A Random Wednesday Conversation Starter

I saw this question on Twitter one week ago, and it intrigued me, so here it is. This goes to the very heart of who you are as a person, and who we are as a society.

Here it is:

When you’re in line at the grocery store, do you put the plastic separator on the belt after your last item? Or do you leave it for the next person in line to do it themselves?

RANTY UPDATE: Damn it, Google, would you PLEASE, for the LOVE of GOD, change the way Blogger’s comments moderation works so that if I accidentally click “Delete” instead of “Publish” — especially if I’ve selected multiple comments — I get asked a simple “Are you sure?” I swear, the Blogger “Delete Comment” button is the ONLY time, anywhere in the entire wonderful world of computers, that I know of where if you click “Delete” you aren’t prompted with a “Are you sure?” dialog so that if you DID click the wrong frakking button, you’re not completely screwed.

For those of you who commented earlier: Ayup, that means I accidentally deleted them all. My fault, but Blogger/Google could very easily implement a safety feature on this. Sorry, folks. Go ahead and resubmit if you see this.

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7 Responses to A Random Wednesday Conversation Starter

  1. Lynn says:

    I do put the plastic separator on after my last item. I don't know if I should get any good person points for that. I mainly do it because if I don't the person after me usually will NOT use the separator and just start putting their stuff on the belt six inches behind mine. I very rarely see anyone else putting the plastic separator in place after their last item.

  2. mylittlegeekery says:

    So… is the random Wednesday conversation starter for the top bit, or the lower one?

  3. Roger Owen Green says:

    Oh, so when you've deleting my messages, I shouldn't take it personally?

    Anyway, if the person in front of me doesn't place the divider, I will. And if someone is behind me, I'll put that one out too. I like the order of it.

  4. fillyjonk says:

    I set it out for the next person. If there is a divider. Some stores/some lanes seem not to have them any more, and that bothers me a bit, especially at busy times.

  5. Dave Pogorzala says:

    Always put it down after my things. It's like a way of saying, "I'm done, here is where my items end and anyone else's can begin". That and people behind me rarely put it down themselves which ends up causing confusion.

  6. Michael May says:

    I'm not completely consistent, but if I think about it, I'll put it behind my stuff. That seems like a polite thing to do, but I don't consider it an official rule of etiquette.

  7. New York Erratic says:

    I don't usually set one behind here in the States. It was standard in Denmark, though. Just mimic others, I guess. 🙂

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