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(MSN)   Eleven things that frustrate every grocery store employee. *looks at list*....yeah, this pretty much frustrates other shoppers too...you are not unique   (msn.com) divider line
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2019-03-13 09:12:37 AM  
Not only are you holding up the line; by looking for mistakes, you're also making the cashier feel as if you don't trust them. Wait until you're out of the way to make sure the grapes weren't accidentally scanned twice.

1.  Author hasn't talked to a lot of cashiers.
2.  Give me a reasonably readable screen with the list before I say okay and that's fine.  Instead I'm supposed to park to the side, then if I find that the scanner monkey did scan the grapes twice butt my way back into line to complain.
 
2019-03-13 09:42:00 AM  
List fails without the "people still writing checks" list item.  People behind them in line don't like it, and I'm guessing the cashiers aren't big fans either.
 
2019-03-13 10:42:56 AM  

dletter: List fails without the "people still writing checks" list item.  People behind them in line don't like it, and I'm guessing the cashiers aren't big fans either.


Back in the 20th Century when I still used paper I always filled out everything but the amount before the total was rung up.
 
2019-03-13 10:57:02 AM  
I found that they frown upon making giant phallic displays using cucumbers and cantaloupes.
 
2019-03-13 11:21:30 AM  

Herb Utsmelz: dletter: List fails without the "people still writing checks" list item.  People behind them in line don't like it, and I'm guessing the cashiers aren't big fans either.

Back in the 20th Century when I still used paper I always filled out everything but the amount before the total was rung up.


Well, and those are the worst of those... the "I'm totally surprised I want to write a check for my groceries!" people.
 
2019-03-13 11:31:42 AM  

dletter: List fails without the "people still writing checks" list item.  People behind them in line don't like it, and I'm guessing the cashiers aren't big fans either.


Or rummaging thru their coin purses for the exact change.
 
2019-03-13 01:54:11 PM  

Prey4reign: dletter: List fails without the "people still writing checks" list item.  People behind them in line don't like it, and I'm guessing the cashiers aren't big fans either.

Or rummaging thru their coin purses for the exact change.


Or not already having their discount card or wallet/debit card in hand.
 
2019-03-13 02:41:15 PM  
5. Leaving Items in Random Parts of the Store

What really sucked was people leaving perishables like meat and dairy in random spots that wouldn't be discovered for hours. I still remember finding some now rancid chicken behind the detergents in the cleaning aisle when we were dummying up the products (other stores call it something else) What I really don't get are the people who leave them in the magazine racks by the register -- carrying it the extra two feet to hand off to the cashier (who will call someone to return the item right away) is just too much work

As to the rest --- didn't really bother me. Never cared if you had 12 or 13 items and would even take customers with 15-20 items if it was quiet (I'd make them bag though). Weirdest was when a guy tried to break a $100 bill right after we opened on a Sunday morning and there wasn't enough change in the register yet. As this was the late '80s, it took a little while to get the money. And back then we didn't take plastic and there were no cell phones.
 
2019-03-13 02:52:35 PM  
6. Scrutinizing the Receipt Right after Paying


There's a reason so many people do this and it's not that they love to waste their own time.
 
2019-03-13 03:13:42 PM  
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2019-03-13 03:43:06 PM  
6. Scrutinizing the Receipt Right after Paying

If you believe something was rung up wrong it may be correctable right at the register rather than you having to go stand in line for 10 minutes at the service desk.
 
2019-03-13 03:49:43 PM  

edmo: 6. Scrutinizing the Receipt Right after Paying


There's a reason so many people do this and it's not that they love to waste their own time.


Yup. And it's very rarely actually a cashier's fault. Far and away the most common mistakes I encounter are advertised discounts that aren't actually in the system, or my own shiat-ass handwriting on the SKU for a bulk item being misread.

