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..