I'll just run up to the store real quick for some milk.

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        Hi gang:

            Went to the store today and it was wall to wall with people.  Of course it was going to be , it was Saturday. So many people shop on the weekend.  Well this weekend was the time I was unlucky enough to run out of milk.    Who doesnt need milk? I use it for cooking, baking, cereal, and my coffee.

        Just going to the store itself is a tuff thing for me, and when it is busy it only makes it worse.  I let out a big sigh and pulled into the parking lot.  Of course there was no place to park except in the adjacent parking lot of the store next door. Not a good sign.  I felt like from where  I parked I needed to call a cab to get me to the door.

        I walk to the door, which left me winded, and head to get a cart.  NONE. .  OMG, is this store busy or what?  I have this sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach.

        I am off to the milk section, and it was no easy feat to get to it. I got behind this elderly lady, and she just couldnt decide if she wanted Vitamin D or 2%.  She finally makes her selection, and then decides to stand right there in front of the cooler to check her grocery list again.  I am biting my tongue and I slowly edge further and further in her space. I just want my milk so I can get out of there.


        A gallon of milk in each hand, as I have no darn cart, I am off to the check outs.  OMG, the lines to check out were simply unreal, and each cart  I viewed contained overflowing quanities of food and grocery items. This was not going to be a fast in and out trip for me.  As I stand there the milk was getting mighty heavy in each hand, and I thought about forgetting the whole thing and leaving when just then a U SCAN opened up.

        We all know the U scan lines. The you do it yourself checkout.  I have not had good luck with Uscans, and I eyed it with dread before I headed to it. I had to make up my mind fast as other people were moving in for the kill.  I have never had good luck with U scans, I think they hate me. Maybe today would be different.

        "Welcome valued shopper. " "Please scan your card." Damn, I left my card at home.  Now I will have to pay full price for everything as you only get the discounted sale price if you have the "card." >:(

        "PLease scan your first item." I proceded to run the milk barcode across the scanner. Beeeeep. Nothing.....I try again....Beeeeep, nothing....It was not scanning. So I put the milk down on the counter.  Oh, that was a no no , you can only put your rung up items on this special counter . I start to look for a clerk or someone to help me. No one around.  There are now people who are waiting in line behind me, and they are getting restless.  I try to smile and assure them I cannot control the scanner, and they seem less than satisfied,  with my attempt. 

        "Just scan your items, a clerk finally appears and says to me. I explain I tried to do that and there is some sort of problem.  She looks at the machine, and turns to me and says...."You didn't scan your card."  "I know, I dont have it with me." I tell her.  She shrugs her shoulders at me like I had commited a terrible error and hits some buttons.  She scans my milk for me, and the machine responds, and I think I am home free.

        I hit the "Pay Now" button, and I accidently hit cash, when I wanted to hit debit., as I was using my debit card. Whoopsy. That jammed up everything again. The clerk had to come back after waiting again for her, and hit a few more buttons for me, before I could finally cash out. The clerk looks at me like I am hopeless.

        By this time most of the people that were behind me in line have gone off in search of other lines, as they see the one I am in is not moving so fast.

        I hear the machine say "Thank YOU, and have a nice day or some other generic parting words, and I am outta there. 


        Only as I am walking away do I realize why the U scan lanes are usually open when nothing else is.

        I end up carrying my milk, one in each hand alllll the way across the parking lot to the car, and almost throw it in the back seat with an urgency to get the heck away from this store.  My arms felt like I had been carrying cement blocks.  >:(

        Oh yes, just another quick trip to the store for milk.  .

        I hate U scans, and they hate me.....

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        I hear you. I purposely will not get a cart so I don't buy everything else because it looks good. But I'll end up with 20 things in hands, arms and sometimes teeth before I check out. At least when I say I'm going to the store now, I do. It used to be when I'm going to the store with money for groceries, I'd be up at the Indian casinos till the next day. I'm glad to say I outgrew that.
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        LMAO.. forgive me for laughing.. this is so funny.. though i feel bad for you and your arms.. self check can be a nightmare.. working in grocery stores i heard it all day long, "please scan your first item,(you scan it hold item and stare at screen) please place item into bagging area, please remove item from bagging area and rescan, do you want to bag item, please scan item, item in bagging area does not register, (ten minutes later the machine gets impatient) lady did you know you scanned item 101 times, LADY SCAN IT PUT THE DAMN THING IN THE BAG PAY AND GET OUT!!! WTH YOU MEAN NOW YOU WANT DEBIT, YOU PUSHED CASH.. (you get to thinking it's going to meet you outside as you leave to beat you up  :'( ).. nitemare i tell ya...

