Short one for today, but this has happened to me three times in the last week, and I just had to have a bit of a rant. The phrase that’s provoking such ire is this: “Do you want any help with your packing?”
In fairness, it’s not the question that annoys me so, more the connotations of saying ‘no’. Because the three last checkout assistants to ask me that question have all proceeded to then whizz the shopping through the scanner as fast as is humanly possible, meaning that they’ve finished and want me to pass them my cash or my card to pay, while I’ve only got two items in the bottom of my shopping bag.
Seriously, people. It’s not hard. If you ask someone if they want help with their packing and they say ‘no’, that merely means that they’re capable of loading the shopping into said carrier themselves. It does not mean that they are unnaturally speedy at doing so. It does not give you carte blanche to scan items as if you were trying to win some kind of bizarre race. You do not win a prize for doing this, and you merely irritate your customers. Please, for the love of God, stop it.