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2014-07-15 11:00:13 AM  
Self checkouts are for like a drink and a candy bar.  Five items or more, get in the regular line.
 
2014-07-15 11:01:11 AM  
There seems to be a large unwrapped fish in that woman's cart...just sitting there.

/That aint normal.
 
2014-07-15 11:04:20 AM  
Do not go to Walmart on the 1st. Ever.
 
2014-07-15 11:07:02 AM  

MattyBlast: "Queuing Theorists??"  Does our society really need such a profession?  Apparently so.


Absolutely. Queuing theory applies heavily in mass production of stuff, especially when certain processes affect other process. Example: widget a takes 4 minutes, widget b takes 3 minutes and 30 seconds, but they combine into widget C, which is needed to combine with widget d and so on. So how do you minimize downtime with a limited number of machines?

Queuing theory even applies in computers. Your processor runs at X megahertz, but your Front Side bus, video card, RAM and HDD all run at other frequencies. How do you set this up to maximize processor time without making it wait longer than absolutely necessary?
 
2014-07-15 11:07:32 AM  

Gonz: I got caught behind an extreme couponer a few weeks ago. They were arguing over $0.50. I offered them a dollar bill, and said "my time's worth more than this". They wouldn't take it. The principle of the coupon was worth more to them than actual cash.

I ended up going to a different lane to check out. They were still arguing with a manager when I left.


God, I HATE those people.  They make me feel homicidal.
 
2014-07-15 11:08:07 AM  
Maybe you do subby but long ago I learned to count the cart content and how fast the cashier is going and not the length of the line via people.
 
2014-07-15 11:08:23 AM  

Calypsocookie: Do not go to Walmart on the 1st. Ever.


Oh, but DO go to Walgreen's on Christmas Eve toward midnight... the people shopping there are the living dead. Most are just shuffling into each other while holding a chia pet.

It's amazing.
 
2014-07-15 11:08:54 AM  

stonicus: Self checkouts are for like a drink and a candy bar.  Five items or more, get in the regular line.


I learned the PLUs of most produce explicitly so I can use the self checkout line. 20 items, 1 minute. The only thing that slows me down is the computer which is throttled for the idiots/elderly.
 
2014-07-15 11:12:20 AM  

Gulper Eel: female customers whose purses are in the top section of the cart. They will be paying by check


This is not 100% accurate.  my wife keeps her purse up there and always pays with a card.  your mileage may vary.

This also seems appropriate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5Ri_HhziI0&list=UU2bkHVIDjXS7sgrgjFt z OXQ
 
2014-07-15 11:12:34 AM  

MythDragon: No checks. Seriously, why are you writing a check for 10 items? Get with the damn 21st centuary and use your debit card. Hell, get some cash back for the next time you hit the express lane and save everyone some time.


Smeggy Smurf: Avoid old people. They love checks.


Seriously... I need to know the answer to this. Need to know.

Why do people use checks in grocery checkout lines? There's not one bank near me that doesn't offer free debit cards. Do they not trust technology? Are four digit PINs too hard to remember? Are they too scary? Why? I think they run the routing number right there at the cashiers station... so there's no chance they can float because they're short on funds. So why? Why do they do it...? <sobbing> Will someone, for the love of all that is Holy tell me why!???
 
2014-07-15 11:14:14 AM  

tricycleracer: I look for the best mix of:

1. Age of customers in line.
2. Items per customer.

Grandma with one item might write a check and take longer than a 30 year old with a cart full who will pay with a credit card.


America? Sounds like the dark ages of banking. Last time I saw checks used at a supermarket (Australia) was back in the mid 80s.
 
2014-07-15 11:14:37 AM  

Destructor: MythDragon: No checks. Seriously, why are you writing a check for 10 items? Get with the damn 21st centuary and use your debit card. Hell, get some cash back for the next time you hit the express lane and save everyone some time.

Smeggy Smurf: Avoid old people. They love checks.

Seriously... I need to know the answer to this. Need to know.

Why do people use checks in grocery checkout lines? There's not one bank near me that doesn't offer free debit cards. Do they not trust technology? Are four digit PINs too hard to remember? Are they too scary? Why? I think they run the routing number right there at the cashiers station... so there's no chance they can float because they're short on funds. So why? Why do they do it...? <sobbing> Will someone, for the love of all that is Holy tell me why!???


Mostly habit I assume.
 
