Who'd like to join me in a supermarket checkout experiment?

(283 Posts)


It's quite fum...

Catnuzzle Fri 09-May-14 17:42:50

Go on.......

JuniperTisane Fri 09-May-14 17:46:39

Urrrgh. Do I actually have to go into a supermarket or can I play online shopping?

MooseyMcMad Fri 09-May-14 17:47:01

I'm a supermarket checkout operator... Can I play?

elfycat Fri 09-May-14 17:48:07

If it's fun I'll give it a go - as long as no-one is harmed in the making of this fun!

nicename Fri 09-May-14 17:50:08

What do we do?


I need more recruits than this.

And noope, online shoppers Do not qualify. Chuh.

Check out operators? Hmm... This could get interesting .

nicename Fri 09-May-14 17:56:32

Will it a) hurt, b) cost a lot or c) make me fat?

Sirzy Fri 09-May-14 17:57:35

I need more info before agreeing

lazypepper Fri 09-May-14 17:59:04

Yes, c'mon. I might be game, but need to know the full details first.

Not hurt, no harming.

Just a teeny thing that may brighten yiur day by the POWER that it imparts!

Mwah hahaha

notamonkeysuncle Fri 09-May-14 18:00:32

Need more info before I agree smile

It's FREE.

And calorie unladen.

SirChenjin Fri 09-May-14 18:01:55

Need more info - free/calorie unladen isn't enough, I need details

WeeClype Fri 09-May-14 18:02:01

I'm in smile

lettucesoup Fri 09-May-14 18:03:13


Goldmandra Fri 09-May-14 18:03:16

And calorie unladen.

That doesn't sound like much fun!

Ah, go on then. I maintain the right to withdraw if I don't like it though.

Coco0123 Fri 09-May-14 18:03:58

Go on then, count me in grin

Tenrec Fri 09-May-14 18:04:07

I'll do it?

kelper Fri 09-May-14 18:04:35

I may, but only if there is wine/calories/cheese involved. no calories is boring ;)

MuttonCadet Fri 09-May-14 18:05:23

I'm in.

BubbleSausageTheSecond Fri 09-May-14 18:05:51

I'm intrigued!

IAmTheGodOfTitsAndWine Fri 09-May-14 18:05:54

Yes, please sign me up for this thing that I know nothing about. </sarcasm>

I'll probably do it anyway.

Terrortree Fri 09-May-14 18:06:01

Aye, I'm in need of shopping...

Lobbing Fri 09-May-14 18:06:05

Is anyone patronised in this wielding of power?

Goldmandra Fri 09-May-14 18:06:44

I'm in even without calories.

Do you have enough volunteers yet?

NellieSocks Fri 09-May-14 18:07:21

Maybe - tell me more?!

BumpAndGrind Fri 09-May-14 18:07:34

Stop trying to be mysteriously vague... it will do nothing but piss people off. You don't want that. Oh no.


As I said up there is so teeny, but so effective.

Ya ready?

Will there be reportage back?

elfycat Fri 09-May-14 18:09:32

BumpAndGrind I'm finding it amusing how many people will volunteer for something we know nothing about. Myself included.

Goldmandra Fri 09-May-14 18:10:04

Ya ready?

Yep but be quick. My rice is nearly cooked.

thornrose Fri 09-May-14 18:10:09

Bored now grin [attention span of a goldfish]

Whatsforpudding Fri 09-May-14 18:10:11

Go on then, if it's not embarrassing.

PotatoPolly Fri 09-May-14 18:11:03

I wanna play!

I'll join in as long as it doesn't mean making life more difficult for the staff.

I'm in because I'm nosey more than anything and clearly a bit of a sheep grin

Skina Fri 09-May-14 18:13:39

Yeah, alright.


AtYourCervix Fri 09-May-14 18:15:14

I'm in

picnicbasketcase Fri 09-May-14 18:15:19

Yeah, I'm in.
What is it? Should've asked the second part first probably.

heronsfly Fri 09-May-14 18:16:20

I want to play !!!!

notso Fri 09-May-14 18:16:30

Do we have to do it now right now?

Please remember that I have stressed that it's TEENY.

all you have to do is pop the divder down on the conveyor belt 90° to convention.

And watch the customer behind just squirm and twitch.

It so works.

Goldmandra Fri 09-May-14 18:17:44


picnicbasketcase Fri 09-May-14 18:18:13

Will try it tomorrow. I will be interested to see if they turn it round the right way or are too polite to.

Skina Fri 09-May-14 18:18:42

Ooh, I play this already. It works and is amusing.

It's VERY amusing isn't it, Skina?

Sometimes it's the highlight of my dat.

Don't people just tut and put it the conventional way? I would.

Rollermum Fri 09-May-14 18:21:05

That poor use of space would make my eyelid twitch. I like to put everything on in such as way that it fits nicely.

SheherazadeSchadenfreude Fri 09-May-14 18:21:54

So it won't work on a self service checkout!

booblady Fri 09-May-14 18:22:05

So can't wait to do this tomorrow.. what if someone does this to me. Do I assume they are playing the game also. Do I move it or just accidently let my shopping knock it straight?

MrsDiesel Fri 09-May-14 18:24:09

Oooh I will try this. I would just turn it round though....

kelper Fri 09-May-14 18:24:16

lol I shall try next time I go shopping smile

Rissolesfortea Fri 09-May-14 18:24:21

I will be checking out the checkouts tomorrow on the look out for annoying mn'ers.

Rollermum Fri 09-May-14 18:24:39

Ah hang on though, do you mean lay it down? Or rotate as is?

It started as a tactic to try and create some bumper of personal sace.

You know those folks who cram right into your arse im the queue because they want to be level with their shopping on the conveyor? Well THEM.

But the squirming it causes while people dilemma with themselves is just LULZ.

Rollergirl1 Fri 09-May-14 18:28:02

It so works? What exactly is it meant to divulge about the next shopper? I wouldn't think anything of it and would just move it. What would that say about me?


Conventional ^


Chaotic ^

Skina Fri 09-May-14 18:28:46

I'm amazed that perhaps just one in ten will turn it. They all twitch though, and that's my work done grin

Scared to deviate from the norm, RollerG?

Oooh, look at all the Rollers on this thread...

