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Here's an example of something that drives me nuts: the twit in front of me at the grocery store paid for her purchase - $1.63 in total - with a VISA credit card. So you know the drill: you have to wait before inserting your card into the machine, then you wait before entering your password, then you wait again for it to be processed....

This got me thinking, a cash-only checkout line would be much appreciated. Agreed?

  1. Yes. Agreed.

    1. At the grocery stores I shop at, such a line wouldn't have enough business. Most of the people I see, are using debit or credit. I can get through my transaction with a debit card as fast or faster than someone digging through their wallet or pockets for that 2 dimes and a penny to give exact change.

      Should there also be a line for people with only scan-able items, no strange produce that the cashier has to look up the price or code for?

      Best thing to do is have some patience.

      1. Sure, that way when I want to use my credit card I don't have to wait behind the twit who pays with all coins or is digging through their bag/pockets to find coins.

        1. As long as there's an express line for when I have 10 or fewer items, and don't get stuck behind people who are laying in supplies for the winter, I don't care how the people in front of me pay for their stuff.

          1. I find cash takes much longer to process, what with the picayune change and counting out each bill. They say the amount, I swipe my card, pick up the pen as it goes through, and initial it. Done. No matter the amount of the bill, even a couple of bucks, that's a lot less motion that counting actual cash. (And I get 5% back at the end of the month on groceries, so win/win.)

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            1. re: coll

              Agreed. On some of the newer terminals like at Trader Joes. I can swipe my card before the cashier even finishes scanning my good and I just sign after all the items are scanned. Much faster than using cash.

              1. re: kurtt

                I get antsy standing behind someone using cash, fishing around for change, smaller bills. There's no password for cc use, only for debits, AFAIK and I've been using credit for every expense for years. The cash line would be the slowest, hands down.

                1. re: mcf

                  Shame on those folks fishing for bills and coins. If you know you are going to pay with cash, you can get your bills and coins ready even before the clerk has finished ringing your purchases up. You know that you shouldn't need more than $1.00 worth of coins, no matter what the final bill ends up being. So just get out $0.90 or $1.00 in coins, along with some bills, and everything will go faster.

                  1. re: racer x

                    I pay cash and know roughly what the bill will be so get my cash ready but I fail to see why or how the extra 60 or 90 seconds of waiting makes such a difference??!!

                    1. re: racer x

                      Shame on them? Really? Because...why?

                      This thread makes me a bit sad.

                      1. re: debbiel

                        Me, too.

                      2. re: racer x

                        I'm not opposed to folks paying however they choose, I just know it'll be faster when I or someone else swipes a card. Check writers are the slowest. I've never seen anyone ready with their cash before being rung up, that would slow things down because they werent packing their own stuff, something I always do.

                      3. re: mcf

                        There most definitely ARE passwords for credit cards. We have them in Canada; most credit cards here have a chip on them that is inserted into the machine, although they all have the magnetic strip too. I know they are also used in much of Europe.

                        1. re: CanadaGirl

                          Indeed, CG, we've had the chipped cards for some considerable years in Europe. A simple matter of inserting the card, entering your four digit password and pressing "enter".

                          Whenever I visit America and have to sign a credit card slip, it feels like going back in time. Two trips ago, we left a restaurant without paying as we just assumed that one of us had paid, while the other was visiting the toilet, and that the slip of paper was our receipt. Needless to say, the waitress came chasing down the street after us to get a signature.

                          1. re: Harters

                            Yep! We recently went on vacation to Florida, and I couldn't remember the last time I had used the strip on my CC, so I went into my bank to get it checked. Glad I did, because it was busted and I needed a new card to use in the US. Vacation with no VISA would have been a hassle.

                          2. re: CanadaGirl

                            We have chips and strips and passwords for debits. Do you need to use a PW for every single credit card transaction in every location in Canada? We don't, except for debits and cash advances.

                            Edit: I see you answered below... should have read the whole thread!

                    2. Not a cash-only line, but they really need to monitor these self-checkout lines that Giant has turned half of their checkouts into. I use them when I only have one or two items, but when you're stuck behind someone with a cartload of crap who doesn't know how to scan an item, it's a nightmare.

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                      1. re: mrsbuffer

                        They should have beginner and advanced self checkout lines!

