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Tue Dec 13, 2016, 11:28 AM

Fighting hate in the checkout line

Buying groceries at Albertson's a few days ago, I noticed someone had turned around the Enquirer in a checkout line magazine rack. Thought that was a pretty good idea, since the rag featured a hateful looking trump and an assortment of false accusations, so I turned around the one in my line. Can't stand that face anyway.
Then I found out on another discussion site that a lot of people object to this hateporn. Some people have spoken to store managers, one person was putting "this is fake news" post-its on the mags; exercising freedom of speech and not damaging property.
So maybe in addition to the other things we can do, how about some "quiet resistance"? Here are some ideas:
1. If you're bold enough, talk to the store manager, object to hateporn, object to this being displayed where children can see it.
2. Just turn the mags around.
3. Want to be more subtle? Pick it up, pretend to leaf through it, put it back backwards. Or leaf through another mag and put it back in front of the hateporn.

Don't do anything that would make more work for underpaid store employees, like hiding mags throughout the store, spilling chocolate syrup on them, etc. If anyone objects to your actions, I like the reasoning of keeping it out of the view of children.

And even if these things don't make a difference, we've done something and don't have to look at trump's smirking puss.

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Reply Fighting hate in the checkout line (Original post)
El Mimbreno Dec 2016 OP
longship Dec 2016 #1
Zoonart Dec 2016 #4
longship Dec 2016 #6
Zoonart Dec 2016 #7
El Mimbreno Dec 2016 #16
ProfessorGAC Dec 2016 #8
Arkansas Granny Dec 2016 #12
Zoonart Dec 2016 #13
awoke_in_2003 Dec 2016 #20
lame54 Dec 2016 #10
radical noodle Dec 2016 #2
Hortensis Dec 2016 #18
radical noodle Dec 2016 #19
monmouth4 Dec 2016 #3
LeftInTX Dec 2016 #14
El Mimbreno Dec 2016 #17
yeoman6987 Dec 2016 #5
wishstar Dec 2016 #9
cwydro Dec 2016 #11
Runningdawg Dec 2016 #15

Response to El Mimbreno (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 11:35 AM

1. I like that!

However, I still miss the Weekly World News in the checkout lane. At least that gave one something to talk about.

Did you you hear about the latest about Bat Boy?


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Response to longship (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 11:40 AM

4. Good start...

One more thing to consider- NEVER use self checkout. The chain stores are training you to eliminate jobs.
Every time you use self check, you encourage the loss of another job. If you are up for it say it loud and proud in the store as you choose a long checkout line with a human cashier. The stores are betting that your time is more precious than your sense of worker solidarity. Prove them wrong.

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Response to Zoonart (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 11:44 AM

6. I never use self checkout.

And I am always very polite with the cashier, even if they stumble or are slow. I also have been known to ask for a manager to give kudos to a particularly efficient or pleasant cashier.

Plus, I despise the self checkout automated nagging.

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Response to longship (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 11:46 AM

7. Love U

Have a great Holiday... or at lease a warm and dry one.

ps: Ahhhhhhh, Bat boy... those were the days.

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Response to longship (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 08:17 PM

16. Cuz they don't work for me

I think I emit some sort of aura that screws up the self-checkouts. Gave up on them. I wonder if anyone has ever come bach into the store and shot the hell out of the obnoxious machine.

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Response to Zoonart (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 11:48 AM

8. Three Stores Around Here Eliminated Them

So, they seem more concerned about shirnk than about employment costs.

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Response to Zoonart (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 12:19 PM

12. They are definitely training people to use the self checkout. They install more and more of the

self checkouts while fewer and fewer cashier lines are available. I will stand in a line 4 deep before I use the self check stations.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 12:23 PM

13. Cudos

We have to start somewhere with the things that CAN be done.

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Response to Zoonart (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 14, 2016, 01:52 AM

20. The good thing about Albertsons

 

at least here, is that they've gotten rid of self checkouts.

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Response to longship (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 11:57 AM

10. Trump has put them out of business...

They couldn't come up with anything more absurd

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Response to El Mimbreno (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 11:39 AM

2. I've been doing that for years

I casually pick it up, look at it, shake my head and roll my eyes, and when I put it back... it's backward. If I have people behind me I sometimes point at it and laugh at how ridiculous it is. We have to start somewhere. No one has ever objected, btw.

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Response to radical noodle (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 08:28 PM

18. Me too. If it's a regular-sized magazine, the entire

stack can be placed behind others, and something else used to fill its space.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #18)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 11:50 PM

19. In some of the more prudish stores

Cosmo and other mags are hidden behind metal flaps so pure eyes can't behold any cleavage. I take those out and put them in front of the flaps. Sometimes those lines are long and there's nothing better to do than burn conservative eyeballs.

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Response to El Mimbreno (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 11:39 AM

3. But....but...Angelina and Brad!!!! n/t

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Response to monmouth4 (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 03:53 PM

14. Celebs are no longer on NE cover.

Unless it is to bash a liberal celeb, like Robert Redford or Cher. NE has turned into political tabloid instead of celeb.

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Response to monmouth4 (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 08:19 PM

17. Gag!

That's why I got rid of my GMX email - the scroll of "celebrity" barf.

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Response to El Mimbreno (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 11:40 AM

5. For some reason, when I'm in line, I'm so focused on my items, getting finances together

 

Finding the store card and other things that I never notice the mags. Good ideas for those much more observant then I am.

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Response to El Mimbreno (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 11:50 AM

9. I don't think I should have to see Nat Enquirer propaganda as I wait in checkout line

I turn them around at the one store near me where they are prominently displayed so you cannot avoid it.

Why not, since I am still giving them my business as they are a neighborhood store that gives a lot to charity and hires disabled people.
But I much more enjoy my shopping experience at the other stores (further away) that do not display Nat Enquirer.

Last week's cover claimed Obama has infiltrated CIA with Muslims and "General says Trump is right". They have shifted to more political propaganda than celebrity scandals (and during campaign it was bad pictures and lies about Hillary and no mention of the Trump scandals)

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Response to El Mimbreno (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 11:59 AM

11. I like that.

Turning it around is a good idea.

However, I can never forget that it was the NE that finally caught our good friend John Edwards. Sigh.

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Response to El Mimbreno (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 04:45 PM

15. I now drive out of my way

to a supermarket that doesn't have a magazine section, or trash racks by the cash registers which are all run by real people. They sell only the local newspaper and last week I saw a Christmas display for Farmers Almanac. That's it.
Those stores are out there, take the time to find them. As a reward prices are much lower and my family likes the store brands better than any national brand we have used.
The store deserves a plug - Save-a-lot.

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