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Q: Is there a polite way to stop the person behind you in the supermarket checkout line from unloading her items before you've finished unloading yours? I've had this happen to me, and purchases got mixed up. A: I'd just make sure to use the divider bar. If there isn't one, you might say to the person, "I see you're in as much of hurry as I, but I'm not quite finished unloading my cart, and I'm afraid we'll get our groceries mixed up and be here forever." A lighthearted comment is almost always more effective in getting your way than showing annoyance -- which can easily escalate into a confrontation.

Crowded Checkout: When another shopper is cramping your style

August 23, 2019 2 Comments

Q: Is there a polite way to stop the person behind you in the supermarket checkout line from unloading her items before you've finished unloading yours?  I've had this happen to me, and purchases got mixed up.  A: I'd just make sure to use the divider bar.  If there isn't one, you might say to the person, "I see you're in as much of hurry as I, but I'm not quite finished unloading my cart, and I'm afraid we'll get our groceries mixed up and be here forever."  A lighthearted comment is almost always more effective in getting your way than showing annoyance -- which can easily escalate into a confrontation.

Q: Is there a polite way to stop the person behind you in the supermarket checkout line from unloading her items before you’ve finished unloading yours?  I’ve had this happen to me, and purchases got mixed up.

A: I’d just make sure to use the divider bar.  If there isn’t one, you might say to the person, “I see you’re in as much of hurry as I, but I’m not quite finished unloading my cart, and I’m afraid we’ll get our groceries mixed up and be here forever.”  A lighthearted comment is almost always more effective in getting your way than showing annoyance — which can easily escalate into a confrontation.

2 Comments

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    Arthur Hovey

    August 29, 2019

    GOOD advise. Thank-you for sharing.

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    J. Rob McCullough

    August 23, 2019

    This is a situation that annoys me too. I take some solice knowing it’s not just me. I’m also annoyed when the person behind me basically stands elbow to elbow with me when I’m at the register completing my purchase. Can’t they at least stand a step or two away until I’m wiht my transaction?

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