                        Actually I don't know why they don't have a limit on items there, some people are sort of ridiculous with the amount of things they try to cram on the bagging scale.

                        1. re: coll

                          Kind of like airport security

                          1. re: viperlush

                            But just like airport secuirty ... everyone will think they're "advanced"!

                      2. Sure.
                        Then they should also have a line for lonely people who use the checkout line as their only means of social contact for the week ie; " my daughter's doing fine after her surgery, it's hot outside and could you please help me with taking off my sweater I'm too hot, how's your husband doing?"
                        The checkout person is held hostage and so is everyone else in line.

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                        1. re: latindancer

                          Hope you never get old and alone.

                          1. re: escondido123

                            This. I always make time to give a little chit chat to the lonely elderly women at the grocery store... perhaps their children never call, or live far away, and their husband/siblings have passed... gimme a break, how freaking busy are you that you can't say 4 sentences to a very friendly stranger?

                            1. re: emmekin

                              Seriously.

                              We are all are going to be there someday. Sooner than we think. Be kind to people. Please.

                              1. re: nikkihwood

                                It's not just the elderly or lonely. I've stood behind the guy talking sports with the cashier while they hash out the final score and behind the lady discussing with the cashier their teenage daughters' prom dresses and hair styles.

                                +1 on the "so you want to chat and socialize" line!

                                1. re: nikkihwood

                                  Haha. How did my comment get turned into a bashing contest?
                                  There is nothing I've posted that warrants the attack.
                                  I didn't mention 'old'....once.
                                  People....please be kind to people. Please.

                                  1. re: latindancer

                                    I understand, having recently been behind a somewhat mentally challenged woman on a scooter that kept me standing in line for twenty-five minutes while she went over and over the coupon possibilities with her purchase of maybe 12 items. I thought I was going to go crazy or postal, then marveled at the young cashier's patience with her, and suddenly realized it was probably this old gal's main form of socialization. but I wouldn't have been quite so impatient if it hadn't made me late for an appointment. She was the only person in front of me in line. Thought i'd be out in five, no problem.

                                2. re: emmekin

                                  I say send the shoppers who are uptight and in a hurry to the self-checkout line, where the won't have to tolerate a little friendly conversation.

                                  1. re: GH1618

                                    That's what I need and anyone who delays there gets the hook. I can't wait to get out of the local supermarket. Acquire food, pay and get the heck out. We have an independent supermarket that makes its own sausages, pastrami and corned beef. Has a very good bakery, produce and cheese selection. That place I slow down and see what's new and on sale

                                  2. re: emmekin

                                    <gimme a break, how freaking busy are you that you can't say 4 sentences to a very friendly stranger?>

                                    I second that. So true, true, true.

                                    1. re: latindancer

                                      I SO agree. It it sad that our culture has come to this point. When I shop in other countries (i.e. Croatia) it is far different. The pace of life is so much slower and people actually sincerely care about one another.

                                      1. re: chefathome

                                        Well....my life, fortunately, has not come to this point and work hard to make sure it doesn't.
                                        I agree with your assessment of other countries, however, and Croatia is a perfect example.

                                        1. re: latindancer

                                          Same here. I try hard not to get caught up in it as well. This is one of the many, many reasons we bought a house in Croatia - the lifestyle is so very different from here.

                                  3. re: escondido123

                                    Did I say anything about 'old'?
                                    So far I'm good, thanks :).

                                    1. re: latindancer

                                      Nah. But if you think someone has no other socialization for the week, maybe you can endure? ;-)

                                      1. re: mcf

                                        I have found that in many cases, not all, that there is a reason why these people have no other means of socialization. Im thinking the crazy Aunt that lives alone because she was verbally abusive to her family members, stayed single because she drove every man away, and alienated any friends with her antics (true story).

                                        1. re: mcf

                                          It really depends, actually.
                                          I'm quite good at scoping out the truly lonely and isolated....and there's no end to my compassion. However, there are those who are just plain mean along with their loneliness...they're there to put the person checking them out through the hoops and they think they're entitled to make the world come to a stop. I have no tolerance and if I'm condemned for that then so be it.

                                          1. re: latindancer

                                            Now THIS I agree with. I'm not the world's greatest people reader but there's an obvious difference between an obnoxious old bat forcing the cashier to call for price checks on a dozen items, remove/rain check items, etc. Vs. a friendly old man/woman making honest, kind conversation about the weather.
                                            Its all too clear who's a self-entitled ol' b*stard and who is genuinely old and isolated - and deserving of one's patience.

