## View Poll Results: How many?

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3 9.38%
• 2

3 9.38%
• 3

10 31.25%
• 4

2 6.25%
• 5

4 12.50%
• 6+

10 31.25%

# Thread: How many variables do you take in at the supermarket counter line?

1. Not necessarily in order, sometimes you have to trust your instinct on that (although when I try, I usually wind up wrong(sigh):

• Length of line
• Estimated speed of Cashier - some of the ones at my grocery store are just horribly slow, others are fast.
• Amount of stuff in others' carts/baskets
• Coupon watch - folks with a fistful of coupons always seem to take forever
• Checkbook watch - enough said.
• Age of fellow shoppers (ie, little old lady watch... but I've been burned on this watching some darned efficient little old ladies blast through leaving me in the wrong line, too)
• Number of children in tow (with extra "stay away" modifier for poorly behaved/tired/whining/"mommy buy me candy":"NO!" children)
• Is it an express 20-items or less line?
• Is it the self-checkout line?

So, a lot I guess .

• which shop girl is more attractive (or nice)
• who of the customers might be an alcoholic (stinks, so i don't want to go there)
• who of the customers looks aggressive and impatient and snobby (might start to troll at the shop girl or other customers for no reason, will probably pay with card anyway. they all look like klaus kinski)
• amount of products in basket
• length of line

2. 1) How many items I have.

2) How many people in line before me.

3) Age of those in front of me.

4) Skill of the checker.

5) Whether a new check-stand will open.

6) How much time I have.

7) Is self check-out crowded.

8) My mood.

3. I like sticking with three variables.

Plotting 4 vectors in my head can get confusing. I start bumping into aisles and knocking over cereal boxes.

4. Checks in this sequence

1. Number of items I have, do I qualify to use the express lanes/cash only lanes?
2. Length of lineup & how many items people in front of me have
3. Rate of movement of the line. (Are there hold ups in terms of price checks etc)

5. 1. Length of line.
2. How full the trolleys are in front of me.
3. How many items I have.
4. How quickly the express line is being processed
5. The chances of a new checkout being opened

6. 1. Length of line
2. Speed of line
and this seemed to be reglected:
3. Personality/mood of checkout person

I mean, I'm not usually in a rush- I don't plan to be at the supermarket forever nor do I like long, loud lines- but presence of mind is everything. I don't go somewhere to need to be elsewhere.

I don't understand the need to win(!) at getting to the checkout counter first. Perfectly normal people who wouldn't, you know, cut people off while weaving through traffic on the freeway, or compete to get the attention of the waitress first at a restaurant, perfectly ordinary people become sharks at the checkout line. Lines, they bring out the evil in you.

7. I'm in retail myself and I know the fastest way to kill any line is a senior citizen with a checkbook and "just one question miss."

Or, a mother who has come in with as many coupons as misbehaving children.

8. Originally Posted by iwakar
I'm in retail myself and I know the fastest way to kill any line is a senior citizen with a checkbook and "just one question miss."

Or, a mother who has come in with as many coupons as misbehaving children.
Once I saw an old lady pay only with pennies.

9. Originally Posted by A Schnitzel
Once I saw an old lady pay only with pennies.
I think she came through my line once upon a time.

A few times.

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