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Packing in Supermarkets

Am I breaking some Swiss law by packing my supermarket purchases as they are scanned?

I prefer to be pretty much packed by the time I have to pay, but the done thing seems to be to stand gawping gormlessly until after you've paid and then start packing.

Probably 50% of the time I've left before the previous customer has finished packing. Today the guy in front of me only bought three things, but as I was leaving he was still putting away his purse and retrieving his little cloth bag.

It's especially noticeable when the previous two are slowly packing away their wares and I have to get my stuff directly from the scanner because both packing slots are occupied. (The double slot thing is a good idea BTW).
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...justified and righteous indignation at the lack of decent bag etiquette in Swiss supermarkets...
What gets my goat, as I buy my breakfast in the six minutes between the arrival of one train and the departure of the next, is that even if I ask for a bag before the young lady/gentleman starts scanning my stuff, I don't get given it until the end, necessitating a hurried stuffing of everything into the flimsy bag provided (overseen, of course, by some scowling native wielding her can of Red Bull like some kind of vicious weapon), usually ending with half the stuff falling out as I climb aboard the train because the packet of sliced Lyonnaise sausage has torn a hole down one side of the useless receptacle.

Useless, I tell you! Useless!
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Re: Packing in Supermarkets

Relax. You are in a hurry, efficient and don't like wasting time. Most of the people you have had in front of you are NOT in a hurry. I always pack my stuff as it goes past the scanner. As long as you don't do it before the scanner who cares! I've been here 17 years and its just not a habit I have been able to break.
(I personally think the people are so intent on making sure their goods are getting scanned properly i.e that they aren't getting ripped off) that they can't risk getting their stuff together BEFORE they have the receipt in hand)
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.....usually ending with half the stuff falling out as I climb aboard the train because the packet of sliced Lyonnaise sausage has torn a hole down one side of the useless receptacle.

Useless, I tell you! Useless!
Not Useless. Smart. The bags are not built to hold so you are eventually forced to provide your own sturdy material bag => you are officially a greeny like the rest of us.
PS 20 years ago you couldn't even get a flimsy bag when you went to the shops.
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Old 25.01.2011, 13:09
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Re: Packing in Supermarkets

and there was me thinking it was a thread about quitting shopping....
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passabene.

pack your crap before you check out

I can coope with that
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Am I breaking some Swiss law by packing my supermarket purchases as they are scanned?
this has baffled me since arriving also. And is a big pet hate of mine. I find it a fun sport now to pay, pack and leave before the person who was in front has finished their packing
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Not Useless. Smart. The bags are not built to hold so you are eventually forced to provide your own sturdy material bag => you are officially a greeny like the rest of us.
PS 20 years ago you couldn't even get a flimsy bag when you went to the shops.
I think in there lies a possible solution DB: Get a foldable shopping bag that matches the color of your jacket and have it ready at the checkout...
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Old 25.01.2011, 13:20
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Re: Packing in Supermarkets

I have a different strategy. I identify the best looking cashier and join her queue even if its the longest. I act slow, pay slowly and pack even more slowly, address the cashier by her name, ask for some Paddington Bear stickers (even though this is Migros and have her explain it all to me) and get a fair bit of a flirt out of it too. Meanwhile the loser behind me has overtaken me, packed his stuff and left but has had nowhere near as much fun as I have had.
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this has baffled me since arriving also. And is a big pet hate of mine. I find it a fun sport now to pay, pack and leave before the person who was in front has finished their packing

Yep. In England you can sense the tension between me and the cashier as I try to match her scanning rate with my packing rate. Here, I get mad looks when I am ready with my card in the reader as she scans the last item which I pack. It's a failure if the next persons goods are coming down the slide and I haven't finished packing.
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Re: Packing in Supermarkets

Why don't you guys sign up for the Coop Passabene thingy. It's that green gadget that you can attach to you trolley..and you can scan goods yourself and pack em in your bags right away. Then head to the designated Passabene counter which usually has nobody in line...hand in the gadget and pay. To sign up doesn't take more than 5min.
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One little thing I discovered the other day is that when you lay your goods on the rubber transport band, ensure any discount stickers are visible.