                                            1. re: latindancer

                                              I guess I've been fortunate or I don't get out enough. I'm sure suck folks exist, I just don't encounter them on checkout lines.

                                    2. In NYC Fairway, Whole Paycheck and Trader Joes have a checkout system similar to a bank. People line up in one or two lines and are directed to the next available cashier.
                                      This way no one is delayed by the nightmare check writer or price check chaos.
                                      Whole Paycheck goes the extra step and has several pre cashier lines. Some for less than 15 items. Personally I can't afford to buy more than 15 items there.

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                                      1. re: Motosport

                                        I have seen this same thing in some grocery stores in Europe and actually prefer it to the grocery store check out line chaos that I usually have to face. It works well when they have several cashiers and an extra person to help direct people. Jumping the queue is seriously discouraged.

                                        1. re: Motosport

                                          It's a great system. Works quickly in trader joes. Even if the line seems crazy, we always check out quickly.

                                        2. There should be a credit/debit only line. I find those who pay with cash or check take much longer than the swipe and go people.

                                          This morning at Wawa there was a lady in front of me who took forever with cash. On the other hand, I had my credit card already out, swiped, told the cashier "no receipt" and the entire transaction took less than 10 seconds.

                                          1. I agree with other posters that are many ways to slow down a line. I'm pretty fast with my debit/credit so any slowdown is due to the network.

                                            I just wanted to note that sometimes I get gift cards (Amex rewards) that look and process like credit cards. I get these in $10 denominations and they can only be used at relatively few retailers here in Canada - places like Williams Sonoma where $10 does not get you very far. So I use them for a morning coffee and pastry at the department store cafeteria, which probably looks weird to some (why does she need to charge $3???).

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                                            1. re: julesrules

                                              I charge everything possible.....I get cash back on my credit card & carry virtually no cash.

                                              1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                I had that system too, but have recently found out that merchants may pay more for credit card transactions when the card rewards are high. I want to support my local indie businesses, so I'm going back to cash for them. I'm not as concerned about larger corporations or bigger purchases.

                                                Sam James is actually one of the little guys I want to support, so this article hit home for me:

                                                http://www.thestar.com/business/artic...

                                                The PATH, an underground mall connecting office towers where his business is located, is full of food court chains so I need to support him to encourage more decent options near my office :)

                                                1. re: julesrules

                                                  As a small business merchant, I see both sides of it. In our case, we consider it a cost of doing business but also realize the positive outweighs the negative. Especially for places with lots of small transactions (our business has fewer transactions for larger amounts) the security and verification of debit/credit transactions probably make up for the fee costs (cash drawers aren't out of balance, reduction in employee theft, etc.)

                                                  1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                    Not to mention, studies show that people using credit cards buy on average about 30% more than they would have if using cash!

                                              2. re: julesrules

                                                I notice that most people younger than 40 use plastic for everything. It's mostly debit cards. No one seems to have cash on hand.
                                                If they need some cash they hit the ATM and take out $20-40. Never much more than that.

                                              3. Suggest it to your local grocer and see what happens...they might try it.

                                                1. That "TWIT" in front of you was NOT using a Visa CREDIT card. If she had to enter a password, she was entering a PIN with a DEBIT card.

                                                  In fact her debit card transaction can be much faster than if she handed the cashier a twenty or fifty dollar bill for that $1.63 purchase.

                                                  If the supermarket set up a cash only lane, the cashier would have lots of down time with no customers using the lane and all other lanes would have increased lines. Most supermarket transactions in my area are not cash, but debit, credit, SNAP or check.

                                                  Younger people tend to use cards for everything, my 24 year old does not use cash at all. She doesn't carry it, and of course never would need a coin for a pay phone, and parking meters here take debit and credit cards.
                                                  This quarter, my Chase Rewards Visa is giving me 5% back on ALL supermarket purchases, so if I have a $1.63 purcahse, that's 8 cents I get back. It all adds up to nice money back every month.

                                                  To sum it up I DISAGEE with you.

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                                                  1. re: bagelman01

                                                    I get back $35 to $40 on my Chase Rewards Visa every month, and I only use it for groceries, gas and other dept stores like Home Depot or Staples. Nothing frivilous or unnecessary. Sweet!!

