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  1. #1
    Dimitri Guest

    Default Customers (was checks)


    Every person who enters a store and purchases something has just the same
    rights as any other customer.

    If you don't like to wait until the customer in front of you completes their
    transaction.

    TOUGH!

    Dimitri


  2. #2
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Customers (was checks)

    In article <hdWRl.30321$[email protected]>,
    "Dimitri" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Every person who enters a store and purchases something has just the same
    > rights as any other customer.
    >
    > If you don't like to wait until the customer in front of you completes their
    > transaction.
    >
    > TOUGH!
    >
    > Dimitri


    Just look for a short line, or use the self-check outs.

    Me? I'd rather wait in line. I hate the self-checks!
    --
    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
    -- Anon.

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  3. #3
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: Customers (was checks)

    Omelet wrote:
    > In article <hdWRl.30321$[email protected]>,
    > "Dimitri" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Every person who enters a store and purchases something has just the same
    >> rights as any other customer.
    >>
    >> If you don't like to wait until the customer in front of you completes their
    >> transaction.
    >>
    >> TOUGH!
    >>
    >> Dimitri

    >
    > Just look for a short line, or use the self-check outs.
    >
    > Me? I'd rather wait in line. I hate the self-checks!


    Plus you meet some interesting folks in check-out lines.

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    Ms P Guest

    Default Re: Customers (was checks)


    "Dimitri" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:hdWRl.30321$[email protected]..
    >
    > Every person who enters a store and purchases something has just the same
    > rights as any other customer.
    >
    > If you don't like to wait until the customer in front of you completes
    > their transaction.
    >
    > TOUGH!
    >
    > Dimitri


    Some of these people bitching about people in front of them would have had
    an absolute coronary if they were behind the little old lady on the scooter
    cart I got behind one day.

    The cashier had my entire order rang up and even took my check while she was
    still talking to the little old lady!! The cashier just smiled and nodded
    to me a couple of times. The little old lady finished her conversation and
    left and I left right behind her.

    Ms P



  5. #5
    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: Customers (was checks)


    "Dimitri" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:hdWRl.30321$[email protected]..
    >
    > Every person who enters a store and purchases something has just the same
    > rights as any other customer.
    >
    > If you don't like to wait until the customer in front of you completes
    > their transaction.
    >
    > TOUGH!
    >
    > Dimitri


    Any everyone deserves the same respect. Including the people behind you in
    line.



  6. #6
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Customers (was checks)

    In article <EIWRl.1221$[email protected]>,
    George Shirley <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Omelet wrote:
    > > In article <hdWRl.30321$[email protected]>,
    > > "Dimitri" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > >> Every person who enters a store and purchases something has just the same
    > >> rights as any other customer.
    > >>
    > >> If you don't like to wait until the customer in front of you completes
    > >> their
    > >> transaction.
    > >>
    > >> TOUGH!
    > >>
    > >> Dimitri

    > >
    > > Just look for a short line, or use the self-check outs.
    > >
    > > Me? I'd rather wait in line. I hate the self-checks!

    >
    > Plus you meet some interesting folks in check-out lines.


    <lol> Glad to see I'm not the only one that actually talks to people
    when waiting in line. :-)

    It can be entertaining...
    --
    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
    -- Anon.

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  7. #7
    Lynn from Fargo Ografmorffig Guest

    Default Re: Customers (was checks)

    On May 23, 2:27*pm, "Ms P" <ms_peac...@wbsnet.org> wrote:
    > "Dimitri" <Dimitr...@prodigy.net> wrote in message
    >
    > news:hdWRl.30321$[email protected]..
    >
    >
    >
    > > Every person who enters a store and purchases something has just the same
    > > rights as any other customer.

    >
    > > If you don't like to wait until the customer in front of you completes
    > > their transaction.

    >
    > > TOUGH!

    >
    > > Dimitri

    >
    > Some of these people bitching about people in front of them would have had
    > an absolute coronary if they were behind the little old lady on the scooter
    > cart I got behind one day.
    >
    > The cashier had my entire order rang up and even took my check while she was
    > still talking to the little old lady!! *The cashier just smiled and nodded
    > to me a couple of times. *The little old lady finished her conversationand
    > left and I left right behind her.
    >
    > Ms P


    =========================
    Ms P ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    Was that you?????????

    Lynn in Fargo
    occasionally uses the scooter cart

  8. #8
    Ms P Guest

    Default Re: Customers (was checks)


    "Lynn from Fargo Ografmorffig" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    On May 23, 2:27 pm, "Ms P" <ms_peac...@wbsnet.org> wrote:
    > "Dimitri" <Dimitr...@prodigy.net> wrote in message
    >
    > news:hdWRl.30321$[email protected]..
    >
    >
    >
    > > Every person who enters a store and purchases something has just the
    > > same
    > > rights as any other customer.

