Geriatric Fight Club

Spoilers!  I am about to break the first rule of Fight Club.  I would apologize, but I just can’t help myself.

Costco is an oasis of peace (okay, okay, just give me a minute, it will make sense) with affordable groceries, and samples around every corner.  It is the store of choice for many value-minded customers, including those with huge families, restaurant owners, and senior citizens who like to hoard canned goods and toilet paper like there’s no tomorrow.

When our beloved seniors aren’t shopping for pants with waistlines that reach their chins or a detergent bucket the size of a cement truck, they are checking out the free samples.  I mean, Costco is known for their samples. You can have a free lunch just on samples if you time it right. And a damn fine lunch too!

Well, what happens in this world of huge quantity packaged food and delicious free samples when seniors attack?

Here, we see the fallout when one senior felt he was more entitled to a free cheeseburger sample than the other seniors in the line.  He had already cut in front of his opponent earlier in a line awaiting a free cheese sample.  The love of cheese and cheesy products makes people do crazy things, of that there is no doubt … and as to be expected, there was a smack down of antique proportions involving slow motion, arthritis-riddled violence.  The authorities were asking to see the surveillance video, and I confess that I’d eat a free popcorn sample and watch it, too.

How in the world did the responding police department keep a straight face writing this report?

It could be that the gentleman who started the assault felt, at age 72, that he earned his rightful place at the front of the cheeseburger sample line in front of the young 70-year-old upstart already waiting there.  Words were exchanged, hats flew, and glasses were shattered as the overly aggressive 72-year-old delivered the final slap to his opponent.  Safe to say, no cheeseburger samples were had by either party this day.

I’ve always known one simple fact in life:  do NOT mess with the elderly.  They have raised kids and grandkids, they have lived through a time when the US added two states to the Union, many have witnessed The Depression and several wars, lived through an era of dial telephones, had to change TV channels by hand, and they possibly smoked pot at Woodstock.  Rest assured, a fight over a cheeseburger sample is a walk in the park for these folks.

The worst part of the Great Cheese Fight of 2018 is knowing that both of the participants probably had to leave their homes hours before to make it to the Costco, given the guess that the Costco is 10 miles from home and an assumed driving rate of 2 to 3 miles per hour.  To make it worse, once inside the Costco there were hours of meandering aimlessly with their cart up and down the aisles.  They probably had worked up quite an appetite.

One good thing to come of it: this fight can be the basis for new advertising campaigns.

  • Klondike Bar: What would you do for a Klondike bar?  Hit my elderly neighbor in the face.
  • Cheetos: Dangerously cheesy.
  • Wheaties: The breakfast of elderly fight club champions.
  • Pringles: Once you pop, you can’t stop.
  • Centrum Silver: Always complete from “K” to “O.”

Now don’t misunderstand me, I love and respect the older members of society.  Hell, I’m on track to becoming one myself.  I can only hope that when I’m 72, I have the strength and spunk to butt in front of people in line and deliver a smackdown to anyone who opposes me.  There are many perks of being older, but to me, the best one is a complete lack of f**ks to give anymore.

If you have a hard time believing that anyone would go this far to get a free sample you have never had Costco samples, and if you don’t think anyone who is elderly would smack down someone over a sample, you never met my Grandma Mooney.

For me, I will live in the dreams of slapping people for silly reasons as I age.  I am making the list now and if you have ever wronged me, rest assured, I will find you when I am 70, even if I have to search every Costco in the United States.

16 thoughts on “Geriatric Fight Club

  1. If you’re hunting me down at Costco (I’m sure I must have done SOMETHING to piss you off!) I’ll be in the wine aisle, waiting for the sample table to open up there. I hope it’s near the couches – I’ll need a nap soon afterward.

  2. I am 75, drive thousands of miles as part of my full time job, often pushing above the speed limit because I have so much to get done in too little time. I know where i need to slow because of young punk staters sitting lazily to trap speeders rather than patroling to keep us all safer. I agree with your statement about having reached a point where I don’t tolerate rudeness, stupidity, ageism, etc and will gladly speak up to say so. Especially when it comes to chuckles over the “antics” of older people. The comments are right in line with attitudes that question an older woman younger man relationship… insulting.
    I have followed you long enough to know it was not your intent to offend, the story was much more obnoxious with the newscaster’s smirk.

    • I find young people, middle-aged people, and older people all equally amusing in the various things they do. I am an equal opportunity observer and narrator. I don’t write with the intent to insult (well, I do if the people in question are assholes), I just find the humor in every day life regardless of the age of the participants, including myself.

      • I didn’t even catch that! I didn’t pay much attention to the video to be honest and will have to re-watch. I had read a few articles of the incident and chose one that had more video than article unfortunately. One article… which I’ll have to find and post… talked more about the pull Costco samples have on people, which is so true! LOL Costco samples are the best. Worth fighting over? I’m not so sure. But they’re definitely worth butting in line.

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