Miscellaneous Items

A quick visit to Woolworths yesterday, for low sodium chicken stock pods, eggs, bread, instant mashed potato, and some vegetables. I went to Woolworths specifically because Aldi does not stock the stock I prefer.

As one does, I added a few items not on my shopping list, namely some dried peas and a can of sliced beetroot. I suddenly fancied beetroot sandwiches for lunch.

Signs all over the shelves advise customers they may buy no more than two miscellaneous grocery items, as a measure against shortage due to hoarding. Fair enough. The times are changing.

At the self-checkout, however the algorithm that monitors such matters spat the dummy. Two packs of stock, OK. Two packs of mashed potato, OK. Two packs of dried peas, NO! It seems I used up my quota of miscellaneous grocery items. I know better than to argue with the young lady who came to unlock the machine so that I could proceed. She is just as helpless as I. I handed over the offending items, thinking I’d just have to go round again if I really wanted them.

Then I scanned the can of beetroot. Once again the alarm went off and the machine locked up. This is getting silly. It seems I could choose between mashed potato or canned beetroot. How they equate as miscellaneous grocery items is beyond me. What if I wanted mashed potato and beetroot on the same plate?

I’m not going to add to the stress of the poor girl trying her best to stay cool and to placate grumpy old customers, so I meekly handed over the beetroot, paid the machine for what I was permitted to have, and left. I didn’t even do a second round.

No beetroot sandwiches. However, I got the stock I need. There is no need to return to Woolworths until I need coffee whitener. Another item Aldi does not carry.

The Police called by this morning, to talk about my stolen bicycle. I’m frankly not expecting to hear further from them now they’ve made the effort. My bike is probably in a canal by now.


Author: Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.

2 thoughts on “Miscellaneous Items”

  1. Same sort of nonsense here.
    Two different loaves of bread and one pack of long rolls do not trigger the “Only 2 bread items”
    Neither do two different fruit juices.
    But a tin of baking powder and a bag of flour count as two flour items.
    And a strutting little bantam of a supervisor repeating endlessly “We must obey the rules, we must obey the rules. Do not put your foot over the line. We must obey the rules.” Grrr.
    The Stasi are among us.


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