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TimmyHate
05-15-2009, 12:59 PM
Now we all know about Express lanes right? 12 Items or less? Now how hard is it to count to 12...lets try it right now
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Easy huh?

So i stop into the local late night supermarket to grab a post band practice drink. Total purchase? Two items. Now 2 < 12 therefore i went to the express lane.

In front of me? A guy with two full baskets. The cashier look and sighs (obviously can't say anything). I stand there and am glaring daggers at this guy. So i watch as his items are scanned...1..2...3...(etc)..13..14...15...19...20. .21 (this doesn't include the three bags of bread or two bottles of milk, they only scan as 1 item). As he goes to pay i say (under my breath) "Glad you can f**king count". Guy starts to go off at how rude I am (cashier is giving me a grin at this point too) so I cut him off.

"You want rude? You see this sign - TWELVE items or less. You have TWENTY (points to screen). So you can go F**K YOURSELF". Guy quickly grabs his stuff and leaves. I put my stuff on the counter and turn to the cashier and in my normal voice ask how her night is.

It gets better. I see the jackoff loading his car up. So i walk out, flip him off, then walk to my car - and drive past him with Lamb of God on the stereo. I think i may have scared him a little.

Question tho: Am I an ass for doing this? Anyone else lost it at someone in this situation?

Pairou
05-15-2009, 01:32 PM
XD; I'd say you might have gone a bit overboard, but I smiled for the first time all night, so it couldn't have been THAT bad.

TimmyHate
05-15-2009, 01:55 PM
Haha yeah i though it might have been a little over the top - but after 10 hour shift at work + 4 hours of band practice you don't stand between me and my caffiene :lol:

Pairou
05-15-2009, 01:58 PM
Wait what, no one mentioned caffeine obstacle! I've been known to lunge. Like a wildcat, but scarier.

...Rawr.

taurinejunkie
05-15-2009, 02:02 PM
You did go over the top, but when facing a moron of epic proportions that's often the only thing that'll work.

mikoyan29
05-15-2009, 02:17 PM
<Mr. Snippy Was Here>

Question tho: Am I an ass for doing this? Anyone else lost it at someone in this situation?

Back in my grocery store days, if we were slow, I would let people go through but if things were not, I'd tell them to go to another line if I caught them.

draftermatt
05-15-2009, 02:39 PM
For 20 items you went a tad overboard.

I was once in a Wal-Mart when the couple in front of me had a full freaking cart (mostly of little hand sanitizers).

So I said to my wife "Odd looking 20 items or less eh?"

Guy shoots me a look, then looks at the sign above his head, then back to the cashier "Is it really 20 items or less? I'm so sorry"

At least he apologized.

MoxisPilot
05-15-2009, 02:39 PM
I posted in another thread about how I was -sent by an employee- to the Express Lane with a cart of 50+ items, and caught a lot of flack for it.

Just playing Devil's advocate, but the guy may have had an excuse. :(

If not, then I might have responded similarly to him.

Andara Bledin
05-15-2009, 06:17 PM
I usually just make slightly loud-ish comments to Nekojin about idjits who can't be bothered to wait in the full service lanes like the rest of the world. I don't generally get profane immediately.

However, once the guy ahead of you started spouting off about how rude you were and failed to offer any sort of excuse, that kind of made him fair game for ridicule, although the OP was a bit much for such a minor infraction.

In mostly unrelated news, we used a self checkout for the very first time yesterday at Costco. I think I'm in love. Now I just need to remember to take the Costco reuseable bags out to the car for when we do impromptu shopping trips.

^-.-^

MoxisPilot
05-15-2009, 09:28 PM
In mostly unrelated news, we used a self checkout for the very first time yesterday at Costco. I think I'm in love. Now I just need to remember to take the Costco reuseable bags out to the car for when we do impromptu shopping trips.

^-.-^


I think I'm the only person on Earth who can't stand self checkout. D:

My husband INSISTS on using them, too. Drive me nuts, especially the Wal-Mart ones that make you put the item in a bag so it can be weighed, and often times it rejects the item, or the item doesn't fit...

...I will go on all day. LOL.

joe hx
05-15-2009, 09:39 PM
I think I'm the only person on Earth who can't stand self checkout. D:

I find them quite annoying too, but I'm getting used to them. It really sucks if you accidently scan something twice. Once I was paying and I laid my wallet on the belt while I fooled with the CC machine. The screen yelled "Unknown item on belt" and it took it a few minutes after I picked up my wallet before I continued.

Kiwi
05-15-2009, 09:50 PM
I will go through 12 items or less with 13/14 items, I admit it... :ashamed:

All of our local supermarkets have the express lanes as baskets only, you don't have enough room for a cart and lets face it, theres only so much you can fit in a basket.

Andara Bledin
05-15-2009, 10:10 PM
Well, the self-checkout was at Costco, and everything we had (except for 3 items) was oversized or heavy, so we used the handheld gun to scan it all.

Plus, they do the exit receipt scan and the self-check receipts are this blue color. They have to do the weight thing at places like Walmart because there is nobody at the door checking to make sure you haven't absconded with extra product.

^-.-^

Irving Patrick Freleigh
05-15-2009, 10:56 PM
Question tho: Am I an ass for doing this? Anyone else lost it at someone in this situation?