Rollergirl1 Fri 09-May-14 18:31:42

I have occasionally pondered answering "yes thanks" to the question "would you like help packing?" And then just stand there not doing a thing, perhaps call someone and have a chat while my shopping gets packed. And then realise I've forgotten to get something and go back to the aisles. And then get the cashier to pack that too.

YeGodsAndLittleFishes Fri 09-May-14 18:33:11

People really twitch? What if you do it at the start (bwcause the person in front hardly ever puts the devider on) and at the end?

I like living dangerously.

Ooh YeGods, good point.

If I do it before putting my shopping down, they don't seem to mind, it's the aftershoppers that twitch.

lazypepper Fri 09-May-14 18:37:36

Righto! I'm in.

Lidl tomorrow.

Will see what happens! !

OnIlkleyMoorBahTwat Fri 09-May-14 18:43:27

Watch out trying this in aldi. I got shouted at by the check out assistant for not using a divider at all, because there was none I could reach. Apparently a really big gap is not a satisfactory way of separating people's shopping hmm.

LittleMisslikestobebythesea Fri 09-May-14 18:44:15

I work on a checkout, I will be watching out for possible mnetters when I'm in work on Sunday!

I don't think I could do it myself, I would be itching to put it the right way grin

I don't understand <thick>. Am I lying it longways down the conveyer belt instead of across? I don't mind experimenting but I'll look a prize prick if I'm 'experimenting' by doing it the correct way.

agnescrumplebottom Fri 09-May-14 18:48:32

If the person behind me turns it the right way, can I give them a hard stare and turn it back again in a snatchy manner... can I go on can I grin

RachelWatts Fri 09-May-14 18:50:05

I don't understand. The checkout staff put the divider like that already in my local shop. If you move it to try and fit more shopping on you get an eye roll then they put it back.

I will see if I can pluck up the courage to try it then!

heronsfly Fri 09-May-14 18:55:44

I will try tomorrow grin

hiddenhome Fri 09-May-14 18:58:28

I shall do this.

I'm in but I don't get it. Do I lay it flat or at a skewed angle?

I had the evils from the pompous arse for not putting a divider after my shopping earlier. He came when half my shopping was done but he was vair angry at lack of divider. There may have been a tut. He was lucky I had my two already grumpy DC with me as a distraction or I'd have fecking rammed a divider up his ass.

Crutchlow35 Fri 09-May-14 19:09:41

I'll do this tomorrow.

TheLeftovermonster Fri 09-May-14 19:16:10

This could start a trend. There is so much you can do with them!

I foresee endless 'What does your shopping divider say about you?' type quizzes supermarket magazines.

hugoagogo Fri 09-May-14 19:16:26

It is also fun to put boxes of clingfilm across the belt and see if the checkout person gets confused. it used to confuse me

tabulahrasa Fri 09-May-14 19:25:50

Oh no divider at all is better - it makes people all panicky...you know like they might accidentally pay for your shopping for you.

Only of course they'd also have your shopping, so why would you let them?

LegoCaltrops Fri 09-May-14 19:26:57

I may do this. Maybe I will get outed as a MNer. <twitches>

Glad to see there's so many easily persuaded people on here.

I've got the WarmFuzzies.

Wishfulmakeupping Fri 09-May-14 20:02:34

Ok I'm in.
And if the person in front of me does it I'll know they are a mumsnetter no need for a mn scarf- it will be our signal to each other like a secret handshake <overthinks it>

Ooh, this could become am ideMNtifier.


Beanymonster Sat 10-May-14 11:27:52

Ok, I did this in Morrisons, the lady behind me got very huffy and straightened it up..

noblegiraffe Sat 10-May-14 11:31:36

The mere thought of doing this is making me twitchy. What if their shopping creeps down the side and mingles with yours?

Catsmamma Sat 10-May-14 11:32:24

smellyfartado ...you lay it along the conveyor and not across.

I may well join in with this mischief....I don't often go shopping though I buy too much.

How about trying to balance it on its point? Have I taken it too far?

spiderlight Sat 10-May-14 11:36:29

I'm in! grin

Shinyshoes2 Sat 10-May-14 11:46:10

I'm in ... I'm shopping this arvo I'll do it then ..... Hehehe

Nennypops Sat 10-May-14 11:47:27

The thing is, now people won't twitch, they'll just assume you're an evil Mumsnetter.

ProfessorBranestawm Sat 10-May-14 11:53:15

grin now I feel a bit sad that I only shop online.

ProfessorBranestawm Sat 10-May-14 11:55:39

So if there are checkout staff on this thread, and in the next few days customers start turning the thingies round, you will know they are an MNer. Could be the start of a beeyootiful friendship.

You could always enquire if they needed any pom bears or that their choice of ham looks very naice. Just to make sure they aren't some random rebellious conveyor belt heathen rather than an MNer experimenting for Chaos grin

justaweeone Sat 10-May-14 12:02:45

I'll do it

LoveBeingCantThinkOfAName Sat 10-May-14 12:07:20

I'm in

Catnuzzle Sat 10-May-14 12:11:50

Just did it..... The woman behind me immediately picked it up and set it straight. No pause, no deep and meaningful thought process. No outing as MNter.

Will have to try again.

BuzzardBird Sat 10-May-14 12:13:30

Right, I need a plan on what to do with the people that start lining their shopping up behind mine when I have shopping still in my trolley meaning I have no conveyor space to put the rest of my shopping...

Ideas please oh supermarket conveyor grenius...

JodieGarberJacob Sat 10-May-14 12:16:56

Yep, I'll be in Waitrose, WGC later today looking out for deviants.

gertiegusset Sat 10-May-14 12:17:47

What does it say about you if you just chuck your shopping on all randomly anyway, the person behind must be shaking violently internally.

nachohousekeeper Sat 10-May-14 12:19:43

I'm going shopping later so I'm in. Although DH will almost certainly twitch and move it before a fellow shopper does. Will have to send him to the packing endgrin

Slubberdegullion Sat 10-May-14 12:19:52

I just tried, and I really did try. And then I couldn't do it. It was all WRONG. Bad things might have happened for the rest of the day without having the divider in the perpendicular position.

BuzzardBird Sat 10-May-14 12:20:25

Dripping raw meat on top of strawberries grin

heronsfly Sat 10-May-14 12:22:15

Ive done it grin grumpy lot in morrisons today as usual lady behind me huffed and puffed but didnt move it, checkout lady gave me a glare.

