I should start by saying this is NOT an Official Tesco message or diagram… this is one of my very own as a Tesco Customer Assistant for 2 weeks, a Councillor for almost a year, a business owner for 25 years, a father for 24 years and a human being for 55 years and 1 day.
It’s been interesting watching folk in Tesco’s over the last 2 weeks:
- The reaction of the beefcake who I asked to get behind the 2m line and replied “Where’s the sign?” before ranting for 5 minutes!
- The retired nurse who came out to feel the positive nature of the queuing.
- The old boy who didn’t appear stressed but obviously was when I asked him for his ID to buy beer! “You ‘aving a laugh, you ‘aving a laugh, just FO!”
- The people who walk to the other side of the alley, where normally another person would be getting served, to get to the bottom of the checkout… good on you.
- The people that take off their gloves to press the keypad!
- The masked warriors who get too close and wonder why you ask them to back off!
Most people are buying a week’s shop, as they have been told to do, and are happy to substitute brand x for y.
Most people are wary but calm. One chap should have stayed at home… he probably wanted to… heavy breathing into his mask… told him to calm down, if there were bugs in the air, he’d be absorbing most of them with his breathing… seemed to do the trick!
Women tend to get this stuff better than blokes, who might behave a bit more macho… what’s this line for, huff, huff… lines here, why are you telling me to go there… because this is my space bros and you ain’t family is what I’m thinking… I just look them in the eye while pointing my index finger, seems to work 😉
As a father, I tend to be protective of my younger colleagues as we get “Checkout Creep” (CC) … you know where folk tend to move closer to the till… find myself flagging this to the customers on the next till, please move to the bottom of the checkout… the creep takes two forms, accidental and creepy!
Accidental CC gets a gentle ask… creepy tends to get my hackles up and a tad more force!
Check out the diagram above and below… try and log this in the brain as it helps maintain that 2m rule… having the trolley between you and the checkout alley prevents accidental CC.
Remember many of the people working at Tesco’s are also feeling very nervous but they have bills to pay and might be the sole breadwinner at this time… don’t get too close… don’t get shitty if they ask you to do something… do listen to what they say… and have a nice day 😉
And keep the mantra in your head “Only a fool breaks the 2 metre rule”
Also, listen to those people in your life obsessed with cleanliness at this time… don’t brush off their words with a wry smile as you usually do… wash your hands often… let their voice be in your head, it will help you.
When I get home from work I strip in the porch, put all my clothes in the wash and then have a shower.
Not saying you have to but after you’ve been out then it might be an idea to follow the same principle to minimise spreading anything into your living space.
Saying that, here is some good advice in a song… excuse the words mum but it gets the message across… probably one to share with your teenagers if they are refusing to stay in…