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Take your time - more checkout lane discussion

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veronaz:
The thread about changing lanes at the store made me think of another situation I’ve been in.

The person in front of me is taking a little more time actually exiting – putting change in their wallet, looking at receipt trying to understand something, etc.  Maybe it’s an elderly person and they will look at me apologetically or even say “Sorry” while nervously trying to get organized.

I always feel bad because I remember when my mom used to do this; she seemed to feel guilty that she was holding someone else up (even when she got older and had some physical challenges).

What I do is smile at the person and say “Take your time.  I’m not in that big of a hurry.”  Or “Don’t let people rush you; you’re fine.  Your money spends as good as mine does”.  Then they relax a bit.  I try to chill out, even if it happens in an express lane. 

Has this ever happened to you? 

lowspark:
I'm not sure. Do you mean at the grocery store? Cuz in that case, once the cashier is done with that person, they normally just start scanning my stuff. So what the person in front of me in line is doing doesn't delay me.

But yeah, I'm not going to get all huffy about someone who clearly needs to take their time being a little slow. Thirty seconds isn't going to make a huge difference in the grand scheme of things. It's much more annoying if someone is unnecessarily taking too long or if the cashier is incompetent. But even then you just have to sort of grin and bear it I think.

veronaz:

--- Quote ---Do you mean at the grocery store? Cuz in that case, once the cashier is done with that person, they normally just start scanning my stuff. So what the person in front of me in line is doing doesn't delay me.
--- End quote ---

Grocery store and other stores.  Even if the person is "done" and the cashier starts scanning the next order, sometimes the person in front of me is still standing where I would stand when it's my turn.  At a different store (CVS, Walgreens, etc.) the cashier usually doesn't start scanning until the person they just helped is physically out of the way.

siamesecat2965:
It really depends. If they're simply putting their receipt in their purse, and change in their wallet, I'm ok with that. The extra 30 seconds don't make a difference. But then they do that, then start diggin in their purse for soemthing else, then realize they have a coupon they didn't give the cashier, or generally are taking longer than it should, then I get a tad impatient.

I had one yesterday, but leaving the grocery store. She had a full cart in front of me, which she was having trouble manuvering due to several cases of water. She was also moving veeeeeery slowly, while perusing her receipt, as she walked out. She then got to the first set of doors, got halfway through and came to a dead stop. THAT makes me crazy. I get that you might want to get your keys out so you can open the trunk etc. but please don't block my and everyone else's way.

rose red:
I don't get annoyed when they are putting money away because that takes time.  I can't stand being rushed off while clutching my money in one hand, wallet in the other, and still have to push my cart away.  But I think people should stand aside when looking over their receipt since the cashiers can't do anything about it anymore.  They will have to go to the service desk anyway if something is wrong.

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