I don't even come back on run of the mill errors that skew a dollar or two either way on shiat I was already going to buy. But if the 15 lbs of chuck roast I'm planning to freeze because it was listed at $3/lb instead of $6/lb ring up with no discount, or if my 2 lb bag of pearled barley rings up as 2 lbs of pine nuts, you bet your ass I'm going to get things fixed.
 
2019-03-13 03:56:28 PM  

Prey4reign: dletter: List fails without the "people still writing checks" list item.  People behind them in line don't like it, and I'm guessing the cashiers aren't big fans either.

Or rummaging thru their coin purses for the exact change.


Or trying their f*cking debit cards 10 or 12 times and having the cashier have to come around to the other side of the counter to show them they have to push the green button.
 
2019-03-13 04:04:22 PM  
Texting while your zombie ass fills the aisles?
 
2019-03-13 04:09:07 PM  
FTFA: Sundays are by far the busiest days for grocery stores, and the employees have no control over that.

Mrs. Plows and I learned shortly after moving to Wisconsin that Sundays during a Packers game is the BEST time to do grocery shopping. Sure the cashiers are distracted listening to the game on the PA system and everyone else is in the break-room watching it, but there is hardly anyone in the store.
 
2019-03-13 04:19:45 PM  

edmo: 6. Scrutinizing the Receipt Right after Paying


There's a reason so many people do this and it's not that they love to waste their own time.


Ever since I got charged for 57 cans of crushed tomatoes (on a full cart so it didn't immediately grab my attention), I check. I GTFO of the way first though.
 
2019-03-13 04:28:26 PM  
They should have studied harder and finished high school (also applies to cops and military folks)
 
2019-03-13 04:43:25 PM  
I shop at Winco, where you bag your groceries yourself. I hate it when the person in front of me just stands there and stares at the checker until they are done, then pays and starts bagging. Bag while being checked out!!!!
 
2019-03-13 05:03:20 PM  
"Being a grocery store employee" is somehow not on the list.
 
2019-03-13 05:11:34 PM  

Billy Liar: Prey4reign: dletter: List fails without the "people still writing checks" list item.  People behind them in line don't like it, and I'm guessing the cashiers aren't big fans either.

Or rummaging thru their coin purses for the exact change.

Or trying their f*cking debit cards 10 or 12 times and having the cashier have to come around to the other side of the counter to show them they have to push the green button.


Different systems exist.  Do you press Enter or Cancel if you have a debt card that has to be processed as a credit card (no PIN)?  I've had transactions canceled when I pressed Enter and ones canceled when I pressed Cancel.  It would be useful if the screen would state the requirement.
 
2019-03-13 05:12:14 PM  

damageddude: 5. Leaving Items in Random Parts of the Store



That's the truth....those people f*cking suck.

Also:

"Extreme couponers"........they are holding up the line for everyone else.
 
2019-03-13 05:23:20 PM  

Burn_The_Plows: FTFA: Sundays are by far the busiest days for grocery stores, and the employees have no control over that.

Mrs. Plows and I learned shortly after moving to Wisconsin that Sundays during a Packers game is the BEST time to do grocery shopping. Sure the cashiers are distracted listening to the game on the PA system and everyone else is in the break-room watching it, but there is hardly anyone in the store.


It's also not too bad before about 10 a.m.
 
2019-03-13 05:48:44 PM  
Here's some things that piss off your customers:

1. Understaffed stores during peak hours. We get it, staff costs money. That's the cost of doing business. I'm not going to start shopping weekday mornings so that you don't have to have extra staff on weekends.

2. Sample booths. Stop putting them in the aisles (looking at you Costco). Firstly you narrow the aisle so that only one cart can get past. Then there's the herd of bovine idiots clamouring around waiting to sample the new choad flavoured pizza pop who close off the other half of the aisle in their cow-like stupidity. The kind of people who are obsessed with free samples will crawl a mile over broken glass to get a free taquito, so feel free to put them in an out of the way corner of the store, or even the parking lot for all I care. The herds of samplers will find them I assure you.

