I shop in Sainsbury's supermarket in Richmond several times a week. It's not perfect but it gets most things right. But there is one thing that I find a little vexing. When you arrive at the checkout the assistant slowly takes a carrier bag and places the first 3 items in it for you. Then, just when you think you have lucked onto someone who wants to pack for you, they shove the half filled bag at you and start firing the rest of your shopping through the till at near warp speed! Obviously it is beyond the capabilities of a gifted octopus to keep up with the torrential flow of produce flying down the checkout. So the assistant finishes whilst you are still frantically stuffing things into bags.
Here in lies the dilemma. At this point the assistant will demand payment. So do you continue packing away your purchases under the withering look of the till monkey or pay and then be tutted at by the next customer who cannot be served until you have cleared your bags away. After all, I'm doing them the favour of shopping with them, why am I being forced to rush?
Of course being a problem solving type of chap I have a solution. Make sure that when you buy loose vegetables and fruit that you don't weigh and label it. Why should you do their job for them? Liberally spread these amongst your other stuff and then bask in the relaxed packing experience where the torrent periodically judders to a halt as the spotty teenager consults their laminated cheat sheet to try and identify the difference between a King Edwards and a Vivaldi potato.