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post #1 of 26
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You will do it competely without realising it and yet, never admit to it. You have a basket of groceries in the supermarket and have 7 items in yours. You stand in the queue for the "10 Items or less" and start looking at things in other peoples basket... then you start counting their items. next time you are in that position - from now on you will start counting the other person's groceries... I know I do but would never dare say anything if they had 11!!!!
K
post #2 of 26
Yup, I always count other people's groceries if I'm in a specific "this many items or less" line. And if they do have more than they're supposed to I would never tell them, but I'll mumble and complain to whoever I'm shopping with.

Glad to know I'm not the only one who does the first part!
post #3 of 26
I thought everyone did that! I always do it, I'm not ashamed to admit it! But you're right--I never say anything when someone has more than 10. Well, once I did, but the woman had, like, a whole cart full of stuff and you could tell without even counting she was over the limit.
post #4 of 26
Thread Starter 
makes me wonder if you lot are as bad as me.... when you have a trolley full of stuff and are just about to start the unloading - when someone comes up behind you with just a pint of milk. I always ask them if thats all they have got ? and they always nodd or say yes expecting me to allow them to jump the queue - then I tell them that I would goto another checkout as I am gonna be ages....Tesco operators know me in Leeds !!!!! Goto the 10 items or less.....
post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by mamacat
But you're right--I never say anything when someone has more than 10. Well, once I did, but the woman had, like, a whole cart full of stuff and you could tell without even counting she was over the limit.
What happened when you said something... did she go somewhere else? Did she ignore you?
post #6 of 26
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Originally Posted by pinkdaisy226
What happened when you said something... did she go somewhere else? Did she ignore you?

I was very polite about it, and she was actually very nice. It was at the supermarket in my old neighborhood, and they had two lines that were "10 items or less" and we were on the second one, and she didn't realize it was an express line too. She just apologized and went to a different line.
post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by kev
makes me wonder if you lot are as bad as me.... when you have a trolley full of stuff and are just about to start the unloading - when someone comes up behind you with just a pint of milk. I always ask them if thats all they have got ? and they always nodd or say yes expecting me to allow them to jump the queue - then I tell them that I would goto another checkout as I am gonna be ages....Tesco operators know me in Leeds !!!!! Goto the 10 items or less.....
Uh no, I don't do that. I rarely have a lot of stuff, but if I do, I will ask the one item person if they want to go in front of me. The thing I don't like is when a person with one item will see all your stuff and actually ASK to get in front of you. Then I'll usually tell them to go to the express line.
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by mamacat
I was very polite about it, and she was actually very nice. It was at the supermarket in my old neighborhood, and they had two lines that were "10 items or less" and we were on the second one, and she didn't realize it was an express line too. She just apologized and went to a different line.
Ah. So it was an accident. If she had been doing it on purpose maybe it would've been more interesting.
post #9 of 26
Beh If I ever say anything around here to the person about it (And let me tell you, there are some times when I've got to go potty and I'm waiting in the express lane, that I will tell them about themselves) But they always say "what's it to you, and so on, rather than anything nice like "I'm sorry, but I'm already almost done, if you'll wait a moment" or something. If they were nice about it, i wouldn't half care.
post #10 of 26
I always count
Only one time I had to say something, there was a lady in front of me with a FULL cart and I politely told her that we were in an express line. She told me to mind my own f-ing business.
I stood there shocked, but when she fianlly got to the cashier, the cashier told her that she needed to go to another line (which all had at least 10 people with full carts) as she was well over the limit. I literally stood there laughing my @$$ off!!!!
post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by ash_bct
I always count
Only one time I had to say something, there was a lady in front of me with a FULL cart and I politely told her that we were in an express line. She told me to mind my own f-ing business.
I stood there shocked, but when she fianlly got to the cashier, the cashier told her that she needed to go to another line (which all had at least 10 people with full carts) as she was well over the limit. I literally stood there laughing my @$$ off!!!!
Oh how I love instant karma! It so rarely happens, but is so, so satisfying when it does! Like a speeder cutting you off on the highway, and then seeing them pulled over later. A wonderful scenario that I actually got to experience once! No, I was not the speeder .

And, yup, I count! Now I've relieved myself of that aggravation, and use the self-checkout. I don't know if it saves me any time, but I love the control!
post #12 of 26
This thread made me laugh and think of a time once that the woman ahead of me had I don't know how many cans of soda. When I pointed out to her that it was an "Express Lane" she responded with "I only have one item". I never responded back to her, but, thought, "Yeah, 50 cans of one item".
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by ccoccocats
This thread made me laugh and think of a time once that the woman ahead of me had I don't know how many cans of soda. When I pointed out to her that it was an "Express Lane" she responded with "I only have one item". I never responded back to her, but, thought, "Yeah, 50 cans of one item".

