I present to you a question of etiquette at the grocery store, specifically Trader Joe's.
Maybe I'm just socially retarded (a strong possibility), but I never know what to do when checkout at Trader Joe's. Unlike most grocery stores, there is only one person working the register, meaning that person must function as both the cashier and the bagger. I'm all for streamlining and multi-tasking, but this tends to leave me in an awkward position. You see, when I buy a whole bunch of groceries, the person at the register has to scan all the items and they just start piling up there on the counter while I sit idly by.
The helpful side of me says that the right thing to do is to help the cashier by starting to bag the groceries myself. It is just the polite, considerate thing to do. However, it presents a logistical problem. Since not all of the items have been pulled out of my cart, I can't really properly stack things in the bag without risking having to rearrange things later or wind up with a heavy item potentially smashing a smaller item, so that make me just want to wait until the cashier is done. But if I wait until the cashier is done, then they'll just bag the groceries themselves, right? But if I just stand there with my thumb up my butt and let the cashier do everything, that makes me kind of a dick, I think. I really don't know what to do.
Well, I could just shop at Gelson's instead. Yeah, that sounds eaiser.