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When waiting in a check out line and the person behind you only has a couple of items do you let them ahead of you?

Asked by SQUEEKY2 (19394points) December 10th, 2016

I do it quite often and it really shocks people that you are letting them ahead of you.
But I can say nobody has ever offered this to me when it is me standing behind them with only a couple of items, and they have a full cart load.
Do you let them ahead or make them wait?

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BellaB's avatar

I always wave people in front of me if they have a small handful of items. I hate grocery shopping so tend to do it by the giant cartload very occasionally. I wouldn’t want to be in line behind me.

Zaku's avatar

If I have a bunch of stuff, yeah. People have done that for me too. It often has little impact on the person who’s going to have to wait a long time, and a big impact on the people with little who are saved that wait.

dxs's avatar

No, since I only usually have a few items myself. I get the wave from time to time and do appreciate it, though.

longgone's avatar

Yes. People have let me pass, too.

janbb's avatar

I have done it and had it done for me too.

cinnamonk's avatar

someone did that for me once and it was so nice and unexpected. I’ll try to remember to do it for other people too.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

Yes. If someone has, say, 1–3 items, and I’m buying considerably more things, I always let the person go ahead of me. I usually get the same courtesy from other people.

canidmajor's avatar

I do it often, and people do it for me. I’m surprised by your details, @SQUEEKY2, as I found (at least 20 years ago when I was there a lot) that people in BC were quite easy going and accomodating in that way.

ucme's avatar

Ahem, we have sta…oh, you know by now.

dappled_leaves's avatar

Yes. Why not? It doesn’t inconvenience me, and it leaves a smile on someone else’s face. These things have a way of making the world a happier place, even if we don’t see the immediate consequences.

chyna's avatar

If I ever buy a lot of groceries, which is almost never, I do let people in front of me.

marinelife's avatar

I will often offer, but they don’t often take me up on it.

elbanditoroso's avatar

It depends.

Teenager buying cigarettes or beer, no.

Mom buying diapers (only), yes.

Senior with a couple of articles of food, yes.

Pachy's avatar

Yes, always (though rarely am I offered the same courtesy).
I’ve found supermarkets are a great place to exercise civility and try to do so however I can.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Thanks @Pachy at least someone has the same type of experience that I do.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

I do it and today a woman waved me ahead with my three items.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

@SQUEEKY2, so the only person to get thanked on this thread is the person who has had a similar negative experience?

I also let people in before me if I notice they have a couple of items, and I too have had people do the same for me. Perhaps you should move if you’re finding people where you live behave so disagreeably.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Sorry thank you all for your answers.

si3tech's avatar

@SQUEEKY2 I have been offered a spot closer to or at the checkout stand several times. And I have offered a closer spot for others who only have a few items.

OpryLeigh's avatar

If I notice, yes.

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