Saturday, October 20, 2007

I Could Be A Bag Lady

Why, oh why, does not 1 employee of any of the grocery stores I frequent know how to bag groceries properly?

It IS part of their job, right?

Scan and bag. Scan and bag.

And please note that this process can be performed much more quickly and efficiently if you (the cashier) don't stop what you're doing (just frickin' scan and bag, wouldja?!) to attempt to make small talk with me or my children (who have already wreaked havoc throughout the aisles and just need to BE DONE.)

Maybe I get annoyed because I'm eerily skilled at this.

I can't pack a suitcase. I can't load the dishwasher efficiently. But hey, I can bag groceries like a pro. In either paper OR plastic, thankyouverymuch.

I'm already "that woman" in the grocery store who sweeps through there with her 3 monkeys. (Sometimes Rarely they're good. Sometimes Mostly they act age appropriate. And if the twos and threes aren't the death of me, that will be nice.)

So yeah, I'm picky. I want my groceries bagged in paper. I've given up on plastic because I come home with no less than 1,000 bags per trip. It's like they pack 1 item (a can of corn here, a gallon of ice cream there) per bag!

So give me paper bags. And fill them to maximum capacity please. But do so efficiently. As in, don't tip my eggs vertically and pack them with a container of juice and a (soon-to-be-squished) loaf of bread.

Yeah, that would be great.

Can you tell I'm still feeling quite "funky"? But I have made a vow to myself to begin the early morning running again on Monday, despite the lack of daylight. And am having lunch with the Girlz tomorrow (a guaranteed mood-lifter). And the Red Sox are still in it. All good reasons to smile.


Sarah said...

I too know how to pack a mean bag of groceries.

I can only assume that they have no incentive (i.e., they are not being paid enough) to bag the groceries properly.

tulipmom said...

Yes, yes, and yes! By the time I get to the checkout with SB, I needed to have left 5 minutes ago. He's futzing with the switch that controls the conveyor belt turning it off and on (despite my warnings) and the cashier is still making small talk with us.

Needless to say, I try to limit my trips to school hours.

Anonymous said...

I'm so with you on this one. This is totally one of my Grrrs! Why can't they put all the frozen stuff in one bag?! And why can't they fill up the paper bags?!

Anonymous said...

And put the damn bananas on the top, not the bottom, PLEASE!!

Amanda said...

Oy, don't get me started on the grocery store. You just stick to your paper guns and get running, darlin'.

I'll shoot you rah rah emails during the game since my sorry ass missed the game two nights ago, so depressed was I by staying up for such devastating losses.

karen said...

Amen, sister! There is exactly one checker in my grocery store who bags groceries properly. If I'm not in her line, I bag my groceries myself.

Candace said...

SO SLOW!! Do you not see the two crying babies??? I have to restain myself from doing it myself sometimes!

Patois42 said...

I let the cashiers make small talk with my kids while I do the bagging myself so I know it's done right. (Yeah, it's also why I end up doing nearly all the chores around the homestead.)

Amanda said...

Before the clock struck midnight they WON!!!!!!!! That'll get you running, no? Probably not actually with the late nights.

Kate said...

And while we're at it, Ms. Cashier Person, if you start the conversation with, "How about the Red Sox, huh?" and I reply, "Oh, I don't have any idea. I don't follow sports," then continuing to discuss baseball and football whilst doing horrible obscene things to my poor defenseless grapes? Not appreciated by yours truly.

K? K.

Jen said...

I was a "courtesy clerk" in high school back when we had to take a training class on packing groceries. So yeah, I feel your pain, sister. Hope the big win lifts your mood!!

painted maypole said...

that one thing to a bag thing drives me nuts. When I take my own canvas bags I fill them to overflowing. I'm lucky if I can convince someone else to put in a can with a 2 litre - "won't it be too heavy?" NO!!

Heather said...

I'm so anal about how my bags are packed that I put my groceries on the conveyor belt in a certain order!

I place all cold items together, canned together, boxed goods together, baking items together. Then the bread and eggs are very last.

Eww, I'm really anal!

Julie {Angry Julie Monday} said...

I'm totally anal too. One of my first jobs was as a bagger at a grocery store. We went to a 2 day training on how to bag things. I hated that job.

People must not go to that training anymore. I always end up repacking my groceries. In my town, they don't like to put milk in a bag. So I have to explain to them that I don't want a sweaty milk jug in my car.

Ugh, can you tell, I loathe grocery shopping.

MadMad said...

It is SOOOO hard to run in the dark. Way too scary. On the plus side, I shaved a couple minutes off my time, because I'm basically terrified the whole time. Wish you lived closer, so we could go together!

And yeah, everything you said about the supermarket is true. Hate the damn place.

lae said...

my favorite is when the cashier and bagger are involved in their own inappropriate conversation. I bag my own groceries while covering my children's ears!



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