3. Temporary displays. Stop putting these things in the aisles too. Just like the sample booths they impede traffic and as a bonus they block access to the shelves.

4. When you're out of something put up a sign. Above all don't just restock that space on the shelf with a random filler product (again, looking at you Costco). Nothing pisses me off more than going to a store and after endless searching, having to track down some zit-faced wretch who disappears for 20 minutes only to return and tell me they're out of stock. A simple sign would have saved a lot of wasted time. And please don't tell me that "the Marketing Department says empty shelves ar bad". fark the Marketing Department and everyone in it. People who work in marketing are idiots. All of them. Ignore them and do the right thing.

5. Don't rely on computer inventory. I know doing manual stock is a PITA, but checkout isn't perfect, so at least do a quick scan of things occasionally. A store I used to shop at was out of blueberry yogurt for 4 months. Know why? When people bought multiple yogurts the cashier would either use the @ key and put them all through as one, or would scan the same one multiple times. Problem is that they all weren't the same flavor, so eventually they ran out of blueberry but had an excess of other flavors. This only came to light when I asked department manager if they were ever going to stock them again and he checked his computer and swore they had a bunch in stock.

6. If you're going to have limits on sale items then enforce it. I get that no one likes confrontation but the guy who fills his cart with 100 tins of soup because they're 80% off and buys nothing else likely isn't a regular customer. He's here for the soup only and won't be back anyway, so feel free to enforce the limits that were prominently displayed on the shelf and in the flyer.

7. Stop trying to get me to sign up for your store credit card. I don't like shopping on the best of days so having to dodge some skeevy bottom-feeder roaming the aisles flogging credit cards isn't endaring your store to me.
 
2019-03-13 05:50:15 PM  

ladyfortuna: edmo: 6. Scrutinizing the Receipt Right after Paying


There's a reason so many people do this and it's not that they love to waste their own time.

Ever since I got charged for 57 cans of crushed tomatoes (on a full cart so it didn't immediately grab my attention), I check. I GTFO of the way first though.


57 cans? Please tell me they were Heinz!
 
2019-03-13 05:52:01 PM  

gbv23: They should have studied harder and finished high school (also applies to cops and military folks)


The world needs those folks, too, classist. Nothing wrong with honest work.
Besides, you need that diploma for at least 2 of those jobs.
 
2019-03-13 06:44:07 PM  

dletter: List fails without the "people still writing checks" list item.  People behind them in line don't like it, and I'm guessing the cashiers aren't big fans either.



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2019-03-13 06:50:26 PM  

caddisfly: dletter: List fails without the "people still writing checks" list item.  People behind them in line don't like it, and I'm guessing the cashiers aren't big fans either.


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That's the first time I noticed it was 9/11 on the check. With Bush Sr. on tv no less.

Dude. This means something .
 
2019-03-13 07:01:14 PM  
1. Every goddamn cart in the store has at least one defective wheel, most of them are cleverly designed not to seize up until you are at the back of the store and then SCKREEEEEE
2. Aisles are ridiculously narrow
3. It's 2 PM on a Saturday and half the aisles are blocked by huge carts as the employees are stocking the shelves
4. What on Earth is that sticky/damp residue on the checkout conveyor belt?
5. People who park their carts diagonally across the aisle and stand daydreaming; they are fully aware I'm approaching and make zero effort to move, then act offended when my cart smashes into there, and oh yes, my cart smashes into theirs
6. Cashiers who like to gesture with their hands, laugh and chat and giggle and rub their chins thoughtfully and do almost anything else apart from doing their jobs, hey lady, have you noticed that there are five more people waiting in line while you tell this customer about your grandkids?
7. People who have apparently never paid for anything in a store before and fumble for cash or a credit card or a checkbook, who knew it could be this complicated to pay for stuff
8. LOL you thought the buy-one-get-one-free thing was real, guess you should have looked at the receipt before you left
9. It's 6 PM on a Friday, every customer is buying alcohol, every cashier is 19
10. Package of ground beef dripping blood put into the same bag as bananas and broccoli
11. "Price check on...Triple Power Jumbo Size Hemorrhoid Creme, it's the one that says 'For fast relief from itching and burning' in big red letters, repeat, TRIPLE POWER JUMBO SIZE HEMORRHOID CREME"

