spman: Don't most stores use the Telecheck machine now where all the person has to do is sign the check?
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!?!?
Calypsocookie: Do not go to Walmart on the 1st. Ever.
markie_farkie: I vote we demand all retailers have one lane that's staffed every second the store is open with the following sign:20 ITEMS OR FEWERNO COUPONSCASH/DEBIT/CHARGE ONLYNO BULLSHIAT ARGUING OVER SOMETHING THAT RANG UP FOR A NICKEL MOREIF IT DOESN'T SCAN, FORGET IT.DON'T EVEN THINK OF ASKING THE CASHIER TO SEND SOMEONE TO FIND A THING YOU COULDN'TTHANK YOU, COME AGAIN
MattyBlast: "Queuing Theorists??" Does our society really need such a profession? Apparently so.
WanPhat: The calculation and conclusion that one line that disperses to the different counters is more efficient is an engineering school staple. All engineers were taught this. The effect is that engineers spend the rest of their lives frustrated because most places don't do their lines that way.The fact that the world is not made up of engineers is evident at the airport baggage check. Simple logic, no calculation necessary, would tell you that it would work so much better if everyone would just stand back and go forward to get their bag when they see it. But no, everyone stakes out a spot pressed against the belt so you have to wait until your bag comes around to your exact spot and then try to work your bag through the jam of people who won't move.I'm a very tall and large fellow. Most of my travels that involve baggage checking are to and from Asia (where the people tend to be smaller). These days I stand back and when I see my bag I say "excuse me" and push through, grab my bag, hoist it over everyone and leave. No objections yet.
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.You want to check out behind parents who brought their kids. The kids may be acting up, but that's why the parents want to GTFO of the store ASAP, so they'll be swiping their credit cards and not farking around. If the kids are actually helping bag groceries or otherwise making themselves useful, so much the better.But the presence of the purse trumps the presence of the kids. Any woman who pays by check while shopping with kids is an oblivious imbecile.The only time I have ever seen a man pay by check at a grocery store is in the opening of "The Big Lebowski."
MemeSlave: It needs to be like a Bank or the DMV or a big print shop - push to 1 giant queue, have multiple registers service a single queue. You'll have 1 long queue, but the average wait time for everyone in the queue will be minimized.
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