Top voter concerns are the economy and health care. But number one in survey after survey is waiting in grocery lines.
Americans spend billions of hours each year waiting in line. Some waits are so long, shoppers disappear in long lines only to reappear on the side of milk cartons.
One counterintuitive strategy for picking the fastest line in the supermarket is to follow a full cart. Shoppers average 41 seconds to say hello, pay, say goodbye and clear the lane. One person with 100 items will take 6 minutes to process. Four people with 20 items will take 7 minutes.
Other techniques: Look for cashiers who don’t chat. Study cart contents. Fruits and veggies cannot be scanned. Behind a geezer? Congratulations, you chose the wrong line.
Remember, waiting is really psychological. Waiting causes stress, boredom and a feeling life is wasting away. The solution is distraction. Behold, the tabloid library at the check-out counter with lurid pictures and bold headlines:
“Mother of three disappears after starving space aliens mistake her for a Big Mac.”
“Angelina and Brad’s marriage blows up. Barkley, the family rescue dog, begs to be rescued.”
“Shopper takes pacifier to grocery but smart phone battery explodes.”