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Old 09-11-2012, 05:23 PM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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I really do not like it when another customer messes with my items on the conveyor belt at a store's checkout. Last night it happened yet again.

I put all of my items on the conveyor belt, all tightly packed, with no free space to spare. I then put down the divider at the back of my batch of items to be purchased, so that after the belt moved forward a bit, the customer behind me could begin to put down their items to be purchased.

Well sure enough, the unkempt little bipedal rodent waiting in line behind me picked up the divider, and vainly used it to push on a loaf of bread that was part of my purchase in order to attempt to move my items forward in order to make more room on the conveyor belt for his items. This did NOTHING other than simply push against the side of my loaf of bread and deform it since my items were all as tightly packed as they could possibly be and the divider could not possibly move them all forward without damaging my bread.

I just stood there and glared at him. Sensing daggers shooting out of my eyes and an imminent confrontation as I was wondering why he would do something so remarkably inane, he just sheepishly smiled, said hello, put down the divider, and looked away.

I don't think my bread was damaged, but still, it's the principle of the whole thing -- don't mess with my stuff! Or am I just getting upset over something that I should not get upset over...
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:43 PM
 
Location: CA
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That hasn't happened to me (yet). I'm the type of person who speaks up,so I probably would have asked him to stop. I don't move other people's groceries, either, I wait until there's enough room.
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Old 09-12-2012, 02:27 AM
 
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I'm with you. I would be upset if they moved my stuff. I got there first and until my stuff moves to make room for theirs, the conveyor belt is mine.

I'd speak up. If it crushed something of mine like a loaf of bread, I'd kindly request the cashier to wait while I fetch a new loaf. If it was something that just got moved but not crushed, I'd just move their stuff out of the way (by placing it on the floor), move the divider back, and put my stuff how I had it.
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Old 09-12-2012, 02:30 AM
 
Location: Lehighton/Jim Thorpe area
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I have not had this happen to me, although in this town of ingrates I could see it happening. I'm more disturbed by customers' need to stand RIGHT ON TOP OF ME while I enter my PIN. Back up and give me some personal space!!
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:31 AM
 
Location: CA
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I'm more disturbed by customers' need to stand RIGHT ON TOP OF ME while I enter my PIN. Back up and give me some personal space!!
Once at Trader Joe's I was bagging the groceries but I hadn't yet paid. While the cashier was finishing, I got out my card to pay, and I was surprised to see someone standing right in front. She saw me approach with my card but made no effort to move. I said, "I'll be more than happy to let you pay." We all laughed, but she got the hint and gave me my space.
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:57 AM
 
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What gripes me is, the cashiers who reach right in my purse/wallet to remove my credit card for me! Yes, this has happened to me many times!

I usually try to have whatever cards ready to go, but sometimes another card is required, etc. Now, I do have severe arthritis and rather deformed hands, but I am quite capable of getting my stuff out of my purse. But the cashier sees me fumbling through my wallet or purse, and will reach right in, oh here, let me help you!If I need to search through my purse, I usually try to do it out of reach of the helpful cashier, but told one gal---the last person who did that lost a hand! Geez!
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Old 09-12-2012, 01:35 PM
 
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What gripes me is, the cashiers who reach right in my purse/wallet to remove my credit card for me! Yes, this has happened to me many times!

I usually try to have whatever cards ready to go, but sometimes another card is required, etc. Now, I do have severe arthritis and rather deformed hands, but I am quite capable of getting my stuff out of my purse. But the cashier sees me fumbling through my wallet or purse, and will reach right in, oh here, let me help you!If I need to search through my purse, I usually try to do it out of reach of the helpful cashier, but told one gal---the last person who did that lost a hand! Geez!
That doesn't happen around here... ever.
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Old 09-12-2012, 02:22 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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That doesn't happen around here... ever.
Nor here.


And so is anyone moving stuff on the belt.
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Lehighton/Jim Thorpe area
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What gripes me is, the cashiers who reach right in my purse/wallet to remove my credit card for me! Yes, this has happened to me many times!

I usually try to have whatever cards ready to go, but sometimes another card is required, etc. Now, I do have severe arthritis and rather deformed hands, but I am quite capable of getting my stuff out of my purse. But the cashier sees me fumbling through my wallet or purse, and will reach right in, oh here, let me help you!If I need to search through my purse, I usually try to do it out of reach of the helpful cashier, but told one gal---the last person who did that lost a hand! Geez!
What?????? I don't blame you, that's a clear invasion of your space. I am VERY defensive of my personal space and even moreso of my money. I think you gave them a good answer. Maybe next time they will know that it is HANDS OFF!
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I have not uncommonly moved other people's stuff on the conveyor. Not everyone corrals his purchases into a tidy pile. Some folks will use the entire space for a few items. Then the cashier does not advance the conveyor. I am standing there waiting for the person ahead of me to make room. Nothing happens.

So I slide the other customer's order over and start unloading my buggy. I do not crush anything.

I do not think this is unreasonable. It expedites not only my checkout but that of everyone behind me.
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