The Fight Starter
January 12, 2009 by The Constant Complainer
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Before I get started with today’s post, I’d like to answer an e-mailed question I received through the site. A reader asked why I always start each post out with the exact same sentence. The answer is twofold. First, I say that my blog is “award winning” because it is. The Constant Complainer was voted “Best Local Blog” in a “Best of Cleveland 2008” readers’ poll conducted by Cleveland Scene. The Constant Complainer also received a “Blog of the Day Award” from Famous Blogs in 2008. Finally, I find that starting each post out with the same sentence adds to the consistency of the site. I hope that answers your question, Rachel. I figured I’d rather answer it than complain about it…
I don’t like going to the grocery store. I avoid it like the plague unless I absolutely have to go. At home, my wife and I split up the household responsibilities equally. Grocery shopping falls on her list and that’s fine with me.
If going to the grocery store was on my list of responsibilities, I’d be the guy who is there on Friday nights at 10 p.m. I don’t goof around there and like to get in and out. Of course I’m the one that comes home with the not-so-great cereals and the bags of Oreos, but hey, for the most part, I get the job done when I have to go.
Anyhow, the way schedules worked out, I ended up having to go yesterday. After being there for 15 minutes, I remembered why I don’t like going. I put what we needed in my cart and headed up to the checkout line, only to stand there for another 25 minutes waiting to get through the line. What upset me is that this is a national chain grocery store at 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning. They had 25 checkout lanes, but only two were open. And of the two that were open, one was an express lane for 12 items or less and the other regular lane had no bagger. These were the longest grocery store lines I have ever seen in my life. Oh, let me back up, they did have four lanes open where you could self-checkout by scanning and bagging your own items. But those were no help, because the customers who were using those had 100 items in their cart, just like I had. So those lanes were even slower than normal.
The most interesting part of my adventure (and why I titled today’s post what I did) was that I saw two seemingly happy couples get into fights while standing in the checkout line. One couple was directly behind me. The wife was complaining about the long lines and the guy yelled, “Well, you keep coming here. You keep coming here.” They argued back and forth and ultimately decided to use the self-checkout lane. Another couple was in the lane next to me and they had already been bickering back and fourth when the wife yelled out, “I fail to see how this is my problem.” I left before they did, but they were still ignoring each other at the time of my departure. I love it – you go to the grocery store and get into a fight with your spouse! It was aggravating for me too, but I didn’t have anyone to yell at with me. That’s good I guess, because I wasn’t getting yelled at either.
As much as I didn’t want to, I used the self-checkout lane, only to have it break down twice. Then I had to wait for the one employee working in that area to come and reset it. Maybe I shouldn’t shop at this store, but I just don’t trust the smaller stores or the mom-and-pop grocery stores to have non-expired products.
On another note, for those of you living in snow-covered areas, like here in Cleveland – I’d like to tell you how dangerous it is to be out there driving without properly cleaning off your car first. I can’t tell you how many morons I saw today with their windows scraped, but who still had 9″ of snow piled up on their roof. When that starts to melt and falls off, it is an accident waiting to happen…