I am a cashier at Aldi. It is so disrespectful to yap on your cell phone and pretend we do not exist as we are processing your order. My mom used to send me to the corner store to get a loaf of bread. There was no discussion about it. I came home with a loaf of bread. I did not go to the pay phone and ask one thousand questions about the loaf of bread. The aisles are blocked up with people blabbing on their phones with no regard to other shoppers or employees trying to get around them. It is like someone on their cell phone has no cognition of anyone around them.
Of utmost concern is when customers are more concerned with their cell phone conversations versus minding their children. On more than TEN occasions I have had to stop my register and chase after children who have played dodge with the electronic doors and have either gotten trapped in the exit space or have run out into the parking lot. Yes, I have to wait on customers and make sure of safety. And I have retrieved children and brought them back to their parental units who were totally unaware that I had done it.
I have had to corral children making messes in the bathroom, climbing on fixtures, sitting on bread, munching on candy or helping themselves to other snacks while mom or dad is distracted with the phone. That raises everyone's prices: have to report loaves of bread, candy, snacks as damaged; have to clean up their wrappers, discovering what they munched on and pull out the broken packages, spend extra time cleaning their spills and messes!
The bagging counter is not a playground for your children while you are busy on your phone. The windows are not meant to be licked, either. When I see it happen, I try to stop it and most parents are not even phased by it. How many other kids licked the windows and licked up the cleaning solutions? Do these kids lick their own windows at home as well..just wondering.
Turn off your cell phones and just enjoy what could be a wonderful shopping experience of interacting with your friends, neighbors, store employees, etc. As an employee I work so hard to please and when you have the cell phone distraction I see it not as only a safety issue but something that stops me from doing my job the best way.