I wanted to buy some popcorn yesterday while at the grocery store. It was on the kids' "short list" of what they wanted. No big deal, right?
Well, it turns out that U2 had a concert here last night—their only concert ever in Russia. MOB SCENE. Miles around the stadium were affected. So what did that mean? All grocery stores and kiosks were prohibited from selling alcohol, lest those rowdy concert-goers turn violent.
And the popcorn? It's on the same aisle as the beer at our local grocery store. Ergo it was off-limits, literally barricaded with rope and taped.
I slid under the ropes to make it to the microwave popcorn packets, and tried to slide back. But I was caught!
Ohh... Breakin' the law...
"Come on! It's POPCORN! My kids are begging for it!"
"Eet iz forbidden. Popkorn end snaks dongeroos ven big konzert! No sell! No popkorn!"
They wouldn't let me buy it! Who knew... Yeah, popcorn is really dangerous...
So I went to another check-out aisle after surrendering the contraband, then sneaking under the rope and taking more... I pretended that nothing was amiss... This clerk was unaware of popcorn's dangerous potential... (Just to clarify here: The sale of popcorn and snacks was NOT prohibited. The store had simply chosen to block off the whole aisle because it was easier for them. That's so typical... Why think about potential lost profits when you can just do what's easier? It's also typical that employees then literally interpreted the policy to mean that everything on the beer aisle was banned from sale.)
So "Mama Breakin' the Law" scored...
JUST ANOTHER DAY BACK IN MOSCOW!