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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Let me start by saying that it is never easy!

    View each queue and make mental notes as to the following:

    1. How many people are in each queue?
    2. What are their ages?
      • Older people are slower*. As the body (and mind) get older, people slow down.
    3. What are their sexes?
      • Women are slower*. Why? Most women are more cost conscience and therefore watching the price as each item is rung up (and correcting the cashier when there are mistakes).
    4. Are they married or single?
      • Check for a ring**. Married people are slower*. Why? Wives make sure that their husbands are more cost conscience. (See #3.)
    5. How many items does each person have?
      • More items does not necessarily mean slower.
    6. What types of items does each person have?
      • Big items are heavier and therefore take longer to scan.
      • Can goods are the fastest items for someone to have*.
      • A guy with feminine hygiene items should be considered married for queue choosing purposes.

    There are many more rules that I use but I have doing this for quite a while now. (Having worked in a grocery store helped considerably.) You will develop your own set of rules as time goes on. It takes years and years of practice. Even then, it is not an exact science. You will still get stuck in slow queue from time to time.

    * Generally speaking.

    ** I know that it is not a perfect solution but the items that they have will help as well.

    • Check for a ring**. Married people are slower*. Why? Wives make sure that their husbands are more cost conscience. (See #3.)

      I'm usually cost conscience before getting to the checkout. After which I can't remember what the price of something is. If I think it should've been cheaper (and I think it's worthwhile), I'll go check the price myself after checkout, and if I'm right, I'll bring it to customer service where you get a FULL REFUND for the item(s) (that's the policy :-). My favorite was when several