If you have to work at a self-service checkout at a grocery store, realize that people go to those lanes because they want to do it themselves.
A few months ago, I was buying a bunch of produce at the self-checkout lane (like one of the big ones with the conveyor belt). And don’t get all worked up; there was no one behind me. …Tomatoes, check. Cilantro, check. Avocados, check… When my poor, defenseless avocados got to the end of the conveyor belt, the self-checkout attendant COMES OVER AND STARTS SQUEEZING MY AVOCADOS (not a euphemism). Holy mother trucking what the effing oh my goodness. She puts my bag of avocados in a grocery bag and then starts reaching for my tomatoes. “I’ve got it, thanks,” I say, firmly (like how my avocados were before she started screwing with them). She laughs (wtf?) and puts my tomatoes in the bag as well. I rush through scanning and/or weighing the rest of my groceries, and this dumb hooker has all of my stuff in bags at the end of the belt. I’m so angry, I almost punch her. She reaches for one of the bags to put it in my cart (shouldn’t she be harassing someone else by this point?!), and I say, “No, thank you. Please don’t do that.” I load my cart and gtfo as quickly as possible.
That was a few months ago. I had forgotten what this bitch looked like.
Saturday morning around 7:30 AM, I’m back at the same store. I start scanning cans of Chef Boyardee. THIS DUMB EFFING FOOD MOLESTER STARTS GRABBING MY CANS (again, not a euphemism). I am SO FAR BEYOND pissed, I just say, “No. Don’t.” And then? …And then I walk down there and just start bagging stuff myself. It literally took five times as long to get my groceries… Scan, scan, scan, bag. Scan, scan, scan, bag. The stupid b didn’t get near my avocados this time. Score.
Lesson learned: only buy 12 items or less and use the tiny self-checkout stand instead of the lane.