Over the Top

Proper toilet paper installation.

I’m not sure washing my hands thirty-six times a day makes me obsessive compulsive. Nor do I think there’s anything wrong with organizing the items on the supermarket conveyor belt as seen in the attached diagram that I bring shopping on a laminated card. But Ann says the toilet paper thing is weird. I can’t abide the TP hanging wall side down, because it doesn’t look right —and after all, do you really want your toilet paper touching the wall? This is no trouble at home, where the family has been trained in proper toilet paper deployment, but sometimes you’ll go into other people’s homes and find that they have carelessly displayed the paper in the underhand position. If you see this, do what I do: just go ahead and change it. If you don’t believe I’d do that, invite me over. And while there, I’d be happy to show you the correct way to load your dishwasher.

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6 responses to “Over the Top

  1. Doesn’t the meat crush the bread and bagged carbohydrates?

  2. Not if you put it on the rack at the bottom of the shopping basket! I forgot the link to my sheet of instructions for the baggers.

  3. why don’t you have the attached diagram memorized? i do the same thing and wasn’t aware of it until looking at your mock-up.

    i really hope that one day a cashier notices these efforts.

    i just realized why i don’t find the self checkout 100% fulfilling – it’s the lack of conveyor belt.

  4. Naturally it’s memorized, but best practice dictates that S.O.P.s be documented. My older son has professional experience as a supermarket cashier. He said yes, we notice your efforts, and yes we think you’re a freak. By the way, the conveyor belt is way overrated. It tends to cause your items to bunch up.

  5. 36 times a day? at the wastewater treatment plant where I work the rule of thumb is to wash your hands before and after going to the bathroom. I’m still not up to 36.

  6. I’d add “before going home” to the rule of thumb, but that’s just me.

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