Originally Posted by Abbey
I guess what it comes down to is, people are within their rights to not unload the basket if they don't want to - but just like those people who sit and watch while the restaurant server reaches to the farthest end of the table to pick up the hard-to-reach dishes, or drop garbage on the floor at a movie theatre, or leave their shopping carts sitting in the parking lot instead of taking them where they belong, you're going to come across as a lazy, rude ass.
I think the cashier who complains about reaching into a basket sitting right in front of him to take out a few items and swipe them across the scanner comes across as a lazy, rude ass.
Originally Posted by danakscully64
It's not so much the weight more than the angle at which you have to pick up the 8 pounds.
Our ice buckets at work are 7 pounds each when full and people bring 2-3 in at a time... I'm not supposed to lift them because of my back.
True. But I've never seen anyone lift a gallon of milk with an outstretched arm at a grocery store, nor would I know why anyone would need to.
I'm sorry about your back.
Cheerleading accident? Ouch! I watched a routine on TV awhile back, and I have to say I definitely have a lot more respect for cheerleaders now!
Originally Posted by rissierissie
Once, no. It's not. But I don't lift just one gallon of milk a day. More like 50 to 70... When combined with the 24 packs of soda or water and 50lb bags of dog food or cat litter and gallons of bleach and liters of soda and lots of other heavy items. The fact is that if you're doing it once or twice a day it's not a big deal. When you're doing it hundreds of times a day it become a possibly strained back or pulled shoulder muscle.
I've never put anything like that on the conveyor belt (except for the litter of soda, but if I buy more than one, I only put one bottle on the belt). I always hold them up for the cashier because they don't need to be bagged anyway, and it's much easier on both of us.
Originally Posted by Sevenseas
It's faster to scan the items when they're on a conveyor belt than when the cashier has to take them out from the basket first.
Actually it holds up the line because instead of grabbing the products just off the belt we have to reach at awkward angels to pull stuff out of the basket. And technically the basket would have to be emptied entirely so that we can bag items "properly" and to make sure that we don't drop anything.
Not if it's only a few items. If the basket is brimming to the top with packets of rice or whatever, sure, it might take a little more time. And in instances like that, I do unload it.
I ask people to empty their baskets when they come to my lane. Always. I don't ask rudely either. I stop the belt and say something like "I'm sorry, but would you please empty your basket? Thank you."
And I've had cashiers ask me to leave my items in the basket.
Actually in most large/chain grocery stores cashiers are just that - cashiers. I'm at a register for 8 hours a day. We don't serve any other purposes at the store aside from ringing up customers.
There may be other associates from the store that are called up to help check if the lines are long or what ever but for the most part cashiers are cashiers. In fact that's usually true at smaller grocery stores AFAIK too unless you're shopping late night hours where stores operate with a skeleton crew.
Not at the chain stores where I live.