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What really bugs me is when you buy a birthday card or anything small that isn't pre wrapped and is completely unprotected, and the assistant asks you if want it in a bag. If you have other shopping it can get dirty or if you put it in your hand bag, it gets damaged, and at the price they are and the number I buy, need I say more. I suppose they are told to ask by the powers that be, but a little common sense would go a long way.
We did some impromptu shopping when on holiday a few weeks ago and bought a carpet runner for the conservatory, baring in mind it was a terrible day, snowing and raining and we were dripping wet, I was asked if I wanted it in a bag.Needless to say yes was the answer. I always take my own bag to the supermarket, try to do my bit there.
Sue H -- I have been on the other side of the till too, at a large department store, and know from experience that the public are not always pleasant.
Here endeth my rant for today
A very justifiable rant, Frank. What is it about driving that brings out the aggression? And the temptation to save a second here and a second there as if it proved how wonderfully efficient you were? Is it boredom with driving the same route day in and day out? Or the sense of power that comes from having a powerful beast under your control (the car, not the OH)? Is it because the other people on the road are not personally known to you so you feel it is Ok to call them stupid and try to beat them? (When I say 'you' I mean people in general, or some of them, not you personally, Frank).
LTG, you make me feel like ranting about stupid shop assistants. Here in Wales, my pet hate is shop assistants who chew gum and call you 'love' - after they've finished their chat to their friend, of course. When I went to middle England and was called 'madam' in shops, I could hardly believe it. Lots of shop assistants are lovely, of course, and lots of customers, probably, are rude.
M and S went through a period when they printed your cheque for you and all you had to do was sign it (eons ago) and I said jokingly to the shop assistant something like, 'The trouble is, it doesn't sign it for you.' She looked at me incredulously and said witheringly, 'I don't believe you!' and I knew I was going to be idiot of the day in the staff room over lunch.
i have just discovered that, under 'my reviews' I am down as having reviewed 1256 plants! I've actually reviewed 2.
Ah, I see. Thanks, Flowerbird. Glad you had a nice time at the supermarket, btw.
Hi all ,what I hate about big supermarkets and Hard ware stores is "Bar codes" oh for the days of stick on price labels ,
Yes, food for another rant - non-removable removable labels.
The plant reviewing system has been weird for some time now, but it's the same for everyone!
Thanks, everyone. Flowerbird, you have my sympathy. Hope your Mum likes the flowers and has a lovely day.
Dear Flower Bird, I am sorry if I upset you so badly though you see I do have an excuse.I do know most of the check out girls in the two supermarkets I use and usually they see me coming and smile with "Oh at last some one I know will not blame me for all their woes, money problems, lost loves, OH getting drunk and depositing supper on carpet etc", we smile and chat whilst I quickly make everything disapear into two bags I always have ready and have my wallet out with cards loose ready to pay, a cheery goodbye and gone. Probably the fastest packer on any till, I leave the poor check out girl to the next customer who will be steaming from the ears and take it out of her/him just because they are there.They cannot escape as we can and a smile is far better than steaming to a boiling point over a bit of chat.Now people who pack it all away slowly, then search through three bags for a purse or wallet, then cannot find their cards, have to put the card in the slot six times as they forgot their pin, now that makes me boil.
Hmmm. I always feel obligated to hurry because of the queue, and I do, but really I think that if I have spent my money there then I am entitled to a bit of time and courtesy. I find the checkout girls very nice on the whole, often exceptionally helpful and kind, but what else should you expect? It is not a production line, but a queue of real people with real needs.
One advantage of being a pensioner is that you don't have to hurry. I take my time at the checkout, and if I see someone with only one or two items I let them go ahead. I appreciate that when it happens to me too. Also, I try not to go shopping during the rush hour, the checkout girls are usually friendlier then as well.
What really annoys me is when something is marked down, say 50%, and the label is stuck over the original price so I can't compare.
Agreed G/G those girls and boys are also real people and luckily most do not take their own probelms to work although many shoppers seem to take all their bind ups to the tills and take it out on them. I have been almost atomic hearing some of the demands made of the checkout people and usually by people who should know better.Anyway rant, Scotch eggs for tea and I could only eat one plus no room for pie as yet, too full. That is what you get when eye's are bigger than "err" b no Tummy.
Now here's a lady who would surely love to have a rant on here, bureaucracy at its best! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2290181/Grandmother-spent-10-000-turning-muddy-field-idyllic-garden-ordered-rip-breaching-greenbelt-planning-rules.html
As I've said before, I do most of my shopping locally, within walking distance. But there are times when a supermarket shop is the way to go...bog rolls, washing powder etc. I try to schedule those times for when I've finished work (I work nights and there's a huge 24 hour supermarket which only means a 4 mile detour on my way home). You'd think it would be quiet, but the aisles are jammed up with staff filling trolleys with online orders. And there's only 1 or 2 tills open...but I always say 'Yes' to the offer of help with the packing, which means the operator has to navigate their way through my motley collection of shopping bags.