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Message posted by Big Roy on 19/4/2019 at 3:04pm
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Standing in the endless queue for ever in Carrefour like you do, waiting for the French person to finish their long conversation with the checkout girl, I've noticed this loads of times before, the empty caisse prioritaire checkout, the one with the picture of a wheelchair and a woman with one leg with a heart on her sleeve.

Now I know what it means, well I thought I did, it's for disabled people and one legged women right? well it seems not, there seemed to be random able bodied people wandering over to it and paying for their shopping. Anyone know how this works?

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These are checkouts in French Supermarkets, presumably in other Countries as well, that give preferential treatment to anyone with a disability and you are supposed to allow them to go first before you (the able bodied).

You are allowed to go through one of those checkouts if it is available and disabled persons are not using it.

We used one once and no sooner had we started loading our purchases from trolley to conveyor belt than a French bloke, around 30 years old, turned up with a plaster cast on his hand and trolley full of shopping.

He started mouthing off because we carried on loading our stuff and ignoring him and his 'disability'.

As we didn't understand most of what he was saying, except 'baise les Anglais', we carried on.

Apparently being closer to 80 years old than 70 (as we are) is not considered likely to be a 'disability' but being a gobby s**te accident prone young French twit is par for the course for the disability lane in Supermarkets.

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The Caisse Prioritaire is 'priority' for disabled persons but if the supermarket is full and no one is queuing there then you can use it. (With the proviso that like Keith - above - you are thick-skinned)!

We had unloaded a fair few of our groceries and a very pregnant young women excused us politely and started to unload her basket in front of us, so we politely moved back to allow her more room! Then she was joined by her 'mother' and 'sister' with two more very full trolleys - and then two more - and I mean all absolutely loaded with stuff.................! It took about fifteen minutes to process all her shopping - and what looked like the shopping for a whole campsite - and she, of course, paid by cheque but there was obviously some limit on each because it took three different cheques to pay for it all!

I think next time we'll just wait in the longer queue.

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You're right Val about going to another checkout to avoid conflict.

From what I've seen in French Supermarches - a woman who is pregnant is classed as suitable for the 'disabled priority' lane.

And quite often it's difficult to determine who's pregnant and who is just fat .........


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Thank you both for the clarification, you do get time to ponder the meaning of life while standing in the queue, when there are about 20 checkouts with only 3 open

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One of the big mysteries of my life, having lived in France for some years, is why they build so many checkout aisles in their supermarkets and then only ever use 2 at a time.

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Yep, professional queuers.

Heaven knows why they put up with it.

If a supermarket employed more operators they’d get more business.

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Our local Super U opens another checkout when there are more than 2 queuing and will keep opening them until all checkouts are open if required.

So not all French supermarkets are the same.

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We used the empty caisse prioritaire today in Leclerc - not another soul in sight (but it was dinner-time!).

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Quote: Originally posted by bofs on 20/4/2019
We used the empty caisse prioritaire today in Leclerc - not another soul in sight (but it was dinner-time!).



Good time to shop in France.

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Our local Lidl (in France) always opens another checkout if there are more than two people waiting at the open ones - and they announce it in English as well as French!

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They do that in our local Lidl(Scotland) as well, strange that.
They don't announce in French though.

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Do they announce it in Scots?

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Quote: Originally posted by mgbgtv8 on 20/4/2019
Quote: Originally posted by bofs on 20/4/2019
We used the empty caisse prioritaire today in Leclerc - not another soul in sight (but it was dinner-time!).



Good time to shop in France.



Is that genuinely the quietest time to use the supermarket? I normally shop around 3 to 5pm and it always seems to be busy, I've never been at mid-day, when I do my shopping it has to be like a trolley dash because I've got a dog waiting in the car


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Quote: Originally posted by Big Roy on 21/4/2019
Quote: Originally posted by mgbgtv8 on 20/4/2019
Quote: Originally posted by bofs on 20/4/2019
We used the empty caisse prioritaire today in Leclerc - not another soul in sight (but it was dinner-time!).



Good time to shop in France.



Is that genuinely the quietest time to use the supermarket? I normally shop around 3 to 5pm and it always seems to be busy, I've never been at mid-day, when I do my shopping it has to be like a trolley dash because I've got a dog waiting in the car




Yes! It's also the time to see any sights etc. We have seen much of France when it's been closed for lunch!!!


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Quote: Originally posted by Val A on 19/4/2019
The Caisse Prioritaire is 'priority' for disabled persons but if the supermarket is full and no one is queuing there then you can use it. (With the proviso that like Keith - above - you are thick-skinned)!

We had unloaded a fair few of our groceries and a very pregnant young women excused us politely and started to unload her basket in front of us, so we politely moved back to allow her more room! Then she was joined by her 'mother' and 'sister' with two more very full trolleys - and then two more - and I mean all absolutely loaded with stuff.................! It took about fifteen minutes to process all her shopping - and what looked like the shopping for a whole campsite - and she, of course, paid by cheque but there was obviously some limit on each because it took three different cheques to pay for it all!

I think next time we'll just wait in the longer queue.



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