How to be middle-class: being a total hypocrite about the supermarket conveyor belt separator system
At the supermarket checkout, it never fails to amaze me that people don’t understand the rotational system of the conveyor belt separators: the person in front picks it up and places it behind their shopping on the belt. Simple. But week after week, it seems, I have to stretch over someone’s shopping to pick it up myself – and nobody ever apologises! A bit of common sense wouldn’t go amiss.
However, I have been known to slip up myself… My mind wanders or I’m sorting out the kids who are running around at the crucial moment and I forget to place the separator behind my laid out shopping. And there’s a terrible moment when the person after me in the queue goes and picks up the separator and plonks it down for me. But, funnily enough I find that instead of feeling embarrassed, defensiveness kicks in and I just tut to myself about people being so bloody impatient. One rule for me…!