VodkaJelly Sat 10-May-14 12:28:44

If i was in a supermarket and somebody in front put the divider longways it wouldnt bother me in the slightest, it really wouldnt. There would be no eye twitching or moving it from me. I doubt it would even register to be honest.

PicandMinx Sat 10-May-14 12:30:20

Just did it in Sainsbury's. The shopper behind me just put it in the usual position. The checkout lady winked at me. I'm outed. grin

lazypepper Sat 10-May-14 12:30:22

I did it in Lidl just now. The checkout girl didn't move it but the man behind me immediately turnes it round before putting his ahopping on the belt.
Ols man with only a basket of shopping.

lazypepper Sat 10-May-14 12:32:21

Oh amd I had DH with me. He accused me of acting like a child. grin

Oldraver Sat 10-May-14 12:42:11

Oh I might try this...probably going to Sainsburys later and it is always full of angst. I have on occasion NOT put the divider down when the person in front hasn't done it and see how long it takes the person in front to notice its not their goods coming through, while pretending not to notice wink

Oldraver Sat 10-May-14 12:49:35

Gertie If I only have a small basket of un breakable things and the conveyor is empty...I just turn the basket upside down rather than empty one by one..

It confuses the shit out of people

Shockers Sat 10-May-14 13:22:52

I might have to work up to this in stages... angle it slightly more each time until, after several weeks, 90 degrees is achieved.

Proper maverick me.

Has anyone tried putting it back their way if the shopper behind puts it the "right" way? I would imagine that would make them very twitchy.. I think I might try it next time I'm shopping <evil> grin

Vintagecakeisstillnice Sat 10-May-14 13:44:44

Ohhhhhh. . .

I alway put mine at an angle like. / so does this mean I've been half bad?

I started doing to stop being rammed with trolleys etc when my back was bad. The twitching etc is so satisfying grin

t3rr3gl35 Sat 10-May-14 13:45:05

Oldraver - I see your basket and raise you not emptying out at all....just put basket on conveyor and leave. emptying basket onto conveyor for checkout operator to lift item, scan and place down is work you don't need to do. If basket is placed on conveyor, checkout operator lifts item, scans and places down....

Coumarin Sat 10-May-14 14:19:28

The little diagram has confused me. Easily done admittedly. Can someone explain what angle it's supposed to be at and what angle it's being changed to?

MooseyMcMad Sat 10-May-14 14:35:37

Oh no! I forgot to check back before I went to work last night.... I could've had endless fun trying to spot mn'ers or outing myself as one by placing the dividers skewed.

Am now trying to remember if anyone did this last night hmm

starfishmummy Sat 10-May-14 14:47:20

I won't ne shopping until next week. Knowing my luck I will get M on the checkout who grumbles if you don't put dividera down....well if she didn't keep them by the till we would be able to reach them!!

She also drives me dotty with her sloppy pronunciation. One day I am going to pretend not to understand what "twenny" is....

starfishmummy Sat 10-May-14 14:50:40

And I am driving myself dotty with my sloppy typing!!

Catsmamma Sat 10-May-14 14:57:20

Just back from Tesco. Woman behind us moved it back.

Meglet Sat 10-May-14 14:59:45

You lot are evil, twisted individuals.

If anyone does this in front of me they've got a war on their hands.

ProfessorBranestawm Sat 10-May-14 15:04:20

Photos and everything. Impressive grin

Catsmamma Sat 10-May-14 15:17:08

thanks...I had to tell dh off...he straightened it first. And then said "oh god, NOW what are you up to??" when I got my phone out.

<<<<<This is my usual shop mischief......

nicename Sat 10-May-14 15:22:32

I'm in London. I'd get either knifed or completely ignored if I did tha.

On the upside, our local Waitrose now sells Cock Flavoured Soup.

Trills Sat 10-May-14 15:23:09

Are you sure your diagram is the right way around?

rest of supermarket ======|======> checkout operator
that is conventional to me, but you've labelled it as chaotic

Oh utterblush.

You're right.

Was it late at night? I must've been tired aynway.


KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 10-May-14 16:12:56

<mind boggles>

But...but... THAT'S NOT HOW IT GOES!!!

I don't know whether I could physically bring myself to commit this travesty. If I work up the nerve I'll report back.

Goldmandra Sat 10-May-14 16:17:23

I tried very hard to do this in M&S food hall today but DD1 (17) kept turning it round and then held my hands until the man behind put his shopping on the belt too close for me to do it.

JodieGarberJacob Sat 10-May-14 17:21:50

Just reporting back from Waitrose WGC. Didn't see anyone creating havoc and when it was our turn DP insisted that I start the packing end while he unloaded. So I didn't even get the chance to test the theory. I will see what happens next week in Tesco, Bishop's Stortford.

littledrummergirl Sat 10-May-14 17:34:01

Bugger. Not in work till end of next week. I will keep an eye out for chaos.

Tabby1963 Sat 10-May-14 17:54:26

Well I was inspired by Oldraver and first of all upended my basket on the conveyor belt, leaving all shopping jumbled together in a messy heap grin, then successfully managed to position the divider sideways this is difficult because I usually like things properly organised and tidy. This caused some consternation to the two women behind me. I watched with peripheral vision their glance to each other then a few seconds later a tentative move by one woman to reposition the divider. Would I ever do it again? Yes! Would I ever attempt to reposition divider after the person behind me straightened it? No, not that crazy!

I just did it in Sainsburys, but there was no one behind me at the time. When someone did come along they just picked it up and turned it round. Think it was a failure.

Slubberdegullion Sat 10-May-14 18:32:44

I'm with KateSMumsnet. It's wrong and unnatural and possibly a marker for the start of the End of Times.

Down with this sort if divider fiddling thing.

NearTheWindymill Sat 10-May-14 18:35:49

I did it. It put it diagonally across the belt and the lady in front of me who couldn't have had more than 12 items sort of kissed her teeth and flipped it quickly and irritatedly back to horizonatal.

Made me giggle inside. Thanks Chaos grin.

zen1 Sat 10-May-14 18:46:01

It goes against all my OCD tendencies, but I plan to try this next time I do the shop (doesn't go against my contrary tendencies though grin)

MissMilbanke Sat 10-May-14 19:01:12

This is really funny but Do none of you use self scanners ??

