I just saw an elderly woman throw a grocery cart, remove another person's items from the conveyor belt, and throw quite an entertaining temper tantrum because there was a foreigner in front of her in the line. And she wasn't visibly pregnant or infirm.
Because Brazil gives the elderly and the obese and the pregnant and the disabled their own special line. And by golly gee, it was her $@%#! right and no one was going to take that from her, even if the poor girl couldn't understand why she was being yelled at.
I tapped her on the shoulder and tried to explain, quickly, and she opted to leave the store and all her purchases. Rushed out, coitada.
Then the wrinkled old bird had a problem. Because now she wasn't doing the screaming, an ENTIRE STORE FULL OF PEOPLE thought she was the wicked witch incarnate. And they were throwing her some seriously evil looks...which made Ms. Wrinkles get REALLY defensive. Because maybe throwing a cart around in a crowded store is NOT socially acceptable, even here???
So since I've butted my nose in, I get to hear about how the lady was playing dumb, obviously, because "I told her in Italian and English...people shouldn't travel on one language alone."
Huh. I don't know about you, but if you've lived any time in a foreign country, sometimes people's opinions of their grasp of your language are a lot higher than they ought to be. And in any case, I think our foreigner was French.
Sorry about those cranky Brazilian grannies. Someone should slap them. Wish it could be me!