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Queue trouble

By Indi - 17 August 2005 76

I’ve never seen anyone worry an awful lot about whether a basket shopper has the right amount of items to join the ‘express’ queue…until yesterday…

Some people enjoy shopping and the ‘wandering’ factor, I really don’t care too much for it. You go in, you pick up what you need and you get out – a strike-force approach.

So it could be said that waiting in a queue isn’t really all that much fun, except for the opportunity to take up a magazine that you would never purchase to gain a quick update on what all the important people are doing with their lives…blah blah blah.

Anyway, on arrival at the front of the queue, I thought I wouldn’t have to worry that my basket was a little fuller than usual. Wrong! The check out operator took one look (without a physical count) at my basket and muttered, “You’ve got too many items – next please!”

As I was the last in the line and a check behind me led me to believe that nobody else was waiting, I thought ‘you cheeky little upstart’ and answered back, “there’s nobody else in line, you’ll have to serve me”.

Obviously left with no alternative and with a manager lurking around, the operator assertively tore out all but one item and rang them up – “that’s $28.74!”

With a bottle of soft drink left in my basket, I asked as to why it wasn’t charged with the other items. The curt reply was, “you’ll have to pay for that separately, you had too many items to use the express queue”.

This may all sound rather petty, but is this the way things are going where operators in supermarkets have to be soooo precise when ringing up goods or is this just a case of an individual just breaking the cycle of boredom while on an 8 hour shift?

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Maelinar 8:50 am 22 Aug 05

I hope you handed them the bill for your time they wasted as well.

Confused 11:14 pm 19 Aug 05

Funnily enough, tonight I was in a 12 items or less (or words to that extent) aisle, and the person in front of me had 21 items in their basket. I only had 5. Normally, I would have had a bit of a quiet grumble to myself, but would have kept quiet, however after this thread, I have learnt a bit of tolerance, as it only added about 60 seconds to my life, and the zen budhist inside of me appreciated the opportunity to reflect on life. I also appreciated that “21 items or less” in front of me will probably have a sore bicep tomorrow due to the excessive weight of their basket. The inner Budhist and the inner impatient bastard then had inner conflicts, and I am now seeking therapy.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart 10:30 pm 19 Aug 05

Aaaaah, so that’s why the columns have gone funny.

Kerces 10:08 pm 19 Aug 05

No more long words, they’re messing with my screen size!

Samuel Gordon-Stewart 4:49 pm 19 Aug 05


bulldog 4:23 pm 19 Aug 05

A valiant effort Spitfire;

Pseudo-antidisestablishmentarianism. I win.

Ahhh yes, you can tack Pseudo on the front of anything.

Now I’m really going to the pub.

Spitfire3 4:18 pm 19 Aug 05

Mael, Antidisestablishmentarianism. I win!

bulldog 4:01 pm 19 Aug 05

Thumper, don’t encourage him.

Sptifire, I think I hear someone eating your focaccia….

Mael, release the evil.

I’m going to the pub.

Maelinar 3:44 pm 19 Aug 05


Thumper 2:53 pm 19 Aug 05

Um, maybe…. Or maybe not…..

In fact I may not deny the very affirmative spin i put upon a negative matter which may not imply that I possible could agree with your supposition in the affirmative…..

Or something like that….

Absent Diane 2:36 pm 19 Aug 05


Spitfire3 2:29 pm 19 Aug 05

Thumper, if I asked you if you weren’t not perfect, is it not true that you would not deny never having made that claim?

Thumper 1:39 pm 19 Aug 05

I’m still perfect, have’nt changed since the last post.

And yep, you just have to ask me…


Maelinar 1:36 pm 19 Aug 05

Apologies confused, if you were innocently caught up in the post by CO/SG at 11:16am. My flame was directed at that identity.

wonsworld 1:06 pm 19 Aug 05

cool. . this thread is growing faster than I can read it

Samuel Gordon-Stewart 12:55 pm 19 Aug 05

I’m the Samuel formerly (and still) known as Samuel, and I always do an item count before going through the express lane, and then usually find an empty non-express checkout so I use that instead.

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