Today I hit the shops with the elder, 4yrs, in tow. Not wanting to browse around, as she was getting tired, and was likely to run down the aisles any minute, I asked a male sales assistant, where I could find the waterproof mattress protectors.
He duly led the way across the store to the correct section and I, trying to steer my daughter in the correct direction behind him, followed. The elder immediately hid behind a display. I had to do the quick telling off, look up again, clock the sales assistant and continue following him.
He headed straight for the tills. He got in behind one of the tills. I stood next to the till. And he looked up and said, "Can I help you?".
I looked at him. Carefully. Thought about it. And turned around. Another sales assistant was stood slightly further back in the shop looking at me with a confused expression on his face.
I had, of course, managed to follow the wrong sales assistant after telling my daughter off.
You could have fried eggs on my face. Not a good look.
A very timid mummy followed the original sales assistant to the correct side of the shop for my mattress protectors, and tried to protest my innocence... mumbling about uniforms, etc... I didn't help myself.
Hence my apparent evidence in support of the brain cell theory. Doesn't 'distraction by a 4yr old' count as a defence?