I'll bag my own stuff!

Discussion in 'Food and nutrition' started by Nancy Young, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. Denise~*

    Denise~* Guest

    sarah bennett wrote:
    > Denise~* wrote:
    >>
    >> Grrr, I hate it when I stack all my frozen & cooler stuff first, and
    >> when I check my bags there is a different frozen & cooler item or two
    >> in each bag along with my bread/potato chips/or box of cereal also
    >> separated out into different bags. Don't they think?

    >
    >
    > For the wages most supermarkets pay, sadly, you can't really expect
    > people to work very hard. Of course, I see myself as an exception to
    > this, but if I slacked off all day I'd get way too bored. I've told
    > people this and they thought I was crazy for not wanting to get paid to
    > stand around and do nothing.
    >


    Yer kidding right? I also have worked in a Grocery store, too.
    Putting like-items in the same bag is not working "hard" It's common
    sense, especially when things are coming down the conveyor belt that way
    (which I took great care in doing). The particular visit that always
    comes to mind is this one that was especilly bad. The kid put a heavy
    items with light items, such as bread with canned food. Every single
    frozen or cooler item I purchased was in a separate bag. I remember one
    bag had 3 or 4 canned items with a frozen item & then had I think bread
    on top. Another bag had a cereal box with a very heavy item on the
    other side, so if set in my car it would have toppled over from the
    heavy item. I had to re-bag everything & was pissed-off because i took
    great care to group things together so there wouldn't be any "searching"
    & separating.
     


  2. Vilco

    Vilco Guest

    Nancy Young wrote:

    > They have some new cashiers at the store, and a couple of
    > them have been bagging, I guess it's a training thing. Baggers
    > aren't especially usual around here.


    Well, here in Italy I never saw one. But OTOH almost all of us
    don't even exit the car when refueling: there's personnel there
    just for doing the fill-up, while in almost all europe people is
    doing refueling by themselves.
    --
    Vilco
    Think Pink , Drink Rose'
     
  3. Nancy Young

    Nancy Young Guest

    "Vilco" <[email protected]> wrote

    > Nancy Young wrote:
    >
    >> They have some new cashiers at the store, and a couple of
    >> them have been bagging, I guess it's a training thing. Baggers
    >> aren't especially usual around here.

    >
    > Well, here in Italy I never saw one. But OTOH almost all of us don't even
    > exit the car when refueling: there's personnel there just for doing the
    > fill-up, while in almost all europe people is doing refueling by
    > themselves.


    Heh, that's funny, Vilco, same here! Where I live you are not
    permitted to pump your own gas, great, isn't it? They have a
    person to do that!

    nancy
     
  4. Nancy Young

    Nancy Young Guest

    "Nancy Young" <[email protected]> wrote

    > Broiled the porterhouse, had some peas, and cut up some really
    > good tomatoes ... vine tomatoes, larger than cherry tomatoes but
    > smaller than ... other tomatoes? They come in a plastic case.
    > Delicious, sprinkled with a little olive oil and salt. Smelled just
    > like summer.


    These are the tomatoes I like so much:

    http://www.eurofresh.com/

    I imagine they are in most supermarkets.

    nancy
     
  5. "Nancy Young" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >
    > "Nancy Young" <[email protected]m> wrote
    >
    >> Broiled the porterhouse, had some peas, and cut up some really
    >> good tomatoes ... vine tomatoes, larger than cherry tomatoes but
    >> smaller than ... other tomatoes? They come in a plastic case.
    >> Delicious, sprinkled with a little olive oil and salt. Smelled just
    >> like summer.

    >
    > These are the tomatoes I like so much:
    >
    > http://www.eurofresh.com/
    >
    > I imagine they are in most supermarkets.
    >
    > nancy

    I've been buying a box of the Campari tomatoes every week for about 6-7
    years and love them. They are good and the same winter or summer and the
    price has actually gone down at Costco. Unfortunately the only place you
    can find them around here is at Costco. They taste and smell like real
    tomatoes and are sweet.
    Janet
     
  6. Denise~* wrote:
    > sarah bennett wrote:
    >
    >> Denise~* wrote:
    >>
    >>>
    >>> Grrr, I hate it when I stack all my frozen & cooler stuff first, and
    >>> when I check my bags there is a different frozen & cooler item or two
    >>> in each bag along with my bread/potato chips/or box of cereal also
    >>> separated out into different bags. Don't they think?