                                                    1. re: bagelman01

                                                      I agree with your disagreeing with OP, but I wondered how you knew it was a debit, not a credit card. Most of my credit cards now have chip and PIN, so I have to enter a PIN when using it.

                                                      1. re: Sooeygun

                                                        I've never had a PIN with a credit card. Like coll I get about $30/month back on my Chase Sapphire card.

                                                        1. re: Sooeygun

                                                          Sooeygun, what region are you in? I've always thought credit cards with PIN's were largely confined to Europe (thus making it a pain to use my US cards there).

                                                          1. re: Hobbert

                                                            Canadian credit cards use PINs also. Much more secure.

                                                            1. re: Hobbert

                                                              As others have said, the chip and PIN cards are pretty much standard now in Canada.

                                                            2. re: Sooeygun

                                                              I have never, ever needed to use a pin to pay with a credit card, no more than with any other cc purchase. Only debits require them.

                                                              1. re: mcf

                                                                When I use Amex, depending on the store and the amount, I have to enter a zip code.

                                                                1. re: racer x

                                                                  I use Amex for pretty much everything, that 's the exception, only a couple of places require it.

                                                            3. re: bagelman01

                                                              I'm in Canada. Therefore, my CREDIT card has a PIN.

                                                              1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                Mine HAS a PIN, but it's never used for purchases. Do you need a pin every single time you pay a restaurant check or buy something in CA?

                                                                1. re: mcf

                                                                  Most of the cc machines here in Canada (at least my neck of the woods) now use a PIN—you enter it instead of swiping and signing so, yes, you use the PIN every time you make a purchase by card.Usually the machines talk to their counterparts much faster than the old ones did. Some stores still have the old swipe machines (I don't think they're mandated for another year or so); I much prefer the PIN.

                                                                  1. re: Jasz

                                                                    Ditto.

                                                                  2. re: mcf

                                                                    Most of the rest of the world has gone to "chip and pin" -- it's only the US that's stuck in the dark ages with signatures and slower, less secure transactions. Just another way that American business is thwarting innovation because they're squeezing out every penny of profit by delaying upgrading their technology.

                                                              2. Maybe it's just the Californian in me, but I say just be patient. How much extra time out of your life does it really take to wait in line while someone ahead of you does something you don't like? We could create endless special purpose lines so that everyone's personal preferences can be met, but that seems like an overly complicated solution to something that's not really that much of a problem.

                                                                At least not to me. But, you know, slow Californian who doesn't have anywhere I need to be THAT badly. :-)

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                                                                1. re: lkrier

                                                                  +1 from a non-Californian. :)

                                                                  1. re: lkrier

                                                                    Another +1 from another non-Californian. All of these threads about slow lines at supermarkets and their causes just made me think that pretty soon, some people are going to start demanding their own personal line at the market. The Me-Only line.

                                                                    I know it can be frustrating to wait (I know this because I am an impatient person), but everyone needs to realize that while you are waiting for the person in front of you at the market, someone else is waiting for you in some other venue. It's the circle of wait that keeps us all in orbit. Hakuna matata.

                                                                    1. re: Cachetes

                                                                      The Me-Only Line! Brilliant! I want one and while we're at it - can I get the JerryMe line only on the freeway!

                                                                  2. My anecdotal experience has been:

                                                                    Due to system failures, rather often one or two of the nine available self-checkout registers at my local will be reduced in function and marked with signs as "Cash Only".

                                                                    Typically, these machines mostly sit unused while shoppers wait in line to be able to use crerdit at the other terminals.

                                                                    1. No. For one thing, a credit card transaction doesn't really take longer than a cash transaction, on the average. For another, hardly anyone uses cash at a supermarket. Cash is most often used for just a few items, and there are already express lanes for those.

                                                                      1. There should be a separate line for archaic people who feel the need to pay with a check (and can't find a pen/ need to put on their reading glasses and can't find them/ don't bother filling out any of the info while their items are being scanned) and for people who dig through their pockets looking for that one dime.

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                                                                        1. re: tinnywatty

                                                                          A paperless system, including the loss of checks, is already happening. And changing the way many people who don't have credit cards or a large enough monthly balance can cash their income checks. Before you throw such folks under the bus, consider the people in your family who never knew any different.

