Paying with change and exchanging items at the register: Asian supermarket pet peeves?

Asian supermarkets in the San Gabriel Valley serve various ethnic communities. While local shoppers are used to a variety of social norms, certain actions can elicit eye rolls, World Journal (世界日報) reports.

The Chinese publication gave as an example a shopper who counted coins from her purse to pay for almost $100 worth of groceries in change. She ended up using paper currency to pay her $92.98 bill after falling short of the total by 3 cents. Rather than making it convenient for cashiers, customers using coins cause stores to run inefficiently and test the patience of other customers waiting in line, according to World Journal.

Paying with change is not the only supermarket faux pas, World Journal reports. Mrs. Lin told the publication that among the Asian community, there seems to be a tendency for grocery shoppers to change their minds at the cash register and run back into the aisles to exchange products, holding up the line. Customers also often take extra plastic bags for use at home or open various bags of produce to pick the best, creating potential health concerns and logistical problems for staff.

Some believe that customers in larger, non-ethnic supermarket chains are more considerate, World Journal reports. Mrs. Chen said that staff at larger chains like Target are also more proactive in alleviating longer wait times.

What do you think? What are your supermarket pet peeves? Let us know in the comments section below!

A version of this article was originally published in World Journal. This story was translated from Chinese to English by a volunteer translator. If you notice a mistake in translation, please email our editors at editor@alhambrasource.org.

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