Checkout Line Etiquette 101
Check it out!
One of the basic activities we all experience is grocery shopping. Specifically, we all have to end the trip at some point. I want to explore the world of the checkout line. We've all been there. We've all had our frustrations.
Sometimes you are just running in to pick up a few items. You think that it can't possibly take a long time. Wrong. You are in line for 10 minutes. Let's discuss how it all went wrong.
The express line really means just what it implies.
Let's discuss slow people that get in the express line. Depending on the store, most stores offer an express line. Sometimes this includes 12 items or less; occasionally you get the 20 items or less line. At any rate, this is intended to be the "fast lane" at that store. Don't slow it down.
If you have a cart full of food, you do not belong in the express line. Obviously it is going to take a while if you have all those items. Kindly go to another line.
If you are writing out a check, do not get in the express line. Sometimes stores do not mention this on the sign. They are so intent on stating the amount of appropriate items (which people still ignore) that the "no check" rule is not always mentioned. In this case, you are not breaking the rules if you get in the express checkout line and pay with a check, but you are a jerk. Either way, everyone behind you hates you. Pay with cash, debit, or credit in the express line. You are slowing the whole line now and, furthermore, welcome to the 21st century. Checks are great for mailing payments, but not so much for paying in person.
Self checkout - is it for you?
Most stores offer an awesome self checkout lane now. Often there are 2 - 8 self checkout registers and it is wonderful. Now I can use the register and pack my groceries in the bag the way I want it. What could be better?
I dare say the self checkout lane is not for everyone. If you aren't so great with technology, you may want to get in line with a human. If you haven't tried to use the self checkout lane before, don't give it a shot when 10 people are waiting in line. You should try it on a slow day when there are plenty of registers available. Trust me on this one.
Stop bumping me!
Guess what? When you bump me with your cart, it does not make the line move any faster. As a matter of fact, it does not help your situation at all. If it happens once, I know it is a mistake. I may not even glare at you. If it happens twice, you are getting a glare. If it happens once more, it is going to get ugly. I might yell at you. I will certainly turn around and the stare down will begin. I am also capable of slowing down the line. I can decide while being checked out that I need to change items. I can purposely break out more coupons and try to use coupons for things I am not even purchasing. Actually, I might really make you suffer - I might pay using a check! Now you're never getting out of the store on time!
Cutting in line - I will put you back in your place.
Don't cut in line. This is a really simple one. It is not cool and it is really immature. If you are a little kid, I can look past it. If you are a grown adult, you know the rules. I don't care what your sob story is, stop doing it. I know it can be confusing at the self checkout lines. When in doubt, ask a fellow shopper standing in line where the line begins and ends. Don't worry. People are certainly happy to help you in this situation. No one wants someone cutting in front of them in line.
Time for me to checkout on this hub.
My friends, it has been another lovely etiquette installment. I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have. Please keep in mind, be polite when you are shopping. I know everyone is busy and we all have financial issues. I understand. I too am angry about the rising costs of groceries. I am also frustrated that the toilet paper rolls are smaller than before and there is less ice cream in the box now. I know, I know. Let's remember... we are all in this together and let's be polite at the supermarket.
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