Monday, November 14, 2016

That Moment Where I Just About Lost My Mind

Travis: "Can you go get these few things at the grocery store for me to make dinner. Hurry up please."

Me: "Ok. Will do. Mica can you come with me?"

Mica: "Sure!" I was shocked that he wanted to come with me.

No kid of mine has ever loved going to the grocery store.

So we set out on adventure to go grocery shopping. I knew a few other things I wanted to get, so we got this, and got that.

I went to check out and said, "WOW! It's 5:30 and they only have 1 human check out lane open!" The line was super long! It was like that scene in The Christmas Story where Ralphie gets in line to see Santa, and a person says something like, "Why are you here? The line is back there!" and they point to what seems like forever away. 

I decided to brave it by going in the self check out lane. A staff member was standing there if I needed help.

Who knew that an eleven year old would get so excited to check out the groceries himself. Mica kept insisting that he check everything out. He couldn't find the bar codes, so I grabbed things to check them out myself. He was annoyed that I was grabbing things.

I was the opposite of Mica, I just about lost my mind when checking out my own groceries.

Everything was fine until I got to the produce. I was super frustrated. I didn't know all those codes. I didn't work there! I happen to get a lot of produce.

Frustration escalates for me when I'm hungry. By that time I was very hungry. We ate a brunch that day. No mid meal like I'm used to.

The store clerk up there was busy helping someone else. To top it off there was someone behind us that looked annoyed that we were taking so long. They too probably hated that they had to go in the self checkout lane.

I kept mumbling to myself, or maybe aloud, What store only has one human checkout lane at dinner time?

I don't even know if I checked out the produce properly. Thankfully there were only a few things. The rest: Bags of Carrots, Mushrooms, Celery, Potatoes and a Box of Spinach had bar codes on them.

Apparently a self check out lane can bring me from a good mood to a frustrated one in a flash. It's not just the act of doing it myself. I think, What has this world come to? There was once upon a time where stores carried everything out for you. I know that some stores still do, but there are less and less of them. They'd ask you as you came in, "Is there anything I can help you find?" They would great you in the check out lane with a pleasant, "Hello! Did you find everything ok?" If you didn't they'd send a store clerk out to go get whatever it is that you couldn't find. They'd open your box of eggs to make sure none were broken. If one was they'd have someone go get another box for you.

Side Note: Earlier that day we went to pick out a dress shirt for Mica. He's in between boys and men sizes. Travis wanted to get him measured. Guess what? There was no one around to help, or measure him. We ran around like chickens with our heads cut off looking for dress shirts. The men's were too big, the young men's section had no dress shirts. The boy's section had them, but all the other shirts like t-shirts and sweat shirts were too small for Mica. WTH?!

What is something that sets you off?

6 comments:

mail4rosey said...

I'm just the opposite, I LOVE the self-checkouts. I wish all of the stores had them, lol. I'll walk all the way to the other side of a store to check myself out, not kidding. :) My son likes to scan too. You're right though, customer service is a lot different than even when we were kids.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I'm with Rosey. I love the self checkouts because I can monitor more closely that everything is ringing up correctly. Plus, I hate the cashier's small talk.

It might be worthwhile next time, if your store offers it, to take advantage of the buy online and pick up in-store. My daughter's grocery store just started doing this. They'll pick all your groceries for you and have them ready at the door for your to grab for a $5 service fee. I may start shopping this way, especially during the holidays, to avoid that kind of frustration.

Harry Flashman said...

I am one hundred percent in agreement with you, I hate those self check out things. For one reason , I always pay with a check. For another, something always goes wrong and the girl has to come and fix it. So I never use them unless, like you, there are no regular registers I can get to. The first time I tried to use one I got so mad I just left everything on the little counter and in the bags and walked off.

indah nuria Savitri said...

Can't agree more, Alissa! Just when you need to rush as you have other issues to tackle, then things got super slow! It happened to me alot.. But then I just learn to relax and take a deep, deep breath :). I also hate self-checkout.. Sometimes it doesn't work, doesn't print and obviously I can't use my tax exemption card ;)

Ai Sakura said...

I try to avoid the self-checkout if I can as well..most times I will require help of some sort haha but have to admit it really is so much faster than waiting in queue!

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

~ Noelle said...

I HATE SELF CHECKOUT AND WILL GO TRACK DOWN A MANAGER TO OPEN A NEW LANE. IT IS HARD ENOUGH DOING SELF CHECKOUT, BUT WHEN YOU HAVE ALL YOUR GROCERIES AND A 1 YEAR OLD? HELL NO. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. NOT TO MENTION, BY ME REQUESTING A LANE BE OPEN, I AM KEEPING THE CASHIERS WITH A JOB VERSUS EVERYTHING BEING COMPUTERS.

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