I do my own but sometimes they pack while they swipe the items. They usually ask if i want help in packing before they swipe my things through but i always say no thanks because i can have it done by the time someone came.
We always bag our own - we just don't have the same culture of sales assistants bag-packing that you do in the States.
For a while Safeway over here ran a programme where you could register for a bar code reader and swipe your own shopping as you went round. It was all packed by you as you shopped and when you replaced your barcode reader at the end, your bill was printed and you just took it to the cash desk. No unloading and reloading at the cash desk. I remember telling shop assistants about this in the US and they FREAKED - they thought they would be made jobless. The initiative didn't last though and nobody does that anymore.
here in germany you have to do it all your self.
Infact sometimes you cant even get a trolly and you have to just manage to get everything with your hands.
Stores here like Lidl and aldi dont provide you with baskets either while shopping.
You have to pay for plastic bags and there is a small counter where they swipe it on so you have to chuck everything in the trolly and when you have payed you have to go to the site and put everything in the bags your self or you just go in the car and put everything in there. People have their own baskets in there which we have so its easier and saves less time for plastic bags.
It depends - after the transaction is complete I will help, but I don't want to put my credit card away (I'm not about to leave it out on the counter where anyone can grab it!) just to take it out again so the cashier can check my signature. I will help in what I can before that though, like grab the gallon of milk and put it in my cart.
Sometimes, if I'm in a hurry. Fwan, I can't believe that you can't even get a shopping cart, seems like they should have them available. I normally do one huge shopping trip a month and weekly smaller stops for milk, bread, veges and fruit so I would be extremely put off if I couldn't get a cart.
If I am at Walmart or Meijers or another specialty store thereof.... I will let the cashiers bag the groceries because some of them might get a tad testy because they want to bag without interference.... But if I was at a Schnucks or ShopnSave I would help the cashier load the bags up.
If there's no bagger I always bag myself... Since I used to work in a supermarket, I tend to bag faster than the cashier rings my groceries so I'm usually done by the time they're done... Besides, I always hated when people stood there and watched me bag... It's so rude...