Whilst standing at the checkout looking around for another cashier to free up and or have a faster moving lane, it occurred to me that I was in a predicament from hell. Our Wal Mart has about 20 check out counters, only 5 were open which is more than usual. Tons of people are waiting in queues to get checked. I fly like a bullet to the "fast lane" and get behind what appears to be a woman paying for her items (already bagged and in the trolley). I think, "Thank you God". I thanked him too soon. I stood there for 15 minutes while they approved a WIC card or food stamp card I dunno what it was. It took 15 minutes to decide they would approve it and a "CSM to register 18 please". It took 5 minutes to get the CSM over there and another 20 minutes to do the paper work etc and so on that had to be done. In the mean time I keep watching the other cashiers to see if there is hope of darting to another lane. NO! It was as if time stood still like I saw on a you tube video of Home Depot once! So here I stand behind one customer with close to $400 worth of items in her trolley and paying with a government voucher that is giving her shit. I can safely say that all of us in the line wanted to kill. I only had one item, one lousy stinking item. I had dog biscuits for my dog. Any other time I would have just left but it was the dog's birthday and I wanted to get him some cool treats. Still I debated leaving but figured "it can not take much longer now". I got in line at half past 6pm. I left the store at 7:07pm with my dog biscuits.
I guess what I am bitching about is the fact that the CSM or anyone else around did not tell someone to open more check out counters! People 7 deep in the queue of the fast lane would have been a clue I would think. The slow lanes were out to the clothes deep in customers with trolleys full of months worth of grocery items. I hate and despise Wal Mart! If I could get these dog biscuits at one of the dollar stores in town I would. I just don't understand when you have 20 check out counters why you can only have 5 open when there are tons of people waiting. Even if you can only open one or two more it would have helped.
The self check outs were closed for repairs. I would love to have just gone over to sporting goods and bought a gun and screamed "NOW HEAR THIS OPEN THE CHECK OUT OR IT'S GONNA GET UGLY". I am sure fellow customers would have cheered but I don't feel like doing time. There has to be a better way!!!!! I hate that damn store!