This rant has been building up for years. People just don’t know how to bag groceries any more. Just as a note, don’t put canned goods on top of my bananas!!
I get all Peggy Hill when it comes to bagging groceries. I know I can do it better. I did my time working as a cashier in a grocery store. My sentence lasted about a month when I was in high school. But while I was incarcerated, I learned a thing or two about how to bag groceries.
Canned goods go on the bottom. Boxed food goes together, either on top of the cans or in a different bag. Definitely keep the cold foods with other cold foods and bag raw meats separately. Fresh fruits and veggies should also be bagged either separately or on top of the cans/boxed food, as well as bread and eggs.
I have noticed that baggers will usually keep the bread and eggs apart from my other food, but since I use my own bags for groceries, I have to specify that the meat goes in a plastic bag. Really? Do you really think that I want that raw chicken juice to drip in my reusable bags and all over my groceries?
And don’t get me started on how my fresh fruit and veggies are treated. It’s really sad that baggers don’t seem to understand that fruit and veggies can get bruised. I really don’t want boxes or cans on top of my bananas.
I even go so far as to sort my groceries on the conveyor belt in such a way to help the baggers get things together. Cold with cold, cans, boxed food, produce and meats last. Still, there are times when I have to repack my bags to rescue some poor vegetables from beneath a mountain of cans.
Is it really that difficult?
I used to shop at a commissary. LOVED shopping there, not only for the prices, but because the baggers knew what they were doing. Maybe it was because they worked for tips only. If they didn’t bag something properly, they wouldn’t get paid. I’m thinking grocery stores should implement a similar plan. Maybe then my groceries would get bagged correctly for a change.