When the checkout person asks me if I'm ok doing my own bagging, I say "yes" because at 31 years of age and a person who often buys things from shops, I feel quite capable of putting items into carrier bags.
I always manage it too, and usually, nowadays, not far behind them finishing scanning my purchases so I don't have The Scramble at the end.
However, every time, I wonder if they're watching me thinking, "what on Earth is he doing?! He's getting it all wrong?! Why didn't he just say he doesn't know how to bag and I'd have helped him, the poor fool!"
The fact that they even ask makes me suspicious like there's some system that maybe I don't know about and all cashiers and many other real adults do and cashiers and other shoppers around the land are just pitying me.
I wish they'd just leave me in peace to do my rubbish packing without all this stress!
I wonder if they ever push it to see how wide-ranging they can make this anxiety.
"Do you need help with your walking?"
"No, I'm fine thanks."
Cashier laughs maniacally as he watches me walk out of the shop, suspiciously eyeballing every other shopper to check I'm doing walking right and in so doing, completely forget how to walk.
I know it's nice they ask. It's actually really nice because some people do NEED help. I imagine if I was horribly arthritic I'd jump (not literally, of course) at the chance to have help with my packing.
But I'm fit and able-bodied and a grown-up so I feel obliged to say I don't need help. Maybe I'll say I do next time and see if I just worry that the cashier's looking at me the whole time going, "why is he wasting my time making me pack his bags?! He's fit and able-bodied and a grown-up! He should be doing this himself!"
Like you do when someone parks in a disabled spot and then gets out and strolls happily and trouble-free to the shop.
Do you know who SHOULD offer to help with packing but never do?
Self service checkouts.
I'd love to watch them get steadily more infuriated with all the "unexpected items in bagging area" and "incorrect weight detected" errors that come up as they're bagging.
Until they explode.
And I would have not one iota of sympathy.