Usually doing the food shopping is uneventful, with nothing more to worry about than trying to remember what we're out of (lists? pah!). Not today! The first inkling I had that something was different came when I was moving the items I had selected from the cart to the checkout conveyor belt, and doing so in some haste: there was no one in front of me in the line, what joy. I was not moving so quickly, however, that I could escape noticing a bag of what appeared to be pickling cucumbers in my cart. Sure that I hadn't picked out such a thing myself, I gave the bag to the cashier and told her the cucumbers were a mistake. Tragically, I failed to notice that a head of lettuce had also insinuated its way amongst my purchases, and before I knew it I had paid $1.49 for the unwanted greens. And it wasn't just any lettuce, either: it was a head of allegedly red leaf that was so much past its prime I considered throwing it away as soon as I discovered it. I couldn't bring myself to give in that easily, though; if I don't try to eat the produce they made me buy against my will, the terrorists have already won!
Actually, I'm suprised it doesn't happen more often, people dropping things in the wrong carts. Those stores can get pretty crowded!