                                                                          Maybe there should be a line at the supermarket for the impatient...they can stand there together bitchy about the 20 seconds they lost.

                                                                          1. re: HillJ

                                                                            Throwing them under the bus indeed. Many who don't have the resources to qualify for credit are paying huge fees to cash checks, use low-balance checking accounts, use preloaded cards, etc. As a percentage of their total income, many are getting hammered with fees. I say, if what they have is a dime, let them use it and feel grateful if you are in a position that you don't have to worry about where your dimes are. The grocery store is one of the few places anymore where a dime can actually make a difference in terms of buying something (though decreasingly so).

                                                                            1. re: HillJ

                                                                              I like that. I would probably be in that line

                                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                                In the UK, there are a rapidly decreasing number of places that will accept cheques.

                                                                                The only time I write a cheque is if, say, the plumber is doing some work at the house. That said, the plumber usually wants paying in cash so he can avoid paying income tax. So long, as I can also avoid paying him Value Added Tax (20%), I'm also more than happy with cash.

                                                                                1. re: Harters

                                                                                  If the store accepts of FOP then that's the way it goes. I still don't believe it's civil to expect someone to rush on our behalf no matter how busy we believe we are.

                                                                                2. re: HillJ

                                                                                  Hey, I have nothing against people who use checks as opposed to paying with cash/credit- just writing the total on the check should actually be faster than someone fishing the cash out of their wallet and maybe faster than someone waiting for then signing a credit card slip (depending on the type of system at the store). I guess my sentence structure above didn't make that clear. I have an issue with people who aren't prepared- they should be writing in the date, the payable name and signing before they get up to the front so that all that's left is writing down the total and then writing out the dollars and cents amount.

                                                                                  1. re: tinnywatty

                                                                                    tinnywaytty, I believe I understood what you were saying very well. I have a similar issue with people who feel they should time the speed of fellow humans. Especially folks who struggle. Not everyone goes through life at rapid speed or prepared for every moment. I suppose accommodating one another is just too much to ask.

                                                                                3. re: tinnywatty

                                                                                  You have described Florida.

                                                                                  1. re: Veggo

                                                                                    Glad to be back?

                                                                                    1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                      Yup. Let's eat some fish!

                                                                                4. Credit takes less time than cash in most transactions

                                                                                  Now a seperate line for those coupon professionals is not a bad idea. Ever been behind someone with twenty or more coupons?

                                                                                  1. I use a debit card for most purchases, it's faster than cash because the cashier doesn't have to give me change.

                                                                                    1. Not agreed.

                                                                                      What's the problem with paying by card. Insert card in machine, tap in PIN, remove card.

                                                                                      Quicker than folk who fumble around in pockets and wallets for cash.

                                                                                      1. I am sorry John, but I seiously disagree.

                                                                                        I find it hard to believe that the 15 SECONDS you had to wait in line behind someone using a credit/debit card put much of a crimp in your schedule.

                                                                                        1. How about you swipe your card when you first enter the supermarket? Then the payment goes through as your items are scanned at check out. Cashier scans, you or clerk bag. Receipt is emailed to your account (PC, phone, etc.) and off you go.

                                                                                          1. Arrrgh! This drives me nuts!
                                                                                            I pay with cash almost all the time, and usually buy small quantities of items (most of my shopping is for fruit and veg, and I like to get it fresh). I hate having to wait for the nitwits ahead of me who are dealing with the card machines.

                                                                                            The grocer industry could speed things up by a huge amount if the machines would automatically detect exactly what kind of card it is (no "debit or credit?" questions), use some kind of (but fast!) bioscan, like a fingerprint reader instead of a signature, and not allow cash back at the fast-checkout lane.

                                                                                            In theory, paying by card should be MUCH fast than paying by cash, but it almost never is where I shop. The shoppers approach each card reader like they've never seen one before.

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                                                                                            1. re: racer x

                                                                                              "In theory, paying by card should be MUCH faster than paying by cash, but it almost never is where I shop. The shoppers approach each card reader like they've never seen one before."

                                                                                              Precisely what happens where I shop as well. I always use cash and when I have fewer items I am able to use the self check out but sometimes I stand in line behind those who pay with cards.

