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.