    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> For the wages most supermarkets pay, sadly, you can't really expect
    >> people to work very hard. Of course, I see myself as an exception to
    >> this, but if I slacked off all day I'd get way too bored. I've told
    >> people this and they thought I was crazy for not wanting to get paid
    >> to stand around and do nothing.
    >>

    >
    > Yer kidding right? I also have worked in a Grocery store, too. Putting
    > like-items in the same bag is not working "hard" It's common sense,
    > especially when things are coming down the conveyor belt that way (which
    > I took great care in doing).


    And you can't expect terribly good service when you don't pay people a
    living wage. By 'working hard' I meant not just tough physical labor,
    but paying attention to detail and trying to provide good wervice.

    The particular visit that always comes to
    > mind is this one that was especilly bad. The kid put a heavy items with
    > light items, such as bread with canned food. Every single frozen or
    > cooler item I purchased was in a separate bag. I remember one bag had 3
    > or 4 canned items with a frozen item & then had I think bread on top.
    > Another bag had a cereal box with a very heavy item on the other side,
    > so if set in my car it would have toppled over from the heavy item. I
    > had to re-bag everything & was pissed-off because i took great care to
    > group things together so there wouldn't be any "searching" & separating.
    >


    I've had this happen too many times, too. That's why I tell the
    cashier/bagger how I'd like my things bagged, and if they start packing
    my items incorrectly, I remind them.

    --

    saerah

    http://anisaerah.blogspot.com/

    email:
    anisaerah at s b c global.net

    Adam Bowman wrote:
    >I always wonder when someone brings up a point about Bush, and you
    > then bring up something that Clinton did, are you saying they are both
    > wrong? Because that's all it points out to me, places where they both
    > messed up. It doesn't negate the fact that Bush did wrong; was that
    > your intention?
    >
    > That type of argument is like
    >
    > "Bob shot someone"
    >
    > "Yeah, but don't you remember when Don hit that guy with a bat?"
    >
     
  7. Nancy Young

    Nancy Young Guest

    "Janet Bostwick" <[email protected]> wrote

    > "Nancy Young" <[email protected]> wrote


    >> These are the tomatoes I like so much:
    >>
    >> http://www.eurofresh.com/
    >>
    >> I imagine they are in most supermarkets.


    > I've been buying a box of the Campari tomatoes every week for about 6-7
    > years and love them. They are good and the same winter or summer and the
    > price has actually gone down at Costco.


    I never looked for them in Costco, I will now. Thanks.

    > Unfortunately the only place you can find them around here is at Costco.
    > They taste and smell like real tomatoes and are sweet.


    Aren't they great? I love them. The store even has decent regular
    tomatoes anymore, too. But these are something.

    nancy
     
  8. MareCat

    MareCat Guest

    "Denise~*" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Nancy Young wrote:
    >> They have some new cashiers at the store, and a couple of
    >> them have been bagging, I guess it's a training thing. Baggers
    >> aren't especially usual around here.

    >
    > Grrr, I hate it when I stack all my frozen & cooler stuff first, and when
    > I check my bags there is a different frozen & cooler item or two in each
    > bag along with my bread/potato chips/or box of cereal also separated out
    > into different bags. Don't they think?


    At most supermarkets around here the cashiers load the groceries onto the
    conveyor belts, and many of them just randomly select items from the carts.
    So, even if you group items carefully in your cart to be placed onto the
    belt (meats, dairy, etc. together), there are no guarantees that those items
    will be rung up and bagged together.

    Mary
     
  9. maxine in ri

    maxine in ri Guest

    Nancy Young wrote:
    >
    > You can laugh at me. I knew the other stuff was in the bag,
    > shoulda looked closer. Still, the damage was done before I
    > left the store. I should have watched the guy bag.


    Watch them bag? I watch them ring the stuff up. Generally save myself
    $2-3 per order with things that get rung up twice, or freebies that
    ring up wrong. Considering the length of the line at the courtesy
    counter, I'd rather check while the things are being rung up.

    Then I insist on doing the bagging myself.

    I do warn them when I get in line that I'm a real PITA, and most of
    them seem to appreciate it and don't get too riled.

    maxine in ri
     
  10. D.Currie

    D.Currie Guest

    "Nancy Young" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >
    > "aem" <[email protected]> wrote
    >
    >> Nancy Young wrote:
    >>
    >>> Hey, don't yell at me! I took the yogurt and the cream
    >>> out, left the chicken and the steak in the bag and stuck
    >>> it in the meat drawer. That impulse buy of Twizzlers didn't
    >>> cross my mind again till this afternoon.

