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Post by groundhog on Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:15 pm

What is going on, you can't move in Sa......ys for all the pickers filling the home delivery baskets from their blinking great trolleys, more staff than customers! Combine that with people parking trolleys across the aisle, having a chat with the seven neighbours they just met and inspecting every loaf in minute detail to count the seeds.
Driving me potty, surely there must be a better way of preparing home delivery orders! tap_fingers
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Re: Just back from doing the weekly shop...

Post by Gromit on Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:24 pm

Stop whingeing Hog! so_sad

It can't be worse than waiting in every bloody clothes shop you come across (that don't provide a bored husbands' chair!!) while the gaffer feels every item on the racks, at least twice, then goes round and feels a few more for a third time. Then she takes a couple to the changing room and tries them on, only to put them back as they are the wrong colour. shrugg
What I don't understand is how the colour changed between the rack and the changing room?? confused3  scratch head

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Post by peugeotboxer on Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:25 pm

I noticed that in Asda, the 'pickers' all use carrier bags and take them to their trolleys parked out of the way.

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Re: Just back from doing the weekly shop...

Post by Paulmold on Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:26 pm

Where my wife works (Iceland Frozen Foods) all home deliveries have to be picked before store opens at 8am. 
24hour stores could pick overnight but then there would have to a cut-off time for orders.

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Re: Just back from doing the weekly shop...

Post by groundhog on Fri Jul 08, 2016 1:34 pm

Gromit you crack me up ..... and why are the clothes OK when they were bought in the shop but have to go back the next week because they are now magically not suitable... scratch head
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Re: Just back from doing the weekly shop...

Post by Gromit on Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:29 pm

Just don't mention shoe shops!

Mrs Gromit is on first name terms with the owners of shops all over the UK - and France.

We just had a holiday in Brittany and one of the stops had to be the excellent free Aire in the middle of Josselin. (Lovely place btw, and well worth a visit.) She had seen an advert in a magazine for a pair of Mephisto boots that she really fancied, but they are pretty expensive as a rule.

"I wonder if that shop in Josselin would have them?" she said as we planned the holiday - assuming of course that I understood immediately where she meant by, "That shop!" shrugg  scratch head  I did in fact, because we had been there the year before. It's an outlet shop that has a lot of dross, but one part is reserved for top quality shoes - probably from shop closures or over stocking.

So in we went and yes - the miracle did happen, and they had almost the identical boots at about half price. They also had a pair of Mephisto shoes that I fancied, also at half price, so the wallet was forcefully prized open, creaking loudly as it gave up the struggle! hugegrins

Lovely town Josselin - even without the shoe shop.

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Post by Askit on Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:53 pm

groundhog wrote:What is going on, you can't move in Sa......ys for all the pickers filling the home delivery baskets from their blinking great trolleys, more staff than customers! Combine that with people parking trolleys across the aisle, having a chat with the seven neighbours they just met and inspecting every loaf in minute detail to count the seeds.
Driving me potty, surely there must be a better way of preparing home delivery orders! tap_fingers
For what it's worth, we have the same problem in our local Tesco confused3  The "pickers" are usually very apologetic, if they happen to see you, but that's not very often. 

i would probably just shop at Morrisons, but they don't have a clothes section for one of us to browse in for half an hour every week............while I stand around like a wotsit  biggrin
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Post by Quilter on Sat Jul 09, 2016 6:04 pm

Thank goodness for the pickers and packers say I. I'm not a violent woman but 5 minutes in our local Tesco has me gibbering with rage and a longing to ram my trolly into fellow shoppers or run amok screaming.

If the alternative of 30 peaceful minutes doing it all online was not available then we'd probably starve.

Don't start me on clothes shopping as that I REALLY hate.  I' m quite glad that 70s fashions are coming back as that's when most of my wardrobe started life.
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Post by RML on Sat Jul 09, 2016 6:51 pm

I used to stand outside the changing rooms in clothes shops while wifey went inside.  When any woman came out to show her husband her probable new purchase I would look down and put my head in my hands - none bought any until wifey heard a woman say 'another man outside didn't like the dress so I'm not having it', wifey then said 'it's only my husband messing around take no notice' ..... You have to do something to break up the monotony
Another time in M&S at Exeter I was leaning against a counter while wifey went upstairs, when she came back I tried to walk away with her but my legs had gone to sleep so collapsed in a heap.  Being M&S a first aider rushed over thinking I'd suffered a heart attack but all we could do was laugh our socks off till my legs woke up.  hugegrins hugegrins
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Post by NORGIL on Sat Jul 09, 2016 7:06 pm

Serves all you posh lot right, shopping in up market stores like Sainsburys, Tesco etc. If you shop in Aldi they don't have pickers to get in the way.

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Re: Just back from doing the weekly shop...

Post by willy eckerslike on Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:30 pm

And why is it that whenever 'er indoors is shopping for clothes, you go and stand by a rail which looks as though no-one would buy anything from it, and some woman comes along and looks at you as though you're in her way.