/that last one was totally made up
//no really, it was just for laughs
 
2019-03-13 07:17:26 PM  

Scanty Em: 1. Every goddamn cart in the store has at least one defective wheel, most of them are cleverly designed not to seize up until you are at the back of the store and then SCKREEEEEE
2. Aisles are ridiculously narrow
3. It's 2 PM on a Saturday and half the aisles are blocked by huge carts as the employees are stocking the shelves
4. What on Earth is that sticky/damp residue on the checkout conveyor belt?
5. People who park their carts diagonally across the aisle and stand daydreaming; they are fully aware I'm approaching and make zero effort to move, then act offended when my cart smashes into there, and oh yes, my cart smashes into theirs
6. Cashiers who like to gesture with their hands, laugh and chat and giggle and rub their chins thoughtfully and do almost anything else apart from doing their jobs, hey lady, have you noticed that there are five more people waiting in line while you tell this customer about your grandkids?
7. People who have apparently never paid for anything in a store before and fumble for cash or a credit card or a checkbook, who knew it could be this complicated to pay for stuff
8. LOL you thought the buy-one-get-one-free thing was real, guess you should have looked at the receipt before you left
9. It's 6 PM on a Friday, every customer is buying alcohol, every cashier is 19
10. Package of ground beef dripping blood put into the same bag as bananas and broccoli
11. "Price check on...Triple Power Jumbo Size Hemorrhoid Creme, it's the one that says 'For fast relief from itching and burning' in big red letters, repeat, TRIPLE POWER JUMBO SIZE HEMORRHOID CREME"

/that last one was totally made up
//no really, it was just for laughs


5 and 7 are universal complaints. Tons of people are self-absorbed twats, and cell phones have made that so much worse.

6 can be hit or miss, but I find the ones who are the worst offenders don't last that long. I've been shopping at a nearby Sprouts for ~6 years now, and there are several employees I recognize. The head cashier, in particular, is a bad motherfarker when it comes to crunch time. I routinely pick her lane, even if it has a couple more carts in line, because she's that fast.

As for the rest--you need to find a better chain to shop at. Especially 4 and 10--that shiat's gross. 4 usually gets fairly prompt sanitizer spray and a wipe down before I get a chance to say anything, and every single cashier is trained to ask "meat in plastic?" while bagging groceries.
 
2019-03-13 08:00:10 PM  
They forgot "parking the cart on one side of the aisle and extending yourself across the aisle to get what you want  because if you let go of the cart someone will steal your purse", but I guess the cashiers don't have to deal with that.
 
2019-03-13 08:08:13 PM  

natazha: Billy Liar: Prey4reign: dletter: List fails without the "people still writing checks" list item.  People behind them in line don't like it, and I'm guessing the cashiers aren't big fans either.

Or rummaging thru their coin purses for the exact change.

Or trying their f*cking debit cards 10 or 12 times and having the cashier have to come around to the other side of the counter to show them they have to push the green button.

Different systems exist.  Do you press Enter or Cancel if you have a debt card that has to be processed as a credit card (no PIN)?  I've had transactions canceled when I pressed Enter and ones canceled when I pressed Cancel.  It would be useful if the screen would state the requirement.


That's because the system is made for the rest of the world where credit also has a pin. It's hard to make stupid ui choices too
 
2019-03-13 08:19:32 PM  
Wasn't there a similar article about this last month?
 
