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2020-06-28 7:18:44 AM  
And coupons. Like her, you forgot that she has a bunch of expired coupons for products she isn't buying at the bottom of her bag.
 
2020-06-28 9:02:14 AM  
Don't forget the coin purse!
 
2020-06-28 9:04:44 AM  
Not listed: my children getting ready to leave the house.
 
2020-06-28 9:05:07 AM  
Throw in a Rascal hoveround and you might as well pitch a tent, because you are going to be there a while.

\\ Not THAT kind of "pitch a tent", you sickos!
 
2020-06-28 9:14:07 AM  
Or the guy in front of me at the gas station buying and checking thousands of lotto tickets while I'm shaking with impatience and nicotine withdrawal.
 
2020-06-28 9:20:23 AM  
Author isn't smart.

Sloths move very quickly in trees, the myth that sloths move slowly is due to observations in the zoo. Wild sloths move quite fast in trees.
 
2020-06-28 9:30:08 AM  
School children getting on the bus.  Everyone will have observed this whether you have children of your own or if you've just been stuck behind a school bus on your way to work.  I have a theory that mathematically equates the school bus door to the event horizon of a black hole.  The closer a child gets to the door, the slower they appear to travel to an outside observer until finally all motion stops and the child slowly radiates back into the living room over the course of the next 6 to 8 hours.
 
2020-06-28 9:32:54 AM  

HugeMistake: And coupons.


A couple of years ago, luckily after the "extreme couponer" trend wore down, I was stuck in line at the grocery behind a woman who was attempting to use a questionable coupon for $0.50 off. I thought I was trying to be helpful when I pulled out a dollar bill and offered to pay it towards her transaction, just to get things moving.

Apparently, it's not just about the money. It's also about the thrill of the hunt or something.
 
2020-06-28 9:36:26 AM  
Except for certified checks when buying expensive items, I don't think I have ever seen anyone use a check to pay for something at a store. I don't think stores accept them here anymore.

My mother worked as a cashier at a grocery store when I lived with my perents and I vaguely remember her talking about some customer using a check on a very busy night but that was decades ago before ATMs were everywhere.

These days it's the people using cash instead of electronic payment that cause bottlenecks at the checkout. Not that they are the worst, the worst are the scratch tickets buyers. "Here I won x dollars on that ticket but instead of cash I'll take a zillion different tickets and change my mind a few times while choosing them."
 
2020-06-28 9:38:48 AM  
No, the lady in front of me at Lowe's wants her receipt emailed instead of printed. She's taking her time entering sexyladyspringbreakcabo2006@earthlink.​net into the abused credit card screen. Crap, she just messed it up and is trying again.
Great idea, retailers. Add anther thing to show checkout.

/I wonder why my member card can't tell them to just always print my receipt.
//First world problems.
 
2020-06-28 9:41:00 AM  
.....and she waits until the total comes up to begin writing the check
 
2020-06-28 9:43:47 AM  

talkertopc: Except for certified checks when buying expensive items, I don't think I have ever seen anyone use a check to pay for something at a store. I don't think stores accept them here anymore.

My mother worked as a cashier at a grocery store when I lived with my perents and I vaguely remember her talking about some customer using a check on a very busy night but that was decades ago before ATMs were everywhere.

These days it's the people using cash instead of electronic payment that cause bottlenecks at the checkout. Not that they are the worst, the worst are the scratch tickets buyers. "Here I won x dollars on that ticket but instead of cash I'll take a zillion different tickets and change my mind a few times while choosing them."


Unless someone paying cash is paying with a wad of singles or is digging through change, I call bullshiat on that statement.  I use my debit card for 99% of transactions, so I speak from experience.  I've had instances where paying with the debit card took longer than paying with cash.  I've also been behind someone (of all ages) who took longer to pay with a card or other means of electronic payment than had cash been used.
 
2020-06-28 9:59:08 AM  
36 and never had a checking account

/well my account is technically a checking account at the moment
//but I've never had cheques
///That last one was for the proper spelling
 
2020-06-28 10:01:39 AM  
Manatees move quick, when they want to!

Their tails are pretty powerful, letting them swim 15 mph.  Also they have this cool internal organ that they use to adjust their buoyancy by compressing and decompressing air, which lets them ascend and descend rapidly.
 
