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>Grumpy old woman – spare me the jobsworths


Is it just me?  Probably?  But has anyone else noticed that there are an awful lot of people out there insisting on rules being followed at all costs, irrespective of whether or not its sensible to do so.

Take a recent trip to my local supermarket.  I got my basket of shopping, went to the baskets queue, waited patiently behind an old lady and when I got to the till the manager walked up and informed me that the queue was now ‘only for 10 items’.

I checked behind me for a long queue of potentially irate shoppers.  There was nobody.

So I raised an eyebrow in question and mentioned that surely this was a new thing, only to be told I’d have to use another till and that yes, it had been in place less than a month.

So I shuffled off and queued up again in order to make my purchases.

The manager walked past me on my way out and I mentioned to her that it had been an innocent mistake and putting through my purchases there wouldn’t have inconvenienced anyone only to be told that this was ‘what our shoppers want’.

Given there are two other perfectly servicable supermarkets in town (and given I mostly internet shop) I’m now considering boycotting this one on the basis that I can’t actually shop in somewhere this ridiculous – this manager managed to make me rather irritated in order to stick to a rule that did not need to be enforced at that point in time.

So is it just me, or are there are lot more jobsworths out there making life needlessly complicated for us grumpy types?

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9 comments to >Grumpy old woman – spare me the jobsworths

  • PantsWithNames

    >Watched a man get very irate at the Post Office yesterday. He wanted a stamp on his bill to prove that he had paid it. Man behind counter didn't want to, despite said stamp sitting right beside his hand. Irate customer, jobsworth counter man and a VERY long queue behind them…

  • PantsWithNames

    >But, I've got a bit more zen like about jobsworth people. They are bad here, but not as bad as the Bosnians who take it to a whole new level!

  • Hot Cross Mum

    >Totally agree. In a teeny little coffee shop in the Peak District I was once reprimanded for buying 1 scone and cutting it in half to share with my sister. I was informed that I should, in fact, have purchased 2 scones. Erm, yeah. Right.

  • Magic Mummy

    >Pathetic isn't it?

    I hate it when people are like that – Too much power lol

  • Heather

    >oooh, people like this make me feel all stabby. I'd be shopping in a different place from now on too.

  • London City Mum

    >My Geordie girlfriend has a brilliant story similar to this, but she is not known as the northern terrier for nothing, so you can imagine the outcome.

    Suffice to say they never questioned (or crossed her path) again!

    LCM x

  • Livi

    >I used to work in a supermarket and I assure you it's not the manager's fault. If their superiors find out that they aren't enforcing these rules then their job is on the line. It's insane and stupid but they're just trying to keep their job.
    I'd say write to head office and tell them that they're idiots!

  • Musings of a Mother

    >Completely agree – In Next recently I queued on the right hand side of the till but the assistant told me that the queue started on the other side, so I looked over and there wasn't anyone there but she still insisted I walk to the left side of the till and approach her from that side. WTF??

  • TheAlice

    >Arghh, jobsworths, one of my pet hates! I find the worst offenders often work in my local Council Tax office. Grrr, I'm getting angry just thinking about it.

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