When CostCo is even moderately busy, they usually have two people working every register. One is ringing things up, while the other is pulling carts through, helping to get stuff on the little conveyor belt, making sure your CostCo card is ready to be scanned, etc.
Three visits ago, the lady doing all the other stuff at the register told me to leave everything in my cart. She turned everything so that the UPC scan code was facing up. The cash register person then just took his laser scanner gun, zapped each one, and was done before I could get my debit card swiped and PIN entered.
So, the past two times I’ve been there—including tonight when it was crazy busy with Christmas shoppers—I’ve done this myself. I do it as I walk through the store putting things in my basket, so any extra effort is barely noticeable. As long as you’re not stacking things multiple layers deep, it’s easy.
When I got to next in line at the checkout, I told the guy who was about to start putting things on the conveyor for me, “I’ve already got everything scan code face-up.” Yeah, if there was a “Favorite Customer of the Day” award, I probably would have won it right then and there. And I got through the checkout again with barely enough time to swipe my debit card.
I never realized how much time it takes to move each item from the conveyor, across the scanner, and back into the cart. Completely wasted effort. It helps that I have big sturdy Ikea bags in my trunk to put everything in when I get to my car, so they don’t need to box things up for me.
It makes me happy because I get through the end of the line quicker, and it makes the employees happy—ridiculously happy. Win win.