Gah, I would love to try this but can't be bothered with all this loading / unloading. Scanning it saves so much time

I use self scanners in Waitrose but our Sainsburys doesn't have them.

wineoclocktimeye Sat 10-May-14 19:12:29

Oh oh oh, can't wait to go sainburys - love upsetting the status quo <evil cackle>

starfishmummy Sat 10-May-14 19:17:11

To be really evil we should turn round the one in front of our shopping as well as the one behind it...

3bunnies Sat 10-May-14 19:31:06

I often don't put the divider there at all if no one is waiting. Think it started when I would shop with a baby in a sling and couldn't reach easily. Now I just quite enjoy the chaos. Most people just huff and puff, if challenged I just tell them that I like to reminisce about the days before shopping dividers which sends them into a spin as they are generally older than me and so feel divided between the need for order and the right to reminisce. Next time I will try the unconventional placing.

Coumarin Sat 10-May-14 19:39:53

Ok I've got it now. I'll do it when we next do a Big Shop. Daren't do it in our 'Are you local?' one. <wimp>

Also adding 'make rude words out of the herbs and spices' to the list.

Coconutty Sat 10-May-14 19:41:48

Just done this in Waitrose and was called a "Fucking idiot" by the woman behind me.

Well, she said to her husband that I was a Fucking idiot. I smiled and turned it back long ways.

It was a bit awkward.


I'm having a mid life crisis. This is just the sort of thing I need to do. No more Ocado for me when there's these larks to be had.

Tabby1963 Sat 10-May-14 20:09:19

Just done this in Waitrose and was called a "Fucking idiot" by the woman behind me. Good gracious, Coconutty. Good for you turning it back againgrin.

I'd have turned round and said "Sorry, did you say something?"

Coconutty Sat 10-May-14 20:22:43

I didn't feel up to confronting her but did smile sweetly when I turned it back.

noblegiraffe Sat 10-May-14 20:31:07

I bottled it in Sainsbury's but in my defence there was a massive queue and each conveyor belt was stuffed with food so taking up extra room with weird divider placement might have caused a riot.

owlbegoing Sat 10-May-14 20:40:54

I did it in Sainsburys. There was no-one behind me though at the time and 1 person in front of me. By the time I got to pay someone turned up and asked the cashier if they were still open. They must have thought that a divider like that meant they were closing the till grin

Cocobutty, you may have just winned the thread!

Slubs, I'd kinda like to be known as the Catalystist of The End of Times. Would staying my Evil Dictorator Tendencies.

TobyLerone Sat 10-May-14 20:49:31

Coconutty wins the entire internet for that.

I'm surprised at a Waitrose shopper calling someone a fucking idiot.

foslady Sat 10-May-14 21:15:15

Oh God, wish i'd seen this earlier - put my stuff on the conveyor at Asda today to find my multipack of crisps was ripped open as if a bag missing. Said I'd go and get another and was gone 20 sec max to find idiot woman had moved my trolley out of the way and started putting her stuff on AFTER mine. HTF was I supposed to get passed her trolley pack a weeks worth of groceries and carry then to the car ( and loose my £ coin - arse!!!)

SarniaCherie Sat 10-May-14 21:18:45

I used to work on a supermarket checkout and hated the lazy fuckers who would just chuck the contents onto the belt still in the basket. If sitting down it's hard to reach the stuff in them. Why should I have to stand up. grin I would often ask the offenders to empty the basket*

*Disclaimer, I am no longer a checkout operator and basket emptying was not imposed on nice old ladies or anyone I fancied. I also used to squeeze the bananas of rude customers so they'd bruise quickly when they got home.

SheherazadeSchadenfreude Sat 10-May-14 23:12:25

I did this tonight in Tesco. Unfortunately there was no-one behind me!

missingmumxox Sun 11-May-14 00:47:57

Oh no! Might have stuffed up you experiment, man in front of me at lidl did this to me today. I didn't think much about it until I saw this thread, I just span it round, but interestingly in home bargains the lady behind me, I had failed as usual to put a divider in, grabbed one and then used it to PROD! My shopping forward!

Then again maybe I wasn't affected by this mind game is one of my top fave things to do on a study day is to swap seats after a break, THAT MY FRIEND IS A TOTAL MIND FUCK!

Coconutty Sun 11-May-14 13:44:26

Hmmm just tried this again this time in the massive Sainsbury in Northampton. The man behind only had a roasted chicken. He noticed it then looked away. Then he looked back, looked at me and moved it to the normal position.

He saw me looking at him and then picked his chicken up and went to another checkout.

I think I am going to stop now. This was more awkward than yesterday.

TobyLerone Sun 11-May-14 14:20:41

You are a legend grin

picnicbasketcase Sun 11-May-14 14:51:28

I tried it earlier in Aldi. The customer behind me just picked up another divider and put it down the correct way behind my 'wrong one'.

I'm quite disappointed.

marcopront Sun 11-May-14 15:39:45

I wanted to try it today but they didn't have dividers and the person behind me didn't start unloading their trolley till I had packed my bags and paid.

Crutchlow35 Sun 11-May-14 15:39:51

I did it in sainsburys and got a kinda WTF are you doing look from the lady behind me and she moved it around.

Slubberdegullion Sun 11-May-14 16:03:47

Chaos, read coconutty's posts. This is only the very start. You have created a virus of awkward, this is the pre-mutagen of a hemorrhagic fever of internal unease and disgruntlement.

Just say stop and everything will go back to nice orderliness.

Persist and it will only end in bloodshed.

sashh Sun 11-May-14 16:59:25

How about trying to balance it on its point? Have I taken it too far?

That's too far, if you want an advanced option steal a divider from one supermarket and use it at another one.

Has anyone done the alcohol and nappies?

You put a pack of nappies and some cans of beer (or bottle of wine) pretend you cannot afford both and ask the check out operator to put the nappies back, <disclaimer, this is Ed Byrne's idea, I didn't make it up>

You WON'T BREAK ME, Slubs...

The show must goon.

Thus is proving rather excellent.


Chaos dearest - have you tried balancing it on end? With a satsuma atop, like a merry flag?

