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Aethian
02-19-2009, 11:18 PM
Okay Mom and I are having a slight disagreement...so I thought to come here and ask all you lovely peoples...

When I go shopping with my re-use bags I will pack the bags the way I like them as I shop and then when I am unloading the cart I put the items that were in that bag behind the empty bag on the belt. Mom says that by doing that I am making the cashier work more. I don't think I am since the bags are out of the way until they are needed and I know the items will fit in the bag without making them too heavy.

Mom will unload all the cart after giving the bags to the cashier and let the cashier decide what goes in what bag when/where. I think that makes it a bit harder since items can get separated and one or more bags could be too heavy for her.

So whose right?

LibraryLady
02-19-2009, 11:39 PM
I've never been a bagger or a cashier. I've also never worked at a job where tips were offered. Because of that, I'm not quite sure which way is the best to go.

When my Husband and I go out to shop we bring our own bags. I stand at the register to pay and he stands further down the line packing our purchases into our bags. In these markets there usually isn't a bagger or a tip jar. If there is one, the bagger can help if she wishes and the coins from our transaction will go into the tip jar.

Should we be doing something differently? :o

Summerfly413
02-20-2009, 12:35 AM
Either way works for me.
We don't have baggers at my store, so 95% of the time, I'm bagging(sometimes another cashier who isn't busy will help)
I just don't like when people hand me a folded up bag and I have to fight with it to open it. They obviously don't work the same way as the store bags, so it takes me a minute to get used to them

Lady Legira
02-20-2009, 01:35 AM
I work in supermarket but I'm not either. I really dislike people packing my bags for me as I tend to be on foot or public transport and cashiers/baggers tend to pack for people in cars. :(

RetailWorkhorse
02-20-2009, 01:50 AM
You're both right. But it depends on the situation.

Take my register for example. I have next to no room to pile everything on. Still, I'd rather you piled it on or left it in a basket and plopped it onto the counter. That way I can take the empty bag, set it on the bag-rest and load it up as I scan (Candies and foods in one bag, cleaning supplies in another, unless you have a preference and will tell me first, then I'll bag it your way).

That's just me, though. Dunno how the other cashiers do it.

But personally I hand my bag over empty and let the cashier or bagger just bag it all up. It's only going to be in the bag long enough to get home anyhow.

Aethian
02-20-2009, 01:53 AM
Okay to explain mine a bit better if it's on a long belt it will be

BAG : Groceries : Bag : Groceries : Bag : ect... Where it's set up so that I know what is with what.

ShadedWings
02-20-2009, 02:21 AM
Well.. speaking as person who was cashier and bagger and still is picky about bagging her own groceries most of the time...

Most places will be more than happy to let you bag your own groceries if you like, to bag it exactly the way you want it. As a bagger, as long as the customer was polite about it, I don't mind direction in what or how to bag... but then again I wasn't an uncaring brainless tweeb, as most of the baggers are that I run across lately. :P (No offense to those still bagging these days!) As a cashier, I can see how it would be a bit annoying coming across random empty bags in the middle of scanning. ;) But not too annoying, and my cashiering days had me helping out the bagger as well, so I wouldn't be standing there staring at them while they bagged.

Being picky when I go shopping was something the people I worked with understood, so when I shopped after work they knew to let me alone and not bag my stuff for me. ^_^ I prefer to condense and make sure things are bagged the way I want and how I can carry it in the fewest trips possible. Also, I alone know how much I can carry per bag, so I can load it up as heavy as I like.

Hope that helped and wasn't too rambly. :angel:

SG15Z
02-20-2009, 02:37 AM
Aethian I'm going with you. I like it. Because when some one just hands me bags I hate the prusser of maybe packing it the way they don't want! But then again I rarely sack these days....

Becks
02-20-2009, 03:48 AM
To me, being both a cashier and occasional bagger-type, it doesn't much matter.

:shrug:

Bag first is usually more convenient, though.

Bella_Vixen
02-20-2009, 04:17 AM
I prefer bags first, as a cashier/emergency bagger.

Especially when the customers have a fucking cartload of groceries and want their stuff bagged ONLY in their bags.

:rant:

xx_wolfie_xx
02-20-2009, 04:35 AM
I know a lot of chain grocery stores generally have a rule as to how many items are supposed to go into their plastic bags, in 1999/2000 at safeway it was 7 per bag, and at HEB the stickers are saying 8. When i was a bagger for Safeway the reusable bag fad hadn't come in full force yet, but, when haded reusable bags i would still try to keep it to 7 items in each. I definatly preferred getting the bags seperatly from the cashier. My personal opinion is that the items should be left unbagged, that way the cashier doesn't have to unbag your stuff, scan it, then re-bag it.