2020-06-28 10:13:29 AM  

Chief Superintendent Lookout: talkertopc: Except for certified checks when buying expensive items, I don't think I have ever seen anyone use a check to pay for something at a store. I don't think stores accept them here anymore.
My mother worked as a cashier at a grocery store when I lived with my perents and I vaguely remember her talking about some customer using a check on a very busy night but that was decades ago before ATMs were everywhere.
These days it's the people using cash instead of electronic payment that cause bottlenecks at the checkout. Not that they are the worst, the worst are the scratch tickets buyers. "Here I won x dollars on that ticket but instead of cash I'll take a zillion different tickets and change my mind a few times while choosing them."
Unless someone paying cash is paying with a wad of singles or is digging through change, I call bullshiat on that statement.  I use my debit card for 99% of transactions, so I speak from experience.  I've had instances where paying with the debit card took longer than paying with cash.  I've also been behind someone (of all ages) who took longer to pay with a card or other means of electronic payment than had cash been used.


I work at a farking mini-mart and you're right. The computers don't like your cards a lot of the time, and the customer will go through 3 of them, or try the same one five times, before something works

You know what the most annoying thing is? It's those MEN, and yes, it's always men, who come in and throw fifties and hundreds at you, when we aren't allowed to have $100 in the cash register at one time--the register will lock up until you punch some keys and put some money in the safe. This is constant. And then there's change. The same guy who handed you the hundred and is standing there with his hand out, like he did YOU a favor, now has to wait until you get bills out of the safe, and then get more coins out the safe, just for him, and then the hundred people behind him, who also have fifties and do not use change.

How about you assholes get a grip and either try to fit into the scheme, or you can stand there all day while I do the necessary things to make the till match at the end of the day. We even put up a sign saying that there was a change shortage, could they try to give us correct change (true), and most of them never even notice it. They toss all their stuff on the counter (which I then have to handle to get the barcode, completely contrary to all the coronavirus precautions), covering the sign, and then act like they're doing me another favor when they hand me another $20 that I have to make 89 cents in change for. A lot of them never even look at the cashier, they're so important. But they trust me to make change for them. Dipshiats. Why would you trust me? I"m a dipshiat who works at a mini-mart, I can't even do anything except what the computers tell me to do.

So blow me. You're buying overpriced convenience food that has been handled, packaged, serviced, priced, and delivered by a mob of low-wage workers, thousands of them, just so you can walk into a store in a big farking hurry and demand some of those goods, and right this farking second.

I bet you never, ever think about all the work that goes into just getting that shiat into the refrigerators, getting all that coffee made all day, getting all that shiat on the shelves, so that you can come in and grab one farking thing and act like you're a goddamn farmer or something, you're so self-reliant.
Hundreds of mini-mart workers slave away to get all those energy drinks into those little slots,so that you can stride in there like a conquering hero and buy five of them, because YOU have important things to do, unlike those mini-mart workers, who aren't even worth your glance. Hundreds of service workers slave all day long to get those energy drinks into the stores, and all those drinks, and all those candies, and all those chips, and it's full-time jobs, pure drudgery jobs--service jobs.

And you never, ever think about that at all, and just expect that convenience stores have always existed and always will, and it's your right to walk into a farking tiny store and pick up a package of donuts from a plant in Missouri, and some coffee that came all the way from South America, and you never think about a bit of it. How much work, and how much energy, was consumed to get that farking donut into your hand, that same donut that you're going to eat before you even get to your car, and then throw the packaging away right there at the mini-mart, so that some low-wage worker can clean up after you there too.

And you never think about a bit of it. Just about you, and how much of a hurry you're in,and how inconvenienced you are by it all.
You have no idea what inconvenience is.
 
2020-06-28 10:20:45 AM  

cryinoutloud: Chief Superintendent Lookout: talkertopc: Except for certified checks when buying expensive items, I don't think I have ever seen anyone use a check to pay for something at a store. I don't think stores accept them here anymore.
My mother worked as a cashier at a grocery store when I lived with my perents and I vaguely remember her talking about some customer using a check on a very busy night but that was decades ago before ATMs were everywhere.
These days it's the people using cash instead of electronic payment that cause bottlenecks at the checkout. Not that they are the worst, the worst are the scratch tickets buyers. "Here I won x dollars on that ticket but instead of cash I'll take a zillion different tickets and change my mind a few times while choosing them."
Unless someone paying cash is paying with a wad of singles or is digging through change, I call bullshiat on that statement.  I use my debit card for 99% of transactions, so I speak from experience.  I've had instances where paying with the debit card took longer than paying with cash.  I've also been behind someone (of all ages) who took longer to pay with a card or other means of electronic payment than had cash been used.

