Friday, 23 February 2018

" I Have No Personality!"


I may not blog tomorrow ( oh be still my beating heart I hear you say)
-You may remember that I am going to a study weekend away for Samaritans ....and so The Prof will have to fend for himself as I live it up in Shrewsbury ( the venue was changed - thank goodness- from the shithole which is Wrexham!)
We've just come back from Sainsbury's
Where I uncharacteristically I lost my cool at the checkout after  being kept waiting for an absolute age to be served. The cashier obviously knew the customer and the pair were having a right chin wag about a holiday destination and were not doing any checkout business until I told them that we were patiently waiting and had had enough of their holiday chatter.
The following " discussion" then got all rather ugly when the customer tried to stare me me down and kept repeating over and over again that I was nasty and had no personality !

I was thankful that the Prof hadn't pointed out that she bought a large bottle of wine and a ready meal for one!

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  1. that cashier should be reported to management; VERY unprofessional! the customer should sod off!

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    1. The cashier was to blame too as she was chatting like she was in the pub....she got the point!

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  2. No post tomorrow? What the FUCK are we going to do?????!!!!!

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    1. It will be hard........but do try and cope

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    2. It will be on your head if we each have our own little meltdowns tomorrow .. I can't promise ... well, I don't know .. I have to run out to the market and get more chocolate. this is terrible youshouldbeashamedofyourself!

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    3. Bloody striking bloggers. Bloody trade unions. I blame Jeremy Corbyn.

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  3. Must be the day for it....we had somewhat the same thing this afternoon but thankfully we just stood there and waited quietly....that probably indicates that WE have no personality.

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    1. Or were just polite dear heart

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  4. For a saint your behaviour in supermarkets leaves me speechless

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    1. We all have our blind spots . Mother Theresa could be a cow when vexed

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    2. Nick her chapati and there was hell to pay

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    3. Mother Teresa was a cow under all circumstances.

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    4. P.S. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Nikki from The Archers has died of sepsis. Brian's up shit creek as well. Things are looking up.

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    5. Bloody hell that was quick ...I liked nic !
      With joe and Peggy being over 90 , lexy soon pregnant and the Caffier just about to take off..it's all go

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    6. Sneak preview: Adam and Ian are about to be disappointed by the news that Lexi is already pregnant. You heard it here first.

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    7. Oh, and Neil Carter will be caught having sex with pigs in Justin Elliot's new units. STDs involving Swine Flu. Gospel.

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    8. I would say more, but you wouldn't believe me - and I have to go to bed...

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  5. Just in the last couple of months I've noticed the cashiers at my regular grocery store (meaning non-Aldi) don't realize they aren't there to socialize. It's crazy how long they seem to take to do their scanning, and then they chit chat so much. Strange because I don't remember it ever being this bad before. Different story at Aldi. Do your Aldi cashiers get timed to go super super fast over there? Here they do and it's mind boggling. But I'm used to it and expect it now. All the more annoying when they are slow at the other store!

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    1. I think I scared the Prof, he's not used to me being ratty in public

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  6. Anybody who accuses you of having no personality is obviously deluded

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    1. Lol there are a few here that may argue the point

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  7. Well they obviously haven't read your blog! Have a good day training tomorrow. xx

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    1. And Sunday! How will the Prof cope ?

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    2. You'll probably return home to him standing in the middle of the cottage crying 'the filth, the filth' as the dogs and Albert resolutely ignore him. Perhaps you should get Cameron the teenage boffin to Prof-sit for you. xx

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  8. Well I will just read an old post! so there.

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    1. There's a few thousand to choose from mary

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  10. I once had an angry washing machine repair man visit.He was meant to have returned with the ordered part but forgot it so rather than apologise,he slammed my front door & shouted through the letterbox"you're all mad in there" -only myself & my dogs home x

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  11. At least they were chatting to each other! What drives me mad is when half the cashiers and the shop staff are on their personal cell phones when they are supposed to be working! Those things should be banned in the workplace! Don't blame you for losing it!

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  12. Meltdowns, I've had a few. My children have been known to reenact them at large family gatherings, always popular with the crowd.

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  13. Just word of warning, the Professor is going to turn your kitchen into a disaster.

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  14. There are two good comments in a row. My youngest daughter can give the perfect rendition of her mother going "beserk" (her word) over a stray cat hiding behind the kickboard of the kitchen counter.

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  15. I feel your pain. That happens ALL THE BLOODY TIME here. I say nothing, and tap my fingers in as obvious a way as possible. You wouldn't believe some of the conversations I've heard!

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  16. Oh dear, what a killer thing to say! To accuse you of having "no personality"! You - YOU!!!! I'm only surprised she didn't also say "You've got an attitude problem!"

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  17. Wine and meal for one -maybe Chris could have asked her over for company while you're away in Ellis Petersville!

