I see myself as a fairly patient person. I try really hard to smile while I am waiting and be polite. Sometimes however, it can be difficult when you need to pick up your child from dance class on time.
Friday night, we went grocery shopping at a store not far from Anna’s dance studio. We had plenty of time and knew we had to get a lot. We mostly stayed on the outside aisles since we were focusing on healthy foods. I was pretty proud of myself when I went to the checkout with a cart full of food with 30 minutes to spare.
The lady in front of me already had most of her food on the belt. The other lines looked full so I figured it was a good spot. As I started unloading the lady in front of me exclaimed “Where did you get that juice that is on sale?”. I told her where I found it and she sent the bagger off to grab her two bottles. No problem, plenty of time. I smiled at her.
After a bit there seemed to be some discussion going on and soon the bagger was off to grab more items that the lady had forgotten to purchase. I didn’t know that was in the bagger’s job description. The lady in front of me apologized for taking so long and I smiled.
After a lot of coupon searching and talking, it turned out the lady also had some WIC items. I used to use WIC when David was little. It’s a great program. However, I don’t remember the protocol being so long back then.
Angel had to leave me in the aisle. Anna was getting out of dance in 5 min and he had to be there. So I stayed and smiled and was polite. It took her 30 mins totally to get through the aisle. That was the longest 30 minutes ever. LOL.
Now it’s my turn, I got my coupons, I got my card. She rings up 128.00 of groceries.. I pack my cart (bagger never did come back) and in all it took 5 minutes. My cart was loaded to the top. Now that I think about it 128.00 wasn’t bad for a full cart. Especially when more than half the cart was produce items.
I guess the point is, I really strive to be as efficient and quick as possible when I go through the checkout lane. Of course there have been moments of having an item with no price or barcode. I always hate those times because I feel bad for the person behind me. I have had frazzled moments at the checkout and they are not fun.
How are you at the checkout?