Check-Out Line In Supermarket
QUESTION 54: CHECK-OUT LINE IN SUPERMARKET
I was shopping at Pathmark with my wife and was ready to get
into a check-out line. I saw that the express lines that accept
12 items or less were fairly short, and the non-express lines were
very backed up, possibly because the store was short on help. I
counted 16 items in my shopping cart. I was extremely tired, it
was 10:30 at night, so I took 4 items and told my wife "We'll wait
in line and pay separately". She thought it was wrong, but I said
there's no rule that says we have to check out our items together.
She said it may not be literally wrong, but how does it look, and
if someone else notices they will be upset. Is it wrong? What
if we waited on separate lines?
It's only a feeling, but I don't think there's anything wrong with
what you wanted to do. It is acceptable for you to take 4 items
and your wife to take 12 items. And I don't think that anyone will
notice either. But if you're concerned, just make arrangements
not to exit the supermarket together.
However, in the case of a promotional item, where it may say
"limit 3 per family", it's different, and you must be straightforward
about being part of the same family.
But I don't think there is such restriction that all the members of a
family be limited to a total of 12 items if they are waiting
in line separately at the express check-out counter.
NEXT WEEK'S QUESTION 55: SAYING YOU'RE PART OF A DAF YOMI
When Agudat Yisroel started selling tickets for the Siyum Hashas
(celebration after finishing the Talmud), they said that the
initial tickets were only for those involved in a Daf Yomi
Shiur (daily Talmud learning group). Two weeks later the
tickets were to go on sale for everyone else. Let's say that
someone was not involved in a Daf Yomi Shiur, but had heard that
many groups of tickets were being bought by shuls, etc., for
people who were not involved in a Daf Yomi Shiur. Should one
still hold back and not buy a ticket until the after the two week
'private' period was over? (It turned out that after the two
week 'private' period, Madison Square Garden was already sold
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