- Thursday 23rd April 2020, 2:25am
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Quote: Definitely Tarby @ 22nd April 2020, 9:14 PM
I'm usually good and letting annoying moments like that pass without letting it bother me but the woman was having a little discussion with I assume her daughter on what items to leave and what to put in the trolly making it very confusing for the cashier. She then tried paying with a voucher on her phone so the manager had to be called over but it wasn't working because the screen on her phone was cracked so it wasn't scanning. I was more annoyed with myself because the store was empty so I could have gone to a self service checkout and saved myself 15 minutes of standing there watching a woman debate over a tin of powdered milk but that awkward British thing meant I couldn't put my shopping back in my trolly and walk off which might have looked like an impatient hissy fit.
Supermarkets can be great avenues of personal amusement in Asian countries where there is no culture of courteous queuing. An insidious form of queue-jumping involves shoppers plonking a few items in front of the cashier (as if reserving first place) and then disappearing to buy more stuff. Or pushy shoppers try to push in front while putting their items down as the next to be scanned, while I stand patiently. Whenever these things happen, I just buy their stuff for myself and play retarded (I'm quite convincing). This results in some unintended purchases but does amuse me.
On another matter, I'm still hearing reporters on BBC World and Al Jazeera talk about "vunnerable" people. Channel flicking last night, I paused at Animal Planet and was gladdened to hear Bindi Irwin pronounce "vulnerable" correctly (referring to a cute, newborn tiger cub). Perhaps she could get a side-job providing electrocution lessons to BBC staff.