At Publix (supermarket) this morning, I went to pick up a couple of foods. They had their usual two lanes open, except it was extra busy and the lines were quite long. I chose the line with the “10 items or less” sign, having only 3 items to purchase at the time. My confidence in getting to work less than half an hour late swelled as the people around me were also interested in purchasing maybe 1 or 6 or 4 items.
Then the line seemed to stall. Craning my neck, I finally saw the problem: a thirty-something goateed guy wearing a jacket had put down cans and cans of garbanzo beans, some cans of something else, along with a few miscellaneous items. There had to be 20 garbanzo bean cans alone, plus the other junk. The cashier glanced at the guy in rebuke, then started scanning items as fast as she could. As she reduced the number of cans on the counter to four, the rest of us started to shift position and grab items in anticipation of crawling the next few steps forward.
But then he started pulling more cans from out of his jacket. Was he kidding? Was he too lazy to go get a cart or basket? We all breathed a sigh of relief that he didn’t pay with a check. At least he had the dignity to look a little sheepish.
Learn this: If you have ten cans of something, it counts as ten items. It does not matter that they’re all the same brand, size, and/or flavor.