I need to grumble. I do most of my grocery shopping at MOMs or The Common Market, depending on whether I’m feeling more loyal to my former employer and friend or my vague socialist leanings. But sometimes I do need to go to a “regular” grocery. Leaving aside the heart palpitations I get when I see what other people are eating or, worse, feeding their kids (and this is not a money thing, really, non-organically-grown apples are still FAR better for your kids than green apple fruit gushers. Whole wheat gross soft bread costs the same as the same brand of white), the check out is leaving me snarly. I’m a union supporter (see “vague socialist leanings,” above), so I like to go to a store with unionized employees. I used to shop at Giant before Izzy retired and it all went to crap. When I lived downtown, I shopped at the 7th street Safeway, where the employees never. ever. change (that’s the sign of either a good employer or a hostage situation). Now that I’m in Braddock, my conventional grocery needs could be met by the Middletown Safeway. But oh my god it is the slowest store in the world. When gas was $10 a gallon, I shopped more at Giant Eagle so that I could get gas credits and I came to looooove that self-scan thing where I can ring up my groceries as I go and check myself out in about 2 minutes. Love. To go from that to the…European service at the Middletown store? Oh the pain. I have rung groceries and I have bagged (see “former employer,” above) and it is not that hard, people. It doesn’t even require a lot of focus, really. Ringing should not take that long. Bagging should not be that…”inept” is too passive. It was almost aggressively contemptuous. Bananas never go on the bottom. Ditto tomatoes. Someone bringing her own bags is not license to shove every thing in one bag, with the apples on the tippy top, ignoring the PILE of spare cloth bags just laying there. GAH! Friendly and relaxed is nice. It is. But efficient really is what I’m looking for. Rant over. I thank you for your time.
Grocery stores8 06 2009