I often build an impenetrable corral at the arse end of my shopping - a Berlin Wall of Fruit and Fibre and Shredded Wheat boxes that shield my more secret purchases from the prying eyes of Mr or Mrs Behind-Me-In-Queue. If I see them craning to look over, I can just add a balustrade of Crackerbread.

Ah bollocks. Cross post and all that.

EllaFitzgerald Sun 11-May-14 18:19:51

OP, you're an evil genius. I'm loving your work grin

IAmNotAMindReader Sun 11-May-14 18:35:02

I am so going to do this next time I shop and should any twitchy fingered fucker move it I will give them a dead eyed stare as I move it back into position. Your move fuckface grin oh yes your move. I may look a little disturbed I think the risk is worth it.

WhereAreMyGlasses Sun 11-May-14 18:37:48

this is great! i wish i lived somewhere with supermarkets with conveyor belts!

FurdyCone Sun 11-May-14 20:31:22

I did this today in Sainsburys, much to DH'S bemusement. The chap behind looked at the divider with a look of slight confusion, then loaded the conveyer without moving it. Forgot to take pic. Swear one of the other checkout ladies smiled at me!

CrystalSkulls Sun 11-May-14 20:35:39

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

lazypepper Mon 12-May-14 10:26:01

I will be going to Sainsburys tomorrow. So will see if I get a different reaction from Lidl shop the other day.

Little things eh.. ;)

Did it in sainsburys! Crap photo as my phone is buggered but woman behind me moved it back without so much as a by-your-leave. Cheeky mare.

OnIlkleyMoorBahTwat Mon 12-May-14 13:33:05

I've just done it with the dividers both in front of and after my shopping in Lidl and nothing happened! The checkout assistant just picked up the one in front and put it on the slidey divider shelf and got on with her scanning, and the woman behind me just placed all her stuff after the longways divider and went back to staring into space.

Ha ha! gotta try the booze/nappies game. I could get judged on neglect of my none existent DCs grin.

OTOH, pissing about with the minds of poor, hardworking supermarket staff seems a bit mean.

It's not aimed at the staff, OnIlkley, but the crowdery shoppers.

I've just done it in Sainsbury's. I got a wtaf look from the woman behind. She swapped it round, so I nonchalantlt twisted it back.

Then I wussed out when she moved it again


LineRunner Mon 12-May-14 13:47:45

I got three and made an equilateral triangle in Asda.


LittleMisslikestobebythesea Mon 12-May-14 14:45:09

None of my customers did it yesterday, I was most disappointed!

I love the equilateral triangle idea though!

Oh I am so going to try this, but here's a question. Whose responsibility is it to place the divider, the customer in front to end their shopping, you at the beginning of your shopping or do you do both, front and back of shopping?

Rachie1986 Mon 12-May-14 15:15:18

This thread is the highlight of my day :-)

I've just caught up with this thread, I love it! Have been to sainsburys today before reading but will defo try it next time grin
I sometimes put the divider at the end but not on the conveyor belt so some people avoid the checkout as they think it's closing <<evil cackle>>

ThisBitchIsResting Mon 12-May-14 15:52:19

I am so doing this is Tesco later.

CakeyCakeyCakey Mon 12-May-14 16:25:29

Im taking mil shopping on Wednesday, I could do with a bit of light relief!
The best thing I like is when she's in her wheelchair and you push her round but then when she wants to look at something she gets out and walks (she has severe fibromyalgia and has had ops on both feet so can stand and walk but not far) sometimes I just watch bemused faces but if I'm feeling really silly when she stands up and takes a step I drop to my knees (gently, I'm not too mobile either) and throw my hands in the air shouting "praise The Lord it's a miracle!"
She thinks I'm nuts...

Once when ds was little, maybe 7months, I took him shopping and he liked to holding or two little bits of the shopping on the way round, he didn't care what they were or mess with them he just liked to hold it, little baby ds travelling round tesco in the trolley carrying a 36pack of condoms and a miniature bottle of brandy got some brilliant looks!

cakey I like your style grin
DH once put a tube of anusol in a ladies shopping basket, I told him he was being childish but made me secretly chuckle smile

Oldraver Mon 12-May-14 18:35:18

t3rr3gl35...brilliant......I'm wondering if I dare leave all the shopping in the basket in Aldi...

I forgot to do this as we OH went to the single basket queue in Waitrose...at least there was no bad language

Dragonlette Mon 12-May-14 19:03:03

I did this in morrisons yesterday. Dd2, aged 4 turned it round, so I put it longways again, she turned it back to normal, I put it longways, she turned it normal. She looked me right in the eyes and told me firmly "don't do it again!" grin

I may need to try it when I'm on my own, it obviously frazzled her little brain grin

ohmymimi Mon 12-May-14 19:34:40

Oh, I don't think I can. I'm an obsessively neat conveyor belt packer, plus everything has to be grouped in its appropriate category (i.e. frozen, cleaning/laundry etc.) for ease of bagging up. Woe betide the Checkout Op. who puts stuff through out of order and messes with my system. angry. Not that I'm a control freak or anything

MyFirstName Mon 12-May-14 21:12:56

I did it in Sainsburys today...but gah! It was the quietest I have ever seen it. Even went to the basket queue...which was the longest....but no-one came up behind me. The checkout lady very carefully put it round the "right" way once she had scanned my items.

I shall try again next time grin

craftysewer Mon 12-May-14 23:27:33

Dragonlette, that's priceless!

BrianTheMole Mon 12-May-14 23:31:11

Ok, I feel compelled to give this a go. On wednesday. When I go shopping next.

Ooh, Brian, that's weird.

I had you down as younger than that.

BrianTheMole Mon 12-May-14 23:46:03

Younger than that? What DO you mean young lady?

Shopping on Wednesdays.

That's what retired people do imvvle.

So, I extrapolated...

BrianTheMole Mon 12-May-14 23:50:41

Oh I know. Actually I go shopping on Sundays and Wednesdays. Every week. Ha! I am old!

Back just in time for Antiques Roadshow?

BrianTheMole Mon 12-May-14 23:52:12

But not retired. Not yet. I have a few years left. About 20. wink

And a nice cup of tea...

Ooh, lovely.