2019-03-13 08:26:55 PM  

gbv23: They should have studied harder and finished high school (also applies to cops and military folks)


A majority of grocery 'cashiers' in my area are union, so they are paid pretty well. At one local store the cashiers make about $19.00 an hour. To me that is a decent salary.
 
2019-03-13 09:12:18 PM  
Number 8 by a mile -- letting kids run wild. I see this so often it hurts. The cheaper the store the worst it gets. Target it's sort of rare, Wal-Mart it is common and 99 Cent Only it's an epidemic. I swear some parents just dump their kids at the store and go to McDonald's or some crap. Madness.

/ Cashiers are too busy to babysit.
 
2019-03-13 09:14:38 PM  

Prey4reign: dletter: List fails without the "people still writing checks" list item.  People behind them in line don't like it, and I'm guessing the cashiers aren't big fans either.

Or rummaging thru their coin purses for the exact change.


Farking BINGO!!
 
2019-03-13 09:35:03 PM  
I don't know how many times I've been behind some idiot with their phone scrunched between their elbow and ear, unloading their cart slower than the checker can scan it.  I just want to grab the phone, say "they'll call you back in 5", and put the phone in my back pocket.

And I think cash registers in express lanes should be programmed to stop accepting new items after the limit, and refusing the same credit/debit card in any express lane for 30 minutes.

/ I'm pretty rude sometimes
// I'm in the express lane with 5-10 items, behind an asshat with a full cart
/// Me:  "scuse me, I'll be going first" while pushing forward.
 
2019-03-13 10:10:03 PM  
I saw at the end of an aisle, a grocery cart traffic jam-carts ramming into each other by irate old people-no one wanted to budge, back up or give an inch. At all.  Yelling at each other to move. It was wild. Didn't stay to see how it ended. A friend who had shopped at the same store said it happened once in awhile, management  was used to it, and that the old folks would eventually quiet down and disperse. Now that I think of it, in that store, I'd have to be careful waiting in line-if I didn't move forward fast enough, an old coot would deliberately push their cart into me-hard. Learned how to stop that-give 'em the "don't f-- with me" look. The cashiers were great with those old folks, don't know how they kept their sanity.
 
2019-03-13 10:12:54 PM  
Hey I ask if they can spare a roll of quarter before getting them. I don't live by a bank and my onsite laundry doesn't have a change machine, so either tell you can't spare or bite me.
 
2019-03-13 11:00:32 PM  
Instruct cashier I dont want a bag, have my own.
Lay bag open at end of line and load up conveyor belt
When done loading conveyor belt, noticed theyve loaded up plastics bags
I start unloading plastic bags in prepping for loading my bag.
Now I I need to pay
Load credit card into reader
Return to see groceries in plastic bag again, unload groceries from plastic bag
Now its time to sign, sign
Groceries again put into plastic bag, rinse, repeat.
 
2019-03-14 12:03:12 AM  

dletter: List fails without the "people still writing checks" list item.  People behind them in line don't like it, and I'm guessing the cashiers aren't big fans either.
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This - especially if they don't even take out their checkbook until its rung up !

/ they are also the ones that don't bag their own stuff ...
 
6 days ago  

natazha: Billy Liar: Prey4reign: dletter: List fails without the "people still writing checks" list item.  People behind them in line don't like it, and I'm guessing the cashiers aren't big fans either.

Or rummaging thru their coin purses for the exact change.

Or trying their f*cking debit cards 10 or 12 times and having the cashier have to come around to the other side of the counter to show them they have to push the green button.

Different systems exist.  Do you press Enter or Cancel if you have a debt card that has to be processed as a credit card (no PIN)?  I've had transactions canceled when I pressed Enter and ones canceled when I pressed Cancel.  It would be useful if the screen would state the requirement.


I was at a place last week and it told me to hit Cancel for credit so I hit cancel and it cancelled the transaction.

Turns out I was supposed to hit Enter.
 
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