No pictures today! Just a few annoyances that have been collecting in my little brain. This got long (I told you I'm critical), so I'm separating it into two parts.
1. I don't like how a certain grocery store's self-checkout machines ask me, "Have you scanned your club card?" It's a computer--it knows very well whether I have scanned it, so why doesn't it just tell me to scan it? I hate it when anyone--or anything--plays dumb.
2. I don't understand why another store's self-checkout machines will only give cash back in increments of $20, but they always give said cash back in TEN DOLLAR BILLS. Why can't I just get ten bucks back? Perhaps the cash dispenser will only spit bills out in multiples of two.
3. Maybe it's just me, but it seems a little weird how many stores will immediately request your phone number when you are at the register to check out. Um...I don't think I have to give my phone number in order to purchase goods. They say it like it's a requirement and they can't move forward with the transaction until you say it, though. It would be nice if they explained how they used it, at least. I'm sure some have a good reason (for instance, the Christian bookstore in my hometown would identify you that way so they could give you a gift certificate after you spent $100 or whatever), but just tell me so I can be more on board with the idea. I could just ask, but I haven't figured out how to without sounding suspicious or jerky. I care what others think.
4. I'm going to sound extra Grinchy when I say this, but super-friendliness is very tiresome. There is a particular cashier, at a store I frequent, that I will stand in a longer line to avoid. That's how bad it is. She's the perkiest person in the world, and though I love politeness, she's overwhelming. She is just so very excited about all of your purchases. I'd rather no one commented on my purchases, thanks. Her demeanor is the type that pressures you into being fakely friendly in return, lest you appear aloof/unhappy by comparison. I'm sure I fall into the latter category more often than not.
5. On a similar topic, there is a store (that you have probably been to) that hires greeters who basically pass out shopping carts and say hi to shoppers as they walk in and out of the store. Somehow this store has managed to find some of the most enthusiastic greeters in the universe. You'd think you just entered Disneyland, and that the greeter is being paid a trillion dollars for every person they welcome. It's so over the top. Plus, they keep repeating it to every single customer, so you hear this broken record until you get far enough away. Maybe they're robots.
Tomorrow I'll post about an annoying shopping experience I had yesterday. Get excited!