2014-07-15 11:16:06 AM  
To determine the optimal number of each type of representative, a call center can use Erlang's findings and not, as is commonly believed, a random number determined by the prince of darkness.

This got a small chuckle out of me.
 
2014-07-15 11:17:29 AM  

LiberalConservative: tricycleracer: I look for the best mix of:

1. Age of customers in line.
2. Items per customer.

Grandma with one item might write a check and take longer than a 30 year old with a cart full who will pay with a credit card.

America? Sounds like the dark ages of banking. Last time I saw checks used at a supermarket (Australia) was back in the mid 80s.


Not just America.  Florida.
 
2014-07-15 11:21:17 AM  
Go after midnite, preferably about 3 or 4 - I hardly ever even see other customers.

If you must go during the day, do not go between 3 PM and 8 PM  and do not go on Saturday.

Daytime, it's best to go as early as possible and know what you want and where it is.  I spent a whole 8 minutes in the grocery store this morning.  No self-checkout, but no line either.  I got there 15 minutes after it opened.

Don't even think about going during the day within a week of Thanksgiving or Xmas.
 
2014-07-15 11:24:24 AM  
I don't look for the shortest line, I look for the line with the least total  number of items in the lines' carts.  If there's 5 people in line with only 3 things in each of their carts, that line will motor compared to the line with people doing their monthly shopping trip of $400.

Or choose the cutest cashier and enjoy the wait.
 
2014-07-15 11:24:47 AM  

gfid: Go after midnite, preferably about 3 or 4 - I hardly ever even see other customers.

If you must go during the day, do not go between 3 PM and 8 PM  and do not go on Saturday.

Daytime, it's best to go as early as possible and know what you want and where it is.  I spent a whole 8 minutes in the grocery store this morning.  No self-checkout, but no line either.  I got there 15 minutes after it opened.

Don't even think about going during the day within a week of Thanksgiving or Xmas.


This is assuming you live in an area where the grocery stores are open that late. Where I am in Connecticut, I think there might be one grocery store about 10 miles away that is open after 11pm.
 
2014-07-15 11:28:40 AM  
While at an Auchan in France, I saw these bad boys (or something like it):

rubberslippersinitaly.files.wordpress.com

Insert loyalty card
Scan items as you put them in your cart
Go to checkout kiosk, point scanner, push button, pay
Drop off scanner, walk out.

I am sure they have their own issues, but it seems like a good idea to combat the long lines at the checkout.
 
2014-07-15 11:30:15 AM  

Big Beef Burrito: Big Beef Burrito: Why the fark do people that have been retired for thiry years still wait until Saturday and Sunday to go grocery shopping!?!?



Two reasons:
1) We often don't know what day it is as we just don't care.
2) Just to get in line in front of you so we can watch you squirm.  Cheap entertainment.
 
2014-07-15 11:36:00 AM  
CSB:

Lady is in line on the 1st of the month (Avoid shopping on the 1st if you can) with her EBT card and cart full of soda, frozen TGI Friday's chili poppers, bags of lay's chips and several packet's of Satan's Sack Sweat flavored beverage mix (The off-brand off-brand Kool-aid mix for the crotch goblins. grape of course). In addition to all the crap she's buying, she lay's *one* healthy thing on the belt. A bag of cherries. Upon being informed the cherries are 6 bucks, she promptly freaks the hell out. "Dem cherries ain't no 6 dollahs, dat sign dere said dey was 3 dollahs!" The cashier tried to explain that the price was 3 dollars a pound, and she had a 2 pound bag. The lady takes the cherries, and places them in the spot unwanted groceries go. Namely on top of the box of Snickers on the candy shelf, were they automatically become someone else's problem. She says "Hell naw, I ain't gettin' ripped off on no cherries when dat sign said dey were 3 dollahs. You ain't takin' MY money. You can keep dem shiats fo' 6 dollahs."

So as she is grabbing her bags o' crap I look at her and say "You're welcome" She just stares at me for a second and says 'Fo' what?'. I say "For those groceries my tax money paid for" She huffs and says something about "Whatevah, I'll kick yo cracker ass motherfarker talk to me about 'welcome' for some damn groceries man fark that nubian cracka ass he don't...." But by then she was out the door and I couldn't hear her any more.
 
