The Monday Peeve 36

Monday Peeve cat

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the #TMP tag, and link back to me (or not ~ I dgaf), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen! I have feelings!


Everything old is new again… hey, that’s a catchy line! La la la, I love musicals! And you know what else I love? Bagging my own groceries. Yep, I have a system. Or I had one before THE THING. I brought my own bags and checked out my own stuff, packed it up the way I wanted, which is NOT the way they teach the grocery store peeps to do it. The way I do it is to keep each bag at a relatively reasonable weight for me, due to my hurty back and neck. It doesn’t bother me to use a lot of bags because I keep them to recycle and bring them with me to the store. I’ll make 4 trips back to the car from my apartment rather than hurt my shoulders/neck.

But now that’s screwed up too. I’m at the mercy of the baggers again. They’ve been trained to bag in some “logical” way, which is to put all the heavy stuff in one bag so it weighs 50 pounds, and leave the cotton balls and marshmallows and popcorn for the other bag. WTF??? Why??? Now I have to undo the bags at my car and repack them into my extra bags in the parking lot so I can even lift them into the trunk of my car. IT IS SO DUMB. 🤯

But we’re not allowed to bring the bags we save into the grocery stores now because they could have GERMS on them. We have return to being wasteful like the olden days. And now I remember how much I hate the way the grocery store peeps pack groceries. Grrrr! 😡


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35 responses to “The Monday Peeve 36

  1. Oh please, don’t get me started on grocery store baggers,tho I have the opposite problem, I like my bags packed tight and heavy – before the virus thing most Uber drivers were kind enough to load, and unload, our grocery bags and then we get a cart (which our apartment building provides) to bring them up to our apartment. I can still bring my own bags but I have to pack them myself, which is no problemo. I have insulated bags, so I pack all thee cold stuff first, then anything else that will fit and the soft stuff goes in a double paper. We reuse the paper bags for paper recycling. I’ve had store baggers thrown 5 pounds of potatoes on top of fresh tomatoes. Plus there are rules about putting cleaning supplies in with food – hang the rules, I don’t care. Oh how I can rant about grocery store cashiers and baggers even in the best of times.

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  2. I get it. I used to do that too. But since the stay at home orders, I haven’t been grocery shopping at all. We get it delivered at home.

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  3. Glad we can still do our own grocery shopping and packing. No restrictions on taking in our own bags (yet). One store has closed the self checkouts, but all the others are encouraging their use to keep queues down. They block off alternate tills but you still have to walk by in close proximity to other users.

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  4. Someone needs to make training videos in the fine art of grocery packing. With master classes in weight distribution 🤔

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  5. In the defense of some baggers they are brand new to the job and still learning how to pack properly. They use to hate when I would come and bag for them (prior to this happening) as I would unpack and repack the bags. I pack my customers bags the way that I pack my own. We still encourage our customers to bring in their reusable bags however we cannot pack them. I try to help to the best of my ability by organizing the groceries as I hate that I cannot bag for them. Also I ask a lot of questions. As to how the customer would like their bags packed. And for someone like yourself with hurty back and shoulders I would pack a back and have them test lift it so that I can be assured of the weight.
    Not everyone is like me though. I have worked customer service for 30 years. I am old school in that I want to pack and load groceries into the customers carts. The fact that I have to stand behind a plastic shield and not help my customers is very difficult for me. I cannot wait until I am able to provide my level of customer service.
    Once more I have hijacked your comments.
    I will leave your with a giggle: I had one of my regulars come through my till and as I was helping her (suggesting) how to pack she told me how before all of this she loved watching me pack. That I do it so well and efficiently she wants to challenge me with this is all over. She laughed saying she was going to bring one bag and see what I can do. 🙂

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  6. They are Ug. I agree.

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  8. I remember very well the first time that ‘no reusable’ bags b.s. was waved in my face. I got told off (and got a very dirty look) because I brought my reusable bags into the store with me. The checker I like was off and I got the b*tch from hell as a checker. Warm wind where her brain was supposed to reside! She glared and said “You can’t have those in here.” (well DOH! Why didn’t the drone guard at the front door stop me and say it? “I guess we can give you a break this time, but don’t bring them back.” (I was thinking something distinctly rude, but prudently kept my mouth shut. As to the ‘bad grocery packing’ – if they do that thing of 50 lbs of heavy in one bag and a marshmallow package, some cotton balls and a small package of granola bars in the other’ ask someone to help you to your car and unload the bags FOR YOU. I play the “gee I’m an old and frail woman and I couldn’t possibly lift bags…even with cotton balls only in them 😆 ) and I get a whopping great teenager bagger guy/gal to heft them into my car for me! It’s great. You can then repack them correctly when you get them home. I keep my forbidden reusable bags in my hatch, and have the whopping great big teenager put the plastic in the reusable one. Now where was I… OH. Here’s my contribution for this week! Cheers Paula!

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  9. Where are you shopping that doesn’t let you bag your own groceries? It’s still an option everywhere I’ve gone.

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  10. Good Morning ❤️!

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  11. We had a developmentally-challenged (I think that’s PC for “retarded”) bagger who always insisted on putting a gallon jug of milk in a bag. I asked him not to, and I thought he was going to bust me in the mouth. “MILK GOES IN A BAG!” he bellowed. I decided to let the matter drop…

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  12. I hear you! I have decided that no matter how I put the things on the conveyor belt the bagger will create a two ton bag for me to heft up into my car. But c’est la vie! I have to just let it go.

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  13. My pingbacks never seem to work, so here is my Monday (Wednesday) peeve for you:

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  14. In Norway you bag your own groceries. The exception is where you are served over a counter. Once when I was buying vegetarian milk (heavy cartons) and something light, my stuff got bagged with all the heavy stuff together on one side of the bag. That was decades ago and it still annoys me. Impossible to carry comfortably! I’m good at bagging my stuff since I have no car.

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