I was so, so lucky to be able to go kid-less grocery shopping this afternoon. I don't mind taking them, and in fact I enjoy having the kids with me and we have a ton of fun grocery shopping. Usually. Sometimes they act like, well, monsters. But on rainy days, it's just FASTER to not have to buckle and unbuckle car seats as I stand outside getting soaked, so I was especially appreciative of Mick's presence today. I had to get certain things at Kroger and certain things at Publix. The two stores are essentially across the street from each other. But this was a two-store trip, so the fact that I could dash around on my own was glorious. (The fact that I get excited about going grocery shopping alone -- maybe not so impressive, huh?)
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I went to Kroger first. Cashier and bagger were both nice, even if -- as per usual -- the groceries were bagged in a completely haphazard pattern completely counter to how I had specifically loaded up the conveyor. (I know, I'm anal. But I do these things for a reason. Like, all the delicate breakable/squishables together, and all the cold stuff together, all the cleaner stuff together ... work with me, you know this makes sense.) I loaded up the trunk of my car and started to walk the cart to the little cart corral. There were two Kroger people gathering and sorting the carts. (Yes, sorting. Kroger has four types of carts. It's pretty awesome, actually, if you get into that sort of thing.) As I walked with mine towards the corral, one of the girls was walking towards me. We made eye contact, and instead of reaching to take my cart, she went into the corral and let me wheel the cart right up to her.
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Kroger points: 0 Publix points: 50
(It's an arbitrary system, but the point is that Kroger loses. Big.)
Now, don't get me wrong -- the girl was pleasant enough
I don't know how Publix finds the right sort of people who just know what courtesy means, and/or how they train their associates to know what that little extra is (although I did once-upon-a-time see a thing from Publix that said they don't hire people and train them to be good; they hire good people and train them to work in a grocery store). But whatever they are doing, they are doing right. Publix and Chickafay ("Chick-fil-A," in WHM-speak) just have courtesy down pat. Plain and simple.
Even if I actively can't stand one of the cashiers at our local Publix. But that's a different story.