Yesterday, people from various walks of life, classes of society, and eating habits seemed to do everything in their will to make my shift a miserable one. Here are just a few examples…
1.) People who refuse to put their disgusting, bloody, slimy meat in the bags provided at the meat counter. —I like to recycle as much as anyone, believe me. I go to great lengths to get my empty coke, water, and beer bottles to a recycle bin. I reuse plastic bags and will even take home a pile of them that my stupid and careless co-workers try to throw away. HOWEVER, when a chicken or pork roast is leaking all sorts of germs and potentially life-threatening juices all over my belt, (where you like to put your fresh fruits and veggies/ yay contamination!) all over my register and best of all, all over ME, I’d REALLY appreciate it if you could take an extra five seconds of your busy day and stick your meat in a bag.
2.) People who leave refrigerated items (milk, meat, eggs, strawberries, etc) sitting out in the open, which results in us having to throw perfectly good food into the trash because it is unsafe to sell. There are starving orphans in Africa that would love to drink that milk or fry those eggs that you wasted without even a thought, simply because you were too lazy to either tell a cashier you didn’t want the item or couldn’t walk a few feet to put it back in the cold section of the store. If you can’t do it for the starving children in Africa, do it for starving children who, despite what you might believe, could be living a little less than a few blocks away from you.
3.) People who don’t read. If you legitimately cannot read, that’s another story. If you are perfectly capable of reading the large, bold-printed sign that says: AISLE ONE: BREAD, but choose to ask me where the bread is instead, you’re an idiot.
4.) People who buy $50.00 worth of crab legs and about 30$ more for Little Debbie treats with their EBT Foodstamp card and tell me, “Yeah, we got EBT so we can afford to spend $50.00 on crab legs that might last one meal.” I can’t even afford to spend $50.00 on crab legs. I’m so glad that my hard earned tax dollars can provide you with the gourmet meal you clearly deserve.
5.) People who leave a bag of groceries, come back, and yell at me because I didn’t hand it to them. Obviously. If I’m busy, have no bagger, and am responsible for making cheerful small talk, ringing your items up, taking a form of payment, bagging the items, and giving you your change, coupons, and reciept, you ought to be able to pick up your own bag of mini doughnuts and eggnog. If you can’t be responsible for that one, mundane, task, perhaps you shouldn’t be manning a vehicle or walking down the street by yourself.
6.) People, who are my age (in their twenties) and have grown up in the technological age who cannot slide their debit, credit, or EBT card through the card reader. If you’re eighty years old and don’t understand how it works, I can see why. A calculator is a foreign enough concept, much less a machine that instantaneously takes your money. If you have grown up in the 80’s, 90’s and the 00’s, there is no excuse for you. None. It is not that complicated. I should not have to give you step-by-step instructions of which way to slide the card (when it is already printed on the machine), and read out the commands to you. If you have a genuine learning disability or another type of disability, I can usually tell and will gladly assist, of course. Funny enough, I’ve had autistic teenagers figure out our card reader quicker than some of the people I attend university with.
7.) People who hold out their money and make me count it. First, I don’t know where your hands have been. I’m constantly sanitizing mine every hour, on the hour, thanks to all of the filthy money I’m handling, but I REALLY don’t enjoy directly touching YOUR hand. Second, if you can’t count change (i.e., you never learned, you’re from a foreign country where the currency is different, you’re under the age of 6), be polite and explain that you are having problems so I can help you. DO NOT shove your hand in my face and say, “You count it!” Third, if you’re just plain lazy and can’t even handle counting out 16 cents in the supermarket…you’re an idiot.
8.) People who don’t believe that the taxes are so high on tobacco and alcohol products. They are. Get over it. If you want to blame anyone, blame the government. I have nothing, whatsoever, to do with the tax on your Natural Light. And if you’re drinking Natural Light to begin with, you seriously should rethink your life choices.
9.) People who don’t realize that they left their wallet at home until I’ve rang up a 200$ order and bagged all of their groceries. It is not that difficult to check and make sure that you have money before you even leave the house. I end up doing work for nothing, having to wait on a manager to void out your entire order, thus holding up other customers in the line, and believe it or not, someone has to put alllllll that food back up. It’s usually me.
10.) People who take about 10 minutes digging through their bags to locate money, their drivers license or the check they need cashed. Be ready when you get up front. That would not only be faster and easier for me, but a lot more courteous to the three people waiting in line behind you!
11.) People who stand in my line and complain about everything in the store. Here’s the deal, arrogant, moaning, most likely obsese, jerk. If you don’t like the service, the items we carry, the management, the state or cleanliness of the store, the price of the items you choose to buy, or even the way the parking lot is shaped…SHOP SOMEWHERE ELSE. PLEASE. I am more than happy to suggest about five other places that you can be shopping at. I’m also more than happy to tell you exactly where you can stick that stalk of overpriced celery.
More to come.