                                                                                              However, I am very patient and do not mind a little friendly conversation. Sometimes it can brighten my day and be very amusing! Recently two women have thanked me for listening to them while waiting in line. One elderly woman said it really made her day to have someone care. It seems as though our society is far too rushed. We need a breather and to re-learn the art of relaxing our attitudes. It is beyond me that there are those who really and truly feel that waiting an additional 90 seconds really is that horrible. In the grand scheme of things, does it really matter?

                                                                                            2. I think back to the old days before there were any card readers or UPC scanners, and I don't don't remember checkout being that much slower than it is today. Am I just misremembering?

                                                                                              Maybe part of that was that the stores my family shopped at employed more staff to run the registers and to bag the items than where I shop these days. When the register clerk is also the bagger, that can really slow things down.
                                                                                              I like how in some other countries where the customer does their own bagging, they have a little manual gating device that directs the purchase items to the right or left so that the clerk can keep going ringing up the next shopper's stuff while the last shopper is still bagging her or his items.

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                                                                                              1. re: racer x

                                                                                                Not just in other countries, there is a chain in the Western US, WINCO, that uses that system. Not only are there two separate lanes for the grocery items, but the checker can run two transactions at the same time and switch back and forth. This is great if there is a price check or some other type of delay. They put the first transaction "on hold" and start running the next customer, then switch back and finalize the original transaction when ready.

                                                                                              2. I live in Austin, so I live in a pretty youthful/tech savvy city, but people who pay with cards are much faster than people who pay with cash IMHO. Once your first item is scanned you can run your card and then you can be finished entering all your info by the time the checkout person is done scanning your groceries. The receipt should be in your hand 5 seconds after the last item is scanned, thats way faster than cash.

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                                                                                                1. re: twyst

                                                                                                  Are you saying you can put your card through BEFORE the bill is totaled? How does that work?

                                                                                                  1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                    Yes, you swipe the card as soon as the cashier starts ringing up the first item and when all items have been scanned a total is shown to you and you press a button to accept the charge and sign the screen and your receipt is printed,

                                                                                                    1. re: kurtt

                                                                                                      Interesting. I'll have to see if that works here. But, to be honest, I only see that as saving a couple of seconds, as IME, the bulk of the waiing with the card comes after I've entered my PIN (I'm in Canada - we usually use a PIN for our credit cards, not a signature)

                                                                                                    2. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                      That's how it works at most stores I shop. As soon as the first item is scanned, you can swipe and enter your pin. Some stores capture signatures electronically during the transaction, others still use paper slips printed at the end. It isn't any different than swiping a card before pumping gas.

                                                                                                      1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                        My grocery store (Harris Teeter) does that. Very convenient. Just scan your card while the cashier is ringing you up and when they're complete, a little question pops up- "do you accept xyz total?". Hit "yes" and you're done and the receipt prints out. Target also uses this method.

                                                                                                        1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                          And at some places, if the credit transaction is less than I think $20 (maybe $40), no signature is required. So easy.

                                                                                                      2. It doesn't take very long to pay by credit card. Really.

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                                                                                                        1. re: LeoLioness

                                                                                                          And who cares if it does anyway? What could possibly be the time crunch for anyone that the extra 45 seconds, even 1 or 2 whole minutes is that important?
                                                                                                          Its ridiculous how quickly we think everything is supposed to happen now.
                                                                                                          I'm 26 years old and I feel this way, I wonder how those even older than me are feeling?
                                                                                                          Extremely rushed, that's what.

                                                                                                          1. re: emmekin

                                                                                                            Multiply that by a line with 5 people ahead of you, and it becomes really annoying. Especially if your ice cream is starting to melt.

                                                                                                            1. re: racer x

                                                                                                              Life can be so hard.

                                                                                                            2. re: emmekin

                                                                                                              I'm with you 110%. I for one strongly dislike this particular aspect of our culture. We are far too absorbed in our busy-ness.

                                                                                                              1. re: chefathome

                                                                                                                We are all incredibly important, clearly. <sigh>

                                                                                                                1. re: chefathome

                                                                                                                  I find it so funny that people have time to post again and again on how much they don't like to have their time wasted.

