I was in line at the grocery store today and I saw the weirdest thing. This man in front of me had a pretty full cart, and in the upper part of the cart, it was essentially all produce, a big selection of fruits and vegetables. Being that today was the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, it was pretty busy as people stock up like they're anticipating a nuclear fallout rather than simply a grocery store being closed for 2 days.
But I digress...back to the man in front of me in line.
After waiting in a longer than normal line, this guy is putting all of his stuff on the belt, but as he picks up each piece of produce, he takes a bag off of a pile that he has taken from the produce section, opens the bag and places the produce in the bag before he puts it on the belt. I was confused because it seems normal to just do that as you're in the produce section, doesn't it? You just put the item(s) in the bag and then the bag goes in your cart, right?
Why on earth would you take the time to pull off the number of bags you needed, place them in the cart, and then later use them to hold the items? I was trying to figure out what it could be, whether it was some odd form of OCD, or maybe some sort of germ-related issue, but none of that made any sense. If it was OCD-related, wouldn't he just not do it at all instead of just delaying the same task? And if he was a germophobe, he would get his summer squash in that bag as soon as he possibly could, wouldn't he? The only logical conclusion I could come to is that if you were in a hurry, and were rushing around the store, you might do that, only to save time while you were in line, and put the stuff in the bags then.
But the thing about this guy is that I waited in line behind him for about 5 to 7 minutes while he did nothing. Didn't read a magazine...didn't check his blackberry...nothing. He just stood there. And then when it was his turn to put the grocery items on the belt, he put everything up, leaving the produce until the end, and then just casually started putting everything in the bags. So he ended up taking the entire belt, with a line of 8-10 people behind him, and was taking his sweet ass time to the point that the cashier caught up to him and was waiting for him to bag the next item and put it on the back of the belt, so she could pull it forward to the front and scan it.
Seriously, this seems like a moronic idea on the best of days, but in a busy grocery store at 5 pm on the Saturday before Thanksgiving?
Your thoughts? Would you have said anything? Maybe offered to bag his groceries for him?
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