When you are in a grocery store and you see something on the shelf that doesn’t fit in with the other items around it, if you are with someone, point at the item, and with amusement say “PTB!”
They might not know what you mean, so you will need to explain the following, about which I originally mused aloud to one of my children many years ago:
I can just imagine a kid carrying that box of chocolates around as their mom shops.
The kid asks, “Mom, can I get this?”
In an irritated voice, the mom says, “No! Put that back!”
The child says, “But I don’t know where it goes.”
The mom says in an even more irritated voice, “Just put it right there,” pointing at a blank spot between the dish soap and the Windex.
The child with sufficient common sense might realize that is not the correct spot and balk at the command.
The mom, in the most irritated voice she has left, says, “Ugh!” as she grabs the chocolates and tosses them on the shelf.
Since then, I’ve told variants of that story to all seven of my children, and even to a few friends outside the family, whenever we see something that is out of place on a grocery shelf.
“Put that back!” in a mock irritated voice is often shortened to a mere “PTB” in a smiling voice.
A PTB comes in all shapes and sizes. It could be a can of Pringles in the toilet paper section. It might be a bag of chewy banana candies sitting by the bleach. It’s possibly a jar of Bick’s pickles beside the motor oil. It could even be a can of Campbell’s Tomato Soup in with the scented jar candles (though I don’t know if anyone would realistically want to carry a can of that soup around for any length of time, so it could be assumed it was a small child too young to realize what it was).
I draw the line, however, at seeing cold items in a warm section. If time and energy permit, I will usher a carton of cashew milk to its proper refrigerator, and if a container of Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Toffee Crunch should appear in an inappropriate location and isn’t melted, I would more than likely have to add it to my cart for purchase. Waste not, want not.
Next time you are in a store and you see something out of place, think of my little story. If you can, please take a picture and send it to me.
Below is a photo of a PTB I saw yesterday at a local grocery store. 🙂
See the PTB? It’s a stuffed animal among toilet cleaning supplies.