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Post by Quilter on Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:36 pm

I'm just puzzled as to why you'd want to go clothes shopping with your wife ? Does she actually want you there ?  I can't imagine dragging my husband along. The process bores me witless but at least I get new clothes out of it: what does he get ?
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:38 pm

Never go shopping, unless its B&Q ,Halfords etc, wife does the lot even on holiday.
When at home she orders home delivery, best wife in the world.
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Post by m8form8 on Mon Jul 11, 2016 8:59 pm

groundhog wrote:What is going on, you can't move in Sa......ys for all the pickers filling the home delivery baskets from their blinking great trolleys, more staff than customers! Combine that with people parking trolleys across the aisle, having a chat with the seven neighbours they just met and inspecting every loaf in minute detail to count the seeds.
Driving me potty, surely there must be a better way of preparing home delivery orders!
With all your money, and your posh Merc, surprised you even do your own shopping why don't you have just waitrose home delivery and stop being a grumpy victor to the more sociable customers of s   ys who enjoy counting the seeds on their loaves and bread.  hugegrins hugegrins hugegrins
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Post by groundhog on Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:34 pm

But I couldn't deprive the chauffeur of his cup of coffee that he is allowed whilst Lady G and I are mixing with the peasant folk and the butler would miss his time with the housekeeper on a Friday morning when we are out.
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Re: Just back from doing the weekly shop...

Post by Askit on Tue Jul 12, 2016 4:41 pm

NORGIL wrote:Serves all you posh lot right, shopping in up market stores like Sainsburys, Tesco etc. If you shop in Aldi they don't have pickers to get in the way.
 Only occasional visitors to Sainsburys, but were regular shoppers in Aldi, Lidl, Co-op, Tesco, Morrisons and Asda (draw the line at M&S, £10 deal excepted rolleyes ).  What I can't work out is, as there's only two of us, who's eating all the food we buy scratch head 

I know where all the drink goes though biggrin
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Post by willy eckerslike on Tue Jul 12, 2016 5:42 pm

groundhog wrote:But I couldn't deprive the chauffeur of his cup of coffee that he is allowed whilst Lady G and I are mixing with the peasant folk and the butler would miss his time with the housekeeper on a Friday morning when we are out.

At least living in a motorhome you won't need a gardener snigger

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Re: Just back from doing the weekly shop...

Post by groundhog on Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:29 pm

Joking aside, I think living in the motorhome is becoming an increasingly attractive option. Would I rather be cutting the grass and painting the hosue right now or sitting in the sun somewhere.......hmmm?

It still seems a bit odd to me though that you see one person with a big trolley putting things on the shelf and another taking them off again and putting them on another trolley. It seems much worse in our local Sainsburys than I have noticed anywhere else. Surely there is a system whereby product could be picked from the storeroom before it gets to the shop floor?

I don't see the same problem in the local Asda or Tesco and they do home deliveries as well.
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Post by TrickyWoo on Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:20 pm

willy eckerslike wrote:
groundhog wrote:But I couldn't deprive the chauffeur of his cup of coffee that he is allowed whilst Lady G and I are mixing with the peasant folk and the butler would miss his time with the housekeeper on a Friday morning when we are out.

At least living in a motorhome you won't need a gardener snigger
But who else will look after the greenery growing in the window channels?

And what about the hanging baskets and window boxes?

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Post by crisp on Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:25 pm

Why do I always get the trainee or someone about to go for lunch when I arrive at the only free till. And don't even mention those wretched self service tills, where when buying any single item, they demand I wait for the supervisor!!
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Post by TrickyWoo on Tue Jul 12, 2016 10:22 pm

crisp wrote:Why do I always get the trainee or someone about to go for lunch when I arrive at the only free till. And don't even mention those wretched self service tills, where when buying any single item, they demand I wait for the supervisor!!
I refuse to use those on principle :-
a) it will ultimately lead to people losing jobs
b) I pay the same price for the shopping whether a checkout operative puts it through for me or whether I put it through myself. If I am having to put it through myself the s/market's costs are lower as they are not employing someone to do it, so I should get a discount. If you decorate your house, you don't pay the same price if you buy the materials and do it yourself, as you would if you had painters and decorators do it for you!
c) have you tried doing a big trolley load on one of those self service tills? Does it take you the same amount of time as it takes a checkout person, who is trained and does it all the time, or does it take you a lot longer?

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Post by daisy mae on Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:18 am

I also hate those self service tills, I refuse to use them, have been instructed by an employer to use one, when a few were in the queue at the only till where there was a checkout operative, I would sooner shop elsewhere, agree it is putting someone out of a job, raising profit for the company as no reduction for doing it yourself, will we  next be  packaging items in the boxes ourselves, tongue in cheek maybe, but never say never .   How can it be quicker ?  more actions required, putting in trolley, scanning, putting back in trolley, then taking out when at vehicle. what bright spark figured this one out it would be quicker.?   shrugg
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Post by rose49f on Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:27 am

I have shopped on line for my groceries from when it first started. Best thing I ever did.  up!
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Post by Quilter on Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:56 am

On the few occasions I have to use our Tesco or Waitrose ( and we have no alternatives handy) I always use the scan-as-you-shop method. Pick item off shelf, scan with the barcode reader and pack in my shopping bag in the trolley. Much quicker and I can keep a running total of what I am spending and pack it how and where I like with no queue behind me. When I've finished I scan my barcode reader, insert my credit card into the machine and wheel my sensibly packed bags to the car.  I always have a list to shop with so I can be in and out within 30 minutes with a full trolly.

When, many years ago, our Tesco was the first one to trial this method, it was a bit clunky and the reader did not always scan properly.  The technology has improved enormously over the years and it's much quicker now. We can use our Tesco and Waitrose cards all over the country and it is some years since either of us were called in for a re-scan. A real boon for shopaphobics like me.
I still do the bulk online however.
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Post by Askit on Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:23 am

I can understand busy people (or those who dislike the process) getting their shopping delivered. We prefer to see what's available and make our own selection based on quality, sell or use by date, etc. Self service checkouts are nothing but a nuisance though, with Morrisons being the worst. The "unexpected item in baggage area" is often me assaulting the machine lol4

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