Have you ever tried to sneak extra items through an express lane in a store?

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  1. TheHoleStory profile image70
    TheHoleStoryposted 9 years ago

    Have you ever tried to sneak extra items through an express lane in a store?


  2. Stephanie Henkel profile image92
    Stephanie Henkelposted 9 years ago

    No! Stealing is stealing, no matter how small or large the item. Sneaking an item through the express lane without paying is the same as shoplifting. I wouldn't do it...would you?

    1. LindaSmith1 profile image60
      LindaSmith1posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I don't think that is what the OP meant.  Express lines have limits on number of items for check out.  They were asking if we have tried to get through the Express line with more items than they claim to allow.

    2. TheHoleStory profile image70
      TheHoleStoryposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I'm sorry, I don't mean stealing Stephanie. I mean to sneak more items then are allowed through an express line and to pay for them. Okay?

    3. Stephanie Henkel profile image92
      Stephanie Henkelposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      So sorry for misreading the question! My apologies, TheHoleStory!

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    Amanda Howdeshellposted 9 years ago

    I've gone through express lanes with more items than the allotted amount
    on a few occasions, but only when all of the other lanes are busy, the express lane cashier has no one in line, I only have one or two more items than allotted and there's no one getting into line behind me.

  4. SRae profile image75
    SRaeposted 9 years ago

    I don't think she means stealing. I think she is asking if you've ever gone over the limit of items allowed in the express lane. Say it is 15 items or less and an individual goes through the line with 20 items. I usually count what I have to make sure I don't go over the limit. I have had cashiers allow me to go through the express lane even though I had more than the limit because they were slow at the time.

    1. Stephanie Henkel profile image92
      Stephanie Henkelposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Well, I certainly misunderstood that question! My apologies to all!

    2. SRae profile image75
      SRaeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      No worries. An honest misunderstanding smile

  5. UnnamedHarald profile image91
    UnnamedHaraldposted 9 years ago

    I'd have to say "no" to the sneaking aspect. What I don't like is when I am ushered to an empty "10 items or less" checkout when I clearly have twice that number. Inevitably, while the cashier starts scanning my items, everyone in the store with less than 10 items decides to check out while the endless beeps of my purchases gets louder and louder and...

  6. Stina Caxe profile image78
    Stina Caxeposted 9 years ago

    I am too honest to even try.  I do admit a couple weeks ago I was already in line when I realized I had one extra item.  I debated getting out of line, or maybe putting the extra item to the side.  But then I just decided to go with it and I apologized to the cashier who laughed and told me it was okay!

  7. Joel Diffendarfer profile image87
    Joel Diffendarferposted 9 years ago

    That's funny...I look at the sign every-time I shop...(and the people who use it).  I am an observer so I have a tendency to count how many items the customer in front of me has in their cart to see if they are breaking the law. 

    As far as sneaking "extra" items through, I have a conundrum when I count my own items...
    1.)  does a six pack of soda count as 1 or 6?
    2.)  are 11 items the same as 10?
    3.)  does 2 for 1 sale items count as 1?

    Luckily, I am never been stopped by the 'express' line police...

  8. Deborah Kulish profile image74
    Deborah Kulishposted 9 years ago

    Yup. I'm habitual. Is there a support group for that?
    How 'bout you, HoleStory, have you ever tried sneaking extra items through an express lane in a store?

  9. Sparklea profile image60
    Sparkleaposted 9 years ago

    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

    1. Sparklea profile image60
      Sparkleaposted 9 years agoin reply to this


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    connieowposted 9 years ago

    I have tried to sneak, but I have gone through with a couple of items over.  Lots of frowns from others.  Don't do it often any more.

  11. Sandra Eastman profile image59
    Sandra Eastmanposted 9 years ago

    I can't even count the number of times I've been behind someone using the express lane for a cart full of items when I am holding one on my hand. Some people just have the word "rude" stamped on their forehead

  12. adwanco profile image59
    adwancoposted 9 years ago

    Yes unintentionally.i am never in a hurry.

  13. MariaMontgomery profile image90
    MariaMontgomeryposted 9 years ago

    Hardly ever, but once, when in a 10-only line I had 10 items. So far, so good - right?  While waiting in line, I picked up a magazine and decided to buy it. I commented, "This puts me over the 10 item limit". The cashier just smiled, and said, "It's okay".

  14. Gina145 profile image68
    Gina145posted 9 years ago

    I've always tried to stick to the rules, but in South Africa it's so common for people to go to the express till with far more items than the limit, that I'm starting to feel foolish for sticking to this particular rule and I did use the express till with 12 items a couple of days ago even though the limit was 10. I didn't feel particularly guilty as the person in front of me in the queue had much more than that and the cashier didn't complain.

  15. MasterworksFA profile image61
    MasterworksFAposted 9 years ago

    Each egg is worth 1 point. So make sure you don't have a dozen.

  16. Sam Montana profile image80
    Sam Montanaposted 9 years ago

    I would have to say no, I haven't. I wouldn't want someone in front of me with 12 items in the express lane, so I wouldn't do it to someone behind me.

  17. Nyima Damchoe profile image60
    Nyima Damchoeposted 9 years ago

    Once or twice I have taken 15 items through the 12 item checkout. If it is quiet, the supermarket I patronise will call people through from unlimited checkouts, and process them at the 12 item checkouts.

  18. LoisRyan13903 profile image60
    LoisRyan13903posted 9 years ago

    No, because the express lines at my local grocery store is usually 15-20 or less.  Unless if I am trying to do my shopping for the week I usually have less.  If I am close, I count out my items to make sure.  Sometimes a cashier will tell me to go ahead-this is usually when they have no customers.  There was one time when the was a line that had seven or less items and I had eight so I gave an item to my daughter and some money to buy.


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