Is it just me?

28 Apr

Is it just me or does it happen to you too ? Whenever I stand in a line, especially in a grocery store, invariably, it ends up being the most slow moving one.  Some one in the front asks for an item which forces the person at the counter to call the manager over phone , leaving all the customers frustrated. Personally, to me, it feels like I never hold up a line. If they want something, why can’t they do it inside the store, why wait till you get to the counter..Argh!!

To understand what I am saying, here is a scenario from last night at safeway. I had to pick up a carton of Milk, some bananas,apple sauce and cooking spray.Thats it. I pick up my items at a rapid pace and run to the self checkout counter , only to encounter a long line. Instead, saw that the Express lane was fairly less crowded and so, I made my move and beat another guy to the shortest lane. So far, so good. The guy behind me, with a snicker, muttered something and went to the next counter. There I was , standing with a smug look on my face especially after seeing that the guy right in front of me at the counter had just a bouquet. Hooray!! That should be fast.  Suddenly , I see the counter-person( what are they called btw, is it cashier?) vanish..WTF?? You guessed it right . She went to look for something , which our man wanted….By now, the self checkout line had vanished and the guy , who I ceremoniously beat , had finished his purchase and left the store with a grin on his face.

Finally, she came back with a pack of cigarettes for the person. WHAT !!  If I had been delayed by a mother of a 2-year old or a disabled person, I can accept it but by a man who wants to spoil his health by smoking, no sire! that I don’t like. Right when I was finished and about to leave the store, I heard my name , turned my head only to see a colleague of mine in my line , 3 persons  behind me. My heart said to wait for him after my billing but my brain said , “No way!! I met him just an hour back and will meet him in another 16 hours, so I am not waiting for a small talk in a crowded grocery store”. I left with a shake of my head which represented “Sorry Kiddo!! I am leaving”. So much for courtesy. People who know me well would definitely know what I am talking about..


Posted by on April 28, 2009 in Rant


6 responses to “Is it just me?

  1. Saumya

    April 30, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Ha…..the same goes with traffic holdups too! The lane other than your lane moves, or so it seems!

  2. bee

    May 1, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    i guess when we whiz through the line, we don’t remember those occasions. the mind works that way. it’s a survival instinct to prepare us for events in the future.

  3. shoba

    May 2, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Tell me about it !! I keep on bickering Suresh when driving, asking him to siwtch lanes , much to his annoyance.;-)

    You are right! I thought about it too!

  4. Sri

    May 5, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I think it is definitely we remember bad times..
    I even thought about a project (and followed it for few days) of keeping statistics of how my lane is doing

    and in that short window.. my lane was always the shorter/faster one.. 🙂

    It is an interesting issue I think.. because in my company, every team says they are analyzing too many of other team’s issues . My director now wants us to write a tool to see if it is true. (a sane director finally!)

    We (our team) used to bitch about it a lot and I found it was only 10% of the time we do it.. and it averages out of how many other team does for us..

    Law of averages….

  5. anandnewscafe

    May 9, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    😦 When I am in a line, it usually doesn’t move at all. And right in front of me would be an individual with about two dozen credit cards…mumbling and grumbling…trying to figure out why none of them works.


    • shoba

      May 11, 2009 at 9:47 pm

      I hear you, buddy !! LOL…


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