How do you handle rude people in checkout lines during the holiday season?

@kareng (7980)
United States
December 22, 2006 11:17am CST
As if long checkout lines are not bad enough during the holidays season, how do you deal with a rude person in line next to you? Happy holidays to all!
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@remaster74 (4066)
• Greece
22 Dec 06
First of all, I don't let them ruin my festive spirit. Then, if I'm too much bothered I address to them and I tell them that they are annoying. If they seem to pay no attention, I do the same thing they did, with a big smile on!
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
23 Dec 06
LOL! It is annoying when you say something nicely and they continue the BS. I like your style! Happy holidays!
@LaLaLisa (29)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I do all of my shopping online...hehe! But if I do have to go into the stores, I glance at the checkout lines BEFORE I start shopping. Then I know what I am getting into if I want to check out.
@kareng (7980)
• United States
3 Jan 07
Good for you! I really like online shopping because I hate crowded parking lots and stores. It's so much faster!
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
30 Dec 06
Fortunately I have not had to deal with rude people in the checkout lines as of yet but if I did, I would just ignore them.
@kareng (7980)
• United States
3 Jan 07
Good for you!
@armywifey (883)
• United States
27 Dec 06
I have a hard time holding my tounge sometimes, and I can;t tolerate people being rude for no reason. I always voice my opinion. Sometimes that is a good thing and sometimes it's not so pleasant.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
27 Dec 06
I usually say something too. If my husband is with me he always nudges me and tells me to be quiet. He knows what is coming...lol!
• United States
27 Dec 06
You know... it often depends on the mood that I am in, and just how "rude" the person ends up being. If it is really uncalled for, then I will say something, even to the point of defending the cashier if they are getting the brunt of something unneeded. Everyone is stressed during the holidays, most of all I would assume the workers having to deal with all of us shoppers. :) It is the perfect time to be nice to them!
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
27 Dec 06
Yes, I agree with you. They work longer hours and have to deal with this kind of thing all day or all night. Chill people and be NICE!
@MamaBird (155)
• United States
27 Dec 06
Laugh really loud at them. Then they get madder, so I laugh some more. LOL
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
27 Dec 06
Way to go mammabird! I bet that really annoys them. I think a lot of these people just want attention....but not in that way!!
@vivasuzi (4125)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I bite my tounge, turn to my fiance who's almost always with me when I shop, and whisper "what a jerk". Then when it's my turn, I usually show the cashier that I sympathize with her. The customer is not always right :) Last week I was at my favorite store checking out, and someone comes up starting a fight with another cashier saying "i bought these sweaters last week and they weren't half off and now they are" and not just asking for a refund but demanding one. Sorry to that lady but as the cashier told her it's not their policy, the lady ranted for awhile longer, and I just rolled my eyes. Like these teen cashiers can change the store rules just for you! Then shortly after, a lady came up asking "can you scan my receipt and tell me what size pants my neice wears" and the girl said "i'm sorry but our machine only shows us the same thing it says on your receipt, so I wouldn't know what size it is" You think the lady would have taken that as an answer but instead she kept getting louder and challenging the girl with things like "You HAVE to know, you guys track inventory don't you, you HAVE to know" and of course the girl says while someone somewhere tracks inventory, all she knows is she can't scan a receipt and see a size. So CHILL OUT people :) I just laugh at those people for getting so stressed b/c shopping is not supposed to be that stressful, and buying gifts is supposed to be a happy time! So that's how I deal, I laugh and roll my eyes and make sure the cashier knows I think these people are crazy too :)
@kareng (7980)
• United States
22 Dec 06
Normally I'm not a real patient person. But during the holidays, I do try to be patient and not let things like lines and rude people get to me. We were at Walmart today and the lines were long...it looked like Black Friday sales and the parking lot was jammed full to maximum capacity. I just picked up a magazine and browsed while waiting to check out. I agree, chill people! Don't be a scrooge!
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@aimee750 (1117)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I try my best to ignore them. If it gets really bad I will change lines.
@kareng (7980)
• United States
22 Dec 06
Wow, that is an incredible decision. If you can't remove the negative behavior, remove thyself from it! Good deal! Happy holidays!
@chance00 (3333)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I know it is a struggle not to say something to these people but I think we are all under so much stress during the Holidays that it gets to us.I have had to bite my tonuge a couple of times already and I just continue to make the best of my shopping this year.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I try to overlook as much negative behavior as possible during the holidays. I know some people are unfortunate and have heavy loads on their shoulders. Patience is the key but sometimes not so easy! Happy holidays!
@missjackie (1328)
• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
22 Dec 06
I tell them off, as usual. :)
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
22 Dec 06
Now that's not nice! hehe Although, I must admit--sometimes it can't be helped! Happy holidays!
• United States
31 Dec 06
I usually just ignore them. Or if they are being super rude, I just glare at them. ~~Jody~~ *Proud Angel to Jesse & Danny~~ May no soldier go unloved. May no soldier walk alone. May no soldier be forgotten, Until they all come home.