Now, if they would learn not to put my cleaning supplies in with my raw chicken i would be very happy


that and not put the milk in a bag, it has a handle for a reason

RetailWorkhorse
02-20-2009, 07:13 AM
BAG : Groceries : Bag : Groceries : Bag : ect... Where it's set up so that I know what is with what.

That makes a HELLAVA lot of sense! I like that idea! :D


that and not put the milk in a bag, it has a handle for a reason

....hey.....I just noticed the Cashier at WallyWorld put my GALLON of milk into a bag..... gu-wha'? :confused: KASDGJWLUISDGK>LHDGH IT'S GOT A HANDLE!!!

Primer
02-27-2009, 11:59 PM
....hey.....I just noticed the Cashier at WallyWorld put my GALLON of milk into a bag..... gu-wha'? :confused: IT'S GOT A HANDLE!!!

WM in particular bags everything to indicate it really has been paid for. If there is anything going out the door that is not in a bag, they WILL stop you and check your receipt. Personally, I have no problem with that. Another reason for bagging milk is that sometimes the jugs leak a bit and a bag keeps the milk from getting all over your car upholstery.

LibraryLady
02-28-2009, 12:45 AM
When I buy only a few things, I don't mind having a bagger do it, They're fine. When we have a complex order, my husband prefers to do his own bagging and we bring our own bags.

I know it's a No-no to put a loaf of bread below the eggs. We like it that way. The bread we buy won't be spongy and soft. It will have a good crust and will be a good buffer for the eggs if the bag has to be dropped on the sidewalk on the way home. If we're worried about the eggs we'll wrap them in a small plastic bag we bring from home.

We wrap meat and put in the bottom of the bag. Vegetables can go on top. They can be packed in the same bag. We don't worry about contamination when it's only a three block between the Market and our house.

RetailWorkhorse
02-28-2009, 02:17 AM
WM in particular bags everything to indicate it really has been paid for. If there is anything going out the door that is not in a bag, they WILL stop you and check your receipt. Personally, I have no problem with that. Another reason for bagging milk is that sometimes the jugs leak a bit and a bag keeps the milk from getting all over your car upholstery.

I got no problem with the Doormen checking my receipt (must be all that time spent in Sam's Club).

And I have leather upholstery in my Jeep so it's easy enough to clean.

I just have enough bags at home, is all.

persephone
03-04-2009, 04:01 PM
....hey.....I just noticed the Cashier at WallyWorld put my GALLON of milk into a bag..... gu-wha'? :confused: KASDGJWLUISDGK>LHDGH IT'S GOT A HANDLE!!!

The only thing I can think of is that it makes it easier to carry if you are trying to carry multiple bags at once. I know when I used to grocery shop with the bus as my only means of transportation, I NEEDED the milk in a bag because that way I could carry the milk AND other bags of groceries. Otherwise, it was one hand just for the milk.

But the baggers where I am tend to ask if I want the milk in a bag or not. Since I take my own bags, I say yes, because it makes it easier to get the groceries into the house in less trips.

Kogarashi
03-04-2009, 08:16 PM
Aethian, I think either way is fine. Your system indicates you have a preference without you needing to tell the cashier. Your mom's way gets all the bags to the cashier at once so he/she has them ready. The only time I dislike being handed all the bags at once is when the customer waits until I've bagged half their stuff before saying, "No, no, I want it bagged this way!" If the customer has a bagging preference, I prefer they tell me at the start so I can bag it right from the get-go. Same goes with the plastic bags for people who are taking the bus or walking instead of driving a car home. Just let the cashier know in advance if you have bagging preferences (i.e. "Please bag them lightly; I have to walk"), and that should be enough.

When I go shopping with my reusables, I make sure to group things together on the belt how I would like them bagged, but mostly leave that up to the cashier. I just ask them, "Fit as much as you can in each bag; it's fine if they're heavy." The few times I've put the bags with the parts of my purchases that I wanted bagged together (similar to your method, Aethian), the cashier just ignored it and piled all the bags up at once.

As for milk in the bag at Walmart, I've cashiered there several times and was never told that it needs to go into a bag as proof of payment. Most cashiers don't bother asking and just bag everything, often because that's what they're told to do. I usually asked if the customer wanted their milk in a bag, because invariably if I bagged it, they'd take it out, and if I didn't, they'd ask for a bag. I'd also ask this question for other things like impulse-rack candy and 20-oz. drinks. So for those of you whose milk gets bagged when you don't want/need it, if the cashier doesn't ask when they start to scan the milk, just ask them not to bag it.