    >>
    >> More like laugh at you, natch. ;-) I was reacting to her idea
    >> of asking for a refund for what is -- at least -- a shared
    >> responsibility. I know you weren't looking for that.

    >
    > You can laugh at me. I knew the other stuff was in the bag,
    > shoulda looked closer. Still, the damage was done before I
    > left the store. I should have watched the guy bag.
    >
    >> Actually, I was also laughing to myself about the juxtaposition of
    >> Twizzlers and porterhouse. In my mind, licorice is one of the ultimate
    >> childish things, while porterhouse is definitely a grown-up thing. I
    >> wonder if other people think certain foods are either kiddie or adult?

    >
    > These days I buy scads of kiddie food. Didn't used to do that.
    >
    > Porterhouse? Actually I just wanted a steak, and they didn't have
    > any ribeyes that called me. I should think to check the expensive
    > meat case, I have been pleasantly surprised that it's not really that
    > expensive after all.
    >
    > I do try to eat something involving actual food groups once a day.
    > Broiled the porterhouse, had some peas, and cut up some really
    > good tomatoes ... vine tomatoes, larger than cherry tomatoes but
    > smaller than ... other tomatoes? They come in a plastic case.
    > Delicious, sprinkled with a little olive oil and salt. Smelled just
    > like summer.
    >


    I wonder if they're the same ones I found. Campari was the brand, and they
    were the best tomatoes I've had since fall, and even better than some of the
    farmer's market ones that were a little tasteless last year.

    OTOH, I bought some grape tomatoes at Whole Foods that tasted like, um,
    marbles. They were hard and crunchy and if ate them blindfolded, I don't
    know if I would have recognized them as tomatoes. I'm still trying to figure
    out what I want to do with them, but they're not real good in salad.
    Miserable to try to stick a fork in them.

    Donna
     
  11. D.Currie

    D.Currie Guest

    "Jude" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > D.Currie wrote:
    >
    >> Worst I ever experienced was when the bagger put a container of cottage
    >> cheese on the bottom, sideways, and put something heavy on top. Of course
    >> the cottage cheese popped open and spewed all over the bag.
    >>

    >
    > My worst is the three avocadoes that arrived home as guacamole - all
    > over the bottom of the bag. What else was in the bag with my avocadoes?
    > Cilantro, apples, bag of potatoes, onions, and bananas.
    >
    > I really like my current grocery store (Kroger). They know how to bag.
    > They separate 'light' produce - my lettuce, pears, mushrooms,
    > tomatoes, peaches, avocadoes, easily smushable items - from 'heavy'
    > produce - the winter squash, potatoes, turnips, melons, etc. They keep
    > dairy and 'fridge items bagged together; they bag frozen stuff
    > together; they keep cleaning products on their own as well.
    >
    > And when I end up in a lane with no bagger and begin bagging it all
    > myself, a bagger always appears quickly and takes over. Nice touch.
    >
    > Mkaes a big difference in liking the store you shop at!
    >


    I usually shop mid-week and the checkers and baggers seem to be older. The
    teens and college kids tend to be more apparent on the weekends, probably
    because they're working the hours when they aren't in school. Seems to me
    that people who've actually shopped, paid for, brought home and unpacked
    groceries have a better idea how to pack things than the young kids who just
    need to get the stuff in bags and into the cart.

    Way back when, when plastic bags were just getting popular, that I'd often
    get bread in a plastic bag, standing upright, with something heavy standing
    upright next to it. Like a bottle of juice or something similar. It looked
    fine, but as soon as you lifted it, the bread mashed against the heavy
    thing. Until they got the hang of bagging with plastic, I made it a practice
    to re-bag what needed to be rearranged as I put things in the car.

    Donna
     
  12. Nancy Young

    Nancy Young Guest

    "D.Currie" <[email protected]> wrote

    > "Nancy Young" <[email protected]> wrote


    >> smaller than ... other tomatoes? They come in a plastic case.
    >> Delicious, sprinkled with a little olive oil and salt. Smelled just
    >> like summer.


    > I wonder if they're the same ones I found. Campari was the brand, and they
    > were the best tomatoes I've had since fall, and even better than some of
    > the farmer's market ones that were a little tasteless last year.


    Precisely the one's I'm talking about. Every time I get them I think,
    why don't I get them more often?

    > OTOH, I bought some grape tomatoes at Whole Foods that tasted like, um,
    > marbles. They were hard and crunchy and if ate them blindfolded, I don't
    > know if I would have recognized them as tomatoes. I'm still trying to
    > figure out what I want to do with them, but they're not real good in
    > salad. Miserable to try to stick a fork in them.


