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A few weeks ago I was in line at the grocery store behind a lady who was buying a fair amount of groceries. Pretty typical trip to the store, except that as I watched, she was placing her items (from the cart) onto the little conveyor thing quite atypically. Rather than just lining everything up one after the other, she was placing the items here and there on the conveyor. It seemed rather random to me. Until at one point, as she was closely watching the total price go up and up, she said “ok, that’s enough.” The cashier looked at her kind of funny, but the lady simply responded “that’s all I can afford”. So the cashier stopped – didn’t scan anymore groceries.

Apparently, she’d prioritized her load of groceries – either in the cart and/or as they were being placed on the conveyor. She knew what she could commit to, and she’d didn’t over commit.

Of course, it’s a little rude to then expect the grocery clerk to go and return all the lower-priority items that didn’t make this grocery “sprint”. But it was fun to watch!

Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 2:40 PM | Back to top

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You know what bugs me the most is when you go to the self check out where you can only have 12 or less items and people go through there with a cart full of stuff. It makes me so mad.
Left by Packaging Machines on Jul 29, 2011 1:02 AM

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