2014-07-15 11:36:43 AM  
Not trying to white knight poor people, but where the fark do some of you live or shop? It reminds me of how my dad and brother always have a story about being behind some lowly poor person buying items they deem too good for them, despite them never doing grocery shopping in a poor neighborhood. I live in a run down hipster neighborhood sandwiched between a poor area and an affluent area across the river. I've shopped in the poor area many times and have yet to see things such as arguing over what you can buy with EBT cards. Most people know exactly what they can and can't buy with their EBT card. The only slow poor people I've been stuck behind are the ones that decide to shop and add items to their pile while still in line, or need the extra time to double bag their groceries because they have to walk to the bus stop with them.

I also do weekly shopping for an elderly neighbor and sometimes need to use his EBT card. That thing is just as fast as a debit card; swipe > select EBT > select EBT Food. Done.
 
2014-07-15 11:39:13 AM  

MythDragon: CSB:

Lady is in line on the 1st of the month (Avoid shopping on the 1st if you can) with her EBT card and cart full of soda, frozen TGI Friday's chili poppers, bags of lay's chips and several packet's of Satan's Sack Sweat flavored beverage mix (The off-brand off-brand Kool-aid mix for the crotch goblins. grape of course). In addition to all the crap she's buying, she lay's *one* healthy thing on the belt. A bag of cherries. Upon being informed the cherries are 6 bucks, she promptly freaks the hell out. "Dem cherries ain't no 6 dollahs, dat sign dere said dey was 3 dollahs!" The cashier tried to explain that the price was 3 dollars a pound, and she had a 2 pound bag. The lady takes the cherries, and places them in the spot unwanted groceries go. Namely on top of the box of Snickers on the candy shelf, were they automatically become someone else's problem. She says "Hell naw, I ain't gettin' ripped off on no cherries when dat sign said dey were 3 dollahs. You ain't takin' MY money. You can keep dem shiats fo' 6 dollahs."

So as she is grabbing her bags o' crap I look at her and say "You're welcome" She just stares at me for a second and says 'Fo' what?'. I say "For those groceries my tax money paid for" She huffs and says something about "Whatevah, I'll kick yo cracker ass motherfarker talk to me about 'welcome' for some damn groceries man fark that nubian cracka ass he don't...." But by then she was out the door and I couldn't hear her any more.


Eskimos, man. What can you do?
 
2014-07-15 11:41:29 AM  

MythDragon: CSB:


Ohh....this should be good
*grabs popcorn*
 
2014-07-15 11:42:45 AM  

robbiex0r: I don't look for the shortest line, I look for the line with the least total  number of items in the lines' carts.  If there's 5 people in line with only 3 things in each of their carts, that line will motor compared to the line with people doing their monthly shopping trip of $400.

Or choose the cutest cashier and enjoy the wait.


I stand inappropriately close to the person in front of me, brush up against them, breath heavily and mumble vaguely sexual terms under my breath.  When the person flees, rinse and repeat.
 
2014-07-15 11:50:42 AM  

Burr: While at an Auchan in France, I saw these bad boys (or something like it):

[rubberslippersinitaly.files.wordpress.com image 500x364]

Insert loyalty card
Scan items as you put them in your cart
Go to checkout kiosk, point scanner, push button, pay
Drop off scanner, walk out.

I am sure they have their own issues, but it seems like a good idea to combat the long lines at the checkout.


Those are in Sweden too.  There's a big wall of portable scanner doohickeys when you first walk into a supermarket.  I forget what chain.
 
2014-07-15 12:04:15 PM  
Dammit, I waited in line so long to post in this thread I forgot what I was going to say!! **cockpunches for everybody**
 
2014-07-15 12:05:09 PM  

HK-MP5-SD: robbiex0r: I don't look for the shortest line, I look for the line with the least total  number of items in the lines' carts.  If there's 5 people in line with only 3 things in each of their carts, that line will motor compared to the line with people doing their monthly shopping trip of $400.

Or choose the cutest cashier and enjoy the wait.

I stand inappropriately close to the person in front of me, brush up against them, breath heavily and mumble vaguely sexual terms under my breath.  When the person flees, rinse and repeat.


Man, that just creeped me out.  But I still laughed.  Good for you.
 
2014-07-15 12:05:57 PM  

Gulper Eel: The secret: watch the registers where there are female customers whose purses are in the top section of the cart. They will be paying by check and jamming up everybody else's lives in the process. Often they will ask the cashier whom to make the check out to, even if they're at a Target where there are approximately 18,000 Target logos within their line of sight at all times.


No.

The secret is pick a hot cashier and / or hot people in line so you don't mind waiting a bit and have something nice to look at.

