so i went into a deli last night to get money out. as i was at the machine, a girl holding a bag of pepperidge farm cookies asked the guy behind the counter “ARE THESE COOKIES?”

this is just simply bizarre on many accounts
1. she was HOLDING a bag of cookies with an enormous picture of cookies (see below picture)
2. she did not look crazy – she was totally normal looking, youngish, and american (this may sound mean, but in new york, only a crazy person asks such a ridiculous question)
3. EVERYONE who grew up in this country knows what the below referenced cookies look like. and they know with 100% certainty that they are, in fact, COOKIES.

my only conclusion is that:
1. she has never seen a cookie in her life (most comical, i mean REALLY who the hell doesn’t know what a cookie is?)
2. she was totally and completely high (most likely, yet the only problem with this theory is she would literally have to be tripping balls to qualify for this. because even if you were “i’m on pot high” you know what a fucking cookie is.)
3. she is an asshole and was messing with the guy (least likely since she said it in a pretty earnest manner)
4. i heard her wrong (not true, i know i heard correctly)

i truly just don’t understand.

the cookies in question:


5 Comments so far

  1. Dawn January 25th, 2006 4:26 pm

    My guess is that she was not American but had no discernible accent. I am always surprised by how confused foreigners are to our food products. At my old job, I was the only American in a group of about 15 people. We talked about food EVERYDAY at lunch. And people always had crazy American food queries. Regardless, I love/hate/love when I experience things that what you describe. A true WTF moment!

  2. Dawn January 25th, 2006 4:27 pm

    And by “experience things that what you describe” I mean “experience things like what you described”! Ha!

  3. audrey January 25th, 2006 5:00 pm

    i feel like i’ve witnessed odd things like this too. things that i think i must have heard wrong because of all the same reasons. … maybe she forgot her glasses/contacts and couldn’t see?

  4. luther January 26th, 2006 9:01 am

    perhaps she has Bozeman’s Simplex.

  5. laf January 26th, 2006 9:59 am

    i have to say, i really think she was american. maybe she was just messing with the guy. i would tag her as “art student-y” looking. maybe she was canadian?

    let’s also not forget there was A PICTURE OF COOKIES on the bag of cookies…so even if you weren’t sure what pepperidge farms was, you could be reassured by the cookie image!

    befuddling for sure.