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people who split their food shopping into 'batches' to pay for separately

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BooCanary Sun 22-Sep-13 21:25:32

How annoying is that?
Today I went to Asda and BOTH people in front of me at the till did this.

Person one paid THREE different times, one for the majority of the shop, one for a few essentials ( milk, bread etc) and a third time for an item of clothing.

Person two then proceeded to pay for their shopping in two sections.

I was waiting bloody ages, fuming and wondering why these people can't just pay once and then divide it up later based on the receipt if they happen to be buying for other people.

ELR Sun 22-Sep-13 21:56:45

I do this all the time, I run my own business teaching cooking classes and workshops and often have to buy various ingredients. At the same time I pick up a few bits for home but I need to pay for my ingredients on my business account, so pay separately.

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Sun 22-Sep-13 21:57:06

I often pay in two or three lots. One account for food, one account for treats/clothes. My elderly aunt's account (I have poa) for her shopping.

Sorry, if you really cannot stand in the queue while I do that, please either do online shopping or go elsewhere. And I'm normally an extremely patient person.

ImperialBlether Sun 22-Sep-13 21:57:47

Honey dragon, that's what one of the till operators in Asda tell me to do. She asked if I did the Asda challenge, and then said make sure that you don't put any discounted items or bog off items through in the main shop because that will affect how much you get back. Seems like a good idea.

footballagain Sun 22-Sep-13 21:57:57


There's loads of reasons to do this that other people have posted about.

But I think it sounds like you're pissed off because you had to control your 4 year old for 5 mins. Which, frankly, is no one else's problem.

BooCanary Sun 22-Sep-13 21:58:50

I didn't huff or harrumph because, unlike those who go deliberately slow to 'punish' those waiting, I am not rude and have manners. I was internally pissed off.

And it is not always possible to do internet shopping, or avoid shopping on a certain day/with kids. Things crop up, and sometimes you need to shop at short notice.

NotYoMomma Sun 22-Sep-13 21:59:51

it would have been 5 minutes more, seriously get a grip

HoneyDragon Sun 22-Sep-13 22:01:02

I'm also the nice person who passes £5.00 off vouchers behind me if I know I can't use them in the date provided.

I don't give them to tutters.

MrsKoala Sun 22-Sep-13 22:01:57

its very simple for me to add her bits up from the receipt afterwards. Not rocket science

If i did this weekly for my nan it would be a major production:
Me <take shopping to Nans house, rummage round for receipt, sit down start adding it up while nan fusses and frets> Right, that's £12.68 Nan
Nan: WHAT...twenty pounds forty two
Nan: well take Twenty <shoving a note into my hand>
Me <sigh> NO! (then proceeding to have an hour argy bargy where money get's pushed back and forwards)

I may get home and find she'd stuffed a twenty on my bag anyway. Or maybe get a call from my aunt saying Nans really upset you wouldn't take the money, she says she'll do her own shopping this week. Which involved infirm nan with arthritis and parkinsons on buses etc. It may not be rocket science, but for some older people it makes them feel it's not so much of a favour and keeps them in control of their money. I do think YABvU.

BooCanary Sun 22-Sep-13 22:02:09

It seems football, that I am to be understanding of people with a variety of complex financial setups (treat accounts etc) but those people don't have to be understanding of me. So does it only go one way?

I am very thoughtful of other people, which is why I don't make my banking complexities impact in others.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 22-Sep-13 22:03:14

If you put this much effort into teaching your child to be less feral it wouldn't be an issue smile

GemmaTeller Sun 22-Sep-13 22:04:47

Why don't you see if they've got a GRIP on a 3 for 2 offer next time you go shopping and get yourself one (or three).

UniS Sun 22-Sep-13 22:04:54

Needed different receipts as different people paying for things. seems reasonable to me.
I'm mildly annoyed that I can't have 2 quick check scanners at once in Waitrose when I'm shopping for me and someone else.

woodlandwanderwoman Sun 22-Sep-13 22:07:23

What's the alternative? The lady should go home, separate all the items into three groups, copy her receipt twice, tally up the group totals two or three times, count out exact change where necessary?

