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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 16-04-2019, 10:21 Thread Starter
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If only I had a better command of the language.

Yesterday I went shopping, first time for over 2 weeks. Monday, hopefully a slack day.
5 tills were open I had a trolley full as you can imagine and I had my freezer bag and shopping box as usual.
There I am packing things away and a voice behind me said, in German of course, Pack that when youre outside.
I kept my back to him otherwise he might have dropped dead if Id have looked at him.
Guess what I did instead, I took a very long time packing stuff, making sure it was all neat and tidy
When I did turn to look he had about 3 things in his trolly and the idiot had decided to come behind me when the till next door had others with just a few items and was moving very quickly.
If Id have thought out what to say to him I could have said in his language, "Your lucky my husband is not with me because you'd still be waiting in half an hours time".
Had he have been there before the cashier started putting my stuff through I would have invited him to go in front.

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In the UK when in either Lidl's or Aldi you are expected to pack your shopping on the shelf away from the tills.

In any of the other supermarkets they don't seem to bother, the checkout girls/lads in Tesco and Morrisons always ask "Do you need help in packing".
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Some people have a sense or urgency Jan and some don't. We can't all be the same.
But checkouts can get some people aggravated the same as fuelling up or sticking to the speed limits.
The French are great. If your behind them you don't exist.

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I was in B&Qs yesterday.
The mum and son team in front of me insisted on paying for their goods in loose change and spent half an hour counting out the payment.
I smartly changed lanes when they lost count and had to start again!
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I was in B&Qs yesterday.
The mum and son team in front of me insisted on paying for their goods in loose change and spent half an hour counting out the payment.
I smartly changed lanes when they lost count and had to start again!
Very sensible. I'm not double packing over 100.00 worth of groceries for anyone.
Never had to pack any shopping away from the till in any shop Drew, that sounds rather senseless to me.

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Hi Jan

The other day I was in Aldi and got to a till just as they opened it. I had 4 small bags of frozen food and the Couple in front had a very full Trolley which he was slowly loading onto the Belt.

His Wife / Partner turned to me and said " Is that all you have " and I said Yes. She said well you go before us. I said thank you and moved to the Till. Before her Husband/ partner had finished loading the belt I had been served, paid and left. All the time I was there, less than a minute, he was muttering I should wait in line like everyone else whilst giving his Wife /Partner grief for offering that I go ahead.

What a lovely chap. Guess if he had been German he could be a relative of the Chap behind you. Inconsiderate Pratt.

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One of the "advantages" of the Blue Badge scheme here in France is that you get an extra card both are credit card sized and identical, one goes in the (provided) holder on the windscreen and the other in your wallet.

Then, if you get to the till displaying the disabled / pregnant sign you can show the card and go to the front of the queue - obviously not if that is half way through someone else's shopping, but before someone starts, even if there is a long queue.

I HATE using it, being a Brit gives you that holding back attitude, but when I have needed to use it (and not just 'cos I want to get out faster) due to severe foot pain, I have always found the French to be perfectly willing to move aside. Admittedly the Brits in the queue are often far from happy, but they frequently get silenced by others without me saying a thing....

It is a system that has it's merits - in the U.K. such queues have no similar concessions.... you just stand and wait and wait and wait..... or, I have been known to go to a supervisor, explained my problems and have been checked out at the customer service desk.....

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Thankfully the supermarkets here in this part of Normandy rarely have queues at the checkouts (only post offices). So two customers is a lot and even then they will allow you through if like me you start juggling your one item.

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You cannot juggle on item Ray, that is throwing it up and catching it
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That's what he does, it's perfectly OK with an orange, but the large bag of dog food does give him some problems......😆
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