Customer's Guide To Supermarket Shopping
When in the express lane, make sure that all items are rung up and
before you start looking for your checkbook. Then, after you make a
search for your pen, borrow one from the clerk and make sure your
is balanced before giving up the check.
Never get into the 10-Items-or-Less line with less than 12 items.
When in the 10-Items-or-Less line and you have your 12 to 20 items,
always ask the clerk if it's okay. That way, if he says "yes," then the
people behind you will get mad at HIM, not you. If he says "no," then
can get mad at him. Either way, you win!
Save all your pennies and dump them in the bottom of your purse so
when you are in the express lane you won't be embarrassed by spending
that time looking for one and not finding any.
When asked if you want paper or plastic, take all the time you need
make the right decision. Don't be rushed. Get it right. If you're not
just say, "BAG." That way they will have to ask you again, giving you
time to decide. You may want to practice this at home in case you are
asked this question at a grocery store.
Always, and I repeat, ALWAYS tell the checker your reason for
paper or plastic. Checkers by nature are very curious and if you should
to give them your reason for choosing paper over plastic, the clerk is
liable to lie awake at night wondering why you didn't choose plastic.
Always keep this in mind: If something is heavy and you don't want to
lift it out of the basket and put it on the belt. Don't fret whether the
checker will automatically know the price. After all, everyone knows how
smart those clerks are.
Since everyone knows how ignorant those clerks are, you must always
remember to tell them to not put the eggs and bread in the bottom of the
Feel free to ask your clerk anything you may want to know. All
are experts on how to prepare whatever meal you should decide to make
night. They can give you precise directions to anywhere in the state you
might want to go. They can tell you the best restaurant around, the kind
wine you will like best or anything else you may need to know about
After all, everyone knows how smart those clerks are.
Don't forget rule NO. 8
After waiting in the checkout line for several minutes and it's
your turn at the counter, be sure to tell the clerk that more help is
needed. He will certainly ensure that there is plenty of help next time.
When the clerk greets you and asks how you're doing, don't feel
pressured into answering him. After all the clerk has to be polite-- but
don't have to.
When the store is not busy and there is only one check-stand with a
light on, be sure to ask the nearest clerk which check stand is open.
don't want to take a chance being tricked into the wrong one.
If the clerk asks you if you know the price of an item and you
tell him it's "2-something" or "3-something." The clerks love that
they don't get to use their SOMETHING keys very often.
[ Author Unknown -- from 'Buffalos Chips' (buffalos-g-jokes.yahoogroups.com) ]
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