A heated scene played out at the Goose Creek Publix on Monday night when an already slow-moving checkout line came to a complete halt. Publix Shopper Sylvia Reid opted to pay for her groceries by check, forcing customers to use a tranquilizer gun on her to speed up the process.
It’s technically illegal to use a tranquilizer gun on fellow customers paying with a check in South Carolina, but law enforcement usually turns a blind eye if other customers suspect the check-payer has cash or a debit card and is choosing not to use it.
Agitated customer Corrin Mason couldn’t contain her frustration any longer. “She’s got her checkbook out and she’s not even starting to fill it out yet,” she said. “She could start doing that now. And you know they’re going to ask for your driver’s license, so get that out now too. What are you waiting for, lady? Oh, great! Now she’s making chit-chat about the weather. Jesus, take me now!”
That’s when customers took matters into their own hands and shot Sylvia with a tranquilizer dart. The grocery store staff quickly located Sylvia’s wallet and used cash for payment instead of her check to speed up the line movement. Store Manager Allen Hargroves said, “It’s such strange behavior. She has both cash and a debit card, but insists on using the slowest method of payment possible, even when she sees there’s a massive line behind her. I don’t understand it.”
A team of anthropologists have tagged Sylvia and released her back into the wild with her groceries. They’re going to track Sylvia’s movements and payment methods over the next year to learn why some humans elect to use the most inefficient method of payment possible when given the choice.