                                                                                                                  1. re: escondido123

                                                                                                                    What if we're waiting in line behind someone slow? ;-)

                                                                                                                  2. re: chefathome

                                                                                                                    <I, for one strongly dislike this particular aspect of our culture. We are far too absorbed in our busy-ness.>

                                                                                                                    Well, not everyone is. I, for one, have a pretty balanced life and have all the time in the world to stand behind anyone who's there for the right reason. This is not what I've been posting about. There are lots of us out there, as reflected on this board, who've grown impatient with the 'me' attitude that seems to be prevalent in places like the checkout line or the moron who insists he/she is going to be the gatekeeper and keep a hundred cars behind her/him on a freeway just to teach them a lesson in speed limits.
                                                                                                                    Whatever happened to courtesy, thinking about others beside yourself, respect for another's space, not talking on a cellphone out loud and bothering others? The list is endless.
                                                                                                                    With your 'we are far too absorbed in our busy-ness' attitude are we all just to let things go without at least bringing attention to it?
                                                                                                                    The OP's original question was a good one. I see nothing wrong with paying with a debit card as long as the person is quick and takes a quick look in back of them to make sure they're not holding others up. It's called common courtesy. Their time is no more precious than the others in back of them.

                                                                                                                    1. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                      Wait, so if there is a line, you think the person should pay in cash instead? How is that any quicker, exactly? A debit card transaction takes seconds. Literally. We are talking 20 seconds or so.

                                                                                                                      Perhaps there should be a special line for people who are RILLY RILLY BUSY AND IMPORTANT. Wonder how long that line would be?

                                                                                                                      1. re: LeoLioness

                                                                                                                        I beg your pardon?
                                                                                                                        How on earth did you come to the conclusion, based on what I posted, that I think a person should pay in cash of a debit card? Also, why would you shout ? Your post is misdirected.

                                                                                                                        1. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                          I guess I misunderstood this line, then:

                                                                                                                          "I see nothing wrong with paying with a debit card as long as the person is quick and takes a quick look in back of them to make sure they're not holding others up."

                                                                                                                          I don't understand how paying with a card could possibly be "holding others up".

                                                                                                                          1. re: LeoLioness

                                                                                                                            Here is where I'm coming from....

                                                                                                                            I could care less how someone pays for their purchase. It's really irrelevant to me, actually, and I've never paid that much attention to it. I always use a debit card and I'm fast. I'm always always always aware of the line in back of me and the people that are there for the same reason. My time is no more valuable than theirs. i want to go fast and get out of there so they can also get their business done. If I see someone with one item opposed to my ten I insist they go in front of me. Maybe I'm the only one, and this is the problem I'm having on this thread, that thinks others are entitled to the same respect, as far as time goes, that I am. I go out of my way not to 'hold others up' and don't understand how some people don't think the same way.
                                                                                                                            It has nothing to do with time and it has everything to do with courtesy.

                                                                                                                            1. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                              Then I guess I am the incredibly "rude" person who sometimes takes 6.5 additional seconds to get correct change out of my wallet when I'm paying cash.

                                                                                                                              1. re: LeoLioness

                                                                                                                                Not what I'm talking about.

                                                                                                                              2. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                                I just don't see making a financial transaction at a grocery store, with or without a bit of social conversation, to be "holding people up." Courtesy does not require that we live our lives as if every activity is an olympic trial.

                                                                                                                                So coupon people, cleaning out your pennies people, check writers, people who generally move through life more slowly than I do, please feel free to be in front of me in line. I will not view you as discourteous, and we might even have a nice little chat.

                                                                                                                                1. re: debbiel

                                                                                                                                  Once again, not what I was talking about....

                                                                                                                        2. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                          I see nothing discourteous about paying by debit card, cash, check, or credit card. None is a discourteous choice.

                                                                                                                          I see nothing discourteous about having a conversation with the checkout person. If the person in front of me and the cashier have a bit of a social exchange beyond that which is necessary for the transaction....so what?

                                                                                                                          1. re: debbiel

                                                                                                                            Agreed. I wasn't talking about any of that.

                                                                                                                            1. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                              I'm trying hard to follow but the round and round circle of who is actually being discourteous is getting in the way.

                                                                                                                              The one unwilling to wait or the one creating the wait? The person moving at a slower pace than you or the reality that in a line you may have to wait a few minutes?

                                                                                                                              Lines are a fact of life, what's the point of making lousy time out of it?

                                                                                                                  3. Folks, this thread is already getting needlessly personal and unpleasant, as well as wildly off-topic. We're going to lock it now.