BrianTheMole Mon 12-May-14 23:53:08

Meh to the antiques road show quickly turns the tv off

BrianTheMole Mon 12-May-14 23:53:23


slithytove Mon 12-May-14 23:56:23

DH has just suggested doing a big shop, and packing every item into an individual bag grin

BrianTheMole Tue 13-May-14 00:03:37

Well, if you do that, then its only right you video it and post it back here.

kelper Tue 13-May-14 09:26:38

I did this in tesco this morning. however I suspect the checkout lady is a mnetter, as when I got to the belt the divider was not across the belt but lengthways. so I put mine at an angle, and it didn't seem to bother the chap behind me!

starfishmummy Tue 13-May-14 15:42:36

Dashed in to sainsbobs today. Instead of taking my three items through self serve I went to a till (and not even the basket one as it has the cashier who I avoid...). Anyway people in front had put the divide down so I turned it. Also put a divide behind me. Cashier just moved the front on and no one behind me. We were really quick so I didn't get a.pic.

Will try harder tomorrow

MrsDiesel Tue 13-May-14 16:18:36

I did this today in Aldi and................nothing happened. The people behind me just popped their bread on after it. The checkout operator was lovely and friendly so maybe she was a mumsnetter or maybe she just enjoys her job.

Did it in waitrose today but there were about 3 tills open for 45 shoppers and every square inch of belt was being crammed with food .... Also mostly over 70s or with tiny screaming babies - so I looked mad taking up so much previous conveyor belt space. I turned mine round myself so as not to upset an already crazed crowd.

I failed you all sad

I nipped into Tesco to get Whiskey for DH birthday, I had teenage DS with me. At the till I placed the dividers as in the photo but DS turned the back one round, I tutted and switched it back. When I took photo he died a little smile Cashier didn't change either of them!

Zucker Tue 13-May-14 17:44:01

I snorted at he died a little. It's those little things that make having a teenager so much fun grin

SummerRain Tue 13-May-14 17:51:31

I tried it in tesco today but noone queued behind me... Although the woman in front of me was using her car keys and handbag as a divider so the effect may have been diminished somewhat, irish people just don't have the same regard for rules as you brits!

shobby Tue 13-May-14 22:00:04

I also did this in my local Aldi today after filling about half the conveyor belt....and nothing happened either..�� the woman behind me just left it as it was and loaded behind it, what an anticlimax!

Did it in Asda earlier when no one was behind me. Then a woman marched up, threw down her shopping, muttered "for God's sake" and banged it down on the conveyor belt the 'correct' way. She looked a bit 'ard, I didn't fancy putting it back longways again.

lazypepper Tue 13-May-14 22:41:22

Ooh be careful Shelagh!

I was in Morris ons today. Only had a basket full

Not only did I place tge divider after my shopping lengthwise but I used it to prod my tins down the belt.

Unfortunately no queue after me
Need to shop at busier time.

Tabby1963 Wed 14-May-14 07:19:47

grin Redpriest.
Zucker I so love to wind my teen DS up he has died a little regularly. Sadly he lives away now so I don't have an opportunity <thinking fondly of previous wind-ups emoticon>.

starfishmummy Wed 14-May-14 09:52:54

Going shopping shortly....

If the people in front have already put the divider down, I plan to sigh and tut as I alter it to Mumsnet style.

starfishmummy Wed 14-May-14 11:39:15

No one seemed to notice!!

Rachie1986 Wed 14-May-14 13:48:42

I couldn't do it :-( I failed!

Did it again today (notice that I go shopping a lot!) in another Asda. No one gave a toss.

SteamTrainsRealAleandOpenFires Wed 14-May-14 14:00:57

Like RedPriest, I also did the same, in Aldi no less. grin No-one battered an eyelid. sad

notso Wed 14-May-14 14:41:26

I did it today in both M&S and Heron Foods (fur coat and no knickers).

Stout, tweedy woman in M&S briskly turned it round. I nonchalantly turned it back, shunting her deli style coleslaw in the process. She harrumphed but left it...until I was busy packing and paying when she turned it and shot me a triumphant glance. Touché I thought.

In Heron Foods a young couple moved it, I moved it back they gave each other a hmm look and the man staged whispered "k'nell's her problem with the thingy?"

Greenkit Wed 14-May-14 14:57:58

I shall try this on my next shop. I shall take child with me, as he is a teenager and I have to embarrass him, he is 15, its the law.

TobyLerone Wed 14-May-14 19:56:19

I did it today when there was nobody behind me. Then someone came but I was distracted by the baby reaching the limit of her patience, and the checkout boy yapping incessantly the entire time and I forgot to look sad

AGnu Wed 14-May-14 20:39:08

If anyone tries this later today & is then asked for directions to the pombears, say hi to DH from me! grin He won't do it. Killjoy!

cantpolishaturd Wed 14-May-14 20:50:32

I did this today in Heron...was soo amusing when the old lass behind me tutted and turned it back...will definatly do it on the big shop on Saturday and stifle my sniggers

WillGardnersNose Wed 14-May-14 21:16:40

ooh it should be a rule that you do this and buy pombears so you can be identified as a MNer. It can be the new scarf.

Coconutty Wed 14-May-14 22:04:29

I can't believe I am the only person who has had a negative experience, twice!

CakeyCakeyCakey Thu 15-May-14 08:00:43

I turned it in morrisons yesterday while mil tutted at me, she didn't want to play, I don't know what happened to it because about a second after I put it down newly potty trained ds suddenly said "mummum I need a WEE!" Which caused immediate panic and rushing to the loos, she was done when we it back.
I wanted to try in aldi later that day but predictably it was packed and only one till open, I wasn't in the mood for a riot!
Next time!

sewingandcakes Thu 15-May-14 08:42:45

I'm going to tescos in Burnley later and I will try this. DH thinks I'll get battered.

Iv just done it in a very busy sainsburys, the elderly gentleman behind me immediately turned it back the 'correct' way and slammed it down!
I left it but had a little chuckle to myself, surprising how little things cheer you up grin

sewingandcakes Thu 15-May-14 14:32:01

I did it; nonchalantly placed it down and then waited for a reaction. Unfortunately, no one arrived behind me. I'll try a busier till next time.

Goldmandra Thu 15-May-14 15:31:13

I did it in Tesco this afternoon then went down to start packing. A couple arrived and just turned it round shock. I couldn't turn it back because I was too busy packing.

