Chutzpah: What's your gripe?

Me and my husband

We went to our Blissdom conference and the overall message was be yourself. I am sure most of you know this site is owned by two women. We are very different in a lot of ways and similar in others. One difference is I am Jewish. Yes, my husband is Catholic and my son goes to a Baptist school. I believe that everyone’s religion has value and there is something to learn from everyone.

So on to my new column idea- Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine.

Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or confidence, but among Yiddish speakers, it is not a compliment. For more
Yiddish Words

This is mine: I was in line in a retail store waiting my turn (forever) and another register opened. I was next in line and this lady came from the back of the line and ran to the new register. What CHUTZPAH!!! It was my turn!

Leave a comment and let me know what made your blood boil.

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  1. Chrissy says

    I was waiting at a customer service counter that had one of those pick a numbered ticket for service dispensers. It was just me and another woman, but she didn’t take a ticket. When my number was called I said, “She can go before me because she was here first.” The woman turned to me and said “That’s right!”

  2. says

    I never realized that chutzpah is considered a bad thing! When I think of the word chutzpah, I always think of women like Joy Behar or Dolly Parton who have a confident, take me as I am attitude.

    OK so that’s going to change my story! I think a lot of us are going to have stories about retail stores and mine is no exception. One time I was at a store and was putting all my groceries on the belt to be rung up and this woman tries to push by me and says “Oh, hi sweetie, I just have a few items and you have more than I do, so I’m just going to pop in line in front of you quick here”. So I got in her face and said “oh no you aren’t, you can get in line behind the rest of us” and blocked her with my big butt.

    So I guess I’ve got chutzpah too. 🙂
    .-= Paula´s last blog ..Happy henna head =-.

  3. says

    Your story sounds exactly like what happened to me yesterday at the Pharmacy counter at Target. I had been standing in line and a new register opened & the cashier assumed the woman who just walked up was the next in line. I’m not usually one who speaks up for myself, but I was in a hurry & said “Actually, I was next.” The lady was ticked at me for calling her out and rolled her eyes & said something nasty to her friend. I just went about my business and didn’t give her a second look. What chutzpah!
    .-= Kristi at Spend Less & Save More´s last blog ..Spend Less and Save More at Target =-.


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