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    The Great Vagina (sorry I don't know your real name!) reminded me of something that happened to me a few weeks ago at my local Walmart with her last thread about groups separating into two lines to see which one went faster.

    I had only picked up a few things, probably seven or eight items, and gotten into the 20 items or less lane. I had my kids with me so I really wasn't paying much attention to who was in front of me when I entered the lane, but when I got them all wrangled together and quiet for two seconds, I looked up and saw that the people in front of me had an ENTIRE CART of groceries! Now, they only had four or five items, but they had about tons of each of those items... as in they had about 25 jars of baby food (the same kind, applesauce I think), 5 bags of diapers (same brand), fifteen cans of formula (the same brand)... you get my point. Did they think that because they had the same item, just over and over, that it justified them being in that lane? Are people really this stupid, or were they just clearly taking advantage of the short 20 items or less line (because we all know that at Walmart you're lucky if 3 out of their 25 lanes are actually open, even on a Friday night!)? I didn't say anything to them like I wanted to because I'm just not a confrontational person. What makes this worse is that the Walmart employees ARE NOT allowed to make them go to another line (you better believe I asked the clerk when it was my turn to be rung up)! Anyway, what are your thoughts on this... what would you do?
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    I've always taken "20 items or less" to mean just that - not "20 brands or less". It really bugs me when people do what you described.
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    They bought 15 cans of formula at once? That is super weird.

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    Well since they can't even be bothered to get the sign correct (it should be "20 items or fewer") how can you expect them to adhere to it?

    OK, OK, I think they were just taking advantage of it and improper grammar or not, the line is obviously for people with fewer then 20 items total.

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    This type of situation annoys me, people need to learn to read signs (regardless of proper grammar!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    They bought 15 cans of formula at once? That is super weird.
    It's 2 weeks' worth. When I was on WIC we used the voucher for 30 at a time.

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    IMO, it should be 20 scans or fewer. They shouldn't have to scan identical items repeatedly. I once bought 175 identical spiral notebooks at Target for the school year. They scanned each one separately.

    I bought 3 lemons today (sold by the unit) and 2 tomatoes (sold by weight). Is that 2, 4, or 5 items?

    Even though the receipt will show items it isn't always as they would be counted. If I buy a bottle of soda or a television it's going to scan as 2 items because of the recycling charge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    They bought 15 cans of formula at once? That is super weird.
    That is not unusual. I used to buy a months worth at a time so I was not always at the store. And when I was on WIC, that was the only way you could do it, is one month's supply at a time.


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    Okay, I did this before. It was not intentional! I was at a new store, a foreign import store, and they had one of these lines. I bought a lot, and just got in the shortest line. I've never seen one of these lines in my country before, and only noticed the sign when I was packing my bags after having paid. Maybe this person was as unobservant as me?

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    I probably wouldn't have said anything, but I would have been annoyed.

    Quote Originally Posted by ethanwinfield View Post
    IMO, it should be 20 scans or fewer. They shouldn't have to scan identical items repeatedly. I once bought 175 identical spiral notebooks at Target for the school year. They scanned each one separately.

    I bought 3 lemons today (sold by the unit) and 2 tomatoes (sold by weight). Is that 2, 4, or 5 items?

    Even though the receipt will show items it isn't always as they would be counted. If I buy a bottle of soda or a television it's going to scan as 2 items because of the recycling charge.
    What?!? They scanned each one? Why couldn't they just scan one and then do 175 @ whatever price?

    When I buy formula I always buy a whole bunch at once (because the only place I can buy the freakin expensive alimentum is at walmart and I hate going to walmart), the cashier never scans each one.

    Oh and I think you bought 2 things. The tomatoes count as one for such since they are weighed. I assume the lemons were in the same bag and they would have rung them up by doing 3 @ $1... or whatever.

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