I work at a farking mini-mart and you're right. The computers don't like your cards a lot of the time, and the customer will go through 3 of them, or try the same one five times, before something works

You know what the most annoying thing is? It's those MEN, and yes, it's always men, who come in and throw fifties and hundreds at you, when we aren't allowed to have $100 in the cash register at one time--the register will lock up until you punch some keys and put some money in the safe. This is constant. And then there's change. The same guy who handed you the hundred and is standing there with his hand out, like he did YOU a favor, now has to wait until you get bills out of the safe, and then get more coins out the safe, just for him, and then the hundred people behind him, who also have fifties and do not use change.

How about you assholes get a grip and either try to fit into the scheme, or you can stand there all day while I do the necessary things to make the till match at the end of the day. We even put up a sign saying that there was a change shortage, could they try to give us correct change (true), and most of them never even notice it. They toss all their stuff on the counter (which I then have to handle to get the barcode, completely contrary to all the coronavirus precautions), covering the sign, and then act like they're doing me another favor when they hand me another $20 that I have to make 89 cents in change for. A lot of them never even look at the cashier, they're so important. But they trust me to make change for them. Dipshiats. Why would you trust me? I"m a dipshiat who works at a mini-mart, I can't even do anything except what the computers tell me to do.

So blow me. You're buying overpriced convenience food that has been handled, packaged, serviced, priced, and delivered by a mob of low-wage workers, thousands of them, just so you can walk into a store in a big farking hurry and demand some of those goods, and right this farking second.

I bet you never, ever think about all the work that goes into just getting that shiat into the refrigerators, getting all that coffee made all day, getting all that shiat on the shelves, so that you can come in and grab one farking thing and act like you're a goddamn farmer or something, you're so self-reliant.
Hundreds of mini-mart workers slave away to get all those energy drinks into those little slots,so that you can stride in there like a conquering hero and buy five of them, because YOU have important things to do, unlike those mini-mart workers, who aren't even worth your glance. Hundreds of service workers slave all day long to get those energy drinks into the stores, and all those drinks, and all those candies, and all those chips, and it's full-time jobs, pure drudgery jobs--service jobs.

And you never, ever think about that at all, and just expect that convenience stores have always existed and always will, and it's your right to walk into a farking tiny store and pick up a package of donuts from a plant in Missouri, and some coffee that came all the way from South America, and you never think about a bit of it. How much work, and how much energy, was consumed to get that farking donut into your hand, that same donut that you're going to eat before you even get to your car, and then throw the packaging away right there at the mini-mart, so that some low-wage worker can clean up after you there too.

And you never think about a bit of it. Just about you, and how much of a hurry you're in,and how inconvenienced you are by it all.
You have no idea what inconvenience is.


Next time you're at work, grab a Snickers. Sounds like you need one.
 
2020-06-28 10:22:10 AM  
And make sure you keep buying that bottled water too. You have no idea how stupid you look when you come in the store clad like you're going to climb Mt. Everest, then start buying bottled water and firewood. Wow. Yeah, you're real pioneers. Hey, thanks for that $50. You sure showed me. Let me get you some. change. now.

Bottled water manufactured by Whole Foods and sold in most of its US stores and on Amazon contains potentially harmful levels of arsenic, according to new tests by Consumer Reports (CR).
 
2020-06-28 10:24:27 AM  
The thing that thrills me are the old ladies that have to use exact change. Then there are those that afterall their shiat is rung up suddenly realize that they have to start fishing around in their purse for their checkbook.
 
2020-06-28 10:26:26 AM  
What is eternity? You're on the checkout line at a supermarket. There are seven people in front of you. They are all old. They all have two carts and coupons for every item. They are all paying by check. None of them have ID. It's the checkout girl's first day on the job. She doesn't speak any English. Take away fifteen minutes from that, and you begin to get an idea of what eternity is.

