Drabble by Kevin Fagan


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  1. Jo Clear (aka: Grasshopper)

    Jo Clear (aka: Grasshopper) GoComics PRO Member said, about 23 hours ago

    I have found that you never ever go to the few items line…You can’t have coupons, etc. here, but they always put the slowest cashiers in those lines….

  2. eranderson1

    eranderson1 said, about 19 hours ago

    And he’s gonna take 5 minutes to write a check.

  3. stomps

    stomps said, about 18 hours ago

    Now they’re replacing those with self-checkout…

  4. WDemBlk

    WDemBlk GoComics PRO Member said, about 17 hours ago


    I really don’t like them, but the checkout lines even with small item counts are almost always too long for me.

  5. ellisaana

    ellisaana GoComics PRO Member said, about 15 hours ago

    It’s frustrating when you have maybe 30 items but the store has only 2 registers open -an empty quick line for 15 or less and another register which has a line of people with full carts, kids running around, food stamps, coupons, etc.
    The quick line cashier sees you waiting with your smallish order and offers to ring you up.
    Only then, as you are being checked out, someone arrives with just a couple of items and complains because you are in the wrong line.

  6. OldestandWisest

    OldestandWisest said, about 14 hours ago


    Really, you think 30 is a “smallish” order? I don’t think I’ve ever bought as many as 30 items at a grocery store!

  7. xrilander

    xrilander said, about 13 hours ago

    Sometimes at Wallymart, managers will steer you to an empty quick checkout register if empty. Even if you have a full cart.

  8. outsideplaying

    outsideplaying said, about 13 hours ago

    And some people just can’t count, and don’t care. And then I just heard that some stores are going to a policy of ‘Around 15 or less’. Kroger is one. I guess that will cover those in the ’can’t count/don’t care’ category.

  9. outsideplaying

    outsideplaying said, about 13 hours ago


    Yes, and I hate it when people with heaping carts are monopolizing those self-checkout lines and there are no quick lines.

  10. ellisaana

    ellisaana GoComics PRO Member said, about 10 hours ago

    Actually, it is, if you are only shopping every couple of weeks, and you count items individually and buy a lot of loose items (2 avocados, a melon,a baggie of fresh green beans, 2 apples, 2 kinds of lettuce) That’s already half the 15 item allotment and I haven’t even finished in the produce department yet.
    But the point of my comment isn’t the number of items.
    I would gladly have gotten into a regular line, even if that meant standing behind 2 or 3 people with shopping carts filled to overflowing.
    My point is, the stores don’t manage their lines properly.
    If they’ve got 3 or 4 people standing in line at a single full-service register and one (or sometimes two) empty ‘quick’ lines they need to re-think their service priorities.
    I’m the kind of person who uses my turn signal even when no one else is around, I don’t leave my car standing illegally at the curb to be close to the door instead of parking in a correctly designated spot and I don’t get into a line that says 15 or less if I have more items unless a cashier invites me to do so.
    It is embarrassing to be waved over to the quick line with too many items only to have someone buying just a few things come up behind you and start bitching.
    If the cashier hasn’t already started, I usually ask the person arriving behind me with just one or two things to go first.
    Often they do. Sometimes they don’t.
    Self check-out is really the way to go for some people.

  11. kevin87031

    kevin87031 said, about 10 hours ago

    And while we’re at it! I hate self-checkout, they’re getting me to do their work for free. However, I use it if I have only 2 or 3 items, no produce, and the other lines are full. Welcome valuable shopper indeed.

  12. Mike G

    Mike G said, about 9 hours ago

    There should be one designated line where all the bottleneckers have to go. Using coupons? Paying by check? Don’t know the PIN for your debit card? Paying with pennies from Junior’s forgotten piggy-bank? 30 pockets in your carpetbag and can’t remember which one holds your wallet? Got physical limitations that prevent you from signing your name in less than 30 seconds? BEGONE to the slowpoke line.

  13. Ly Taylor

    Ly Taylor said, about 9 hours ago

    Sometimes the store clerks encourage people to break these rules. One time I was walking around with a giant cart of grocery looking for a line. The express line had nobody, the clerk saw me walking around and called out to me “I can help you here, ’mam!”. I told her: “But I have way more than 15 items”. She went “Oh that’s OK!” I started unloading my cart. Then sure enough 3 people with just a few items lined up behind me, and I looked like the bad person who didn’t want to follow the rule :-(

  14. Mike G

    Mike G said, about 9 hours ago


    Even more eggregious than that when it comes to “getting you to do their work for free” is the “Scan and Go” app which was once tried and failed miserably at WalMart and which they are now trying to get me to sign up for at Sam’s Club. Thanks but no thanks. You do all the scanning and STILL have to wait for someone to verify your scanning before leaving the store. This saves me work and time just HOW????

  15. justincaseauto

    justincaseauto said, about 9 hours ago

    20 years ago they were promising the idea of just walking thru the doors with the whole cart being scanned and charged to you. No lines, no removing items. No theft because as you left the store you would get charged for everything.
    Sometimes the future takes to long to get here.

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