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Re: The Swiss Sport of Grocery Shopping

And at least he is not called Brad and she (we assume) is not called Janet...otherwise we'd be running out of Frank'n Furters!
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And at least he is not called Brad and she (we assume) is not called Janet...otherwise we'd be running out of Frank'n Furters!
Not to mention the stockings and suspenders.
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You need to come and experience the posh parts of Switzerland! I saw once in Manor a woman who had hired some poor guy who was carrying a giant crate of every luxury item she was selecting, from Caviar to whole lobster...
Why couldn't she get a trolley? Perhaps she thought some of the fur of her fur coat would get caught in the coin slot or something?


As for the checkout, I hate it when people are pushing their items, crushing yours in the process, when there is obviously no space left on the conveyor. I once took the "next" bar (or, it sounds so much better in French: "client suivant"!), put it right under the nose of the rude guy behind me and said: "See this, it shows you have to stay behind it!" and proceeded to let it slide on the floor at least 5 meters back!! Some Swiss were actually laughing, he didn't say anything, probably too shocked by my rude behaviour.
Well...was he buying croissants? By any chance?

You crushed him.
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And that would be the end of the delivery boy!!!
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And that would be the end of the delivery boy!!!

.....and delivery girl ?
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Re: The Swiss Sport of Grocery Shopping

MarylandBrett you make me laugh. I'm a Southerner who recently moved back to Switzerland (also from Charlotte.) And though I know better, I still can't stop myself from saying "excuse me" all day long...especially in the tight aisles at the Migros.
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Re: The Swiss Sport of Grocery Shopping

After South Africa where supermarket staff bagged my shopping, trolleyed it and loaded it into my car for me, shopping at Swiss supermarkets took some getting used to. My solution was to make friends with the cashiers. A short but pleasant chat always helped get my mind off of the fact that I was working like an assembly-line employee and paying heavily for it
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Re: The Swiss Sport of Grocery Shopping

Something else to like about the Swiss shopping experience. No mass shootings.

Last time I went to Walmart with my son, I tried to buy an Glock and 5 Hershey bars.

The cashier said "that's too much chocolate for a child".
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Re: The Swiss Sport of Grocery Shopping

I will admit I've had to get used to people not packing their shopping until it's all been rung up and paid for, I'm sure if I'd done that when I still lived in London all hell would have broken loose at the checkout

When I lived in Kleinbasel the last hour in COOP from 5 - 6 pm on Saturday was gladiatorial, and that was just the pensioners - mind you, a few years back we were in Malta and some Maltese pensioners shoved us out of the way to get on a bus in rush hour Valetta - the young guy next to me said "these ******* old Maltese, they will KILL to get on the buses!

I'm now lucky enough to live 7 mins walk from Baselland, where they have the more leisurely closing time of 8pm on Saturdays. I do like the shops being closed on Sundays, it reminds me of how Britain used to be before we worshipped the God of Retail 24/7.
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Aisles are narrower here as people in general are not as FAT as in US... so they can still fit next to each other!
Aisles in the USA are wider only in big stores. Countless stores in the countryside have narrower aisles than comparable stores in Swiss.

On the other hand, US carts usually have the swivel wheels at the front, while European carts have them at the handler's end. The latter makes maneuvering in confined spaces significantly easier, but only for people with arms that are long enough to still reach the bar while shifting sideways.
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After South Africa where supermarket staff bagged my shopping, trolleyed it and loaded it into my car for me, shopping at Swiss supermarkets took some getting used to. My solution was to make friends with the cashiers. A short but pleasant chat always helped get my mind off of the fact that I was working like an assembly-line employee and paying heavily for it
I used to hate it when I was asked in the supermarkets in the UK if i need help bagging, do I look like I do? Although I do remember one Saturday morning, I had a hangover from hell and looked pretty rough but I still managed to pack my own shopping.

