Had to escort an elderly lady out of the store on Sat: got the bad stink eye from one customer, a talking to from another and a sincere thank you from a couple!
This lady looks to be pretty well off, nice hair cut, fancy earrings, turtle neck t-shirt and those old lady capris, always very clean. But... she panhandles, sometimes she wants money, sometimes she wants a ride, and then other times she's just creepy as hell.
Two weeks ago she walked up to a woman with a 1ish year old girl in her shopping cart. She went "Heeeeeeeey there little one!" and tried to pick the baby out of the cart.
Baby's mom was paying attention and told her firmly to leave her alone. At this point I wasn't sure if they knew each other or not, but when 'mom' checked out, I asked her, and she said no. I started looking for the old lady again and she's walking next to a couple, talking, the man's laughing, the woman is looking upset. They end up leaving together, and I was kinda glad I didn't ask them if this lady was harassing them, looks like she with them.
NOT! She followed them into the store next doors where the younger woman finally ditched her. I would have never known if I hadn't been getting in shopping carts, I saw the couple get into a truck without a back seat, I politely asked them if they knew the older lady, they said NO! She kept following them, just talking and being clingy.
Then Sat, I was standing in front of the store, waiting for a car to pull up so I could load a cabinet in it and the old lady walks up. Coocoo greats me like a long lost relative and tries to hug me, I backed up and told her to please get out of my way, I don't want to drop the cabinet on her.
Another customer leaving the store gave me the stink eye, it sure looked like I was rude to my granny! Coocoo, left to go next door and I think nothing about it, 5 mins later, I get paged up front to help a customer with a recliner they had on layaway, nice young couple, I double check their receipt and go get the recliner, when I get back, Coocoo is with them, telling them where she lives and how she no longer has a drivers license and no one can ever bring her back home.
Poor young woman had a look of panic in her eyes, I distracted them and told them to follow me outside so we could load the recliner. Coocoo, follows us and says she won't mind riding next to the recliner (backseat's down). I turned around and told her she needed to leave and stop harassing customers.
Coocoo left across the parking lot. The couple with the recliner thanked me, they were too nice to say anything mean. A woman who was waiting on her ride flat out told me I was being rude to the nice old lady.
I explained that she was being rude to customers and the nosy customer tells me next time I need to call the police. Well... maybe, but I tried to not make a fool out of the old lady, was that wrong?