- Emo Phillips
 
2020-06-28 10:54:32 AM  
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2020-06-28 11:10:43 AM  
Canada is way ahead of the US i when it comes to payment technology. We've been using NFC for credit and debit cards for years. The readers and cards, or phones, don't get worn from use and are reliable.
 
2020-06-28 11:19:44 AM  
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2020-06-28 11:41:54 AM  

Russ1642: Canada is way ahead of the US i when it comes to payment technology. We've been using NFC for credit and debit cards for years. The readers and cards, or phones, don't get worn from use and are reliable.


And a lot of grocery stores don't even take cheques (or checks) any more. If you have a bank account, you have a debit card. Learn to use it FFS.
 
2020-06-28 11:55:14 AM  

bingethinker: Russ1642: Canada is way ahead of the US i when it comes to payment technology. We've been using NFC for credit and debit cards for years. The readers and cards, or phones, don't get worn from use and are reliable.

And a lot of grocery stores don't even take cheques (or checks) any more. If you have a bank account, you have a debit card. Learn to use it FFS.


I've had people ahead of me pay for their groceries with government forms. Wasn't even a cheque but rather a letter. Groceries are part of many social services so I can't even imagine all of the weird payment methods the goverment uses.
 
2020-06-28 12:29:22 PM  

talkertopc: Except for certified checks when buying expensive items, I don't think I have ever seen anyone use a check to pay for something at a store. I don't think stores accept them here anymore.

My mother worked as a cashier at a grocery store when I lived with my perents and I vaguely remember her talking about some customer using a check on a very busy night but that was decades ago before ATMs were everywhere.

These days it's the people using cash instead of electronic payment that cause bottlenecks at the checkout. Not that they are the worst, the worst are the scratch tickets buyers. "Here I won x dollars on that ticket but instead of cash I'll take a zillion different tickets and change my mind a few times while choosing them."


There's a retirement village about a mile down the road from me. On Tuesdays and Thursdays they load up the shuttle buses and dump them all at the grocery store I usually shop at. Many checks are written those days.
On those days I refer to the store as Zombieland. I'll tell my wife "Hey I'm running to Zombieland, do you need anything?"

The ones that pay with a card often struggle to figure out the POS pad. Multiple times I've seen the cashier have to come around the counter to help them. One lady kept putting her ID in the card slot.

Then there are the cash payers who pluck coins out of their coin purse one at a time and set them on the counter. I try to avoid shopping on those days unless I just need a few things and can self checkout.

Then you have the watchers. They span all ages. They're the person that watches every scan and questions/argues every price.

And last but certainly not least, the line shoppers and people that use self checkout with a cart filled with two weeks worth of groceries and make the self checkout attendant help them scan everything. Those people are the examples I will use when I lobby for legalized murder.
 
2020-06-28 12:43:39 PM  

HugeMistake: And coupons. Like her, you forgot that she has a bunch of expired coupons for products she isn't buying at the bottom of her bag.


And neither the Old Lady or Expired Coupon Lady are as slow as the CVS coupon lady.
 
2020-06-28 1:17:09 PM  
(Not so)CSB: was in line at a grocery store one time and the people in front of me had bought several hundred dollars worth of groceries and proceeded to fumble around with purses and envelopes to pay with a combination of food stamps, bills, and then they finally pulled out a tub of coins and the cashier had to spend a good 5-8 minutes counting the quarters and dollar coins out, which he seemed to do in a slow enough manner that suggested he didn't care that other people were waiting.

It was painfully annoying.

#firstworldproblems
 
2020-06-28 1:35:20 PM  

ryant123: Or the guy in front of me at the gas station buying and checking thousands of lotto tickets while I'm shaking with impatience and nicotine withdrawal.


The only way to make nicotine cravings go away?  Stop smoking for about three years.
 
2020-06-28 1:42:11 PM  

talkertopc: These days it's the people using cash instead of electronic payment that cause bottlenecks at the checkout.


Because high school seniors can't do simple math.  If your order is $5.17, try paying with $10.25 and watch their little minds get blown.
 
2020-06-28 2:01:56 PM  

abhorrent1: talkertopc: Except for certified checks when buying expensive items, I don't think I have ever seen anyone use a check to pay for something at a store. I don't think stores accept them here anymore.

My mother worked as a cashier at a grocery store when I lived with my perents and I vaguely remember her talking about some customer using a check on a very busy night but that was decades ago before ATMs were everywhere.

