Before I begin my rant, I must admit that grocery shopping with a toddler is a trying experience to say the least. I typically avoid taking Gavin with me if at all possible. I pretty much need to psyche myself up for the whole event. This evening, Gavin was in a pretty good mood so I decided to go for it.
It all started out fine. Friday evenings seem to be a pretty good time to go shopping as most people have more exciting lives than I do and are out having dinner or seeing movies. Ya know, things I used to be able to do before having a child. Oh well, who says making your weekly meal plan and grocery shopping isn't just a sweet way to spend Friday night?
Gavin and I have a new game at the store- I tell him what everything is, he repeats it and then puts the groceries in the cart. He was a trooper for the most part- until we got to the checkout line. He had run out of patience by then and it didn't help that we got the dumbest checker on planet Earth. I had a full cart and she seemed insanely overwhelmed by it. The worst part was- no bagger. And, this is where my rant really begins.
What is it with grocery stores not bagging your groceries? What happened to the days when they not only bagged your groceries but then asked you if you needed help out? I find it appalling that I spent $218 and had to watch the checker practically throw my stuff through the scanner and watch it all back up while I swiped my Advantage card and put in my debit card. Then, I madly run to the end of the aisle and start trying to load my bags. Meanwhile, Gavin begins to go ape-shit. One would think at this point, the checker would say, "Here, let me do that." But no, Sergeant Dumbass just stares at me and then asks me to sign the receipt. She finally decides to load the last bag and says, "I hope I didn't squish your brie." Well, maybe it's not a good idea to place the gallon of milk on top of it. Seriously...
I really don't have a point to this rant. I am concerned that common sense is lacking in this country even in the simplest of situations, such as grocery stores bagging groceries. I have adapted to their needs- I bring my own bags and use their customer loyalty card. Is my expectation of good customer service unrealistic? I don't think so.