Wednesday, September 24, 2008

What Would Ms. Manners Do?

Dear Ms. Manners,

The other day I was in my local craft store picking up a few supplies with my son in tow. While on my way to the register, I was right behind a couple who was very dressed up, obviously on their way to some kind of event, with a fancy picture frame in their hands, most likely a gift. And, as the lady walked in her fancy, I couldn't help but notice a huge red stain on her rear-end.

Well Ms. Manners, I was shocked, and a little disgusted. I mean, maybe I'm wrong, but I thought most women would notice that kind of leakage before it turned into seepage (Sorry Ms. Manners, I'm trying to keep this as PC as possible).

After my initial gross out over the issue, I felt bad for this woman. Obviously her and her gentleman friend were on their way to a fancy night out. I know I would just die if I got some place all dressed up and had the wrong person notice the big red stain plastered across the butt of my skirt.

So, on the way to the register, I debated. Let it go? Tell her? Just pretend I never saw it? My insides squirmed as she stood mere inches from me, laughing with her suited and tied companion as she paid for the picture frame. She began to walk away, and the cashier began to ring my purchases. Biting my lip, I called out "Miss!"

Discretely I pulled her to the side of the exit. Quietly I whispered "You have a big blood stain on the back of your skirt." Perhaps I could have used different words, I'm not sure, but regardless, she pulled away, gave me a cold look and said "All right" and walked away.

So Ms. Manners, my question is, did I do the right thing? Frankly the woman didn't seem very grateful, but more annoyed by the fact that I was speaking to her. Did I commit a sisterhood no no? Here I thought I was doing the right thing, but perhaps I was mistaken. Please tell me what to the next time something like this happens.


Motor Mouth in Maine
a.k.a Sarcasta-Mom


Casdok said...

I think you did the right thing. Maybe she was just too embarrassed to be greatful at the time. But im sure she would have been.

Anne Albanese said...

I agree, I think she was embarrassed. I know if it was me, I would want to know about it. Especially if I were going out to an event. Even if she was cold to you, you did a good deed! Think of it as your good deed of the day.

Christy said...

You absolutely did the right thing. I'm sure she was mortified and probably a little angry that it had happened & had to now go home & change.
But you absolutely should have told her. A moment of embarrassment for her now saved her a whole night of embarrassment later!

Alisha Wilson said...

WHat a B^&*$ most people wouldn't have even told her, she should have thanked you, hello get a tampon.
How does that even happen?

Angela said...

You did the right thing. I would have said differently if you yelled it out across the store. LOL

(Thank goodness I had a hysterectomy...LOL)

Angela said...

Oh--and it is possible not to notice. Not to give too much away here but if you are anemic and have 'problems' with that time of the month it can be hard to detect it when it first starts.

Just sayin'.

Thank goodness I had a hysterectomy. (Worth saying twice.)

painted maypole said...

she could have reacted a little more thankfully, but she was probably mortified. but you did the right thing. I would want to know!

Mary G said...

I too think you did the right thing. If someone told me that, I would be so upset I am not sure how I would respond, but long term I would be extrememly grateful!
Thank goodness I am through the menopause, a time when that can happen.