Where do you stand on this supermarket question, Berkshire County

Here’s a question for you, County of Berkshire, and it revolves around what I guess you might call “social etiquette in the supermarket.” I happened to browse the New York Post recently and I came across a story that reminded me that I am often in this situation myself.

Here’s the question: when you’re at the supermarket and you finally have everything on your list and you’ve reached the checkout line and are loading your items onto the conveyor belt, whose is the job to place the plastic divider on the conveyor belt to separate the items from the person behind you in line?

Now you might think that’s a dumb question, but here’s the thing. According to this New York Post article, a ICT Tac where someone asked the same question is go viral and receive a ton of comments!

If you really think about it, especially these days with all the social distancing going on, who should it belong to? Should you place the divider on the mat once you have finished loading your groceries, or should it be the responsibility of the person behind you in line to put the divider down before do they begin to put their objects down?

Anyway, judging by the comments and responses to the Tik Tok, it seems like no one can agree. My feeling has always been that it should be the person who just placed their groceries on the mat. After all, this person is much closer to the dividers, right? The next person in line would not yet be able to reach the dividers.

On the other hand, if there is no one behind you in line until you have already reached the payment booth, then that person would be closer to the divisors. Everything is so confusing!! How are you, County of Berkshire?

For more on the story, check out the New York Post website here.

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