We try to be patient. We really do.
Trips to the grocery store are usually hectic as it is for my wife and me…everyone pushing carts about trying to not hit each other, “park” in safe locations to review shopping options, coupons, etc.
It shouldn’t be that hard once you finally get to checkout.
But it is.
The youth of America does not understand NOT COLD versus COLD. And when the youth of America is bagging our groceries, members of each group…our blood collectively runs…cold.
We configure our items on the conveyor belt in such a way you’d think there were neon signs flashing “NOT COLD” and “COLD” alongside them.
All the boxed items carefully staged together. Spaced away from them…meats, cheeses, eggs, etc. NOT COLD and COLD. They can co-exist at checkout as long as you understand NOT COLD and COLD.
COLD items belong together…for starters…to help keep each other COLD. NOT COLD items belong nowhere near COLD items because they can be compromised.
We’ve corrected rolls of toilet tissue going into the same bag as pints of ice cream.
We’ve corrected boxes of cotton balls going into the same bag as gallons of milk.
See. some of the NOT COLD items can really be rendered meaningless if you don’t have the concept of NOT COLD and COLD in mind when bagging groceries.
My wife has a theory the youth of America cannot be expected to automatically adhere to the rules of NOT COLD versus COLD. Her view is since they don’t normally participate in the purchase and transport of their own family’s groceries, they could not possibly be expected to grasp the potential damage COLD items can unleash on NOT COLD items. She feels it reflects a distinct lack of training which is unacceptable in light of the fact their employers should know the youth of America have no frame of reference for this type of assignment.
That may be, but the bottom line is we still find ourselves…even after placing NOT COLD and COLD items so carefully aligned and so far apart the cashier might wonder if we want separate charges for them…the youth of America still wants to merge these two opposing forces.
This gets us hot…but we try to keep our cool…quietly educating one youthful bagger at a time.