I work at a supermarket deli in Australia. We do everything; sliced and shaved meats, olives, sausages, cheeses, cooked chicken, raw chicken, bacon products and seafood-so we get lots of opportunities for weird behaviour.
We only do three varieties of turkey, plus two types of chicken. However, we do a dozen varieties of ham, so we get some crazy conversations.
Custy: ...I'll have ham...
Me: What variety?
Custy: ...leg ham...
Me: What type...
Custy: 250 grams...
Me: Which ham?
Custy: ...leg ham...
Me: Umm, okay, we have several varieties, what FLAVOUR of ham do you want?
I get that you sometimes have to call hubby to ask what fish he wants for dinner, but that only takes a couple of seconds. Don't hog my deli counter while you hold an entire business meeting unless you want me making loud and innapropriate comments that they will hear on the other end of the line.
The evil cousin of the cell phone person is the one that just can't unplug their Ipod earphones for a minute while I serve them.
I get that you loooove listening to your tunes while you shop, I also it, but just put it on stop/pause for a minute.
Also hate the people who meet up with friends at my deli counter then gather in a cluster... along with various hubbies, kids and shopping trollies while they catch up on ten years worth of news.
Sure its great that you guys haven't met up in a while, but isn't there more comfortable places to catch up then in the middle of a supermarket? Go to the cafe or swap phone numbers, please!
At our deli we pre-slice and shave all our meats. Its supposed to make things easier and faster. That doesn't mean I have time to turn over every... single.... slice... of... ham in the stack so you can pick the best ones. Nor will I take the stack apart because you reckon the top pieces look too dry.
If I tell you that item can't be sliced any thinner cos it will crumple, believe me! I slice this stuff for a living, remember?
Do you also have the customers that make you groan when you see them coming? The ones that make you, suddenly, find a desperate desire to go hide in the coolroom till they go?