OMG, I once saw someone do something like that--she actually argued with the cashier about it! "But I only have one item..."
post #14 of 26
Oh, I count all the time. I don't usually say something directly to the person, but I do casually mention out loud the item limit. 9 times out of 10 the people count their items and leave (but it makes me wonder why some people even try to get in that lane, I've been asked to come to that lane by the checker when they had no one, but otherwise I don't even consider it). When I have a lot of stuff and I'm not in a hurry (and DH isn't with me) I'll let others go in front of me. I like it when people do it for me, so I try to do it for others. I've even come up with spare change for people who need it if I have the money. It's no skin off my nose and makes things go faster in the long run.
post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by ccoccocats
This thread made me laugh and think of a time once that the woman ahead of me had I don't know how many cans of soda. When I pointed out to her that it was an "Express Lane" she responded with "I only have one item". I never responded back to her, but, thought, "Yeah, 50 cans of one item".
I've been told by the cashiers in my store that this IS considered 1 item by their management since they don't have to swipe EACH and EVERY can. They can just tell the computer to ring 50 of this barcode.
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by Sweets
I've been told by the cashiers in my store that this IS considered 1 item by their management since they don't have to swipe EACH and EVERY can. They can just tell the computer to ring 50 of this barcode.
The funny thing is they had the plastic holding 6 cans and it filled her basket. So actually there were about 20 of those 6 can thingamajigs.
post #17 of 26
In our stores here they consider each unit an individual sale. Even if you have 50 of the same they have to swipe each unit.
post #18 of 26
yes, i count too - mine & other peoples! but i don't say anything - it usually just makes the person mad, then they're nasty to me, which makes me mad, & so on, & so on, & so on, & so on, ...it's just easier to think tacky things!
post #19 of 26
yes!! once when i was in wal-mart, it is 20 or less.. and this lady, had like 40 items...
small items at that... and... she kept dropping them... then would say, "ohh hold on, i forgot something"
i got soo frustrated!
post #20 of 26
I have a bad habbit of blurting things out... One time I made the comment "At least you can count to 10" to my hubby, when the girl infront of us had a cart FULL of stuff, well over 30 items, some large, some small. I wasn't even counting the duplicated items, such as koolaid... She glared at me, then read the 10 items or less sign, then quietly made her way out of the line... UGH!! I knew her from school, and she was always one of those 'better then thou, I shop in BILLINGS, and buy name brand' kind of girls. Now she's got a few kids, and no hubby. Perhaps she's nicer NOW, then she was in school.

I try really hard NOT to speak my mind most of the time though
post #21 of 26
Oh, yeah, I count. I figure if I can pay attention to how many items I have, and get in the right line, I'm entitled to notice whether others do -- and if there's an opportunity to comment without making a scene, I do -- usually just a sarcastic aside to the next person in line. Too often, though, it isn't until the offender has unloaded their stuff that it becomes apparent, and then it's a bit of an issue for them to move elsewhere, so they don't. I wonder if they ever take the comment to heart and mend their ways.

As for the person with one item -- I like it when someone with more stuff lets me take my one item through ahead, so yes, I do invite the person behind me with one item to go ahead.
post #22 of 26
OK, I got one. I was at Kohl's the other day returning something at Customer Service. There were two women in front of me. Anyway, the first woman turns and says to the woman who is in front of me, "Could I just go get something real quick?" and the woman says "Sure", well that woman came back with several garments and a pair of shoes, plus what she originally was carrying. When it was her turn at the counter she had one return, and asked "Could I pay for the rest of these here or do I have to go up front?" So of course they let her pay for it there.

Sure why don't we all try that one?

From now on...... I think I'll go to Shop Rite, put my empty basket on line, wait for someone to come behind me, and then say, "Excuse me, do you mind if I go get something" and then I'll come back with all the groceries I planned on buying. This way I avoided waiting in lines too!
post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by ccoccocats

From now on...... I think I'll go to Shop Rite, put my empty basket on line, wait for someone to come behind me, and then say, "Excuse me, do you mind if I go get something" and then I'll come back with all the groceries I planned on buying. This way I avoided waiting in lines too!
Actually, at one of the supermarkets by me they have one line that feeds into about 6 cash registers and people are always doing things like that. A couple will come in and one of them will get on line with, like, a loaf of bread, and the other will take a cart and go do all the shopping. Or--I love this one--the line runs right by the deli counter, so one person will try to stand in the checkout line and the deli line at the same time, but sometimes the checkout line moves faster, so it'll be almost their turn to ring out and they'll be like, "I'm on line, I'm just waiting for something..." Uh, no, you're still shopping. When you're done shopping, then you can get on line.
post #24 of 26
Yes, I've done that, too!
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by mamacat
Uh no, I don't do that. I rarely have a lot of stuff, but if I do, I will ask the one item person if they want to go in front of me. The thing I don't like is when a person with one item will see all your stuff and actually ASK to get in front of you. Then I'll usually tell them to go to the express line.

If I have a number of things and someone comes up with just one or two items, I will usually let them go first - even if they ask, unless I am in a hurry. I have had people do the same for me, and it doesn't really 'cost' me anything. If someone habitually takes advantage of other people's kindness like this, I consider it their problem, not mine:-).

Kathryn
post #26 of 26
I've done that but I have also been in the express lane with a full cart. :anon

Well, the truth of the matter is, I am way out in the boondocks and the only lane open is the express lane. So its not entirely my fault, and also, sometimes when I go past the express lane, and it is not busy, the cashier in the express lane will tell me to come to hers if she is not busy. I hope that doesn't count.
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