        Loved the story Pam.. i have had my affair with.. Selfcheck...

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        I was hoping people would find the humor in it, as even I did, that is why I wrote the post.

        If you dont laugh about things like this when they happen, you will surely want to cry.

        Thanks for reading..... It is so appreciated.

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        EEK! I hate to admit it, but I love the U scan. Once you get the hang of it, things go pretty smoothly.  I was intimidated and didn't use it when they first were put in.  But I did give it a try when I ran in for one item and have used it ever since.  The reason I love it?  I get rid of all my change.  Weird I know, but I love to feed all those pennies, nickels, and dimes in.  It lets me keep more paper money in my purse so I can buy lottery tickets. 

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          Your story made me chuckle Pam as I really could visualise it.  I bet you were really stroppy at the end of your "trial" to buy some milk.

          I prefer the "U Scan" (not sure what we call it over here but it's the same thing).  The assistants that "man" these machines are so helpful.  Your "assistant" sounded quite horrible.

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          UPDATE:

          Although I suffer from USCANAPHOBIA, I went for milk again today and was forced to use the Uscan.  I swear the clerk recognized me and rolled her eyes. She just knew I was going to be trouble.

          I was successful!!!  The machine didn't bite me, and obeyed my commands. I didnt hit the wrong buttons, and I was in and out in a flash.  I swear the clerk wanted to give me a high five and Well done pat on the back.

          I am so glad, I was thinking I needed to look up a support group for USCANAPHOBIA.

          1800 USCAN-FEAR


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          Next week I will try it with coupons and bottle slips. That ought to put a wrench back in everything. 
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          very amusing story:)
          although i might have found it less amusing when i was behind you in that line ^^
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          USCANAPHOBIA   LMAAOOOOO

          Oh no.. NOT COUPONS IN THE U-SCAN... 

          ahem.. okay calm down.. you can do this Pam... just take it slow and eeeassssy
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          Coupons now?

          Don't go getting ahead of yourself.
          Or the rest of us for that matter.
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          bradwill wrote:

          Coupons now?

          Don't go getting ahead of yourself.
          Or the rest of us for that matter.




          HAHAHAHHAHA!!!!  Ohhhh, Im gonna do it, Im cutting my coupons now.

          Someone will be the unlucky  and get stuck behind me in line.  HAHAHAHAH

          That was funny Bradwill.....Thanks for reading.

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          At my store when you have coupons the clerk has to come over, put a code in the machine, and then scan the coupon. 

          Good luck!

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            LMAOOOOOO......OMG! What a good story!!!

            i love USCANS myself... but PM....you can NOT, I repeat, can NOT use coupons at the USCAN..Unless....you pay for your purchase with ALL CHANGE!!! Yup, all coins....just make sure you don't go to a grocery store near me! lol
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              PMM2008 wrote:

              UPDATE:

              Although I suffer from USCANAPHOBIA, I went for milk again today and was forced to use the Uscan.  I swear the clerk recognized me and rolled her eyes. She just knew I was going to be trouble.

              I was successful!!!  The machine didn't bite me, and obeyed my commands. I didnt hit the wrong buttons, and I was in and out in a flash.  I swear the clerk wanted to give me a high five and Well done pat on the back.

              I am so glad, I was thinking I needed to look up a support group for USCANAPHOBIA.

              1800 USCAN-FEAR


                                                                        PMM

              Next week I will try it with coupons and bottle slips. That ought to put a wrench back in everything. 


              Heh heh - USCANAPHOBIA - I love it.

              Glad it wasn't as bad as the last visit Pam.

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              These really are some great posts,guys!!!
              I am laughing and laughing so loud right now.
              OMG!!! I so hate that darn USCAN...they should have named it Uscant!!!
              Every time I go to the stores with my  daughter, she encourages  me to use it and guess what? it always takes more time than just go to the cashier...BOOM BAM!!! and what's worse...we start to feeling  embarrassed by being too slow and we both get lost with items sell by pounds since we have to search for the item numbers and weight...any way, the lady who must be in charge at the Uscan isle hates us and most of the time she doesn't even bother to come over to us any more when the machine beeps and telling us to wait for the assistant...lol, she just push her button to let things pass so we can get out of her face quick.................Yeah, I know....I still use it and I am a stubborn. 

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