I've got a silly little pet peeve that struck a nerve a couple of times in the past few days. So allow me to go off on a rant.
I do most of the food shopping in the house. Mostly because I do most of the cooking, and I shop for what I need. I'm not good at planning ahead, so I wind up hitting the supermarket 3-4 times in a given week. Sometimes only to pick up 6 or 7 items. It's not time or cost effective, but it's just the way that I'm built. Not much I can do about it. Besides, sometimes I get in the mood for a certain meal on a whim. Hard to plan around whims.
So this particular pet peeve has to do with the Express Checkout lane at the market. We have automated checkout lanes and regular lanes with human checkout clerks. Both have Express Checkout lanes. You know, the type with a big sign that says "12 Items or Less" hovering someplace in plain fucking sight. And I have an awful habit of counting how many items the person in front of me has. 7 items? You're good! 15 items? Wait a minute, pal...get in the correct lane!
But, generally, as long as the person in front of me is quick and gets through their checkout without any problems I'm fine.
It's the 99.99% of the time when the person is an absolute fucking idiot that I lose my fucking mind!
Take my last two trips to the market as examples. The first trip I was picking up a few items to make some baked potato soup with green onions, cheddar and bacon. Mostly I needed the green onions, cheddar and bacon. I was set on everything else. Hehehe. So I grabbed my items and headed to the automated checkout counter. The dude in front of me looked like a good dude. Interesting facial hair, NY Yankee baseball cap...he seemed alright. Until I wound up hating him.
He was purchasing some stuff for a party. Greeting cards, wrapping paper, gift bags, flowers, a balloon...those kind of things. I immediately noticed he had around 16 items, so some mild warning bells starting ringing in my brain. Then he proceeded to demonstrate no knowledge of ever having used an automated checkout counter before. EVER! He needed management assistance for no fewer than 5 items in his cart. Including the balloon, which threatened to escape to the ceiling. Also, he had no idea how to proceed after scanning the balloon because he couldn't place it on the conveyor belt for the sensor to recognize it.
It. Was. A. Nightmare!!! And it took forever.
Yet, I found myself at the same market at the same automated "Express" lane the very next day. This time I was pleased to find a guy with only 7-8 items in his basket. This made me optimistic. But then that optimism turned to despair in mere moments. He also had never used one of these machines before, apparently. And all the items in his bag were of the fresh produce variety. So he had to look each one up individually. At an average of 2-3 minutes an item. This was worse than the previous experience. But not by very much. Both sucked.
See...it's not that I really mind the extra items or the occasional need for assistance from a manager. I've been there, had an extra item and needed that assistance. Not to this level, however. And it goes against the very nature of what this lane is all about. EXPRESS SERVICE!!! The lanes exist to facilitate a quick checkout, get it? And there are no apologies ever. It's like this is their world and I'm just living in it.
That's actually the basis of the pet peeve. People with no regard for anyone else. Whether they fail to signal when driving or slow an express lane to an absolute halt. I just hate those people.
Because you know they would be the first one to complain if, God forbid, THEY were ever inconvenienced.