. Jessica says

    How awkward! I can’t believe she said all of that right in front of you. I find that having had past retail experience…I expect more out of the people behind the counter. I guess customer service just isn’t what it used to be! We are however going to be one of 9,000 pumpkins this year…our neighbor had twins and she is loaning us her costumes! Free works for me!

  15. Linda S says

    That’s too funny…being 47, I’m with Janet! If he’d been any longer your text message would have been epic…

  16. Elizabeth says

    You certainly do have the best “awkward moments!” Too funny! I’ve never had that happen to me! Thanks for the giggle this morning!

  17. Kelly Deneen says

    LOL. That is awfully funny! I can’t believe she waited that long to go to the bathroom! haha!

  18. mrsbear says

    That’s awful, really adults should never hold it that long…or advertise it that blatantly. jees. Janet was right though, when you gotta go, you gotta go. lol