It’s Monday and I haven’t had my coffee.

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The other day I bought groceries and – as usual – used the self-checkout lane.

I like the self-checkout lane:

It’s quick.

It’s easy.

It means I don’t have to talk to a cashier.

There are those who don’t know how to use the checkout lane:

The gentleman whose entire order consists of one banana and can’t figure out how to ring it up.

Rather than ask for help, he mumbles curses at the machine and new-fangled technology in general.

The woman buying an entire grocery cart of produce without a clue of how to ring it in and – to top it off – can’t remember what type of produce she actually has in her cart.

She stands there comparing what she has in the bag to all the pictures.

It might not be so bad if she didn’t start over for each new item.

The couple buying several bottles of wine and cases of beer.

They have a clerk there to punch in the authorization code for each item.

You know what, it’d be faster to go through regular checkout, people.

There, they’d only have to punch it in once.

At least, that’s the way it normally works.

Heaven forbid your coupon doesn’t scan properly or a sale item doesn’t ring up right.

I know those 16 gig thumb drives are on sale for $3 a pop, but at a price that ridiculously low, did you really think there’d be no problems? Especially when you’re buying them from a grocery store?!

Sigh. Maybe I’d be better off using regular checkout myself.

But then I’d have to talk to the cashier.

I think I’ll stay right here, thank you very much.

Just do better next time, all right?

 


 

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