A numpty at my Coop had placed the red 50% off sticker on the same side as the bar-code. It went through face side down at full price as the cashier hadn't noticed the sticker, but I did and I asked for the discount.

I always try and pack as quickly as possible, and even keep an eye on the discounted items!
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Why don't you guys sign up for the Coop Passabene thingy. It's that green gadget that you can attach to you trolley..and you can scan goods yourself and pack em in your bags right away. Then head to the designated Passabene counter which usually has nobody in line...hand in the gadget and pay. To sign up doesn't take more than 5min.
Because the Coop will now fire at least one poor lowly paid person. And at my Coop they have to telephone for the Passabene person, so you wait.
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One little thing I discovered the other day is that when you lay your goods on the rubber transport band, ensure any discount stickers are visible.

A numpty at my Coop had placed the red 50% off sticker on the same side as the bar-code. It went through face side down at full price as the cashier hadn't noticed the sticker, but I did and I asked for the discount.

I always try and pack as quickly as possible, and even keep an eye on the discounted items!
I'm a typical boy. I have no idea what any of my stuff costs. If I'm paying by card then I rarely notice the total price either.
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Re: Packing in Supermarkets

Don't even get me started!
Once someone leaves the security of their home, they seem to enter their own little bubble, oblivious to everything and everyone around them. All these individual bubble floating about - like kiddies soap bubbles. Occasionally these bubbles bump into each other and sometimes merge and become stuck together, temporarily as one.
This is invariably immediately in front at the checkouts, or right at the top of the moving (trolley-friendly) walkways to the car park - long lost friends/family/neighbours who maybe haven't seen each other for at least a few days and have to kiss everyone (often involves the whole family) 3x and then have a nice long chat. Negotiating this train derailment, is like having to do the Krypton Factor assault course. And then, as soon as you've been able to get past, the bubbles separate and blow off in different directions.

Also ..... an excuse for another rant ..... living in a village, I see at the local Käserei and Landi - both of which have sufficient, but not abundant parking, which is slightly angled or perpendicular to the premises (marked bays at Landi) the following:- when there are absolutely no other vehicles parked, someone will come along and park completely willy-nilly (normally parallel), taking up 2 or 3 spaces (much like Frank Drebin in Police Squad used to park). They probably think, "... it's not busy ... I wont be long ... quickly in and out ...", and then their bubble sticks to another, and in the meantime loads of other cars need to park, then a delivery, creating complete chaos outside.
When the offender eventually returns to their vehicle, you can see their look of disbelief, that they can only drive away by having to manoeuvre around other badly parked vehicles, instead of just pulling away as they had intended -- and don't even grasp it's of their own making. I've seen this out of synch. parking and manoeuvring continue for much time afterwards.

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I find it a fun sport now to pay, pack and leave before the person who was in front has finished their packing
Same here. It's almost as if those dual packing belts are just asking for a race. I don't understand why it takes some people so long.
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Then head to the designated Passabene counter which usually has nobody in line...
And if you're really lucky you wont have to unpack the whole lot so they can re-scan all the prices again (that probably explains the empty lines).
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Re: Packing in Supermarkets

Hmm, weird, we seem to go to different shops because the people in my local Migros pack as they go (with rare exceptions). My (100% Swiss) dad even taught me to place things on the conveyor thingy in order of weight and sturdiness in order to ensure optimum packing efficiency from a young age. And I second the "bring your own bag" thing. Much better overall.

Bad parking is equally frowned on - maybe it's a common sense thing rather than a national one? Either way, I often have one of these stickers in my bag, MUUUUCH more satisfying than just THINKING that they give driving licenses away in chewing gum machines these days.
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And if you're really lucky you wont have to unpack the whole lot so they can re-scan all the prices again (that probably explains the empty lines).
..it's about every 5th time you shop there.
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Bad parking is equally frowned on - maybe it's a common sense thing rather than a national one? Either way, I often have one of these stickers in my bag, MUUUUCH more satisfying than just THINKING that they give driving licenses away in chewing gum machines these days.
Those stickers would cost me a fortune everytime I go shopping in Mulhouse!
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