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#1 Becky Thatcher

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:18 PM

Usually I quite like it but I am more than happy for them to just say "Hello" and get on with the job.

Today I was in a bit of an irritable mood and was annoyed with the young girl saying that the weather can never be too hot for her except when she gets too sticky at night, etc. Don't worry, I was very polite and nice back.

What does annoy me is 18 YO boys asking you in a bored voice "Any plans for the weekend?" when you know they have been told to ask that. I have an 18 YO DS. I know that he hardly gives a sh*t what I am doing on the weekend let alone some random.

Sometimes I am tempted to say "Well I was thinking of asking you on a date" or something

#2 copham

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:25 PM

I use to be front end manager and I hated small talk :/ I avoided it at best I would ask closed questions so the response was limited then I could stop talking. Rude maybe but truthfully I didn't give a f*ck what you have done, how your day is going or what you are doing later I simply wanted to scan the groceries and get on with other stuff. Now as a consumer I give closed answers I hate talking for the same reason I know they don't care so why waste my breath and time telling them. It's mostly for the elderly that we tried to make an effort if we were not too busy as I do feel like sometimes I was the only 'stranger' they may talk to that day/week.

#3 Mummytoyou

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:26 PM

laugh.gif    No, I just want to get my groceries and go, as long as they ariren't rude then I don't need conversation.  
I often feel a bit weird when the boys ask that, it sounds like how they'd talk to their mates.  I feel like I should be saying "oh Bro, I'm heading to the beach, catch some rays, ya know" cool.gif

If I truthfully answered and told him, well I'll be washing the dog, taking the kids to athletics, doing several loads of laundry,mopping the floors etc would he really want to know that?

Usually I just say "not much" "hoping to relax" or something along those lines.

#4 Sir Dinosaurus

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:29 PM

Well don't do that as it will constitute harassment oomg.gif

I am happy with chit chat and small talk.

I was not happy with the bloke at [shop] the other day who spent about 15 minutes telling me about his artwork, his commissions, his donation to charity (a portrait) and how this was just something he did because he loved people (he was about 50 so could well have been telling the truth).

Then after ringing up my 5 tops (all Xmas presents wink.gif) I presented him with my gift cards (5 of them) and he said "You're lucky it's not busy, I don't accept gift cards when it's busy. I definitely wont be accepting them over Xmas" roll2.gif

Seriously, cut down on the art talk and take the bloody gift cards *goes off to write complaint to store as is still mad 3 days later*



#5 sweetboysofmine

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:29 PM

NO! I'm a self confessed self serve addict original.gif

#6 Puggle

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:30 PM


I'm normally quite chatty with the checkout people I encounter.

However, there is a guy at my local Woolies who quite frankly gives me the heebie jeebies. I try and avoid him wherever possible. Judging from the length of other queues even when his is shorter, I'm guessing I am not alone in trying to evade him. I have no problem with any of the other people who work there.

*shudder*

#7 HollyOllyOxenfree

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:32 PM

I don't mind it most of the time, but that's probably a lot to do with the fact that I always opt for self serve if I'm only getting a few things so I don't deal a lot with checkout people. When I do I often have DS with me, and he tends to soak up the attention and start a conversation. I quite like the chat because when I worked in retail I hated people just ignoring me - made me feel like a slave. Sure, they might not care what we're talking about, and I generally don't care either, but to me it's better than awkward silence

#8 Becky Thatcher

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:32 PM

QUOTE (sweetboysofmine @ 16/11/2012, 06:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
NO! I'm a self confessed self serve addict original.gif



I do that if I have a few items but they frown at you with a trolley full original.gif

#9 vintage.blue

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:34 PM

I don't mind them saying hello but it's annoying when they go on and on.

#10 sweetboysofmine

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:35 PM

I do trolleys full. I live in a small country town where people prefer the small talk and are unsure of self serve. There's often lines and lines at the checkouts but no one at self serve.

#11 BabeBlossom

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:35 PM

QUOTE (Puggle @ 16/11/2012, 06:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm normally quite chatty with the checkout people I encounter.

However, there is a guy at my local Woolies who quite frankly gives me the heebie jeebies. I try and avoid him wherever possible. Judging from the length of other queues even when his is shorter, I'm guessing I am not alone in trying to evade him. I have no problem with any of the other people who work there.

