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    Default Supermarket awkwardness - hand basket people

    Just wondering if this happens to others (surely it does) and how you handle it.

    You're at the checkout (not self serve, the kind with a checkout operator) with a full trolley of groceries waiting for your turn to load up the conveyor belt. You've been there a few minutes.

    You see out of the corner of your eye that there's a person with a hand basket lined up behind you. The self serve checkouts are not at all busy, yet there they are, behind you.

    It is obviously a nice gesture to let someone in front if they just have a handful of items, but this person could easily pay for their items without any waiting at all through the self serve.

    Do you pretend they are not there and go about your business, or feel obligated to let them in front of you?

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    We don't have self serve here in Hicksville but 9/10 times I invite the hand basket person through. The only time I don't is if DS is being a pain.

    I don't feel obligated though, it's just something I've always done.

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    A young person on their own? I would pretend they aren't there haha.
    But if they have kids with them, are elderly or physically impaired then I'll offer my place in the queue.

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    I am usually to busy keeping teens and youngsters in tow to notice anyone else. I feel like I need to let anyone before me unless they look unwell etc..
    My sister refuses point black to use self serve. She would happily wait after a full trolley or two.

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    I have before, but now when I do shop ( normally online) I have a toddler and baby with me so I don't want to be there any longer than I have to so no I don't

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    I usually offer the person to go ahead of me. Got burnt a few months ago when i let a bloke go through with his few things and next thing I know, his wife arrives with another 2 green shopping bags choc full of stuff. In the end they had more than me. I gave him what for, and he was like "oh sorry I probably should have said that my wife was coming with more stuff". He offered for me to go in front of them but there was literally no room on the conveyor belt for my things. Now I make sure I ask "is that all you've got" before letting them in front of me.

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    If there's no self serve, then I usually let someone with a handful of things or a basket go ahead of me.
    In this situation, I might turn around and say "there's some self serve checkouts there" just in case they don't know. Otherwise I assume they're happy to wait!

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    If they're able to use a non busy other area no I would t,
    Otherwise if my kids aren't being feral yes I would

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    I shop at Aldi so no self serve, but, I let people through who have a couple of items, a full hand basket, nope. Unless I'm still loading the belt, if I am still loading I will let a full basket through ahead of me.

    Although if I do go to Woolies I never use the self serve checkout and won't until they offer a discount for doing so, why should I pay the same when they are saving on staff?

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    I do most of my shopping at ALDI where there's no self serve so offer to let people with only a few things go in front when I've got a trolley full.

    Other supermarkets I go through the self serve checkouts as it's only the bits & pieces I couldn't get at ALDI that are in my trolley😁


 

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