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Richard Myers: I am a patient man

Posted: October 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.

I have a burning question to ask all of your readers.

Let me first explain: I am a patient man. Really, a patient man am I.

I will wait patiently in my car at the intersection of McBean Parkway and Valencia Boulevard for my turn to proceed. I understand that there must be controlled, systematic rotation of lanes, for without it there would be sheer chaos leading to no movement at all. I’m patient at these types of intersections.

I’m patient at the post office. I queue up and wait my turn. I understand that those in front of me may have special needs for their mailings that take much time to process. That’s okay. They need to do what they need to do!

I’m patient at the movies. If there is a line, I’ll get in it. I understand that the ticket seller can work only so fast, so I don’t mind waiting.

Yes, I am indeed a patient man. However, there is one place where I lose my patience. Where I silently steam and rage within.

That place is the grocery market check-out lane.

The men, but more often the ladies, in line in front of me seem to be shopping for the first time in their lives. They don’t seem to know that when it’s their turn to check out — they will have to pay!

They wait while the clerk scans every item, and when there is a total amount due, then — and not a second sooner — do they begin to look for their credit card, their cash or their checkbook.

The men usually find what they need fairly quickly, but not so the ladies. Have you looked at their purses? Some are so huge they could accommodate a baby elephant.

Of course, the lady at the register will have to dig into that large purse to find her smaller purse, which seems to hold every type of card ever made, and she will search through them all while I wait impatiently — extremely impatiently.

So, here is my question: When these shoppers are waiting in line to check out, why don’t they get the needed credit card, cash or checkbook ready before all their items are scanned?

Sometimes I would like to tell them where to stick the credit card, checkbook or cash. Of course, I don’t do that because I am, after all — a patient man.


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