Smokers and Supermarkets

It’s been a while since my last real rant… so it’s about time I had a vent.

In my sites this time are smokers… well, not so much the smokers themselves, but rather the supermarkets that have a special customer service counter, the primary purpose of which seems to be to provide a VIP service to smokers buying their “death sticks”.

These walking chimneys just have to walk up to the counter and they’ll get served within seconds, while the 30 or so of us in the “express” lane are forced to wait half-an-hour to get through the line and served. Why the hell do these sado-masicists get preferential treatment?

“They’re only buying one item” the checkout chick might say.

If I want to buy just one item, I have to get it myself, and line-up in the 8/10/12 items or less line behind a stupid idiot that can’t count that high and has 18 items in their basket1, along with everyone else that has somewhere else to be, doing something more important than waiting in line at a supermarket.

Why the hell can’t the smoker enter the store and line-up with the rest of us? The extra walking and seconds without a fag in their mouth might do them some good.

Alternatively, make the service counter available for others that want to by a single item without having to wait. So that if I just want a box of cereal, can I just rock up and say “A pack of Kellogs Cornflakes Extra Mild” and the checkout chick can drop everything and tend to my request in a prompt and curtious manner.

Not going to happen… guess we’ll just have to grin and bear it.

  1. A whole ‘nother (sic) rant in itself []


  1. if i’m getting only 1 or two items i always pay at the customer service desk and it’s never really been a problem……

  2. I think it’s because people so often nick them.

    That’s why they also sell razor blades there.

    Razor blades are so expensive and so easily nicked, they put them behind the counter for security reasons.

  3. Interesting that you think smokers could do with extra exercise, but heaven forbid if a parent with a pram has to walk an extra 10 meters!!

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