*shudder*

You don't live in the outer southeast of Melbourne by any chance and are talking about a guy who is very fond of his cat?

#12 soontobegran

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:37 PM

I will talk to anyone who is being friendly and appropriate. I do bristle if they have called me 'darl' or 'love' unsure.gif

#13 Becky Thatcher

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:38 PM

QUOTE (BabeBlossom @ 16/11/2012, 06:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You don't live in the outer southeast of Melbourne by any chance and are talking about a guy who is very fond of his cat?


haha, I have also heard workmates talk of a creepy Woolies guy in a suburb close to the CBD in Perth.
"Serial killer look" was the description roll2.gif


#14 Chaos in stereo

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:39 PM

I don't mind - but then I'm always up for a chat  tongue.gif

I don't encourage them when I can tell they are only talking because they have to but some of them are keen to talk about themselves too, which can be interesting.

#15 Mrs Optimus

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:42 PM

hahaha..

NO!

My partner says im rude but I just dont feel the need for small talk with a stranger!



#16 Puggle

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:42 PM

QUOTE (BabeBlossom @ 16/11/2012, 06:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You don't live in the outer southeast of Melbourne by any chance and are talking about a guy who is very fond of his cat?


I used to live out that way wink.gif but I'm now in Canberra. I know at least one other EBer is fairly close by so it will be interesting if she pops into this thread and comments about the creepy dude at her local Woolies too.

Edited by Puggle, 16 November 2012 - 05:58 PM.


#17 bunnee

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:45 PM

I love my community - everyone is pretty friendly at the supermarket (customers and staff) with out being over the top or intrusive. So I'd have to say that yes, I do like the small talk. And if I happen to be in a bad mood then it's the self serve check out for me.

#18 threelittlegems

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:46 PM

I don't mind - I make small talk with strangers all day, everyday.

I am in and out of our Woolies almost every day, and the staff are very friendly and know us and our kids.

To be honest, I find small talk refreshing, and often feel better for it.


#19 BetteBoop

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:46 PM

QUOTE (LindsayMK @ 16/11/2012, 05:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What does annoy me is 18 YO boys asking you in a bored voice "Any plans for the weekend?" Sometimes I am tempted to say "Well I was thinking of asking you on a date" or something


Or perhaps, "yes I do, but I'd change them for the right checkout chap" and give him a saucy wink.

There is a woman at my local Coles that annoys me. She is an over sharer and has no boundaries in conversation. I like a contextually appropriate chat, but there are politeness protocols that must be observed, dammit!

I prefer them to stick to the scripted questions rather than give details of their elderly mum's hernia operation.

#20 Angelina Ballerina

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:46 PM

I like having a chat at my local Coles. I'm a frequent customer and the regulars that serve me are very nice.

I'm not into chatting at other random shops though.

#21 katbalou

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:48 PM

I'm happy to have a chat, especially if it's genuine.  If it sounded like a rehearsed, bored "have you had a nice day?", I would probably be less responsive.  But if they're really friendly, no matter how old or young, I'm happy to put a bit of effort in.  Sometimes, you can be surprised and end up having a good old laugh, and that can only be a good thing.


#22 Guest_~Songbird~_*

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:48 PM

I hate it. I always reply with 'good thanks' and if asked what my plans are or what I have been doing that day it's always 'not much' because I know they don't care and have to talk to the customers. In fact our local woolies had signs on the inside of the registers at one point, saying that the check out people MUST talk to the customer lol.

#23 wilding

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:53 PM

The same ones have been serving me for just over 11 years now so it doesn't bother me. It embarrasses my 11 year old though as they have watched him grow up so always make little comments.

#24 *molly*

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:53 PM

No, I'm not interested. I'm usually too busy being infuriated by how slooooowly they're scanning my stuff. I worked on a checkout once and I put a lot of effort into being fast and efficient. It irritates me no end that their ridiculous slowness means I'm stuck at the shop for longer.

#25 Coffeemagic

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:53 PM

I don't like it either and that's why I will always use the self serve checkout where it's available.
Wish every store had a self serve option original.gif




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