I went shopping yesterday. My purchases included 3 small bags of Christmas bows, two 3-box bundles of facial tissues, and quite a few smaller items. I brought my own bags which are not all the same size. When I was ready to pay I put my purchases on the counter with the bags laid near them, each bag near a suitable cluster of items. The bows were at the end, near a smaller bag because they need to be separate from heavier stuff to keep them from being crushed. The facial tissues were next-to-last because the bundles are big enough that I was planning to not bag them. The small items were near the front, near my biggest bag to keep them all together because they were all going to the same part of my house.
The clerk grabbed my biggest bag then reached to the back and put the facial tissues in it. OK, that’s not a disaster. Then she started to put the fragile bows in that bag, beside the tissues, where the bows were certain to be crushed when the bag was picked up. I grabbed the bows, telling the clerk I wanted the bows bagged separately so they wouldn’t get crushed. At that point the clerk gave up on bagging and I had to do it myself. The small items ended up spread out over 3 small bags.
Apparently “I don’t want the bows to be crushed” made the clerk’s brain hurt.