/Works better at Target than at Wal-Mart
//Results may vary by state.
 
2014-07-15 12:06:20 PM  
No matter which line you choose, the other lines always move faster.
 
2014-07-15 12:13:04 PM  

PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: I can answer this without RTFA.

Because the people in front of you in line are the same people who meander through the store at snail's pace, parking directly in front of popular items to stare blankly at them for two or three minutes while people scoot around them to grab what they need.  Inevitably they always manage to take the longest in line somehow even if they have exactly four items.

You're welcome!


*sad trombone*

Thanks for playing - parting gifts are to the left...
 
2014-07-15 12:21:40 PM  
Proof that there is an XKCD for everything:  XKCD on Consecutive Vowels (NSFW word)
 
2014-07-15 12:22:38 PM  

Cotton Rinkenbolts: Not trying to white knight poor people, but where the fark do some of you live or shop? It reminds me of how my dad and brother always have a story about being behind some lowly poor person buying items they deem too good for them, despite them never doing grocery shopping in a poor neighborhood. I live in a run down hipster neighborhood sandwiched between a poor area and an affluent area across the river. I've shopped in the poor area many times and have yet to see things such as arguing over what you can buy with EBT cards. Most people know exactly what they can and can't buy with their EBT card. The only slow poor people I've been stuck behind are the ones that decide to shop and add items to their pile while still in line, or need the extra time to double bag their groceries because they have to walk to the bus stop with them.


In their fevered, bigoted imaginations, surrounded by strapping young bucks buying T-Bone steaks and single mothers using their welfare money to load up on lobsters. The fact that someone can claim to have personally witnessed five or six totally different utterly implausible wing-nut tropes in the store where he shops should tell you they're full of shiat
 
2014-07-15 12:26:54 PM  

sxacho: My wife was nearing her due date with our second baby, in the middle of summer in Florida, with sore feet and a back ache when this little old guy slips in front of her in line. She fumed and huffed and puffed but didn't say anything. So he checks out and leaves, my wife checks out and leaves and finds this same little old guy jogging from his car toward her motioning to her. She's pissed, furious, exhausted, pregnant, hormonal, hot, and ready to flip her shiat but before she could say anything, the guy hands her a little framed plaque with an inspirational message for expectant mothers. It was obvious that he made it himself. Apparently he keeps a few in his car and gives them to pregnant women that he encounters. If you've ever spent time with such a pregnant hormonal woman, you can imagine how fast her anger turned into great big sobbing tears.

Hearing about this, I still say it was a dick move that he cut her in line, but she disagrees and tends to give jerks the benefit of the doubt from now on.


If he hadn't cut in front of her, he wouldn't have been able to get out to the parking lot to get the plaque to give to her.

Still usually an asshat move to cut in line, but possibly this was his intent...
 
2014-07-15 12:29:05 PM  
Based on personal experience, I try to avoid getting line behind people with the following items

1. Jumbo packs of toilet paper.  For some reason, this items seems to result in disputes. I think it's because those who buy those huge packs of TP are cheapskates and feel the product is overpriced

2. Kid's clothing. They are often missing their tags because they tend to fall off or it was a return and the shelf-stockers are too lazy to re-tag the item.  And again, people who buy kids clothing in supermarkets are cheapskates and more inclined to dispute a price.

3. Nothing but generic items.  Again - more often than not - cheapskates willing to dispute prices.

4. A bunch of competitor's specials flyers where the store has a "we will not be undersold" policy. Some clerks really take their sweet time verifying the lower price is really the right size, flavor, color, etc.

More often than not I'm right.
 
2014-07-15 12:32:02 PM  
I was actually curious about the photo accompanying TFA. The Asian shoppers are standing in line with their carts perpendicular to the line, presumably to allow more people to cram into the line. Seems it would be kind of a minor pain in the ass to turn the cart, move it forward, stop, then turn the cart again with each advance in line.
 
2014-07-15 12:37:52 PM  
At Stop & Shop they have these handheld scanners. If you know what you're doing, you do it like this:

1. Bring in your own bags
2. Get scanner
3. Scan and bag as you go
4. At the end, scan the end-of-file barcode, scan your loyalty card, it brings up your whole order, you whip out your credit card, pay and GTFO.

Step 4 ought to take around 60 seconds, tops.

