Waiting to Pay


You’re in a hurry at the store.  You’ve got 2 minutes to catch your bus or 5 minutes to get to your kid’s music lesson.  Whatever it is, you just want to pay for your purchases and get out of there as fast as you can!  You quickly scan the tills to find the shortest line.  Ah ha!  There’s only one person in line at cashier #3.

With blazing speed you move into position in line.  With delight you notice that all of their items are already scanned and bagged.  They only have to pay.  This will be quick!  Then you realize what’s happening… N-O-O-O-O… they’re pulling out a change purse!

That’s when you notice the white hair and shaky hands.  They’re not looking for exact change, are they?  “I know I have a nickel in here somewhere” they tell the clerk.  Precious seconds pass, they continue searching until finally the inevitable happens.  They dump out all of the change onto the counter and begin sifting through each coin.  Oh man!  Finally they find the elusive nickel.  Now it’s onto finding three measily pennies.  At last the payment is complete (at least they don’t have to put any change away!).  You quickly get your two items scanned and pay by swiping your card and pressing 8 buttons in rapid succession on the interac terminal.  Done in 4 seconds flat!  You fly by the “change purse payer” on your way out the door.

What burns your ass?

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About brianwawryk
PMP and Prince2 certified project manager.

One Response to Waiting to Pay

  1. ilive4golf says:

    I’ve got several pet peeves that revolve around the grocery store, but probably the biggest is the shopper who leaves the grocery cart between the parked cars instead of taking all of the 30 seconds to wheel the thing to the cart return.

    Last year I witnessed an incident where a lady did this and then actually hit the shopping cart as she pulled out, knocking it into the parked car beside her. I went over to check it out, and it left a major scratch on a brand new Jeep Cherokee. I tried to take down her license plate number but she motored out of there too quickly for me to take note of it.

    It just leaves me thinking that we humans have become much too lazy.

    Nice blog you have here. 🙂

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