The man made eye contact with me and smiled as I walked away so now I have to wonder if he is a MNer grin

FruVikingessOla Thu 15-May-14 16:10:48

OK, I tried it this afternoon in Waitrose. Woman in front of me with a baby in a buggy took no notice at all. The woman behind me, who had a 3 year old (?) with her, turned it the 'correct' way but didn't give me a 'look'.

Maybe she thought I was too old to be a MNer grin. Or maybe she wasn't a MNer?!

lazypepper Thu 15-May-14 18:53:37

I did it in Asda this afternoon. I have shopped 3 times this week. In 3 different shops.

I did put the divider after me down perpendicular to my shopping. I noticed that a man came with a trolley and muttered to his friend and then walked off. Perhaps they thought the checkout was closing??

GlitteryShit Thu 15-May-14 18:59:47

I also tried this in asda today. The man who came after me just turned it round and started putting his shopping on the conveyor belt.

birdbrain21 Thu 15-May-14 19:24:36

This thread is a brilliant idea, makes it seem fun to pop out and get a couple of things which is what I seem to spend all week doing DH does the main shop and always forgets stuff!
I tried it in lidl today old man in front of me young couple behind but wasn't too busy, the old man turned it back the right way and the young couple didn't even notice but they started loading up the conveyor belt with their shopping when I hadn't finished so serves them right if they ran out of space <evil look>

Wouldn't do it if I saw any good friends in the shop but kind of hoping it'll out me to a random mnetter just for the fun of it, don't have a scarf or eat pombears never outed myself yet....

lazypepper Thu 15-May-14 19:24:58

Am laughing at my half hearted shopping.

Panty liners. Reduced price mushrooms. Cock Soup- bought purely for comedy value for DH!

I think laying the divider this direction is going to become THE way to do it soon. ;)

MamaPizza Thu 15-May-14 19:33:34

I did it in Aldi today.

Youngish lady stood by the end, looked confused, looked at us and started to leave to the next checkout. Then one of the store assistants told her our checkout was open so she put her stuff behind our special barrier. DH was embarrassed, I acted nonchalant and was laughing inside a lot.

Next time I shall try a triangle grin

Excuse the pic quality / angle, was trying to take it without being obvious.

PotsofGold Thu 15-May-14 20:15:48

I wanted to try this in Tesco today, but it was deserted. Several tills open with no customers there, so when I unloaded my shopping, the operator started scanning and bagging my things right away and I didn't get the chance to use the divider at all!

Would have been pointless anyway, since there were no other shoppers to come along after me. sad

I will try again next week.

Elysianfields Thu 15-May-14 20:21:19

I did it this evening in Aldi. The second it hit the conveyor the woman behind grabbed it and turned it the conventional way. I couldn't stop giggling throughout the whole thing. I think she thought I was some kind of mad woman.

My dp was very confused and feigned not understanding. I did clearly explain what I had done on our walk home.....

DownstairsMixUp Thu 15-May-14 20:34:26

I did it in Morrison's today but I only had a basket of stuff. Put it length ways and the old man behind just turned it round the right way (quite briskly) and gave me a look. I quickly turned it back round and he just looked at me like I was odd and loaded his stuff on with it still length ways. sad Was a bit boring. Will try it next on my big shop and possibly on a saturday. grin

starfishmummy Fri 16-May-14 13:10:24

I must remember to remind DH to do it tomorrow in the Co-op.
Not sure if he will take a picture though!!

BuzzardBird Fri 16-May-14 16:45:42

I did it in Aldi today which confused the fuck out of the woman behind me as she had already put one down in the conventional manner. She just left it there as I obviously have the look of someone who would brawl with her over the kinder eggs if she moved it grin

Tabby1963 Sat 17-May-14 10:11:04

I was in my local co-op yesterday and when I got to the checkout there were no other customers there but the divider had been put down in the long position already on the conveyor belt, which threw me I must admit. I put my shopping behind it but unfortunately no-one else came behind me in the queue.

YeGodsAndLittleFishes Sun 18-May-14 06:21:01

I did it in Sainsbury's and the cachier reachwr over and turned it around.

Fluffeh Sun 18-May-14 06:27:17

I did it in Aldi and they closed the checkout behind me sad.
I did it in sainsburys and the woman behind me laughed, gave me a knowing look and just loaded her shopping on. So own up, which of you was behind me in sainsburys?

Euphemia Sun 18-May-14 07:23:36

You're all gloriously evil brave! grin

FruVikingessOla Sun 18-May-14 09:56:38

Hahaha, Fluffeh. It wasn't me though grin

MrsDiesel Sun 18-May-14 10:27:55

This experiment has taken on a life of its own.

Great grin

Hairylegs47 Sun 18-May-14 10:37:15

Did this twice in Aldi today, the first time, the woman started putting her shopping on and then turned it the right way. The second time, the guy said - in a very thick Brummie accent - 'you can't do that, it's the wrong way'.
Me: 'It's ok, I like it that way'
Him:'No, it's wrong'
He was getting a bit upset, so I let him turn it back. I thought he was SN and felt a bit bad.
My DS2 - 30 yrold, was a bit confused, I told him it was my little rebellion.
I'll be doing it back in Saudi at every opportunity from now on!
I shall report the reaction from there in the days to come.

How sad am I grin

A man came up behind me today in Aldi,started loading his bits & pieces & the first thing, a bottle of whiskey was pushed up in to my shopping,so I failed you all & promptly put space bar back in proper place & pushed whiskey away.sad

TheannamoLeelu Sun 18-May-14 14:11:24

I braved it, felt so wrong, but so...right! I couldn't bring myself to watch the reaction of the woman behind me but when I looked back she'd put it back the conventional way. I was surprised as she looked like a MNer too. No doubt she'll check this thread later & realise the error of her ways

EvilTwins Sun 18-May-14 14:14:08

I did it in Waitrose. The young checkout assistant didn't bat an eyelid. Made me wonder if she's seen it countless times before.

FruVikingessOla Sun 18-May-14 15:24:25

<giggle>, flatbellyfella; you'll have to try again next time wink

BuzzardBird Sun 18-May-14 16:42:16

I also did it in Sainsbury yesterday and the woman behind me looked at it and then went to another till! shock

BadRoly Sun 18-May-14 16:45:26

I've been joining in and got none Mumsnetters doing it too grin

It is funny! Only done it in Sainsburys and Asda so far, not sure I'm brave enough to have a go in Lidl yet...