In practice, I go through steps 1-3, and then the following happens:

- I get in line behind some old person who can't figure out the self-checkout. IF YOU ARE INCAPABLE OF INTERACTING WITH A COMPUTER TO CHECK OUT YOUR OWN GROCERIES, THEN FOR GOD'S SAKE GO TO A LINE STAFFED BY A HUMAN BEING. Yesterday I wound up behind some old woman who was laboriously scanning eleventy produce items, trying to find them all, then couldn't find the barcode on her ground meat despite the fact that it was RIGHT ON THE FRONT OF THE PACKAGE. And then she was bamboozled by the payment method section. JUST GO TO A HUMAN-STAFFED REGISTER IF YOU CAN'T HANDLE CHECKING OUT YOUR OWN GROCERIES.

- The receipt printer runs out of paper.

- I get picked for one of those audits to keep everyone honest, requiring a human being to come over and scan my groceries and then say, "Yep, they're all accounted for." Sheesh.

- Somewhere the server garbles my order and it says NOPE, TAKE YOUR SCANNER AND YOUR GROCERIES AND SEE A HUMAN BEING, DO NOT PASS GO, GOOD DAY.
 
2014-07-15 12:38:30 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: I get behind the person with the 5 Link cards (Food Stamps) and the Well Infant Child food voucher. It's my taxes, I might as well enjoy the show.


I hate WIC.  I used to be a checker and it took forever to process.  In fact, most checkers just called the manager over to do it.  If you see someone with a WIC voucher, move lines.
 
2014-07-15 12:41:14 PM  

buckler: I was actually curious about the photo accompanying TFA. The Asian shoppers are standing in line with their carts perpendicular to the line, presumably to allow more people to cram into the line.


Yes, that's exactly why. I've only ever seen it in small, but very busy grocery stores. In fact, I've only ever seen it in popular, tiny Asian markets. Combined with the pic in the article, it's tempting to think of it as some kind of Asian thing, but I dunno

Seems it would be kind of a minor pain in the ass to turn the cart, move it forward, stop, then turn the cart again with each advance in line.

Not as much of a pain in the ass ass shopping in a store where one or two of the aisles were crammed completely  full of people waiting in a more traditional line setup
 
2014-07-15 12:46:12 PM  
This is why I hired a personal shopper.

I also have a personal Fark representative to post mocking things on here for me.

In fact, I haven't even personally visited Fark in three years.
 
2014-07-15 12:46:56 PM  

MythDragon: CSB:

Lady is in line on the 1st of the month (Avoid shopping on the 1st if you can) with her EBT card and cart full of soda, frozen TGI Friday's chili poppers, bags of lay's chips and several packet's of Satan's Sack Sweat flavored beverage mix (The off-brand off-brand Kool-aid mix for the crotch goblins. grape of course). In addition to all the crap she's buying, she lay's *one* healthy thing on the belt. A bag of cherries. Upon being informed the cherries are 6 bucks, she promptly freaks the hell out. "Dem cherries ain't no 6 dollahs, dat sign dere said dey was 3 dollahs!" The cashier tried to explain that the price was 3 dollars a pound, and she had a 2 pound bag. The lady takes the cherries, and places them in the spot unwanted groceries go. Namely on top of the box of Snickers on the candy shelf, were they automatically become someone else's problem. She says "Hell naw, I ain't gettin' ripped off on no cherries when dat sign said dey were 3 dollahs. You ain't takin' MY money. You can keep dem shiats fo' 6 dollahs."

So as she is grabbing her bags o' crap I look at her and say "You're welcome" She just stares at me for a second and says 'Fo' what?'. I say "For those groceries my tax money paid for" She huffs and says something about "Whatevah, I'll kick yo cracker ass motherfarker talk to me about 'welcome' for some damn groceries man fark that nubian cracka ass he don't...." But by then she was out the door and I couldn't hear her any more.


1/10
Trying too hard
 
2014-07-15 12:47:26 PM  

LZeitgeist: If he hadn't cut in front of her, he wouldn't have been able to get out to the parking lot to get the plaque to give to her.

Still usually an asshat move to cut in line, but possibly this was his intent...


Yeah. That's what we figured. I'm guessing the guy hasn't had a lot of luck asking pregnant women to come over to his car so he can give them something special.
 
2014-07-15 12:48:29 PM  
Just don't ever expect short lines when the news is calling for bad weather (ice, snow) the next day.
 
2014-07-15 12:50:25 PM  
img.fark.net

It would be more efficient.
 
