So… I’d kind of tired this afternoon, but I schlep to the local Superfresh supermarket to get some essentials and restock to fridge and cupboards. After going hither and yon to get my goodies I arrive in the check out line. It’s not busy and there’s only one person behind me. I place my groceries on the belt and notice the checker. She’s a tiny, chubby older woman who looks to be in her early to mid- 60’s. She’s perfectly pleasant and as my groceries roll past she puts them in plastic bags on the low counter staging area beside the cart, and tells me I can “lay them in now” …
Wha… “Lay them in now”…??? WTF???
Alright lets take a break from the action for a moment, and yes I’m probably going to hell for this, but so what, it’s just another drop in the bucket of my many and varied sins. I realize that the grocery business has gotten more competitive lately, but part of the the reason I shop at a nominally FULL SERVICE grocery store, is so that the checkers will place my items in the cart, or at the very least put the majority of the heavier items in so I can infill with the lighter stuff. I don’t know exactly what bag you’ve got the eggs and the lettuce in lady, cause I didn’t know I needed to pay attention to how you were bagging things.
Yes, I can see you’re barely 5 feet tall, and you don’t look like you’ve got a lot of upper body strength, and yes you do look like you should be collecting Social Security and baking pies for your grandkids, not hoisting heavy groceries into grocery carts for hours at a stretch. I see all this and appreciate your dilemma, but I’m also tired, and I’m not a bag boy, and I’m paying full service grocery prices to get bagging assistance, and it pisses me off that it is plainly evident you expect me to figure out the contents of each bag, pick them up off the staging area, and stack and load my entire grocery cart by myself.
I further realize this is an obvious, physical effort for you to do this, and my ire is not directed at you little granny goodness, but at the retards in the store manager ranks that expect a little old lady to do this crap. Why are you even here? Large or small, grocery checkers have to have a certain amount of physical strength to so the job adequately, and it is evident you do not, or we would not be playing this subtle, passive-agressive “you can load your own cart” game.
… so I put all my groceries in the cart, pay and go on my way a bit pissed and a little confused if I’m justified in being pissed or not. Is this the direction all “full service” grocery stores are going? Am I wrong or petty to be pissed at being expected to do a job that the checker normally performs?