These days it's the people using cash instead of electronic payment that cause bottlenecks at the checkout. Not that they are the worst, the worst are the scratch tickets buyers. "Here I won x dollars on that ticket but instead of cash I'll take a zillion different tickets and change my mind a few times while choosing them."

There's a retirement village about a mile down the road from me. On Tuesdays and Thursdays they load up the shuttle buses and dump them all at the grocery store I usually shop at. Many checks are written those days.
On those days I refer to the store as Zombieland. I'll tell my wife "Hey I'm running to Zombieland, do you need anything?"

The ones that pay with a card often struggle to figure out the POS pad. Multiple times I've seen the cashier have to come around the counter to help them. One lady kept putting her ID in the card slot.

Then there are the cash payers who pluck coins out of their coin purse one at a time and set them on the counter. I try to avoid shopping on those days unless I just need a few things and can self checkout.

Then you have the watchers. They span all ages. They're the person that watches every scan and questions/argues every price.

And last but certainly not least, the line shoppers and people that use self checkout with a cart filled with two weeks worth of groceries and make the self checkout attendant help them scan everything. Those people are the examples I will use when I lobby for legalized murder.


Way back when I worked retail I had to help the odd old person with their cash. Felt really odd for someone to just hand you their entire wallet. Credit and debit cards are a boon for the elderly.
 
2020-06-28 2:02:06 PM  

abhorrent1: talkertopc: Except for certified checks when buying expensive items, I don't think I have ever seen anyone use a check to pay for something at a store. I don't think stores accept them here anymore.

My mother worked as a cashier at a grocery store when I lived with my perents and I vaguely remember her talking about some customer using a check on a very busy night but that was decades ago before ATMs were everywhere.

These days it's the people using cash instead of electronic payment that cause bottlenecks at the checkout. Not that they are the worst, the worst are the scratch tickets buyers. "Here I won x dollars on that ticket but instead of cash I'll take a zillion different tickets and change my mind a few times while choosing them."

There's a retirement village about a mile down the road from me. On Tuesdays and Thursdays they load up the shuttle buses and dump them all at the grocery store I usually shop at. Many checks are written those days.
On those days I refer to the store as Zombieland. I'll tell my wife "Hey I'm running to Zombieland, do you need anything?"

The ones that pay with a card often struggle to figure out the POS pad. Multiple times I've seen the cashier have to come around the counter to help them. One lady kept putting her ID in the card slot.

Then there are the cash payers who pluck coins out of their coin purse one at a time and set them on the counter. I try to avoid shopping on those days unless I just need a few things and can self checkout.

Then you have the watchers. They span all ages. They're the person that watches every scan and questions/argues every price.

And last but certainly not least, the line shoppers and people that use self checkout with a cart filled with two weeks worth of groceries and make the self checkout attendant help them scan everything. Those people are the examples I will use when I lobby for legalized murder.


I wonder what technology I'll be afraid to use when I'm 85. And what technology I'll still be hanging on to.
 
2020-06-28 4:18:55 PM  

Russ1642: bingethinker: Russ1642: Canada is way ahead of the US i when it comes to payment technology. We've been using NFC for credit and debit cards for years. The readers and cards, or phones, don't get worn from use and are reliable.

And a lot of grocery stores don't even take cheques (or checks) any more. If you have a bank account, you have a debit card. Learn to use it FFS.

I've had people ahead of me pay for their groceries with government forms. Wasn't even a cheque but rather a letter. Groceries are part of many social services so I can't even imagine all of the weird payment methods the goverment uses.


And it all has to be rung up separately. WIC for dairy? One transaction. EBT food stamps? Another. Liquor, cigarettes and lottery tickets? Yep, one more. I'd rather be behind 5 old ladies than a bunch of moms on welfare day any time.
 
2020-06-28 4:28:56 PM  
"...and that lady in front of you at the checkout line that still uses checks to pay for her groceries"

An article about my mother when she was grocery shopping before COVID-19? She's still got her check book and wants to get back out there! The world isn't safe from slow old ladies and their check books just yet!

My father got her a bright yellow H2 hummer a year before he died. When my mother drives that thing she's got a conga line a mile back for how slow she drives. The look on a cops face when she has to stop for accidents or traffic is amazing when they realize it's this little old lady who owns it and not her big arse son riding along with her.
 
