Testing Supermarket Bagger Competency
Who are these inept kids that bag my groceries at the supermarket? Shouldn’t there be some sort of competency test before you’re allowed to put a bag of potatoes and a dozen eggs into the same reusable bag?
– Crushed in Concord
If I ever open a food retail establishment, there will absolutely be a competency test for prospective checkers and baggers. The first question will be as follows:
A customer checks out with three reusable shopping bags. When bagging their refrigerated or frozen items (also known as “the cold stuff”), these should be placed into:
- Their insulated cooler bag.
- Their non-insulated bag.
- Neither. They should be double-bagged in store-provided paper or plastic.
If the prospective employee answers #3, they will be immediately referred for work elsewhere. Answering #2 will require remedial training.
The second question will involve a fundamental understanding of what happens to delicate and/or light things when placed under heavy things.
Also (and unrelated to bagging), I will absolutely insist that the cashier does not attempt to say the customer’s last name. A simple “thank you” goes a long way. Instead, what I normally get is this:
“Thank you Mrs. Bon… Bos… Bahhhhhhh… how do you pronounce your name? Really? Let me look at that again. Huh, I wouldn’t have guessed. What is that, French?”
I don’t want to have that conversation every time I need to buy milk, and I suspect that no one else does, either.
What’s your big supermarket peeve?