1. No. I'd probably make a similar comment under my breath too. Once he decided to yell he got what he gave.
2. Not yet. :devil:

Food Lady
05-16-2009, 02:53 AM
I think I'm the only person on Earth who can't stand self checkout. D: My husband INSISTS on using them, too. Drive me nuts, especially the Wal-Mart ones that make you put the item in a bag so it can be weighed, and often times it rejects the item, or the item doesn't fit... ...I will go on all day. LOL. You're not the only one! They won't let you use reuseable bags. I will walk all the way to the other end to get a live cashier. I will wait in line behind 3 people before using an SCO.

ottid
05-16-2009, 03:17 AM
You're not the only one! They won't let you use reuseable bags. I will walk all the way to the other end to get a live cashier. I will wait in line behind 3 people before using an SCO.

Actually, you have a point there. Some of the supermarkets here are going to start charging for bags in August I think it is. I wonder how that will effect SCO. I don't always take a bag for what I purchase at the SCO, if it is one or 2 items I will hold the items in one hand with the receipt when I leave, and I will place them on the scales underneath the bags they already have open.

SilverOrb
05-16-2009, 03:21 AM
I think I'm the only person on Earth who can't stand self checkout. D:

Ugh no. I was a cashier at a very busy store for over a year and still the things hate me. They make me feel inadequate as a former cashier :p

And as for the OP... Yeah, I do think you went a lil overboard... But you know what? I bet he'll think next time.

Besides... You are nicer than me. I would have counted very loudly as the cashier rung him through.

One or two items over, not a big deal if it isn't busy, especially if we are talking doubles of items.... But who would actually think 8 over is OK?!

bainsidhe
05-16-2009, 06:05 PM
For twenty items it seems a little overboard, but I can appreciate the frustration. From a cashier's standpoint, it's nice to have another customer understand the pain, but it's also a little unnerving when customers start ranting under their breath about other customers or a long wait. Even if it isn't directed at me, I always feel a bit responsible since I'm the one checking out Mr.-I-Can't-Count.

And I've also gone through an express lane with too many items. I was once waved over to an 8-item-or-less lane when I had a lot of frozen dinners and whatnot. Now my transaction was still swift and boxed dinners are quick to scan, but I probably had 25 items. The people in line behind me didn't say anything, but they did glare a bit. :(

derangedperson
05-16-2009, 09:20 PM
It gets better. I see the jackoff loading his car up. So i walk out, flip him off, then walk to my car - and drive past him with Lamb of God on the stereo. I think i may have scared him a little.

If you were blasting Redneck, that would be so friggin' appropriate, mainly because of the line "So drunk on yourself, self-righteous/A laughingstock on your own fucking stage."

tropicsgoddess
05-16-2009, 10:56 PM
A little much at the parking lot but nonetheless you did put that tool in his place. You have to be a complete asshat not to know that express lane is 12 (or some places) 10 items or LESS.

PepperElf
05-16-2009, 11:29 PM
Just playing Devil's advocate, but the guy may have had an excuse.
I've had that...

went through a line at wegman's with more than the required number and the cashier didn't say anything but gave me a look... and i simply said that i was sent there

Nashida
05-17-2009, 12:56 AM
At least it wasn't like the supposed "war veteran" I got at Big Yank who decided it was 12 different items or less, but he had at least 20 of each thing.

When I used to work the express lane, if you had maybe a few over the limit, you could stay put. 20 in a twelve? Only if it was slow. Anything over that and I wasn't going to touch anything, you were going to move. And if you didn't, D would come over, shove your stuff back in your cart and personally moe you to another lane herself.

fireheart
05-17-2009, 12:33 PM
Our rule at work for 15 items or less is as follows.

15 or less? No probs.
20 or less? No probs for me busy or slow, slight problem for others when it's busy as it holds up the line. (clue...me and about 10 others are above the store average, express usually has 3 maybe 4 operators at any one time)
More than 20? Busy: Move. Slow: Fine. Get sent over: fine.

And I also do count multiples as individual item (so those 20 cans of cat food are counted as 20 cans of cat food)

TimmyHate
05-18-2009, 08:57 AM
If you were blasting Redneck, that would be so friggin' appropriate, mainly because of the line "So drunk on yourself, self-righteous/A laughingstock on your own fucking stage."

Haha that would have been good. But 'Choke Sermon' on Wrath was just as good :D

blas
05-18-2009, 09:08 AM
I happen to love self checkouts, despite their quirks. At the Wal-Mart I shop at, there are some creepy people working there. One morning, the self checkouts weren't open (isn't that just great!) and I got served by this odd woman who kept informing me the entire transaction "There's something in my shoe.....there's something in my shoe.....I wonder what it is.....I need to take my shoe off!" I just wanted her to shut the hell up and take her damn shoe off and let me leave.

Then there's this uber creepy guy who always works in the mornings, thankfully he never is in charge of self checkouts. I won't ever, ever go to his register. He's the "idiot on the parkbench" type of person who never shuts up and wants to know your life story as well, and he'll forget bags and you'll end up having to come back anyway. He's just a rambling idiot I'd prefer to avoid if I could.

infinitemonkies
05-18-2009, 09:17 AM
I think I'm the only person on Earth who can't stand self checkout. D:

I love the idea of self-check outs, and having the option, but they only time I ever use them is at the library.

When I'm buying groceries, any experienced cashier can get though everything in less than half the time I could alone.

Also, one advantage of working graveyard shifts is I tend to do all my shopping first thing in the morning when stores have just opened, so there's never a line :)