2020-06-28 4:32:29 PM  
The family that stays together pays together.

Seriously...one person is in charge of the money and deals with the cashier.  Yet you insist on bringing the entire family - spouse, in-laws, six kids - into the checkout line so they can make sure it's not okay to add any more impulse buys to the mountain of groceries, and to be sure the line stays four times as long as it needs to be.  Give them the car key and send 'em out to the parking lot.  Trust me, nobody's interested in swiping them.
 
2020-06-28 4:32:31 PM  

Gubbo: 36 and never had a checking account

/well my account is technically a checking account at the moment
//but I've never had cheques
///That last one was for the proper spelling


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2020-06-28 4:36:25 PM  
They should hire unemployed bouncers from the bars to deal with the extraneous people in the store and anti-maskers that make grocery shopping a miserable experience.
Oh, and teenagers, too.
 
2020-06-28 4:45:17 PM  

cryinoutloud: Chief Superintendent Lookout: talkertopc: Except for certified checks when buying expensive items, I don't think I have ever seen anyone use a check to pay for something at a store. I don't think stores accept them here anymore.
My mother worked as a cashier at a grocery store when I lived with my perents and I vaguely remember her talking about some customer using a check on a very busy night but that was decades ago before ATMs were everywhere.
These days it's the people using cash instead of electronic payment that cause bottlenecks at the checkout. Not that they are the worst, the worst are the scratch tickets buyers. "Here I won x dollars on that ticket but instead of cash I'll take a zillion different tickets and change my mind a few times while choosing them."
Unless someone paying cash is paying with a wad of singles or is digging through change, I call bullshiat on that statement.  I use my debit card for 99% of transactions, so I speak from experience.  I've had instances where paying with the debit card took longer than paying with cash.  I've also been behind someone (of all ages) who took longer to pay with a card or other means of electronic payment than had cash been used.

I work at a farking mini-mart and you're right. The computers don't like your cards a lot of the time, and the customer will go through 3 of them, or try the same one five times, before something works

You know what the most annoying thing is? It's those MEN, and yes, it's always men, who come in and throw fifties and hundreds at you, when we aren't allowed to have $100 in the cash register at one time--the register will lock up until you punch some keys and put some money in the safe. This is constant. And then there's change. The same guy who handed you the hundred and is standing there with his hand out, like he did YOU a favor, now has to wait until you get bills out of the safe, and then get more coins out the safe, just for him, and then the hundred people behind him, w ...


Are you even supposed to be here today?

/37?
 
2020-06-28 5:38:24 PM  

Slow To Return: talkertopc: These days it's the people using cash instead of electronic payment that cause bottlenecks at the checkout.

Because high school seniors can't do simple math.  If your order is $5.17, try paying with $10.25 and watch their little minds get blown.


I've tried that a few times, but other than them thinking you're weird they just punch it into the register and give what ever change it says. Though I've had a couple try to give me the extra back when I give extra 1's trying to get back a single bill.
 
2020-06-28 6:31:11 PM  

NBSV: Slow To Return: talkertopc: These days it's the people using cash instead of electronic payment that cause bottlenecks at the checkout.

Because high school seniors can't do simple math.  If your order is $5.17, try paying with $10.25 and watch their little minds get blown.

I've tried that a few times, but other than them thinking you're weird they just punch it into the register and give what ever change it says. Though I've had a couple try to give me the extra back when I give extra 1's trying to get back a single bill.


Being a cashier sucks, but when folks did that to me I'd be sure and make as much change as possible. "Sorry, out of 10's, here's 7 ones, 8 quarters, 5 dimes and 10 nickles. Thanks for shopping with us today! "
 
2020-06-28 6:46:03 PM  

Slow To Return: talkertopc: These days it's the people using cash instead of electronic payment that cause bottlenecks at the checkout.

Because high school seniors can't do simple math.  If your order is $5.17, try paying with $10.25 and watch their little minds get blown.


You don't need to do the math, you just have to learn to count change back. It's a skill (and sort of fun to do), would be nice if someone taught it to them.

Source: Was a cashier long before electronic registers.

Get off my lawn, etc...
 
2020-06-28 7:26:18 PM  

NBSV: Slow To Return: talkertopc: These days it's the people using cash instead of electronic payment that cause bottlenecks at the checkout.

Because high school seniors can't do simple math.  If your order is $5.17, try paying with $10.25 and watch their little minds get blown.