    >
    > > If you don't like to wait until the customer in front of you completes
    > > their transaction.

    >
    > > TOUGH!

    >
    > > Dimitri

    >
    > Some of these people bitching about people in front of them would have had
    > an absolute coronary if they were behind the little old lady on the
    > scooter
    > cart I got behind one day.
    >
    > The cashier had my entire order rang up and even took my check while she
    > was
    > still talking to the little old lady!! The cashier just smiled and nodded
    > to me a couple of times. The little old lady finished her conversation and
    > left and I left right behind her.
    >
    > Ms P


    =========================
    Ms P ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    Was that you?????????

    Lynn in Fargo
    occasionally uses the scooter cart

    ============

    I've never been to Fargo so it must have been some other patient person.

    Ms P


  9. #9
    cshenk Guest

    Default Re: Shopping line chat (was Customers)

    "Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote

    > <lol> Glad to see I'm not the only one that actually talks to people
    > when waiting in line. :-)
    > It can be entertaining...


    LOL! You too? Now at the commisary they have one big 'line' so you get
    what you get for 'line mates'. However, when ready to check out at other
    places I've often made a discrete look at the cart that would be in front of
    me and selected my line based on interest in the ingredients!

    Especially prone to that if the lines are really long and you know it's
    gonna take 20 mins or so. I'll just start a conversation by asking about
    some odd vegetable or whatever and ask how they use it. By the time you get
    up to the cashier, you tend to be almost sorry!

    I'm not alone in this. I've had people 'select my line' because they saw me
    chatting and wanted to ask about stuff in my cart too. Recent one, lady
    with twin 7-8 YO's and a toddler.

    We'd met a few times in the isles already (Her stashing noodle packs, me
    pulled to the side so others could pass and calling Don on the cell to check
    the Jufran Bananna stocks at home). She's Korean and married to a sailor
    (has excellent english) and only came to the states recently. Was still a
    little confused on some of the products. Like me, most of her cart was
    'real food' (not boxed helpers or pre-made stuff). Our pre-made few things
    were noodle packs for the most part for us both. Like me, she 'asian
    polite' shops so often will leave the cart stashed at the end of a row and
    just carry back what we want to the cart (avoids blocked isles).

    She was intrigued at the 20 lbs of flour and curious that i bought 2 20lb
    bags of rice instead of the cheaper 40lb one. (with my back, can't lift the
    40lb so pay extra for one i can lift). I explained the lifting of the bag
    was dangerous to me then we got off onto breadmachines and the flour and
    swapping recipes.

    Grin, used my credit card that time as had been having so much fun, hadnt
    pre-written my check out yet.

    Charlotte took the toddler in hand for her and her 2 8YO's helped me load my
    car.

    So maybe next time one of the folks in a hurry, sees folks just chatting in
    line, they may think of how much fun it can be? Neither of us slowed the
    checkout process at all. In fact, Charlotte helping with the toddler and
    her 2 'big boys' helping me out, probably speeded it up a bit.

    She brought up a great point. Why DO American shoppers block isles with
    their carts and wander down the middle and then leave the cart there while
    grabbing stuff from both sides so that people going either way have to wait?
    Now, that one IS a frustrating thing. Much more so than a mere 1-2 mins to
    fill out a check. Dunno. Bad habits? Lack of realization of rudeness?



  10. #10
    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: Shopping line chat (was Customers)

    cshenk wrote on Sun, 24 May 2009 13:24:06 -0400:

    "Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote


    >> <lol> Glad to see I'm not the only one that actually talks to
    >> people when waiting in line. :-) It can be entertaining...



    > Especially prone to that if the lines are really long and you know
    > it's gonna take 20 mins or so.


    I grew up in Europe during WWII and developed a dislike of needing to
    wait in long lines that I have never lost. The short lines in the US
    were among its major attractions. I think I would abandon my shopping
    cart if it seemed that I was going to have to wait anything over 10
    minutes.

    Until recently, my usual supermarket was an example of a variant of
    Murphy's law: the "express" line has the least experienced and efficient
    checkers.
    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


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    pavane Guest

    Default Re: Shopping line chat (was Customers)


    "James Silverton" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:tMfSl.437$[email protected]..
    |
    | Until recently, my usual supermarket was an example of a variant of
    | Murphy's law: the "express" line has the least experienced and efficient
    | checkers.
    | --

    This is quite accurate. Supermarkets tend to use the express lines
    as training grounds for new cashiers under the theory that they
    can screw up less on a ten item order than they can on a large
    one, and their "learning curve" inefficiencies are less noticeable.

    pavane



  12. #12
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Shopping line chat (was Customers)

    In article <ljfSl.73857$[email protected]>,
    "cshenk" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > So maybe next time one of the folks in a hurry, sees folks just chatting in
    > line, they may think of how much fun it can be? Neither of us slowed the
    > checkout process at all. In fact, Charlotte helping with the toddler and
    > her 2 'big boys' helping me out, probably speeded it up a bit.