2014-07-15 12:52:20 PM  

Destructor: MythDragon: No checks. Seriously, why are you writing a check for 10 items? Get with the damn 21st centuary and use your debit card. Hell, get some cash back for the next time you hit the express lane and save everyone some time.

Smeggy Smurf: Avoid old people. They love checks.

Seriously... I need to know the answer to this. Need to know.

Why do people use checks in grocery checkout lines? There's not one bank near me that doesn't offer free debit cards. Do they not trust technology? Are four digit PINs too hard to remember? Are they too scary? Why? I think they run the routing number right there at the cashiers station... so there's no chance they can float because they're short on funds. So why? Why do they do it...? <sobbing> Will someone, for the love of all that is Holy tell me why!???


I've tried to convince myself that the reason women wait until the last second to pull out their checkbooks is that if the total was less than $30 dollars, say, they had enough cash but it turned out to be $30.13 and so they both didn't know and can't math watching the total ringing up to know that they are going to be short.

Even when I shopped at Sam's Club which doesn't take cards, I'd have the check already signed and ready for them to put in the printing machine. If I can, I usually put items on the conveyor belt in bagging order so that the bag boy can easily put everything away too.

I try to be considerate to others, but it's a two way street and I expect that other people should try to be considerate too.

/m'lady
 
2014-07-15 12:59:23 PM  

onzmadi: [img.fark.net image 511x444]

It would be more efficient.


At the New Seasons market near me, the express lane works precisely that way, with that exact setup.
 
2014-07-15 01:23:52 PM  

onzmadi: [img.fark.net image 511x444]

It would be more efficient.


I try that at fast food places sometimes, to varied effect.

Like if there is one person at all three registers I'll hang out a few paces back in the middle, so I can get the first one that opens. Often people will catch on and form a line  behind me. But then you always have that one bastard who will walk right by everyone as if they all just decided the middle lane was the place to be and go stand behind one of the other registers.
 
2014-07-15 01:27:56 PM  

Fano: Destructor: MythDragon: No checks. Seriously, why are you writing a check for 10 items? Get with the damn 21st centuary and use your debit card. Hell, get some cash back for the next time you hit the express lane and save everyone some time.

Smeggy Smurf: Avoid old people. They love checks.

Seriously... I need to know the answer to this. Need to know.

Why do people use checks in grocery checkout lines? There's not one bank near me that doesn't offer free debit cards. Do they not trust technology? Are four digit PINs too hard to remember? Are they too scary? Why? I think they run the routing number right there at the cashiers station... so there's no chance they can float because they're short on funds. So why? Why do they do it...? <sobbing> Will someone, for the love of all that is Holy tell me why!???

I've tried to convince myself that the reason women wait until the last second to pull out their checkbooks is that if the total was less than $30 dollars, say, they had enough cash but it turned out to be $30.13 and so they both didn't know and can't math watching the total ringing up to know that they are going to be short.

Even when I shopped at Sam's Club which doesn't take cards, I'd have the check already signed and ready for them to put in the printing machine. If I can, I usually put items on the conveyor belt in bagging order so that the bag boy can easily put everything away too.

I try to be considerate to others, but it's a two way street and I expect that other people should try to be considerate too.

/m'lady

i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2014-07-15 01:57:21 PM  
pute kisses like a man: ...
5)  finally, examine the clerks.  how fast are they checking out items.
...

This is the single most important factor IMO.  A good checker will keep the line going regardless of what gets thrown at them.

I used to go to the shortest line (and by shorter I mean like 1/2 of the other lines) until I realized they're shorter because the people there know the checkers and purposely don't go to them.
 
2014-07-15 02:07:35 PM  
We shop twice a month - just after they open in the am -and usually with the same cashier

Yes, I coupon - setting aside the cash saved resulted in just over $1000

No check writing
No expired coupons
I don't mind your children (been there)
If you are obviously in a hurry, I can wait - hell, cut in line if you are in extremis and can't find the express lane
I am happy not to be seeking food in Best Korea OR paying in pennies for premium alpo
 
2014-07-15 02:19:08 PM  

MythDragon: onzmadi: [img.fark.net image 511x444]

It would be more efficient.

I try that at fast food places sometimes, to varied effect.

Like if there is one person at all three registers I'll hang out a few paces back in the middle, so I can get the first one that opens. Often people will catch on and form a line  behind me. But then you always have that one bastard who will walk right by everyone as if they all just decided the middle lane was the place to be and go stand behind one of the other registers.


it's the same bastard who screws up merging in traffic I'll wager.
 
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