I've tried that a few times, but other than them thinking you're weird they just punch it into the register and give what ever change it says. Though I've had a couple try to give me the extra back when I give extra 1's trying to get back a single bill.


First they shoot you a look like you're trying to scam them or something.  Then when they see the change is $5.08, they're surprised like you're some math whiz.
 
2020-06-28 7:35:28 PM  
It takes forever for my barnacles to come in for dinner.
 
2020-06-28 7:38:59 PM  
...Or the person in front of you at the grocery store who has half a cart of stuff she's not allowed to buy with her assistance card, so the has to play the game of how much she actually wants to pay for or put back.
 
2020-06-28 7:55:28 PM  

Mitt Romneys Tax Return: Slow To Return: talkertopc: These days it's the people using cash instead of electronic payment that cause bottlenecks at the checkout.

Because high school seniors can't do simple math.  If your order is $5.17, try paying with $10.25 and watch their little minds get blown.

You don't need to do the math, you just have to learn to count change back. It's a skill (and sort of fun to do), would be nice if someone taught it to them.

Source: Was a cashier long before electronic registers.

Get off my lawn, etc...


After I posted, I realized $11.25 for a $6.17 order would have been a better example. But yea, I thought "counting change" WAS simple math.
 
2020-06-28 7:59:10 PM  

drewogatory: NBSV: Slow To Return: talkertopc: These days it's the people using cash instead of electronic payment that cause bottlenecks at the checkout.

Because high school seniors can't do simple math.  If your order is $5.17, try paying with $10.25 and watch their little minds get blown.

I've tried that a few times, but other than them thinking you're weird they just punch it into the register and give what ever change it says. Though I've had a couple try to give me the extra back when I give extra 1's trying to get back a single bill.

Being a cashier sucks, but when folks did that to me I'd be sure and make as much change as possible. "Sorry, out of 10's, here's 7 ones, 8 quarters, 5 dimes and 10 nickles. Thanks for shopping with us today! "


Nah, if you were a half-decent cashier, at least in the pre-card days, you'd value having change in your drawer over single bills and appreciate it if someone spared you the trouble of counting out $4.83 in change.  You wouldn't be a massive douche.
 
2020-06-28 9:30:17 PM  
You wouldn't be a massive douche.

Have you met me? Because I once existed solely to be a massive douche.
 
2020-06-28 11:57:06 PM  
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2020-06-29 12:26:49 AM  

drewogatory: Russ1642: bingethinker: Russ1642: Canada is way ahead of the US i when it comes to payment technology. We've been using NFC for credit and debit cards for years. The readers and cards, or phones, don't get worn from use and are reliable.

And a lot of grocery stores don't even take cheques (or checks) any more. If you have a bank account, you have a debit card. Learn to use it FFS.

I've had people ahead of me pay for their groceries with government forms. Wasn't even a cheque but rather a letter. Groceries are part of many social services so I can't even imagine all of the weird payment methods the goverment uses.

And it all has to be rung up separately. WIC for dairy? One transaction. EBT food stamps? Another. Liquor, cigarettes and lottery tickets? Yep, one more. I'd rather be behind 5 old ladies than a bunch of moms on welfare day any time.


Surely I'm not the only Farker who's ever had to use WIC coupons to buy groceries?

After one of my kids was born, my wife wasn't working (having just had a kid does that), and I had to take a break from my third job because it required global travel and I wasn't gonna fly to the other side of the world and leave her and the baby alone.  So I only had my full-time job, at a place that paid less after 6 years experience than any similar place in town would pay on day 1 (farkin' cheapasses) and my part-time job, which paid a little better but wasn't a lot of hours.

I forget who told us about WIC - maybe a neighbor, since we lived in a pretty poor part of town - but there was some math involved, family size X, income Y, take the cosine, carry the 1, and bam, we qualified.  We had to take kiddo in to get weighed each month or so, and I had to take in pay stubs periodically so they could be sure we still qualified; it's been a while now and I forget all the details.

The delay at the checkout is mostly because the cashier has to read each voucher, see what it's good for, and make sure what you have matches that.  Box of cereal (approved brand, approved size), jug of milk, block of government cheese, check.  Cans of tuna or sardines, jar of peanut butter, loaf of bread, check.  Once they verify that each voucher is matched by items you've picked, you have to sign the voucher.  And then there are the vouchers good for a certain dollar value of fresh produce, where they have to weigh it like normal, and if you go a hair over, you pay the difference out of pocket.  Then anything non-WIC you want is a separate order.

