The Weekly Gripe

Gripes the News
The Soapbox
Gripes in the pipes
*

Fuss over a shopping trolley in a basket queue

92 comments  Add a comment

Why are people so thick these days?  I was in Sainsbury today (which is always a potential warzone for me, particularly when I'm in a slow queue).

I usually ride to the shops on my Brompton fold up bike and won't leave it locked outside.  So I usually get a huge family trolley, place a plastic bag on the bottom and place the folded bike on top.  Then I whizz around the aisles to pick up just enough items to fit into my bike bag.  Usually, the bag holds about 5-7 smallish items comfortably.

Then I proceed to the 'basket only' queue.  Hence the gripe.  So many people glare at me and tut...tut.  One person actually turned round to me and said that I was in the wrong queue because I didn't have a basket.

Excuse me?  I thought the whole point of 'basket only' queues was to speed things up for those with just a few items.  Just because I use a trolley to load my 'basket load' of shopping into, that doesn't mean I am now doing a huge family shop.

Some shopping trolleys My fold-up bike won't fit into a basket

In case they hadn't noticed, my fold-up bike won't fit into a basket.  It's inconvenient to drag it around by the handles on its wheels with one hand whilst loading goods into a basket in my other.  It's also and too heavy to carry around for more than a few seconds.

Some people are so thick, aren't they?  They take instructions too literary and fail examine the purpose behind the rule.  Something I do all the time.  If breaking the literality of the rule doesn't matter I break them - simple!

By: GrumpyOldWoman


Leave a comment

First Prev Page 1 of 7 Next Last

Gabbladictum

Gabbladictum

The selfish pr1cks that disregard 'basket only' queues are just another aspect of the sick me me me society today. If one is in my queue I remind them that it's baskets only, not bastards only.
Gabbladictum
20th Sep 13 20:51

!

1
Perturbed

Perturbed

Get this...I was in tesco. It wasn't busy. Out of the queues in front of me, all of them only had one or two customers, so I joined the shortest queue with least items. I had a basket full of stuff and I was told to get out of the queue because I didn't have a trolley and for me to join the basket only queue. The woman in front of me had less items in her trolley than I had in my basket.
I'll leave it at that.
Perturbed
20th Sep 13 12:56

!

-1
spud

spud

The one that gets through to me in the supermarket is, mother stands in the queue 'and tells the two kids what to get from the shelves . so that she can keep her place in the queue each kid then comes back with a basket of goodies so what started off as 4-5 items becomes enough to fill a trolley
spud
11th Aug 13 03:00

!

1
choccie mug pie

choccie mug pie

well as i have a crumbling spine i often use the basket only isle with a small trolly holding no more that 5 or so items,, no more than you could fit into a basket, due to my disability i could not carry a basket with items in,
I also can not walk very well at all without server pain and i find holding on to a small trolly helps me walk around the supermarkets better,
I could use the mobility scooters some supermarkets provide but i find it rather embarrassing a just want to be able to get my few bits like everyone else and not feel like such an cripple, :-(, if that means i am going to pee you off for standing with my 5 items in a small trolly at the basket only isle then i will be sure to place a basket inside the trolly next time i go shopping,
choccie mug pie
10th Jun 12 19:04

!

0
Benthic

Benthic

GrumpyOldWoman - "Some people are so thick, aren't they?"

Yes, perhaps some schooling could help you.
Benthic
27th May 11 12:36

!

-1
glitter bug

glitter bug

l to work in a supermarket and it drives me mad when someone comes to the basket till with a trolly, it does not matter whether you have a few items or not because what will happen is someone will come to this till with a large trolley behind them and when the checkout person refuses to serve them they will moan and then say but you have let this person go through, which of course is true and you cant argue really , so what starts out as a basket till ends up being no different to the others which is very annoying for the people who only do have a basket
glitter bug
16th Feb 11 14:34

!

11
Ricky

Ricky

Dont drink and drive:
purpose of the rule "you are more likely to cause an accident if you are drunk"
literality of the rule "dont drink and drive"

So by saying "If breaking the literality of the rule doesn't matter I break them - simple! " you would drink a few, then as long as you weren't drunk (purpose of the rule) you would drive? Ofcourse not.