FruVikingessOla Sun 18-May-14 16:49:18

I'm rather intrigued by this comment : "I'll be doing it back in Saudi at every opportunity from now on!" from Hairylegs47 confused

YeGodsAndLittleFishes Sun 18-May-14 17:11:53

Hairylegs47 grin

Ichneesanshee Sun 18-May-14 17:19:37

I did this yesterday when queueing at Sainsburys. My ds's thought I was mad and kept trying to put it back to straight across - I explained to them it was a Mn experiment but they still had that universal expression of "my mother is barmy..."

The person behind me didn't even react, let along touch the divider. Almost disappointing...

starfishmummy Sun 18-May-14 18:12:11

Perhaps we need to put three or four of them in a row months incidents with whisky bottles are avoided


starfishmummy Sun 18-May-14 18:13:18

So not months

cherry219 Mon 19-May-14 14:36:59

Ooooh I forgot I did this the other day! DS (5) said "Mummy that's wrong. You can't put it that way. Put it the proper way" and turned it back. I turned it back again and he didn't even notice. I then got an attack of being too subversive for our little country town and couldn't look and see what happened when someone came behind me. I walked away mopping my sweating brow in the end, I don't think I'm cut out for this level of mischief-making.

Did it yesterday in Aldi. The woman in front immediately snapped it round the 'right' way - cheeky mare!

I then out one behind my shopping at a jaunty angle and the chap behind left it alone.

Good sport.

chairyhin Mon 19-May-14 15:08:35

I did it in homebargains,Iceland,farmfoods and asda,I couldn't stop with the stupid grinninggrin.Some folk really are moaning arses lol snatching it and staring like I had horns on my headsmilemy dd 11 was mortified in asda and kept trying to put it right.

pokeydot Mon 19-May-14 15:24:48

I love this have been giggling like a child at the very thought of doing this next time!!

Awks Mon 19-May-14 15:26:10

Cant wait to do it overseas and be able to explain that's how English people do it grin

Awks Mon 19-May-14 18:06:39

I just did it in Aldi. The woman behind me actually did turn it round. Amazing.

BadRoly Mon 19-May-14 20:39:09

Well I did it in Lidl this morning and had almost given up hope if anyone joining behind me. When someone did I was too busy throwing stuff in the trolley to notice if she did anything more than 'just' turn it the allegedly correct way!

TSSDNCOP Mon 19-May-14 21:04:49

Imagine if you did this and made a Z


Would the universe implode?

godlessdomestic Mon 19-May-14 21:12:19

I did this the other day.. Checkout operator asked if it was a new craze grin

Hairylegs47 Wed 21-May-14 17:15:05

Rats, it's not working in Saudi, no 'next customer' bars. Well actually, they have them, but they don't like them being used hmm. The guy looked at me like I'd asked for a bacon sarnie the moon.

Just did it in Asda. No one behind me <sulks>

I did it in S&M and DD3 told me off for <<stagewhisper>> "Not doing it right".

I told her that Mumsnet told me to do it. wink

I am not cunning enough for the photography.

I think I you love you for this Chaos.

What is S&M?


'swot we call Marks.

For all of teh LOLZ.


PotsofGold Thu 22-May-14 15:57:57

Did it in Tesco today. Elderly couple came along, looked at the divider, looked at me as if I was crazy and then muttered something under their breaths at each other, but left the divider alone...

DS1 was playing a game on my phone, so no pictures.

Will do better next time, might try for the triangle. grin

MarysDressSways1 Thu 22-May-14 16:19:05

Haha, what a genius idea. Next time I do the big shop I'll take photos. Might be taking my life into my hands (east London) but I'm willing to take the risk.

LatinForTelly Thu 22-May-14 16:34:35

This is a lark! But quite a scary one. I wasn't brave enough to do it at my last shop [wimp]. Will try again next week.

Mostly, I want to spot another Mumsnetter doing it and know that they are part of the viperhood.

Error123 Thu 22-May-14 17:09:37

Am I the only one concerned about lazypepper's cock flavoured soup???

Strawdolly Thu 22-May-14 17:22:13

Hmm, could be a bit fishy, Error, hope she hasn't eaten it confused

I just tried it in Tesco. There was no-one there for a while then a lady came up, corrected the position and unloaded her trolley. She didn't bat an eyelid sad

TheFarceAndTheSpurious Sat 24-May-14 21:07:51

Aldi: one man another till, another woman snappily corrected.

Hairylegs47 Sun 01-Jun-14 15:49:18

No one cares here. I'm well gutted.
I can't wait til I go back to the UK this month.
What a sad do I am!

madeofkent Sat 07-Jun-14 12:36:55

My son is a willing conspirator. If he thinks the belt is going too fast for me in Lidl or Aldi, he presses on it to slow it down. He also feels below the belt for the mechanism and sometimes stops it completely. (I had to put a stop to him doing that in case we were banned!) He will be delighted to hear of a new way to be subversive, as he has been bumped on the back of his ankles several times in the past by over-eager shoppers.

MostlyMama Fri 27-Jun-14 14:28:07

Did this yesterday for the first time in Morrisons, old man behind me huffed grunted and put it the proper way, I didn't have the balls to swap it back again. I think I will like playing this game grin

TheReluctantCountess Fri 25-Jul-14 19:55:25

I can't wait for my next trip to the supermarket! Such fun!

BoiledPiss Mon 11-Aug-14 22:24:47

I have just seen this thread and am gutted i did my big shop today! sad

I may have to 'run out' of something tomorrow!

DadDadDad Tue 23-Sep-14 23:49:46

Is anyone still doing this and does it need publicising outside of "Only joking"? I've tried it a couple of times but there's been no response from anyone worth reporting.

harverina Tue 23-Sep-14 23:59:26

I've done it a few times recently and I find it hilarious! Dh thinks it is pathetic ha!!

frazzledbutcalm Sat 18-Oct-14 22:46:22

This is priceless, vair amusing.

Just told dd (15) ... "omg that's soooo funny, can we go shopping tomorrow?"

I think I might die a little at her antics tomorrow!

pombear Fri 31-Oct-14 18:50:36

Kept forgetting to try this out - remembered for the first time today. Waves over t'net at lovely woman who was next in supermarket queue who gave a knowing smile and put her one at the same angle too! Didn't expect that!

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