    Pretty cool. :-)

    >
    > She brought up a great point. Why DO American shoppers block isles with
    > their carts and wander down the middle and then leave the cart there while
    > grabbing stuff from both sides so that people going either way have to wait?
    > Now, that one IS a frustrating thing. Much more so than a mere 1-2 mins to
    > fill out a check. Dunno. Bad habits? Lack of realization of rudeness?


    Self-centered. And clueless.
    --
    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
    -- Anon.

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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Shopping line chat (was Customers)

    In article <tMfSl.437$9L2.331@nwrddc02.gnilink.net>,
    "James Silverton" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > cshenk wrote on Sun, 24 May 2009 13:24:06 -0400:
    >
    > "Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote
    >
    >
    > >> <lol> Glad to see I'm not the only one that actually talks to
    > >> people when waiting in line. :-) It can be entertaining...

    >
    >
    > > Especially prone to that if the lines are really long and you know
    > > it's gonna take 20 mins or so.

    >
    > I grew up in Europe during WWII and developed a dislike of needing to
    > wait in long lines that I have never lost. The short lines in the US
    > were among its major attractions. I think I would abandon my shopping
    > cart if it seemed that I was going to have to wait anything over 10
    > minutes.
    >
    > Until recently, my usual supermarket was an example of a variant of
    > Murphy's law: the "express" line has the least experienced and efficient
    > checkers.


    I'm generally shopping around 07:00 so rarely have to wait in long lines.
    --
    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
    -- Anon.

    [email protected]
    Subscribe: [email protected]

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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: Shopping line chat (was Customers)


    "James Silverton" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> Especially prone to that if the lines are really long and you know it's
    >> gonna take 20 mins or so.

    >
    > I grew up in Europe during WWII and developed a dislike of needing to wait
    > in long lines that I have never lost. The short lines in the US were among
    > its major attractions.


    Speaking of Europe, my first trip to a supermarket in Italy was a bit of a
    learning experience. I picked up some fruit, bagged it and put it in my
    basket. At the checkout, I found out I was supposed to weigh and price it
    as the produce section. Rather than hold up the handful of people behind
    me, I just said to put the fruit aside. The cashier said, "you can go weigh
    it, we'll wait". I declined anyway figuring I'd be stoned when I finally
    got back. Next trip to the store I knew better.



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    Gloria P Guest

    Default Re: Shopping line chat (was Customers)

    Omelet wrote:
    > In article <ljfSl.73857$[email protected]>,
    > "cshenk" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> She brought up a great point. Why DO American shoppers block isles with
    >> their carts and wander down the middle and then leave the cart there while
    >> grabbing stuff from both sides so that people going either way have to wait?
    >> Now, that one IS a frustrating thing. Much more so than a mere 1-2 mins to
    >> fill out a check. Dunno. Bad habits? Lack of realization of rudeness?

    >
    > Self-centered. And clueless.



    And rilly, rilly, rilly busy taking IMPORTANT calls on their cellphones.
    :-(

    gloria p

  16. #16
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: Shopping line chat (was Customers)

    Gloria P wrote:
    > Omelet wrote:
    >> In article <ljfSl.73857$[email protected]>,
    >> "cshenk" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> She brought up a great point. Why DO American shoppers block isles
    >>> with their carts and wander down the middle and then leave the cart
    >>> there while grabbing stuff from both sides so that people going
    >>> either way have to wait? Now, that one IS a frustrating thing. Much
    >>> more so than a mere 1-2 mins to fill out a check. Dunno. Bad
    >>> habits? Lack of realization of rudeness?

    >>
    >> Self-centered. And clueless.

    >
    >
    > And rilly, rilly, rilly busy taking IMPORTANT calls on their cellphones.
    > :-(
    >
    > gloria p

    I have often wondered if the folks who walk around in public chatting
    loudly on their cells realize they are sharing some very intimate
    moments with everyone within shouting distance.

  17. #17
    Denise in NH Guest

    Default Re: Shopping line chat (was Customers)

    I doubt any of you would want to be behind me at the check out line. I
    usually have two or three carts full of small items. I shop weekly for
    the food pantry I run and have run into some pretty nice people.
    Everyone stares and wonders why I have 20 boxes of pancake mix, 25 jars
    of peanut butter, 30 lbs of cheese, 20 lbs of margarine, 24 dozen eggs,
    etc. Some people ask if I'm buying for a pancake breakfast somewhere or
    for a restaurant.

