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Our First And Second Shopping Trip To The Mall Together

Our First And Second Shopping Trip To The Mall

During our time together in the States whilst meeting some of his family, *Steve had said he wanted to buy some clothes because he didn’t really have much, as he was pretty much in uniform most of the time. He asked me to go with him. I said I was happy to as I didn’t have anything else to do. Besides, I thought it would be a nice day out.

He drove us to the mall and we ended up in a department store. Grabbing t-shirts, jeans, sweaters to include hooded ones, we made our way to the fitting rooms whereby he tried the garments on, showing me and asking me for my approval in the process. I didn’t mind helping him to pick out clothes. There’s no harm in that. Anyway, Steve ended up with a stack of clothes – literally a whole closet full! He decided he liked everything he’d tried on, so we took them to the checkout. We stood in line and waited…

When his turn came and the cashier had put all the items into bag, she stated the amount and Steve just stood there not moving. I thought maybe he didn’t hear her as he’s deep in thought or something. But guess what? He heard all right. He left me to pay for his clothes! As I embarrass easily and the cashier had already bagged everything, I didn’t know what else to do apart from to pay. There was a line of customers behind us – I didn’t want to feel the shame. I couldn’t believe it though. I wouldn’t dream of doing this to someone. If they offered, that would be different, but at the same time, so early in a relationship, I would be inclined to decline the offer. Not that I had offered anyway. But not Steve.

A few days later, my belt broke, so I needed to get a new one. Plus, I wanted to get  a pair of toner trainers/sneakers as I walk a lot. So we went to a different store. I picked up a belt; and so did he. I picked up a pair of toners; and so did he. Both my items were in the sale so I got a right bargain! His toners had a small amount of money off but his belt was full price. We made our way to the checkout. I noticed he was falling back a little so I could go in front of him. I put my items on the conveyor belt. He did the same, and pushed his items to mine. I thought “bless, he must feel bad from the last shopping trip so he’s going to purchase my items too”. The items were rung up and the amount was stated. There was a pause… Steve turned the other way. He’d done it again by leaving me to pay! I was really shocked and annoyed now. How could he do this? Is that all I was to him? A walking wallet/purse? He had no shame then and still has no shame now. And yes, I was paying for all our food and hotels – not to mention fuel/gas (which wasn’t in the original agreement).

Needless to say, we never went shopping together again for a long, long time.

*(Not his real name)