Sunday, March 2, 2014

Thank you, Ms Lady-in-the-Striped-Shirt

We were standing in line at the grocery store yesterday, and a string of events went down that brought a smile to my face.

We were forecast to get a huge winter storm today, so naturally, the grocery stores were packed yesterday with all the people who thought they'd never see food again.  Meanwhile, I just needed cheese for my work lunches.  So we had the deli slice out the cheese and brought it up front.  Every register had long lines, so we just got on the end of the shortest one and waited.

It soon became apparent that we had once again selected the line that DOESN'T move.  Experience has taught me that this usually means there is an unreasonable customer up front holding everyone else up.  So I look up there, and I see this woman discussing her check with the cashier.  Yep, still writing paper checks. Whatever, I figure the check got declined or something and she's arguing.  A few minutes, and the line will start moving, right?

A few minutes later, and she's still up there.  I watch as she has the cashier scan a can of frozen orange juice concentrate.  He picks up a second and tells her that the rules of the sale state one per customer.  She, of course, gives zero damns about the rest of the customers who may want them.  Instead, she insists that he just ring them up separately.  I guess this store's policy allows this, because he went ahead and totaled the sale for the first one.  She hands him another check.

That's when I see her other hand.

She's got a stack of checks in her hand, and she's expecting this cashier to ring all these separately so that she could rape the sale while other customers get screwed out of the inventory.

The cashier puts this check through, and reaches for the next one. Again, the customer says "OK, now just that one."  This is when my new hero steps in.

The lady behind her, a woman wearing a striped shirt and buying a full load of groceries, says "No.  Just ring them up on my purchase."

The cashier, of course, looks confused.  Again, she tells him to ring up the items on her bill.  "Just this one?" the cashier asks her.

"NO, all of them."  Striped Shirt says, pushing four more cans forward.  Apparently, the Check Lady expected to go through this whole process four more times while the rest of us waited.  Remember, all registers had long lines, so it wasn't exactly the ideal time for seven thousand separate check purchases to be rung through.

I wasn't close enough to hear if Check Lady thanked her, but it didn't look like it from where I was standing. She took her cans and walked off without any visible sign of appreciation.

The fun didn't stop there, however.  There was a woman in front of us in line who had a cart full of product of her own.  Once Check Lady was gone, the line started moving pretty quickly, so the woman in front of us was up in minutes.  The cashier and his bagger were getting back into the grove of their routines, and the cashier smiled said something to him like "We're back on track now!"

The lady in front of us says "How about you just shut your mouth and do your job?"  Then she snatched her receipt and left without so much as a "Thank you" or "Have a good day" or any sort of civilized behavior whatsoever.

Needless to say, I was furious.  What is WRONG with people?!

Shopping Tip of the Day:  Don't be a jerk.  

While it may seem like zero thought went into this Tip of the Day, it is simple advice that no one seems to follow.