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Old 03-05-2013, 07:20 PM   #21
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I try to avoid times at HD when HO's are around. They park themselves in the middle of the aisles oblivious to anyone around them. Then clog up the contractor check out. I've not had too many problems with fellow contractors there since we are all on a mission and moving twice as fast as everyone else.

I might have reacted the same way you did, but maybe not. It would depend on how the day was going I guess.

People who are oblivious to everyone else make me crazy as well. No different than the short green arrows we miss more and more due to some kid texting her bff and slowing everyone down in the process.
I am the same way. I avoid going to HD when there are a lot of HO's around, especially the weekends (the worst).

There are two contractor check outs. There is a certain amount of etiquette that most of us contractors have. There is a an aisle area for folks to come in and go through right at the check outs. So what we do is form a line going down the lumber aisle, and, then take the next available checker. This way, people can come in with their carts and either go down the lumber aisle or go left into the rest of the aisles and store, without getting blocked off by us guys checking out.

Needless to say, there is always some moron: HO, Hack, Illegal, Wealthy but cheap matron with garden stuff, or, just your clueless garden variety idiot, that doesn't seem to notice the 15 to 20 contractors patiently waiting their turn in line, and, promptly cuts in right at the register.

For some reason, it seems that I am usually the next one in line, so I will say (in nice calm, NOT loud) tone: "I'm sorry, but there are people waiting in line here". Most of the time, people will see what they did, look at the long line, then go to some other check out. If they are non-English speaking illegal - I will say in Spanish. But then there are the few......usually the entitled HO's that are trying to fit the sheet of drywall, two bags of fertilizer and 24 waterlogged 2x4x8's into their Mercedes SUV; some hack contractor wannabe who basically flips me off and tells me to F myself. Usually in a calm manner, I then turn to the other guys waiting in line and say something like: Well guys, what do think about that SOB? Usually, there is someone in the line that is bigger and louder than me that let's the "line cutter" know what his true feelings are.

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Old 03-05-2013, 07:23 PM   #22
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People standing and waiting in the other lines look at me as some old coot who's having a bad day ( which is why I am thankful that I didn't wear any company stuff).
And you weren't an old coot having a bad day?

I once barked at woman who zipped in front of me at the gas station. She looked straight at me and said "Oh, don't start!"

I waited quietly then...
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And you weren't an old coot having a bad day?

I once barked at woman who zipped in front of me at the gas station. She looked straight at me and said "Oh, don't start!"

I waited quietly then...
That sounds like a "slappable" moment. But it would probably turn into an "incarcerated" moment (and a long one too)
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I love to START when people say Oh don't even start. It's fun to be an ass to someone who feels like they're priveleged. Often i don't care so long as I waste a bunch of their time and get them all in a dither.
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I am the same way. I avoid going to HD when there are a lot of HO's around, especially the weekends (the worst).

There are two contractor check outs. There is a certain amount of etiquette that most of us contractors have. There is a an aisle area for folks to come in and go through right at the check outs. So what we do is form a line going down the lumber aisle, and, then take the next available checker. This way, people can come in with their carts and either go down the lumber aisle or go left into the rest of the aisles and store, without getting blocked off by us guys checking out.

Needless to say, there is always some moron: HO, Hack, Illegal, Wealthy but cheap matron with garden stuff, or, just your clueless garden variety idiot, that doesn't seem to notice the 15 to 20 contractors patiently waiting their turn in line, and, promptly cuts in right at the register.

For some reason, it seems that I am usually the next one in line, so I will say (in nice calm, NOT loud) tone: "I'm sorry, but there are people waiting in line here". Most of the time, people will see what they did, look at the long line, then go to some other check out. If they are non-English speaking illegal - I will say in Spanish. But then there are the few......usually the entitled HO's that are trying to fit the sheet of drywall, two bags of fertilizer and 24 waterlogged 2x4x8's into their Mercedes SUV; some hack contractor wannabe who basically flips me off and tells me to F myself. Usually in a calm manner, I then turn to the other guys waiting in line and say something like: Well guys, what do think about that SOB? Usually, there is someone in the line that is bigger and louder than me that let's the "line cutter" know what his true feelings are.
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usually the entitled HO's that are trying to fit the sheet of drywall, two bags of fertilizer and 24 waterlogged 2x4x8's into their Mercedes SUV
We are completely on the same wavelength here. I'll be thinking of you next time (maybe even tomorrow morning) when some yuppie/handy husband uses our checkout to buy his roll of lamp cord and a half dozen receptacles, and then proceeds to load them into his beamer which is parked in the loading zone. (It happens all the time)



Edit: PS, the legal looking contractors all seem to do the same thing here with letting a brother go ahead of them when they only have a couple things, and you have a lot.
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And you weren't an old coot having a bad day?

I once barked at woman who zipped in front of me at the gas station. She looked straight at me and said "Oh, don't start!"

I waited quietly then...
She would deserve an
"I'm sorry, but what are you doing out of the kitchen???"
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About 10 years ago I was parking at HD and a couple guys started arguing about a parking spot. 15 minutes later I was checking out and they both arrived at the checkout at the same time. The argument started up again; one guy started waving a length of pipe around and the other one maced him. When it was all done they were both in cuffs. Stressful place, HD can be.
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I have found that when I want to pick a fight it is easy to find an opponent.
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Can't help but notice these confrontations are all from people in Ca.

I honestly can't remember a big argument in the contractors line here.... not to say it never happened.


Maybe because everybody is poor in Mi.
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Not that I am in the big box stores a whole lot, but no lines around here. I don't go on the weekend, so I can't rightly say what it is like then.
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So... what was that guys company name again?
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Maybe because everybody is poor in Mi.
I think you are right.
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I have found that when I want to pick a fight it is easy to find an opponent.
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There's a Home Depot Pro across the street from the regular HD here. Lumber, pipes, wires, nails. Generally outstanding service, contractors quietly lining up, none of the nonsense.
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I seem to get irritated just walking in the door at HD.

I must be that old coot.

I still have one really good fight left in me. I'll be damned if I'm going to waste it on some ass at the HD
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I still have one really good fight left in me. I'll be damned if I'm going to waste it on some ass at the HD
I'm going to remember that one.
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I once barked at woman who zipped in front of me at the gas station. She looked straight at me and said "Oh, don't start!"

I waited quietly then...
I think marriage prepares you for this type of reaction.
Its a battle that can't be won.
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I think marriage prepares you for this type of reaction.
Its a battle that can't be won.
Isn't that the truth.
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I seem to get irritated just walking in the door at HD.
Bugs me too.

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