    Bake them with some oil drizzled on them? Make like a little
    roasted tomato sauce? Might help the flavor.

    A bad tomato is a sorry thing.

    nancy
     
  13. Nancy Young

    Nancy Young Guest

    "maxine in ri" <[email protected]> wrote

    > Nancy Young wrote:
    >>
    >> You can laugh at me. I knew the other stuff was in the bag,
    >> shoulda looked closer. Still, the damage was done before I
    >> left the store. I should have watched the guy bag.

    >
    > Watch them bag? I watch them ring the stuff up. Generally save myself
    > $2-3 per order with things that get rung up twice, or freebies that
    > ring up wrong. Considering the length of the line at the courtesy
    > counter, I'd rather check while the things are being rung up.


    That is one thing I don't complain about at this store. If it says
    it on the shelf, that's what it will say on the register receipt, they are
    accurate all the time and I check. I don't feel that I need to watch
    the stuff ring up.

    > Then I insist on doing the bagging myself.
    >
    > I do warn them when I get in line that I'm a real PITA, and most of
    > them seem to appreciate it and don't get too riled.


    (laugh) That's funny. I can just see it, hi, I'm a real PITA, PITA
    coming through. I'm all about Put the stuff on the belt, bag as they
    check, give them the money and get out of there. I'm lucky I don't
    have too many hassles there, just the occasional one.

    nancy
     
  14. maxine in ri wrote:
    > Nancy Young wrote:
    >
    >>You can laugh at me. I knew the other stuff was in the bag,
    >>shoulda looked closer. Still, the damage was done before I
    >>left the store. I should have watched the guy bag.

    >
    >
    > Watch them bag? I watch them ring the stuff up. Generally save myself
    > $2-3 per order with things that get rung up twice, or freebies that
    > ring up wrong. Considering the length of the line at the courtesy
    > counter, I'd rather check while the things are being rung up.
    >
    > Then I insist on doing the bagging myself.
    >
    > I do warn them when I get in line that I'm a real PITA, and most of
    > them seem to appreciate it and don't get too riled.
    >
    > maxine in ri
    >


    here in MI, you can actually save more money by not watching them ring
    things up, because if something scans incorrectly, you are owed a
    'bounty' by the retailer, as well as the difference in cost.

    --

    saerah

    http://anisaerah.blogspot.com/

    email:
    anisaerah at s b c global.net

    Adam Bowman wrote:
    >I always wonder when someone brings up a point about Bush, and you
    > then bring up something that Clinton did, are you saying they are both
    > wrong? Because that's all it points out to me, places where they both
    > messed up. It doesn't negate the fact that Bush did wrong; was that
    > your intention?
    >
    > That type of argument is like
    >
    > "Bob shot someone"
    >
    > "Yeah, but don't you remember when Don hit that guy with a bat?"
    >
     
  15. "Nancy Young" <[email protected]> writes:

    >I guess it was lesson one, or maybe I'm just wrong about
    >this ... I like the meat bagged by itself, all the meat in one
    >bag, that's okay, just nothing else in the bag. I think that's
    >normal, no?


    >Got the stuff home, darn it, he put the yogurt and the
    >light cream into the meat bag. Washed them off, put the
    >meat away.


    Some of the more experienced baggers at my store will bag meat on its
    own, but often they don't. I've taken to putting meat in clear plastic
    bags that the store has near the meat section for just this reason.
    They probably thought they were doing good with your groceries just
    getting all the cold stuff into one bag!
    And I would rather bag myself, too. Invariably we get items with
    corners (cardboard boxes) and in a single sack, the cardboard pokes
    right through the plastic and we can't even make it into the house
    without everything falling out. We would prefer double sacking in those
    cases, especially since we reuse the bags and would just end up tossing
    a ripped bag, but would use two non-ripped ones.

    Stacia
     
  16. "Nancy Young" <[email protected]> writes:
    >"aem" <[email protected]> wrote


    >> Oh, come on, "completely unacceptable"? Sure the novice bagger blew
    >> it but then it took Nancy another day to find a package of licorice
    >> underneath the porterhouse!? Whose fault is that? Don't you sort
    >> things out when you get back from the store?


    >Hey, don't yell at me! I took the yogurt and the cream
    >out, left the chicken and the steak in the bag and stuck
    >it in the meat drawer.