Rules are rules. They are there to be obeyed, not broken.
Im an assistant manager in a supermarket, and if someone uses a trolley in the basket only line, I tell the cashier not to serve them, or if they have already started to, I void the transaction and tell them to go to another lane.
Normally I get told "well im leaving, and you can put all this stuff back" Usually said in a manner thats meant to annoy me. It doesnt annoy me at all. Yeah im a 23 year old a$*hole, but its worth it to see the faces.
And the "Well the sign says baskets only" line works every time. No comeback from literality.
Ricky
19th Sep 10 04:44

!

-10
Grumpy xx

Grumpy xx

Mr Retail,

You are so ignorant. Have you any idea how many bikes are stolen from bike racks each year? Bromptons are easy targets and sell at near retail price. Locking it outside is not an option. Why shouldn't I buy a bike? It's good exercise and we should be encouraging more of it.

I use an old, large plastic shopping bag, which prevents any direct contact of bike wheels with the trolley grids. So there is no hygiene problem at all. And, no, I don't put shopping in the same bag.. It is used solely for this purpose and is kept in the pocket of the bag. Clearly you hate cyclists, or perhaps you are jealous because you can't afford a Brommie. Whatever your reasons for your post, it has no rationale at all. Just a pointless piece of vitriol.
Grumpy xx
7th Aug 10 14:28

!

-12
Mr Retail

Mr Retail

Leave your bike outside the supermarket and lock it. If you are not prepared for the possibility of your bike being stolen; you should not have bought it. Basket and trolleys are for items that people buy from that retailer....not to be used as some sort of ad-hoc pallet truck for bikes with god knows what on the wheels. How magnanimous of you to waste bags or do you then put your food into the bags with the dirt on from your wheels?
Mr Retail
24th Jul 10 17:46

!

-7
Hatred in Supermarkets

Hatred in Supermarkets

Turn this story the other way round. I was in a basket-only queue, when some athletic harridan was checking out and paying for a standard supermarket basket filled with about 40 to 50 items piled high. I say she was cheating too. She and her shopping kept the queue waiting for 10 minutes whilst all her stuffed was shoved intro plastic bags.
Hatred in Supermarkets
13th Jun 10 10:43

!

-8
anon

anon

Allie

I assume that by dinks you mean the out dated term "dual income no kids".

So, in your weird world people who choose not to have children and are paying huge amounts of tax to pay for your child benefit and other costs are responsible for the bad behaviour of your children?

The population does not need maintaining - it needs reducing. There will be more wars and they will be about food security, clean water and fuel.

Before you ask, yes I like (most) children - some parents , not so much.
anon
13th Jun 10 09:53

!

-2
Allie

Allie

HSK, it's attitudes like yours that have created the need for immigration. DINKs and child-haters selfishly off-load the responsibility to procreate and sustain the population onto the shoulders of others. If immigration is out of hand, it's precisely because there aren't enough home-grown "brats" to sustain your pension and health service when you retire. And badly behaved kids are the result of lousy parenting, probably from would-be DINKS who were too undisciplined to maintain their status.
Allie
13th Jun 10 03:36

!

-17
HATE SCREAMING KIDS

HATE SCREAMING KIDS

I am one of those who has very low tolernce for children who throw a tantrum, no matter what age, I'll tell it to shut up, these mothers just fall on deaf ears, they should take there kid out of the store til it calms down, but, no, they make us all suffer through the screaming, they say you were a kid once, I'll say I wasnt that bratty, I hate kids, who scream and run around the store
causing problems for other shoppers, not every likes to shop with kids around,
HATE SCREAMING KIDS
12th Jun 10 23:27

!

-6
vintage fan

vintage fan

I work for a supermarket and we have lots of people that bring trolleys in a bsket till. The only problems is notg the number of items its the trolley as the basket only tills have a small ilse so you cant get a trolley round very easierly and a lot of people with trolley dont look what ther doing so end up banging in to people. Basket only is not designed for a small niumber of items its designed for a small basket of shopping for those who dont want to use a pound for a trolley. Very few supermarkets have an item limit.
vintage fan
27th Mar 10 23:08

!

2
Sez

Sez

Lol!! Poor you.. I can imagine that it's annoying. You could always take a basket in your trolley and then if someone complains, say you have a basket only. :)
Sez
8th Jan 10 10:00

!

9

First Prev Page 1 of 7 Next Last

FEATURES

Gripes the News
Gripes in the pipes
The Soapbox
spinner