I walked into Lider to see that all of the small carts were taken up. I even checked under all the registers, twice, but in the end decided to just go without, as a full sized cart would seem too much for my few purchases. But, as always, other things caught my eye and eventually I was walking through the produce section with my arms stacked with cheese, tortillas, granola, coffee mix, a costa milk bar (especially appealing because, unlike many other Chilean chocolates, this one tastes nothing like wax), jello mix, soy milk, and a Brazilian themed soccer mug, when I started to feel everything slip. First the cheese flew off the top and hit the ground with a big smacking noise. Then, probably in an attemp to reach out and grab it, I triggered a full avalanche of my groceries and everything started to fall off the top.
Thankfully, only half my groceries fell, and the glass mug was still in my hand. However, as I awkwardly tried to squat down to pick up my things without losing the remaining stuff in my arms, I suddenly became especially aware of the embarrasing moment that had just happened, and the fact that there were a whole bunch of people just watching me and waiting for me to get out of the way. This fact, combined with the one that I was really attempting to carry too many oddly shaped things in my arms, seemed to slow down the process even more, and I couldnt seem to get everything back up without losing an item in the process.
As it always seems to go, of course, nobody would step up and offer a helping hand. What makes it worse, is that if I were to go ahead and let out my natural reaction of a humble laugh or comment on my misfortune, everybody else would reply with a scowl or complete indifference. If nobody´s going to help, I almost wish they would react in at least some way!