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Old 02-14-2008, 12:13 PM   #11
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Here in England they don't bag your groceries, which is fine since I prefer to do mine. I always bring my own recycled bags too.
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:18 PM   #12
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Not unless I have to ! I will help if needed , worked in Grocery store 16 years.
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:19 PM   #13
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I self check and self bag.
I've gotten some freebies that way

I bag my own groceries whenever there isn't a dedicated bagger working.
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:29 PM   #14
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Positively NOT! I guess this thread is because something I mentioned in another thread....so...

I love shopping for food. I spend all day cooking and shopping, so it's even more enjoyable when the actual purchases are for me (as opposed to work). I prefer to shop in small markekts that specialize, like produce, fish or the butcher, but I will do a fair amount of shopping in the local supermarket, as well. I usually spend between $125 and $175 every week there. After spending that kind of money, I refuse to have to pack it up, as well.

Unfortunately, in my area, shop managers have since eliminated the 'bag-boy' service. In the past 15 years or so, managers actually expect the customer to pack their own purchases. They eliminated a service, give you nothing in return (ahem, they save by not having to pay the salary...) and put the bags at the outside of the line to encourage you to pack it, yourself. What a racket. Cashiers will actually wait till all my groceries are shoved down at the end of the belt before 'getting it' that I'm not going to do their job. I've even had a few hand me empty bags so I'd get to work. One even said 'you're not going to bag?" When I replied I was not, she rolled her eyes at me, and said "well, it would be helpful". The fact that she added the helpful comment forced me to ask her what time she was planning to show up in my kitchen at work the next day to help me with my job.

I bring my own cloth bags to the supermarket and any other place I shop. I'm not interested in the 2 cents (most cashiers conviently forget that part, anyway), but I am interested in the environment. I don't even put produce in plactic bags. I buy paper lunch bags for that.

When I put my items on the belt, I always hand the cloth bags to the cashier, asking her to pack the items in the bags. Some get it, right away, and others push them to the back with the my items.

Either way, I won't pack. It's not my job. If I don't like they way they do pack, I'll tell them to change it. It's not that I'm trying to be difficult, because demanding or expecting good customer service shouldn't make one 'diffficult'.
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:32 PM   #15
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When the cashier at the large market where I generally go doesn't have a bagger and has to do it themself I pitch in just as soon as they start pushing the items on. If a bagger shows up I let them finish it, but I don't stand there and make a rushed cahsier do it themselves - just wasn't raised that way.

I don't really believe it has anything to do with how a person was raised. I don't help the plumber when he comes to work on my sink, either...and I'm quite sure he's trying to get to the next job, too.
The cashier is only as rushed as you are. If they are waiting on you, and you've spent money, you are entitled to all the time it takes them to conduct your business, in my opinion.
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:33 PM   #16
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lol, see post #6.
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:39 PM   #17
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no i don't bag, my goods are delivered to my door and into the kitchen. i shop on line, at the local vons market. on rare occasions that i shop in a market, i feel they should bag and put into cart. walmart bags but does not put in cart. bummer!

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Old 02-14-2008, 12:44 PM   #18
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I've gotten some freebies that way
If that is true then shame on you!!!!

I like to bag my own only because I can control what goes in what bag. I put like things together and for the frozen stuff I will add to those bags things that can benefit from the cold coming off of them. I also don't want my raw chicken on top of my romaine; I don't want my grapefruits in with my tomatoes. And besides - I find it very satisfying to bag for some reason.

And I use the cloth bags most of the time.
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Old 02-14-2008, 01:00 PM   #19
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SO and I shop together. The baggers are pretty good. Some are seniors and some are intellectually challanged. She will ask for refrigerated items to be bagged separately in paper and the rest in plastic. They usually get it right.

If there is no bagger, she will start bagging. I'm usually watching the cashier and telling her what an item is so she can ring in the right code. "What is this?". "leeks". I don't want to pay for shiitakes when I'm getting button mushrooms.
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Old 02-14-2008, 01:12 PM   #20
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I don't really believe it has anything to do with how a person was raised. I don't help the plumber when he comes to work on my sink, either...and I'm quite sure he's trying to get to the next job, too.
The cashier is only as rushed as you are. If they are waiting on you, and you've spent money, you are entitled to all the time it takes them to conduct your business, in my opinion.
I don't agree that the cashier is only as rushed as the customer is. My son worked at a grocery store when he was young and when lines are long and there aren't enough cashiers, they are rushed. And they aren't in control of how many other cashiers are on or if there are baggers or how many people are shopping at any one time. Obviously, you can choose not to bag your groceries. It doesn't bother me. But those of us that do aren't buying into a "racket" or letting stores get one over on us. We're being considerate of others because we choose to. We don't equate the amount of money we spend with how much we think others should be required to do. (I have a large family and spend around $400 a week but I don't think it entitles me to extra consideration.) Again, it's fine with me when others do not choose to bag their groceries - I try to stay away from deciding what others should do. My mother is very frail and depends upon help bagging and carry out as many other elderly people do. And in my case, I bag because it is the way I was raised.
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