Sunday, June 17, 2007

It's Not Rocket Science

I love that grocery stores have those Self Checkout lines. Yes, I know it means fewer cashiers, but even before they became popular, I rarely saw more than a third of the available registers at use. The number hasn't seemed to change much with the installation of Self Checkouts in grocery stores across the country.

I like using the Self Checkout because it's more peaceful. I don't have to smile at a discontented cashier who looks about as happy as a constipated gorilla (especially if I've had a bad day, and I look as happy as said gorilla). I can scan my club card, scan my groceries, pay, bag and go.

At least, I used to bag my own groceries and go. Now some stories have wandering baggers, who toddle from line to line and bag the groceries.

Grocery baggers are nothing new. Larger chains used to have them all the time. And bagging groceries does not take a degree. Just common sense. Don't put a jar of spagetti sauce on top of the bread. Don't put canned goods on top of the eggs. Double-bag heavy stuff so the handles don't break.

Every bagger who's bagged my groceries has managed to follow all of these simple guidelines. However, one exists that is never followed. Given that it's summer and very hot, this one should be first and foremost in every bagger's mind: put cold stuff together!

For crying out loud!

Don't put my non-dairy creamer and deli meat in with the box of rice. Don't put two frozen dinners in with my bread. Put the creamer, meat and frozen dinners in one bag; put the rice and bread in another. I don't want my room temp stuff getting damp or accumulating moisture. And I like my cold stuff to stay cold on the way home, thank you very much.

It's not rocket science! Like things together! Which one of these does not belong?



Virginia Lee said...

Child, you are preaching to the choir! I hate when baggers haven't a clue.

The best grocery baggers I've ever run across are at the Kroger in Oxford, Mississippi. They hire mentally challenged people and train them up beautifully. The normal high school kids that came on in the summers had nothing on the year round baggers.

Great post. I'm glad I stopped in!

Kelly Meding/Kelly Meade said...

Thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

Constipated gorilla! That's hysterical! I love self-checking too. I think it's because I can't figure things out and it distracts me from the boredom of being in line...

Kelly Meding/Kelly Meade said...

Boredom is another good reason to avoid the regular check-outs. Very rarely is there a line at the Self-Checks.