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1-20-09

1-20-09

Day 893 of 365 Again.

I did my little rant on the inauguration yesterday. So if you’re looking for me to talk about that, look there.

Steph stayed home sick from work today and asked me to stop at the grocery store and pick up some stuff on my way home. I was only getting a few things, and it occurred to me that now would be a good time to mention one of my frustrations with the express lane. Namely the express line is for express purchases. 12 items or less means that you get 12 items at the very most. 13 is too many. 20 is WAY too many! If you go over 12 items you should be forced to pay one dollar for each additional item to every person in line behind you. Here’s a hint. There are no carts in the express line. If you can’t fit it in one of the handheld baskets, YOU HAVE TOO MUCH SHIT!

Thank you.

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9 comments for “1-20-09

  1. avatar
    January 21, 2009 at 3:26 am

    I disagree.

    The item limit posted on the express lane should be treated like the speed limit on an interstate.

    It should be left open to interpretation, and knowledgeable
    (sober) shoppers should be allowed to exceed it by amounts considered "reasonably prudent" depending on time of day and store congestion.

  2. avatar
    January 21, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Eh. I go through with carts sometimes because they’re out of the damn baskets.

    But I agree with you generally. I wouldn’t worry about 1 or 2 extra items, though.

  3. avatar
    January 21, 2009 at 11:46 am

    What if you were buying 12 gallons of milk? Or even 6. Not that I do that. But you would want a cart. Anyway.

    At least you don’t shop in Squirrel Hill.
    dirtydergs.blogspot.com/2009/01/pleasehelp-me-get-my-ques…

  4. avatar
    January 21, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I agree with you on this one, Mav.

    Absolutely no more than 12 items, pack your own bags (if that’s an option), and have your damn money ready when you get to the head of the queue.

  5. avatar
    January 21, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Word, son.

  6. avatar
    January 21, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    I like the basket rule! I say you can have as many items as will fit in the little basket. Forget the "12 item limit", because as we know, people CAN NOT count! The basket rule is a simple concept. Then I think there should be a person assigned to embarrass folks that break the rule. No fair filling the basket and holding the rest of your items in your other hand, or making your toddler child hold them. If they don’t fit in the basket, get in the other line. I am a stickler for the Express Line rules. I even count my items before I get in line. If I’m in a big hurry and I’ve got an item over the limit, I get rid of something. Hell, they shouldn’t put those damned candy bars at the checkout if they don’t think people are gonna occasionally eat one while waiting behind the rude person that CAN’T COUNT!

    Ok, I’m done now. I’m taking my soapbox and going home… next time, don’t get me started.

  7. avatar
    January 22, 2009 at 9:12 am

    13 items max. there might be something 2/$

  8. avatar
    January 22, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I do the bulk of my grocery shopping at Super-WalMart since they price match. The express lanes are closest to the exits, and generally have the most experienced checkers (No flashing "overide on register 2" lights)

    My position is….if i do all I can to expedite the register experience (group similar items, provide an empty basket, help bag…) I should be able to do my thing without repercussion.

    Because I’m special.

  9. avatar
    January 23, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Agreed…. If you have 13 items, give one to a friend behind you and straighten it out at the door.

    (What about 3 for $5 offers) Since they are priced together is that one item?)

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