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  18. I bet you’ve left the Prof two ready meals and a bottle of wine?

    LX

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  19. Years ago, I booked for a big group to go and see The Vagina Monologues. The gobby group behind us got louder and louder and well tanked up after the interval their shrieking and shouting made our enjoyment impossible. I asked them to quieten down and for the rest of the show they insulted me with, " you obviously have no sence of humour... No UUMOUR.... "

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  20. Have a good time away John, you have personality to spare, I will now read a weeks worth of your posts much like a book.

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  21. I hope the Prof remembers to feed the dogs - especially my George !!!!

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  22. Since my hip replacement I've tried to avoid supermarkets by having a weekly delivery from Woolworths. This was worth every penny till today. Five items were WRONG!! There were no chicken thigh fillets. The deodorant was empty - just a plastic pack with nothing inside. Apparently Woolworths employ people to pack orders through the night, so my packer must have really been under pressure. I had to drive to my nearest store and complain, but the friendly Indian girl at the desk was unbelievably polite and helpful, running round to find replacements in record time. Not all bad, after all!

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  23. I'll have to do two posts to make up for your none. What will we do!!

    You could at least have put up photos of the animals to self publish at set times.

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  24. How can one be nasty and yet have NO personality? Oh, that comment alone could have started something worse.

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  25. Yes, the supermarket queue. Any queue in fact. What's the rush, John? Patience, patience.

    If you are really that pressed for time then maybe the self serve check out is your thing. After all, what purpose does human contact serve?

    More to the point, what purpose did your tetchiness serve? None. You probably spent more time on the spat and everyone's blood pressure rising. Same goes for the "holiday" customer. She could have just sweetly smiled at you and asked you where you were off to next. Other than that, what places do you shop in where such altercations occur? Can't be Waitrose. Can't be my cornershop (co-op) where everyone knows everyone; even the ones no one knows.

    Enjoy your Samaritan (!) workshop, and yes, whilst I am not looking for routines, your daily missive has become somewhat of a must-view.

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  26. Too many supermarkets and too few shops is the problem.

    One grocers I like to go to is in Giudecca. It has 3 chairs along the wall where customers can sit while they wait their turn to be served. Some people simply go in for a chat and a sit down. It's a "no hurry no worry" kind of place, where people can share a laugh and a joke, or even discuss holidays. It's a proper shop.

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  27. Cheer up John - enjoy your rave up week end in Shrewsbury (and I hope no-one from Wrexham is reading your post). Hope the Prof cooks for your return.

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  28. Could the prof be a guest blogger for you? I am sure that would be a no. Enjoy Shrewsbury.

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    1. Terrific idea, Jane, but naah. John told me that the Prof doesn't engage with his beloved's blog's hoi polloi.

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  29. Hi Prof(in case you are checking in on John's blog while he is away)! I hope the animals don't give you too much trouble and mess to tidy up.

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  30. It would be hard to think of anyone who had more personality....

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    2. I too think that John has a wonderful personality Ursula & I that is why we all visit him.I think we should all be kinder to each other-it costs nothing x

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    3. Ursula, you've got me wrong yet again. I don't crave attention, I regularly avoid it.

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    4. Ursula, this comment of yours against nick is something I won't allow here ... you have had your warning...no personal attacks

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  31. Anonymous6:57 pm

    Never go to a supermarket in Wrexham,or have need of emergency hospital treatment there is all I can wish.

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  32. John Gray, do you think it's the menopause, I have just started HRT happy to split a patch with ya !!!!! xx

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  33. I used to get bothered by that when I worked and would be trying to get some shopping done on my lunch hour. I would keep my head down so no one could see the expression on my face as I did not want them to think I was Impatient. Mostly the conversations only lasted a minute or two and all on all, no big thing. Now I have all day, so I just try to enjoy their gossip. I don’t have much else to do.

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  34. Chin wag. That's a new one to me! Love it. So aptly describes over lengthy conversations.

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  35. As a part time cashier I can see both sides. I can speed scan when it is busy, but also have a few friendly words for older customers and new mums etc... when its not. I have noticed people are getting less and less patient, open a new lane and the young and fit practically shove the old or infirm out of the way!

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  36. I am in full agreement like Debdor. The role of any Customer Service member of staff is to make all customers welcomed. However there is a fine line to tread on being open and friendly and doing the job. That member of staff definitel got it wrong. My philosophy is get the job done whilst engaging with the customer with small talk etc. When the job is done as quickly as you possibly can with both sides happy with its outcome then and only then move on. Unless you are faced with this situation who knows how we all would react. I am sure at all times you acted with as per "Singing in the Rain" when Gene Kelly's character Don Lockwood stated "Dignity at all times Dignity" Take care.

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  37. I really hate it when customers and cashiers have personal conversations after the business is done!

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