Yesterday I was in the watch department of a local store and a man and a woman were there buying a watch. They were taking a long time to buy a watch. The conversation went something like this:
Woman: Are you sure you want this?
Man: Yeah. I really do.
Woman: But all you need is a band.
Man: But for a few more dollars I can get a whole new watch. It just makes sense.
Woman: But you already have so many watches.
Man: I like them.
At first I thought they were married and then I heard this exchange:
Woman: You can borrow some of my money. Your money is in the truck.
Man: It’s my money in the truck.
Woman: I know. I left it there so I’m going to give you some of mine so you can get the watch.
I didn’t really have a choice but to watch these people because there was only one sales clerk behind the counter and she wasn’t going to take care of me until this guy made up his mind.
Man: I’ll take it! I’ll take the watch. Can I wear it?
Clerk: Of course you can wear it.
Man: Can you undo it? Can you take all that stuff off of it for me?
I began to notice another person on the other side of the counter watching the transaction as closely as I was. The guy watching was developmentally disabled and suddenly shouted, “YOU GONNA BUY A WATCH?!” The watch buyer confirmed that he was buying a watch and shouting man said, “BUT YOU ALREADY HAVE A BUNCH OF WATCHES!”
“I know. I like them. And it just makes sense.”
The clerk freed the watch and put it on the watch buying man’s wrist. The entire time she helped him he made a point of repeating the clerk’s name. Each sentence began with the clerk’s name. Then he asked, “What time is it? It’s stupid to have a new watch and not know what time it is.”
I chimed in, “It’s 5:00 o’clock.”
The guy spun around and smiled at me. Then he took off the watch and handed it to the clerk. She set it then placed his new nine dollar watch back on his wrist.
As I left the store the guy who liked to shout was still standing there. As I walked by him I said, “Hi.” He just stared at me blankly. I got about 20 feet away from him when I barely heard him softly say, “Hi.”