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In which i STILL hate the grocery store

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I know you guys hate it when I bitch and moan but can I just complain for a second about my recent trip to Harris Teeter?  Of course I can because who’s going to stop me right?


So I rarely go to Harris Teeter anymore because I don’t really have too many people around so I don’t have to do big trips. As a result, I sometimes forget how annoying it is going there.
This morning I needed to go there to pick up Fiber 1 (for Kevin) and Chex Mix (for Daniel) and fudgecicles (for me) but I really didn’t have all that many items.  I quickly collected what I needed and I looked around to pay.


The express lane wasn’t open but the self-checkout was and so was the regular checkout.  I really like to get paper bags at the grocery store because I use them for my recycling and that way I don’t have any waste.  Clever right?


So I decided I did NOT want a bunch of plastic bags and I would therefore avoid the self checkout.  I went to get in the ONLY open line and there was a woman in front of me in the process of checking out.


I waited and noticed that the cashier was INCREDIBLY slow and that there were tons of items on the counter and where the hell was the bagger? Normally the baggers are assaulting you (and they’re pretty bad at bagging) but there was nobody around.  I looked around and nobody was helping the cashier.


I was starting to get impatient and the cashier finally finished scanning all the items when the woman hands her one million coupons.   I stared at them and thought “no fucking way I’m waiting” and I looked towards the self-checkout longingly and spotted some PAPER bags.


I figured that would be way faster so I went over there.  I quickly unfolded two paper bags and put them on the scale thingie and I get a message “wait for cashier.”  Of course, is there a cashier ANYWHERE IN THE STORE???? No, there’s not.


I take off the bags and start again and it get the same goddamn thing “wait for cashier.”  Apparently, the stupid paper bags are heavy enough that they register as something that I haven’t scanned and paid for.


By now, I’m getting pissed and I start pressing the “customer service” button and nobody comes.  I press it again and FINALLY somebody shows up.  I explain that apparently the self-checkout hates paper bags and recycling and by now, I’m fairly grouchy.


The guy does whatever the hell people do there and makes it so I can FINALLY buy my groceries and put them in the 2 paper bags.  I check out and it says “wait for receipt” which I do but it never comes and I decide, “fuck it” and leave.


I remember why I hated grocery shopping.  It’s like survivor and whoever manages to stay patient wins.  Anyways, at least I have a post now right???

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  1. Patty
    December 18, 2013

    I am forever wondering how most people stay employed.

  2. Julie
    December 18, 2013

    I would rather have my finger nails torn off than use self check out lanes. They always, always, ALWAYS fuck something up and I am NOT known for my patience.

  3. Ribena Tina @ ribenamusings
    December 18, 2013

    Our main superstore has just started a self scanning system and of course, as I love all things new I had to have a go. Not only is it fun but if you don’t scan anything for over 20 minutes because you are busy doing things like having your hair done half way through your shopping at the new hair salon there it beeps annoyingly every few minutes. Hours of fun, HOURS……
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  4. chacha1
    December 19, 2013

    I stopped going to the drugstore one block from our apartment because they took all the checkout people out (but one, who is perpetually fully-employed in dealing with the aged and their coupons, returns, price checks, and can-you-read-this-label-for-mes) and put in self-checkout.

    The irony is that they then had to employ a person to stand idly by and wait for something to go wrong, as it inevitably does, with the self-checkout.

    The whole thing is so stupid I can’t be arsed. There are other drugstores, and one of ’em is next door to BevMo.
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  5. Millie Noe
    December 20, 2013

    Ha! Lynn, you tell it so well. I could feel my blood pressure going up as I read your story. And wouldn’t you know it? I have to stop after work to pick up a few things. Darn. My friend gave me a bottle of homemade wine for Christmas. Maybe I should take a couple swigs before I go in.
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  6. Jackie
    December 30, 2013

    Hahahaha, had visions of my husband when I read this…..he almost burst a blood vessel he was in such a rage after using one of these self checkers!

  7. Jackie
    January 6, 2014

    I totally understand this. This happened to me during the holiday season. The stupid “wait for cashier” sign came up, and I was left stranded at the self checkout for what seemed like forever. The Wal-Mart employee finally arrived, looking pissed that she had to be of assistance–even though that’s her fucking job! I said “thanks” to the grouchy Wal-Mart hag after she so laboriously typed in a memorized code, and she walked away without a response. WTF.

    • Lynn
      January 6, 2014

      Arrrgggghhh…poor you

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