What really winds me up about grocery customers is………
Just as a quick P.S. to this–I am (umm most of the time) a pretty reasonable person…if someone rushes in at 11:59 and is grabbing diapers for their kid who is at home screaming or a sick person coming in to buy medicine I have absolutely no problem with that.
2. Putting cash, credit cards, or coupons on the conveyor belt…you may not realize it but there is a thin space between the conveyor belt and the scanner at the register and if your money or credit card goes down the conveyor belt guess who has to try to fish it out (I’ll give you a hint–it’s not the customer). And I say this because I’ve actually had a customer’s money go down the belt because the customer put the money down on the belt and I couldn’t turn the conveyor belt off in time. It was a $20 and it took 3 of us to get it back. It happened a long time ago and it still frustrates me because it was so easily preventable. It just seems like a pretty simple concept–don’t put your money on a moving conveyor belt. Make sense? Or should I say Make cents? Ha ha. But people do it all the time. Also many people set their money on the belt when it isn’t moving but there is a motion sensor that moves the conveyor belt so even if the conveyor belt isn’t moving when you set the money down it may start moving again when the cashier starts scanning your groceries. So save everyone a little trouble and just hold onto your money. And don’t shove your money in the cashier’s face like a guy at a strip club shoving money down a striper’s g-string…just hang onto it like a normal person until the cashier tells you what the total is.
3. Talking on a cell phone at the checkout…(well you’ve already read my thoughts on this).
4. Not bagging your own groceries…I have to explain this one a bit. When I first started working at a grocery store (all the way back in high school) I HATED bagging groceries, absolutely hated it (which is ironic because I was actually hired as a bagger before I became a cashier) but I have really gotten to like bagging groceries. I have sort of turned bagging groceries into a game–like a sort of puzzle or a game of Tetris. I like trying to make all the pieces fit together as they come down the conveyor belt. So, no, I don’t mind bagging your groceries for you and I do recognize that this a part of my job working at a grocery store. What I do mind is when you have a pretty large order, there is a line of customers behind you and you stand there and stare at me while I try to bag your groceries as quickly as possible because there is a line of people behind you. So when you see there are other people behind you in line and I’m rushing trying to get people through the line as quickly as possible try to help out by bagging some of your own groceries. I also hate when a group of people come through the line together and not one of them helps the cashier bag the groceries. So for example, it was a Friday night and there was a group of three people, probably around 18 or 19 (two guys and a girl—all seemingly healthy and perfectly capable of bagging their own groceries) who came through my line. It was sort of later at night so I was the only cashier there. I scanned their groceries, their groceries went down the conveyor belt and they all just stood there. So there were 3 pairs of eyes just starting at me, watching me bag their groceries and not one of them lifted a finger to help. Come on people…there’s three of you (that’s six hands) and one of me…and not one of you can help me out here? I was so pissed by the end of the order I was throwing things in the bag and biting the inside of my lip to keep from yelling at them. So please help cashiers bag your groceries because it just makes the whole thing go much faster for everyone.
5. What’s the magic word? There is very little excuse for a lack of common courtesy (unless you were raised by a pack of wild wolves or something). So my most annoying habit number five is people who don’t say please and thank you. Here’s a little tough love for you. Your mom and dad should have taught you to say please and thank you when you were a kid but in case they didn’t here it is…Be polite! Saying please and thank you is a simple thing that goes a long way! Even if your parents didn’t teach you manners, you’re an adult now so you should have learned this by now because this is how civilized adults behave. Manners are important. Being polite is important. Learn it, live it, love it! And just one final note to the parents who come through the check out line with your kids…your kids are learning by your example. You can tell them to say please and thank you until you are blue in the face but you need to practice what you preach. The fact of the matter is they learn so much more by watching you, so try to set a good example for them. And that’s all I have to say about that