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Old 02-15-2008, 03:04 PM   #31
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I avoid the self checkout if I have produce, reduced items, or coupons. The thing never does work right for that stuff. But if I only have a few items right off the shelf then I will use it.
Of course most of the time the stores I go to don't have self checkouts yet. One of the biggest drawbacks to the ALDI out here is the long long long long long wait in line for the single cashier on duty...
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Old 02-16-2008, 07:46 AM   #32
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I almost always do self checkout unless there's a good-sized queue of people, some of whom I prejudge (I'm a horrible person, I admit) to be less than fully tech savvy. Most of the holdups, in my experience, can be explained with PEBKACart errors. Then again it could just be that the systems at Meijer stores are just very good. One problem I have noticed is 2 liter bottles of pop have to be placed on the conveyor belt lengthwise so they don't roll themselves into a standstill!

If I am forced into a baggered line, I will unload my cart in the order I want stuff bagged.
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Old 02-16-2008, 10:46 AM   #33
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If there is a bagger let him/her do it. And truly appreciate the markets that hire those who are mentally challanged to do the job. They take great pride in their work and if they offer to take the stuff to the car I let them do it so I have an excuse to give them a tip.

Prefer however to bag myself. Worked in supermarkets as a kid and know how the job should be done. For example, always put the stuff that needs refrigeration together. If I am in a hurry and have other things to do, like cooking dinner, may not unpack some bags right away. It is not fun to find a not any more frozen pack of peas, or some fish, at room temp among some bottles of soda hours after you got home. Also some baggers think the bags have a steel lining and will take any weight they can stuff into them.

And there are always those kids who will put a cake or pie in a bag so it is on edge, or put soft stuff, like fish or Brie, with cans on top. And think eggs in a carton cannot be broken.

So if I am not bagging am watching the bagger like a hawk. It is easier to do it myself.

The older folks who do it, God bless them. They know what they are doing and always do it right. Feel guilty about letting them take the stuff to the car, but I do it because I can give them a tip for it.

Some are doing it because it is something to keep them busy, but some need the bucks.

Golly, I never thought something like putting a bunch of groceries in a bag could be so complicated.
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Old 02-19-2008, 11:57 AM   #34
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I live in a very small town; I bag myself or let them do it depending on how busy they are! We do have a Wal-Mart now, there I always let them bag it. But at our local grocery it simply depends on how busy they are. I also on occaision walk to the store, in that case I use a back pack and pack it myself.
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:18 PM   #35
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Here in MN there are no baggers and so there is no choice but to do it by myself. When I lived in NJ there were no baggers, but if you didn't bag yourself, then the cashier would bag it for you. I used to HATE HATE HATE it when there was a big line and the person at the front of the line was too lazy to bag their own things so everyone else in line had to wait until the items were all rung up and THEN while everything was bagged. If the person had only bagged their own things while the cashier was ringing up, everyone else would only have to wait half as long. VERY INCONSIDERATE when there is a long line of people!
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:30 PM   #36
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I self check when I can but for the stores that don't have self check, I have to let them bag. It's just the way it is around here.
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Old 02-19-2008, 02:04 PM   #37
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as a professional shoplifter Naturally I bag my own! J/K

we bring our own bags and my wife does the bagging up whilst I do the Hard part and Pay for the stuff.

although we Used to use the plastic carrier bags provided in store at the checkout, we found that we`de end up bag upon bag FULL of these Used-Once carriers and nothing useful to use them for.

so yeah, I`m down and cool with the canvas bag brigade too
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Old 02-19-2008, 03:09 PM   #38
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Here in MN there are no baggers and so there is no choice but to do it by myself. When I lived in NJ there were no baggers, but if you didn't bag yourself, then the cashier would bag it for you. I used to HATE HATE HATE it when there was a big line and the person at the front of the line was too lazy to bag their own things so everyone else in line had to wait until the items were all rung up and THEN while everything was bagged. If the person had only bagged their own things while the cashier was ringing up, everyone else would only have to wait half as long. VERY INCONSIDERATE when there is a long line of people!
Wow....too lazy, huh?? Inconsiderate? Such strong words, not to mention sweepingly general. I don't work for the supermarket. I work at my own job from dawn to late afternoon. Your choice to bag certainly is your choice, as mine, not to, is mine. However, people who choose to have the employees of the market do their jobs doesn't make us lazy or inconsiderate.
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Old 02-19-2008, 03:51 PM   #39
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Here in MN there are no baggers and so there is no choice but to do it by myself. When I lived in NJ there were no baggers, but if you didn't bag yourself, then the cashier would bag it for you. I used to HATE HATE HATE it when there was a big line and the person at the front of the line was too lazy to bag their own things so everyone else in line had to wait until the items were all rung up and THEN while everything was bagged. If the person had only bagged their own things while the cashier was ringing up, everyone else would only have to wait half as long. VERY INCONSIDERATE when there is a long line of people!
In my opinion the store should have a better system. Walmart doesn't have baggers, the checkers all bag as they ring but it doesn't effect the lines. They have a system that allows them to put items in the bags as they ring. Sounds like the problem is the stores' system, not the customer who wants the employee to do their job.
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:21 PM   #40
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I bring my own nylon bags and bag my own groceries most of the time.
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