I got good enough at it, but when I got to the checkout, I'd still tell anyone who came up behind me that this was gonna be the slow lane.  We busted our asses to get more work and disqualified ourselves from WIC years ago, but to this day, if I get in line behind some struggling young parent with vouchers and they tell me it's gonna be slow, I tell them not to worry.  Been there, done that, know exactly how they feel.

Luckily, we were never poor enough to qualify for food stamps/EBT, and I didn't and still don't buy liquor, tobacco or lottery tickets, so things weren't as complicated as they might have been!
 
2020-06-29 2:04:22 AM  

cryinoutloud: Chief Superintendent Lookout: talkertopc: Except for certified checks when buying expensive items, I don't think I have ever seen anyone use a check to pay for something at a store. I don't think stores accept them here anymore.
My mother worked as a cashier at a grocery store when I lived with my perents and I vaguely remember her talking about some customer using a check on a very busy night but that was decades ago before ATMs were everywhere.
These days it's the people using cash instead of electronic payment that cause bottlenecks at the checkout. Not that they are the worst, the worst are the scratch tickets buyers. "Here I won x dollars on that ticket but instead of cash I'll take a zillion different tickets and change my mind a few times while choosing them."
Unless someone paying cash is paying with a wad of singles or is digging through change, I call bullshiat on that statement.  I use my debit card for 99% of transactions, so I speak from experience.  I've had instances where paying with the debit card took longer than paying with cash.  I've also been behind someone (of all ages) who took longer to pay with a card or other means of electronic payment than had cash been used.

I work at a farking mini-mart and you're right. The computers don't like your cards a lot of the time, and the customer will go through 3 of them, or try the same one five times, before something works

You know what the most annoying thing is? It's those MEN, and yes, it's always men, who come in and throw fifties and hundreds at you, when we aren't allowed to have $100 in the cash register at one time--the register will lock up until you punch some keys and put some money in the safe. This is constant. And then there's change. The same guy who handed you the hundred and is standing there with his hand out, like he did YOU a favor, now has to wait until you get bills out of the safe, and then get more coins out the safe, just for him, and then the hundred people behind him, w ...


Sorry. What?
 
2020-06-29 2:05:46 AM  

dbirchall: drewogatory: Russ1642: bingethinker: Russ1642: Canada is way ahead of the US i when it comes to payment technology. We've been using NFC for credit and debit cards for years. The readers and cards, or phones, don't get worn from use and are reliable.

And a lot of grocery stores don't even take cheques (or checks) any more. If you have a bank account, you have a debit card. Learn to use it FFS.

I've had people ahead of me pay for their groceries with government forms. Wasn't even a cheque but rather a letter. Groceries are part of many social services so I can't even imagine all of the weird payment methods the goverment uses.

And it all has to be rung up separately. WIC for dairy? One transaction. EBT food stamps? Another. Liquor, cigarettes and lottery tickets? Yep, one more. I'd rather be behind 5 old ladies than a bunch of moms on welfare day any time.

Surely I'm not the only Farker who's ever had to use WIC coupons to buy groceries?

After one of my kids was born, my wife wasn't working (having just had a kid does that), and I had to take a break from my third job because it required global travel and I wasn't gonna fly to the other side of the world and leave her and the baby alone.  So I only had my full-time job, at a place that paid less after 6 years experience than any similar place in town would pay on day 1 (farkin' cheapasses) and my part-time job, which paid a little better but wasn't a lot of hours.

I forget who told us about WIC - maybe a neighbor, since we lived in a pretty poor part of town - but there was some math involved, family size X, income Y, take the cosine, carry the 1, and bam, we qualified.  We had to take kiddo in to get weighed each month or so, and I had to take in pay stubs periodically so they could be sure we still qualified; it's been a while now and I forget all the details.

The delay at the checkout is mostly because the cashier has to read each voucher, see what it's good for, and make sure what you have matches that.   ...


Nobody cares about the delay in checkout unless they're selfish pricks. My point was that cashiers need to be familiar with a hell of a lot more procedures than simply accepting cash, credit, debit, or cheques.
 
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