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The Preparation H Caper | Random Thoughts

My History

When I was in my late teens/early twenties, I went to a grocery store in Maryland called Giant. While I was in Giant, I was pushing my cart through the aisle and I heard an argument from the next aisle over. A woman was arguing with her husband about the food he was trying to select and put in their cart. The man was trying to get snacks like chips and cookies and the woman was telling him that it was unhealthy and he wasn't allowed to have food like that. I left my cart and walked over to the next aisle to see what they looked like, but they had walked down the aisle and left their cart. I, being the prankster that I am, grabbed a bunch of chips and cookies and put them in their cart, then ran back to my cart and listened. A few seconds later I heard the woman start yelling at her husband and she asked him why he got a bunch of chips and cookies when she specifically told him not to.

The man was flabbergasted and told her he didn't put those items in the cart, but she didn't believe him. Meanwhile, I was doubled over in the next aisle laughing so hard I was crying. That incident was the first time I realized that putting things in other people's carts was going to be one of the best pranks I could pull. After that, every time I went to a store I'd find something embarrassing and put it in someone's cart who had walked away. A lot of the time people would come back to their carts and just stare at whatever I had thrown in there (usually it would be something like wart treatment or suppositories), then either take out the item or just walk away entirely.

My Husband's Rise to King Prankster of the Grocery Store

When I was in my mid-twenties, I was stationed at a military base in Europe and met my husband. We would often go to the commissary (a military grocery store) and would always have fun while we were there. My husband knew I loved to play pranks, so one day at the commissary I told him how I would put things in other people's carts without them noticing. I said that it was his turn to "join my club" and put something in someone's cart without them noticing. He was hesitant at first, but then he selected the biggest box of Preparation H I had ever seen and walked down the aisle we were in to search for an unattended cart. I told him when he searched for a cart he had to look around and make sure no one else noticed him.

He looked around, spotted an unattended cart, then looked back at me. I nodded and kept looking around to make sure no one was watching. He walked quickly over to the cart and dropped the Preparation H in the bay of the cart and walked back. I had to go back down the aisle again because I had started to laugh and didn't want to give us away. Once my husband had reached me I had myself under control, so we walked back down the aisle to see if anyone had come back to the cart.

We got to the end of the aisle and looked over at the cart and saw four people gathered around all sides of the cart. They were all leaning over, looking at the giant box of Preparation H. It looked like there was a young couple and an older couple, giving us the indication that one of the couple's parents were visiting them. They continued to look at the Preparation H for a good ten seconds, then everyone leaned back and the younger man started to push the cart. My husband and I turned around quickly and I said, "They didn't even say anything to each other! They didn't take it out! What is happening?" I was laughing again and really couldn't believe that had happened.

About ten to twenty minutes later, we got in line and saw the group of four again. We watched as they unloaded their cart and grabbed the huge box of Preparation H and put it on the conveyor belt to buy.

I looked at my husband and said, "Whoa! I never got anyone to buy anything before! Good job!" I couldn't stop laughing about it. My husband said he felt terrible about it, but I thought he had just became king prankster of the grocery store. All I could think of was the group of four getting home and one of them putting out that giant box of Preparation H and no one touching it. Each one obviously though the other had put the item in the cart and no one wanted to embarrass the other by asking who did it.

If someone put something in my cart I didn't put in, I'd say something to my husband or take it out if I was alone. To this day I really can't believe they all looked at that giant box and no one said anything. The funniest part was them just all staring at it for ten seconds and it was like they were mesmerized by it.

Final Thoughts

I hope you like this story time series. I will continue this series sporadically, so if you like them, just know more are coming in the future. Do you have any funny prank stories? Have you ever put something in someone's cart for fun? Please share in the comments below!



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