THINGS happen to me!
Now, I'm not convinced (however many people tell me otherwise) that THINGS don't happen to other people too.
You know what?
I saw this today on Facebook:
And it reminded me of a post I wrote a few years ago:
children now prefer not to shop with me, it always ends in (my) tears
but, unsuspecting friends still insist I use the self checkout despite
my protestations, telling me its so quick, so easy, what can I say MORE
FOOL THEM, they learn the hard way.
Anyway, I digress, this
time, the machine happily swallowed my money but the screen still
flashed, 'please insert coins or notes to the value of your shopping' It
had EATEN my money! No flashing light, no beeping, no bloody call for
assistance. I stood there jumping up and down waving my arms (my
'friend' long gone) until eventually I attracted the notice of an
assistant. Followed lots of head scratching and 'are you sure you put
the money in', Yeees. 'I'll just call someone else' and 'I think we need
a supervisor' by which time I was hanging my head in shame.
you ever seen the inside workings of one of those machines?
Fascinating! Ten minutes unlocking various bits, tracing the path my
money should have taken, 'are you sure you put the money in', YEEES
before finally, they located it. A further five minutes to put the
machine back together and then, THEY EXPECTED ME TO DO IT ALL AGAIN!
Since writing this post they have introduced a 5p charge for bags which in theory is a GREAT - unless ...
Well, UNLESS you are at a self checkout.
If you are at a self checkout THIS is what happens:
1. It asks you before you start if you want to purchase any bags
and you say no because you've brought your own
2. but then it wont let you
pack directly into them because 'unexpected item' and it thinks you are
trying to STEAL a bag
3. So you have to scan everything first and put it
on the postage stamp sized bagging area
4. But stuff falls off because
you've piled it so high
5. So it announces that you have 'removed' an
item from the bagging area.
6. THEN you
have to try and pack everything (and all the soft stuff is now on the
7. while you are trying to pack everything without crushing your eggs and bread it repeatedly shouts at you 'Thank you for shopping in
(wherever) - please take your items while the huge queue that has
formed behind you tuts at how long you're taking!