    I put the meat straight into the fridge without taking it out of the
    bag, too. Besides, Twizzlers hide under meat real good, I bet.
    This is a stupid question, but now that I have a real refrigerator
    (i.e. not some cheapie fridge the landlord bought), I have two veggie
    drawers. Or, I thought I did -- is one of them a meat drawer?
    How embarassing. I always wondered what it was for, and while I left
    it empty my husband filled it with batteries for storage. If it's for
    meat I'll make him put the batteries somewhere else. Heh.

    Stacia
     
  17. Nancy Young

    Nancy Young Guest

    "Glitter Ninja" <[email protected]> wrote

    > I put the meat straight into the fridge without taking it out of the
    > bag, too. Besides, Twizzlers hide under meat real good, I bet.


    As if they were designed to.

    > This is a stupid question, but now that I have a real refrigerator
    > (i.e. not some cheapie fridge the landlord bought), I have two veggie
    > drawers. Or, I thought I did -- is one of them a meat drawer?
    > How embarassing. I always wondered what it was for, and while I left
    > it empty my husband filled it with batteries for storage. If it's for
    > meat I'll make him put the batteries somewhere else. Heh.


    That's so funny. The meat drawer is the bottom one with the
    temp control lever? The next one up is the vegetable drawer,
    and I have another one above that that is the deli drawer.

    Could be dead wrong, but that's the order in every refrigerator
    I've ever seen.

    nancy
     
  18. "Nancy Young" <[email protected]> writes:

    >> How embarassing. I always wondered what it was for, and while I left
    >> it empty my husband filled it with batteries for storage. If it's for
    >> meat I'll make him put the batteries somewhere else. Heh.


    >That's so funny. The meat drawer is the bottom one with the
    >temp control lever? The next one up is the vegetable drawer,
    >and I have another one above that that is the deli drawer.


    That's the one. My previous fridges have all been as old as I am, or
    cheapie small ones. I had no idea! I have to start snooping around
    other people's fridges when I get the chance so I know what I'm missing
    out on.

    Stacia
     
  19. "Nancy Young" <[email protected]> hitched up their panties and posted
    news:[email protected]:

    > They have some new cashiers at the store, and a couple of
    > them have been bagging, I guess it's a training thing. Baggers
    > aren't especially usual around here.
    >
    > I guess it was lesson one, or maybe I'm just wrong about
    > this ... I like the meat bagged by itself, all the meat in one
    > bag, that's okay, just nothing else in the bag. I think that's
    > normal, no?
    >
    > Got the stuff home, darn it, he put the yogurt and the
    > light cream into the meat bag. Washed them off, put the
    > meat away.
    >
    > Today, I'm thinking ... hey, I bought some Twizzlers (strawberry
    > licorice for anyone who doesn't know), I could go for that!
    > Can't find it, man I hate when I don't have all my groceries
    > when I get home. Even checked the car, maybe it fell out.
    > No such luck.
    >
    > Heh, pulled out the porterhouse steak for dinner ... lying
    > flat underneath it was my bag of candy. Oh, yuck.
    > I'm thinking, chicken and cow juice all over my Twizzler
    > bag.
    >
    > I'll live.
    >
    > nancy


    I don't have that at Dierbergs and Schnucks. I bag my own at Shop 'N Save.
    At Aldi's I have to do my own. Of all the stuff I put up with it's
    Schnucks. Of all the baggers, they have the worst.

    Michael <- takes his own bags, lots of times

    --
    "The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she
    served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been
    found."

    --Calvin Trillin
     
  20. In article <[email protected]>,
    "Nancy Young" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "Glitter Ninja" <[email protected]> wrote
    >
    > > I put the meat straight into the fridge without taking it out of the
    > > bag, too. Besides, Twizzlers hide under meat real good, I bet.

    >
    > As if they were designed to.
    >
    > > This is a stupid question, but now that I have a real refrigerator
    > > (i.e. not some cheapie fridge the landlord bought), I have two veggie
    > > drawers. Or, I thought I did -- is one of them a meat drawer?
    > > How embarassing. I always wondered what it was for, and while I left
    > > it empty my husband filled it with batteries for storage. If it's for
    > > meat I'll make him put the batteries somewhere else. Heh.

    >
    > That's so funny. The meat drawer is the bottom one with the
    > temp control lever? The next one up is the vegetable drawer,
    > and I have another one above that that is the deli drawer.
    >
    > Could be dead wrong, but that's the order in every refrigerator
    > I've ever seen.
    >
    > nancy


    So much for that theory. :)
    I've a 22 cu ft Amana and it has two humidity-adjustable (I don't know
    if I believe it) veg drawers on the bottom and the meat drawer (not temp
    controlled and called The Chef's Pantry - <giggle> by Amana).
    --
    -Barb
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