    Sometimes I say, "My boys are coming home from college for the weekend."
    or "We only get down off the mountain every 6 months." People usually
    laugh and it starts up conversations about food pantries. Once I get
    the folks behind me talking about my extra large purchase, they don't
    seem to mind the wait. Of course I've had the occasional person who
    looks at the carts, gives me a dirty look, and finds a new line.

    One time after a big purchase and the normal conversation, an old woman
    followed me out and gave me a $10 bill for the food pantry. I was
    dumbfounded and tried to refuse the money, but she insisted. I made
    sure to give her my food pantry business card so she would know I was
    legit.

    I always try to be patient in slow lines, life is too short to sweat the
    small stuff.

    Denise (who turned in her food pantry resignation last week after 20
    years) If no one steps up to assume my responsibilities, the pantry
    will close. : (


  18. #18
    Dimitri Guest

    Default Re: Shopping line chat (was Customers)


    "Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]..
    > In article <ljfSl.73857$[email protected]>,
    > "cshenk" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> So maybe next time one of the folks in a hurry, sees folks just chatting
    >> in
    >> line, they may think of how much fun it can be? Neither of us slowed the
    >> checkout process at all. In fact, Charlotte helping with the toddler and
    >> her 2 'big boys' helping me out, probably speeded it up a bit.

    >
    > Pretty cool. :-)
    >
    >>
    >> She brought up a great point. Why DO American shoppers block isles with
    >> their carts and wander down the middle and then leave the cart there
    >> while
    >> grabbing stuff from both sides so that people going either way have to
    >> wait?
    >> Now, that one IS a frustrating thing. Much more so than a mere 1-2 mins
    >> to
    >> fill out a check. Dunno. Bad habits? Lack of realization of rudeness?

    >
    > Self-centered. And clueless.
    > --
    > Peace! Om



    That stems from their parents giving them an award or trophy for getting
    dressed in the morning.

    :-)

    Dimitri


  19. #19
    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Shopping line chat (was Customers)

    On Sun, 24 May 2009 18:47:01 -0500, George Shirley
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Gloria P wrote:
    >> Omelet wrote:
    >>> In article <ljfSl.73857$[email protected]>,
    >>> "cshenk" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> She brought up a great point. Why DO American shoppers block isles
    >>>> with their carts and wander down the middle and then leave the cart
    >>>> there while grabbing stuff from both sides so that people going
    >>>> either way have to wait? Now, that one IS a frustrating thing. Much
    >>>> more so than a mere 1-2 mins to fill out a check. Dunno. Bad
    >>>> habits? Lack of realization of rudeness?
    >>>
    >>> Self-centered. And clueless.

    >>
    >>
    >> And rilly, rilly, rilly busy taking IMPORTANT calls on their cellphones.
    >> :-(
    >>
    >> gloria p

    >I have often wondered if the folks who walk around in public chatting
    >loudly on their cells realize they are sharing some very intimate
    >moments with everyone within shouting distance.



    My cell conversations are just family looking for me. All important
    calls are on a hard wired phone line that can't be listened in on by
    anyone with a scanner.

  20. #20
    Mack A. Damia Guest

    Default Re: Shopping line chat (was Customers)

    On Sun, 24 May 2009 14:14:24 -0500, Omelet <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >In article <ljfSl.73857$[email protected]>,
    > "cshenk" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> So maybe next time one of the folks in a hurry, sees folks just chatting in
    >> line, they may think of how much fun it can be? Neither of us slowed the
    >> checkout process at all. In fact, Charlotte helping with the toddler and
    >> her 2 'big boys' helping me out, probably speeded it up a bit.

    >
    >Pretty cool. :-)
    >
    >>
    >> She brought up a great point. Why DO American shoppers block isles with
    >> their carts and wander down the middle and then leave the cart there while
    >> grabbing stuff from both sides so that people going either way have to wait?
    >> Now, that one IS a frustrating thing. Much more so than a mere 1-2 mins to
    >> fill out a check. Dunno. Bad habits? Lack of realization of rudeness?

    >
    >Self-centered. And clueless.


    Just American shoppers?

    Same thing in Mexico. Aren't we avoiding an unpleasant truth?

    Most of these shoppers are women.

    Sorry, but many of them seem to be oblivious to their surroundings.

    Just the other day, I was in a fairly deserted sore. I was in an
    aisle by myself - nobody else around. I was looking at the
    ingredients of something on the shelf very closely - I took one step
    back and fell over a cart parked directly behind me by a lady-shopper
    who had wandered off to shop.

    I was ready to kill. You can't imagine the shock of something like.
    that.
    --
    mad

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