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20 Items or less line
I was on the way home when my cell phone rang. It was my wife; she told me
to stop by the local Wal-Mart to pick up a few items she just had to have. She said
it shouldn't take me to long. It wasn't too crowded, and I got what I needed in a
I had thirteen items so I went to the check-out that said twenty items or less.
There was only one of them open. The lady in front of me had over forty items. Of
course, at one time or other I have had over twenty items and went to the twenty
items or less check-out myself. It took a while for to get all of her items rang up.
Then she looked in her very large purse for about a dozen coupons. It must have
took her five minutes. She gave them all to the cashier who then rejected two of
them for having expired dates on them. The lady then searched her very large purse
again for some coupons that were not expired. After another three minutes she
found them. Finally, she completed her transaction, or so I thought. Her credit
card did not work. She then searched in very large purse for another credit card.
This time it only took about one minute.
After she had finally finished, I started to unload the items in my basket and
looked behind me and saw a man with a gallon of milk and box of cookies. I told
him to go ahead of me. The cashier passed the box of cookies and then the milk in
front of the code reader. When she put the milk on the counter she didn't have it all
the way on and it fell and the milk container broke spilling milk all over. She
called for a mop job and called for someone to go to the back of the store and get
another gallon of milk. This only took another seven or eight minutes. The cashier
was very apologetic. I looked around at the other check-outs but they all had two
or three people in line. While the milk was being delivered the man paid for the
two items and when the milk got there he took it and was gone.
Finally it was my turn. Everything went smoothly. A trip thru the check-out that
should have only taken five minutes at the most took an hour, or so it seemed. I
thought what I had gone thru at the check-out just to get a few items was a bad
experience until I got to my car. The lady that had trouble finding her coupons in
her very big purse, had a dead battery in her van. She was in luck as I was parked
next to her and had a set of jumper cables. The van started right up and she was on
her way home. I got in my car and headed home happy that I was able to help
someone in need.