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To ask the lady at the supermarket checkout to stop 'throwing' my shopping at me?

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Geekster Sat 16-Mar-13 14:01:29

While paying for my shopping the checkout lady was scanning it through far too fast and not giving me any chance to pack it. It wasn't even that busy, there was only one person in the que behind me. I politely asked her to slow down, sort of jokingly too saying i was a bit slow this morning, which she did while giving me a funny look. I didn't think I was being unreasonable it's not like I muttered under my breath or gave her a funny look.

Shaky Sun 17-Mar-13 23:03:43

I also used to work at sainsburys in 1994.

If you didn't scan quickly enough, you wouldn't get your pay rise at your appraisal sad

Luckily, I now work for the NHS and my pay has been frozen for the last 2 years sad sad

MerryCouthyMows Sun 17-Mar-13 22:45:52

Owl lady - if you think there is hemp being burnt in co-OP back rooms, avoid the Tesco Express stores...

I have absolutely no personal experience of this, oh no, never not even 10 years ago...

zwischenzug Sun 17-Mar-13 16:51:14

you just have to do your end really, really slowly.
that pisses them off.

It really doesn't, the still get paid the same per hour and leave at the same time when their shift ends. You on the other hand are wasting your own personal free time at a supermarket checkout.

gallifrey Sun 17-Mar-13 16:41:30

just seen on the notice board that the scan speed is 19 items a minute at my asda.

melbie Sat 16-Mar-13 22:55:13

I had forgotten all these traumas! In Australia you have to give them your bags and they pack for you. While you stand and feel a) very lazy and b)try to resist telling them how you actually want them packed...

I used to hate the really quick people. They make you feel under pressure to pack faster even when you are going as fast as physically possible. I liked wait rose because there tended to be older people who went a bit slower. I never used to say anything though just seethe inside and then rant at home grin

member Sat 16-Mar-13 22:28:51

Morrisons seem to have a target to get 22 items through. A supervisor told a youngish checkout lad he was going too slowly in front of me the other week. I protested on his behalf & said as a customer, I appreciated him packing the first few items for e whilst I got all my stuff out of the trolley onto the belt. She replied that there was nothing to stop the checkout operators helping after they'd scanned the first 22 items & pressed sub- total [hmmm]

BreconBeBuggered Sat 16-Mar-13 22:01:07

MTS ah, I suspected as much. I don't have pockety clothes and I sneeze a lot so I'm forever whipping tissues out of my coat pockets at short notice. I've lost too many £ notes on travelling-light days to tuck my cash in there on a regular basis. But the sneezing does often get me a shorter queue.

GreenShadow Sat 16-Mar-13 21:48:15

As usual, this thread just goes to show that you just can't win.

Go fast and people complain.
Go slow and other people complain.

Help pack bags and people complain.
Don't help pack bags and people complain.

Feelingood Sat 16-Mar-13 21:17:26


Geekster Sat 16-Mar-13 21:13:46

The charity bag packers are a whole other thread. I started one ages ago! I must be obsessed with supermarkets! I used to work for the coop and unfortunately we weren't on any drugs man. Before it became a coop it was an Alldays I used to reduce everything to 5p at night because we only had to throw away what didn't sell. When it became a coop we couldn't do that as they had a policy of what and when to reduce things.

VenusRising Sat 16-Mar-13 20:31:20

Sorry cremolafoam, spell checker!

VenusRising Sat 16-Mar-13 20:30:44

Cremona, I always pack my own as well: I have a system, but I tell the charity packers to have a break and ill give you a pound NOT to pack for me!

VenusRising Sat 16-Mar-13 20:29:16

Do you know this speed thing really pisses me off too!
Especially if I'm buying a lot of fruit and veg that I don't want in a bruised heap when I get home.

If they are going too fast now I ask them to replace anything that I think has been bruised: when they look up in shock I say, well you could go slower then, that's my shopping you're flinging around, I don't want it broken and bruised, and won't pay for it if its broken.

MTSgroupie Sat 16-Mar-13 20:23:15

Brecon - I am invariably wearing something that has pockets. While I am waiting in the queue I transfer my plastic from my wallet to the pocket. On the rare occasions that I am pocketless I have the plastic out in front of me while I pack.

Cremolafoam Sat 16-Mar-13 19:57:19

Yes they also do that in my local Asian supermarket. It's tremendously quick and efficient and they process loads of people per minute.

I tend to get shirty though when there are charity bag packers. blush I suddenly feel bullied and under pressure. And huffy about using my own bags. I don't like my vegetarian sausages in with my beef mince.
I get hoity and flustered. grin

MyCarHasBrokenDownAgain Sat 16-Mar-13 19:47:38

At Wing Yip (Chinese supermarket in Croydon) they have a till person AND a packer on each till, and you have no say in the matter, it's packed for you! It's very handy and very quick, but I always feel guilty (and a bit like a spare part) while someone else is doing my packing!

MrsKoala Sat 16-Mar-13 19:36:48

Many years ago i worked in Sainsbury's and we had targets to meet. They also put up in the staff room who was the quickest and who was the slowest (as an incentive hmm ) . I made it my mission to be the slowest scanner for every month i worked there. We were told to ignore requests to slow down and that it didn't matter if the shopping piled up because you only start being assessed again when you scan the first item of the next shopper. So actually cashiers preferred to fire it down then have a few mins to chat to the cashier next to them, while the poor shopper had to struggle with a higgledy piggledy pile of shopping.

Cremolafoam Sat 16-Mar-13 19:34:53

YY to coop. It's like waiting for godot in the queue. Like time has stood still. They might be on the wacky baccy too. Always sounds noisy in the back and then there's poor Elsie or Jonathan on the til asking at great length for your divvi card. It's frankly exhausting.

MrsDeVere Sat 16-Mar-13 19:33:12

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ddubsgirl Sat 16-Mar-13 19:30:02

Works for asda and never once been told about scanning so many items per minute,if the person was going to fast ask them to slow down if they moan complain at CS desk

Owllady Sat 16-Mar-13 19:27:17

I was asked for id in the co-op earlier though and I had my 11 year old son with me shock grin

when we got outside which was rather difficult because my head had swollen significantly, he turned to me and said was she BLIND?


Sparklingbrook Sat 16-Mar-13 19:27:14

I may have just struck lucky that one night after DS2's Christmas play Dizzy. On Christmas eve I feared for the mark down man's safety in Morrisons, he was mobbed. sad

DizzyHoneyBee Sat 16-Mar-13 19:25:18

See you there then Sparkling, I'll be the one with a trolley full of smoked salmon sandwiches. I will carry a red rose to be sure of recognition grin

LRDtheFeministDragon Sat 16-Mar-13 19:24:46

Yeah, but Waitrose is quite pricey already. Mind you, 10p sandwitches I would go for! grin

Now just find me the one that marks down their yummy sausages, and we're onto a winner.

Sparklingbrook Sat 16-Mar-13 19:23:41

Waitrose ten minutes before closing is always a bit of a mark down festival LRD. 10p sandwiches. grin

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