The main thing we were missing was water and since it's just my mom and me, she wanted me to get about 4 gallons of water. I'm only 5'2 so I was going to need a shopping cart to carry it along with the rest of the stuff I wanted to buy. Due to the amount of people there was apparently a cart shortage, as I couldn't find one anywhere. I paced around the front of the store and couldn't find any, until I spotted a cashier which was holding one on the other side of her register. I'd heard some of the other employees saying they were trying to find more carts for people.
I walked up to the cashier and placed my hand on the cart (please note, I didn't move it, I just wanted her to know what I was referring to) and asked "Is anyone using this?"
She snapped back at me "You can't take this! It's those people's! You can't just take other people's carts!" I gave her a wtf look and said "I'm not trying to take the cart, I was just asking you."
She replied "Well it isn't mine, you have to ask them if they want you to use it." I tried to explain to her that since SHE was the one holding the cart behind her, I thought it was her cart. This obviously went over her head because she kept saying "It's theirs" and "You have to ask the people!" as though I was supposed to magically know exactly who the hell she was talking about. At that point I just walked away and grabbed a basket because I feared the store would close while I tried to find a shopping cart.
In the end I only ended up getting two gallons of water because that was all I could manage to carry. Thankfully we weren't hit hard so we didn't need any of the water and didn't even lose power but I didn't appreciate the way the cashier treated me. Being a native to Florida I've been through my fair share of hurricanes, I know it doesn't help to get panicky or crazy and I'm sure the cashier was having a hectic day but I was composed and was only asking her a question, her reaction was totally uncalled for.