Don't even get me started on this issue!
There is a store only 3 minutes away from where I live which I hardly shop at because the checkouts are horrific.
They have a 15 items or less express lane. All it takes is ONE customer:
A person with a FULL shopping cart who decides to write a check, and the check won't go through, has a conversation with the cashier about her kids, and on and on...while I stand there with ONE item.
This has happened so many times that I finally went to the desk and complained. They agreed with me 100 percent but said I had to talk to the manager. I have not been back only once or twice, but if and when it happens again, I WILL speak to the manager, WHILE the customer is there.
Only ONCE in my life have I heard a cashier say to a customer, "THIS is an EXPRESS lane, I will let you go through this time but from now on if you have additional items you have to go to another register." The customer was ANNOYED.
The customer is NOT always right.
I never go above the allotted items except at another store with 7 items or less...I may have 7 items and grab a pack of gum and tell the cashier, in all honesty, "this makes it 8 items, do you want me to go to another cashier?" she is usually lovely and lets me through...I always pay cash and whiz right along.
Express lanes to me are one of the greatest aggravations I have to overcome. I have walked out fuming...even though I NEVER go to a store when I am on the way to something else...it is just the principle of the thing, it is just plain wrong to be so inconsiderate of other customers who only have a few items. Express means EXPRESS...to save time.
I don't know how cashiers stand it. I could write a book on what I have witnessed in stores. The public is so inconsiderate.
To answer your question, NO I have never tried to sneak extra items...but if I do grab one extra, I do ask permission from the cashier and it is only one item.
And YES, I DO count the items people put on the counter ahead of me. And I do a slow boil when I count 20 to 30 items. Like I said, it is just plain wrong. Blessings, Sparklea