Don’t Be THAT Guy: The 10 Items or less ignorer

Posted: August 17, 2010 in don't be THAT guy
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One of the most logical things this culture has ever come up with is the 10 items or less grocery store line.

Why do people insist on ff’in it up?

There I am with my box of cinnamon Pop Tarts, twelver of Keystone Ice, copy of World Weekly Report, package of toilet paper and tube of Compound W and I see the fast lane. I’m golden, right?


Because THAT guy just pulled his cart in front of me. His cart has so much weight in it that the axles are under more stress than Lindsay Lohan taking the SAT. Not only that but he has one of each vegetable and fruit in the produce section that all need to be gathered and weighed and generally require more attention than that infected boil on the back of his neck.. When he rolls out his third grade Partridge Family pencil case filled with coupons and starts to argue about the 6 cents off on the Brawny Ass Wipes I start channeling John Wilkes Booth and all I can see is a guy in front of me with a beard and no mustache.

Look, you either have 10 or don’t.

It’s not the 11 or less line.

Ten, okay? FF’in 10.

  1. Allison McDonald-Brandes says:

    I always tell them – like I’m being really helpful…. “Oh dear! I’m sure you didn’t realise but this is the ten items or less queue….”

    It usually works here in the UK because people would rather pretend they made an honest mistake than admit to being ignorant.

  2. Jen Forbus says:

    You have more than 10 items…just saying.

  3. tybes says:

    I just give them the evil eye.

    What really pisses me off, is when that same jack&*% leaves his cart in the middle of the parking lot, while he’s parked next to the cart corral.

    • Jen Forbus says:

      I don’t care where you’re parked…return the cart to the corral or don’t take it in the first place.

      • tybes says:

        amen to that! absolutely! I can’t believe how lazy people are. It’s like they’re gonna keel over and die if they have to walk a few extra yards.

  4. D. B. Dean says:

    There are these automated self checkers at my supermarket. They are 10 items or less. I think an additional rule should be added….10 items with BAR CODE or less. Because if you gotta ask the freaking checker for help looking up a code for your six different types of bell peppers. then it is NOT a self check. Young couples with all fresh produce in line in front of me just ticket me off when I have a gallon of milk.

    Sometimes the self checker 10 items or less moves slower than the normal lines filled with full carts becaue the systems break so much and people trying to buy sttuff without barcodes.

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