But an old lady came up to me and tapped me on the shoulder and said "I think its wonderful that they employ people like you!" I never went back to that supermarket.
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On the other hand, US carts usually have the swivel wheels at the front, while European carts have them at the handler's end. The latter makes maneuvering in confined spaces significantly easier, but only for people with arms that are long enough to still reach the bar while shifting sideways.
You sure? All the local supermarkets I can think of have swivel wheels front and back. Only some of the DIY store trolleys have fixed fronts.
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I used to hate it when I was asked in the supermarkets in the UK if i need help bagging, do I look like I do?
Well, TBF....

I never saw the bagging idea in the UK, but in the US it always annoyed me, not least the use of non-reusable paper sacks with NO FSKING HANDLES on them. I mean, WTF?
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Re: The Swiss Sport of Grocery Shopping

People need that income from bagging groceries, I think why not. Though I usually rebag. But kids who do that desperately need that cash.

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I never saw the bagging idea in the UK, but in the US it always annoyed me, not least the use of non-reusable paper sacks with NO FSKING HANDLES on them. I mean, WTF?
Back when the world was a kinder, gentler place bagging was simply a service offered the harried shopper. A youngster could always find a job as a bagger, at relatively decent pay. In those days bagging was something of an art: keeping up with the cashier (pre-scanning, when cashiering was also an art, and a speedy one at that!) while packing easily carriable bags where nothing would likely break. My husband sacked groceries for pocket money as soon as he could legally work. To this day he can out-bag any Swiss Hausfrau out there.

Nowadays fewer youngsters do the bagging, but the work is often done by people who would otherwise struggle to find employment. Often the store works in conjunction with support organizations. Maybe not so speedy anymore, but nonetheless it is important engagement in the community. As MC points out, meaningful work for those who need it.

As for the old style handle-less paper bags: World's best Backpapier. I grew up cutting up those bags to bake cookies on.

Hate the plastic bags, for the inconvenience and obviously environmental impact. Glad to see that they are being phased out in many states.

Although in Robidog-less lands, those plastic bags did serve a second function.
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The scouts do it a lot for fundraising. Cos everyone needs a tin of tomatoes dropping on their box of eggs once in a while...
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Nowadays fewer youngsters do the bagging, but the work is often done by people who would otherwise struggle to find employment. Often the store works in conjunction with support organizations. Maybe not so speedy anymore, but nonetheless it is important engagement in the community. As MC points out, meaningful work for those who need it.

As for the old style handle-less paper bags: World's best Backpapier. I grew up cutting up those bags to bake cookies on.

Hate the plastic bags, for the inconvenience and obviously environmental impact. Glad to see that they are being phased out in many states.

Although in Robidog-less lands, those plastic bags did serve a second function.
It is a good solid brown paper, crafts and stuff..though I like that here you got your own bag and recycle it million times. Mine says Poor but sexy, if you see that, come and say hi
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Re: The Swiss Sport of Grocery Shopping

'The scouts do it a lot for fundraising. Cos everyone needs a tin of tomatoes dropping on their box of eggs once in a while...'

Not just the scouts I'm afraid. I have a confession. Back in 2003 I'd moved back to Scotland from London and needed a job and some extra dosh to tide me over, so I took a Christmas temp job in a Marks and Spencer's food hall for 3 months. You have absolutely no idea how rude the public can be until you've worked in retail (I did a supermarket gig when I was a mature undergraduate back in the 90s so knew what to expect).

If I had to pack and customers were rude and obnoxious to me for no reason, I'd look at the purchases being scanned and do things like putting a bag of potatoes on top of their family sized trifle.

Evil but satisfying........
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You're just kidding, right?

Actually it's exactly the other way round: supermarket carts almost always have swivel wheels only at one end, whereas some (but only very few) other kinds of stores have carts with four swivel wheels. Yes, in the Rheintal too, although I must admit I haven't been shopping there for almost a year and a half, so things may have changed.
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