Doing 2 - 3 transactions seems pretty smart to me, how do you know her time isn't more precious than yours just because she doesn't have a screaming four year old? As others have said, there could be a lot of good reasons for it and I would place money on none of them being to piss off the person behind.


Fakebook Sun 22-Sep-13 22:08:05

Always go to the supermarket with an open mind and fully aware that you may get held up. YABU to expect people to hurry up just because you can't control your children. At 4 and 6 I'd expect them to be sensible enough to not run away and be naughty in a shop.

Every supermarket in our city has a self checkout now. I use them when I'm in a big rush or toddler is crying. Infact I sometimes cut my shopping to essentials only when I have my 5 and 1 year old with me on a weekend and buy the rest of the stuff the next day.

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Sun 22-Sep-13 22:08:25

I am very understanding of others. I let people go in front of me if I feel it would help - if they've got a lot less than me, or if they have restless children for example. I also mention to anyone joining the queue behind me that I may take a bit longer as I'll be paying in two or three lots. They can join another queue if they're in a hurry (or just impatient and grumpy by nature).

It's give and take, I think you just need to breathe deeply smile

Sparklingbrook Sun 22-Sep-13 22:10:22

I think if you are brave enough to venture into a supermarket these days, you have to assume there will be all sorts of annoying things going on. From parking, to paying it's all pretty grim.

whatshallwedo Sun 22-Sep-13 22:10:27

Yabu clearly you feel that your time is more precious than the person in front of you. They got there before you therefore they can take as long as they need.

BooCanary Sun 22-Sep-13 22:11:51

Thanks Chipping! Next time I might try his shopping technique and start whining 'why does it take so loooooong, when can we go hooooome, I'm bored' grin

Clearly I am the most intolerant person on the planet. I'm sure none of you ever get internally exasperated about anything. And I expect you certainly never 'sweat the small stuff' by posting minor issues on MN. Off to buy a grip, out of my treat account, which I shall pay for separately from the clothes which will be bought from my clothing account; the shopping for my mum which I will pay for in loose change; the reins for my DS which I will purchase from my separately held child benefit; not forgetting my food shopping which will be paid for based on food group.

smokinaces Sun 22-Sep-13 22:12:25

I did this yesterday. With three kids. I had my two as aged seven and five and their baby half sister aved one as her parents were at the hospital. I put two separate lots of shopping through - one for me, one for my ex husband. Was a hell of a lot easier to give him the receipt to pay me back than to try and count up who owed what. took a whole extra ninety seconds to run the card through on two different occasions. Yabu.

Sparklingbrook Sun 22-Sep-13 22:14:37

I will dash ahead of you with my one item Boo then spend ages trying to find my purse, and once found will try every bank card, give up and pay in two pences rummaged from the bottom of my handbag. Ha!

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Sun 22-Sep-13 22:15:18

I find uncontrolled children one of the most annoying things of all. At 4 and 6, they really should be able to stand in a queue quietly for a couple of minutes. (With the usual MN disclaimer of special needs, obviously) smile

BooCanary Sun 22-Sep-13 22:18:56

You will NOT Chipping! Your time is not more precious than mine you know. If I am in front of you in the queue I have RIGHTS and I will assert them by taking all day if needs be! grin

PeppiNephrine Sun 22-Sep-13 22:20:27

Maybe you should have stopped fuming and wondering why and spent the time working on your childrens manners?

BooCanary Sun 22-Sep-13 22:21:45

Anyway, good to know that as well as being the most intolerant person ever, I am also the only person who has a 4yo who gets restless supermarket shopping and gets fed up with standing in a queue for 15 mins.

Oh well....

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 22-Sep-13 22:22:23

I think you might mean sparkling grin

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