Argentine supermarkets - again!

There are 15 replies in this Thread. The last Post () by Carlos.

  • I simply don't understand Argentine supermarkets at all and find every single trip to any of them to be nauseating and something I dread. Even worse when you're with your other half and she can see that you're irritable, or worse. Frankly I'm surprised I haven't killed someone yet.

    Today at Carrefour Olivos, which was packed, two fucking tills out of eight were working and staff were lolling around seemingly enjoying the spectacle of 50 odd customers queuing up.

    I asked one employee who had opened a till especially for a woman with a pram, but she said I couldn't join the till because she had opened it specially for the woman and promptly closed the fucker, turning on her heels.

    Don't get me wrong, all very polite, because Argentines are the most polite people I've ever met. Especially when they're screwing you up the ass.

    But seriously, why can't they move with the times and realise that customer service is a good thing. They simply don't care and that's what pisses me off.

    Que vamos a hacer? or es lo que hay is all I hear.

    Bollocks!

  • I agree with your observations. But this misattention to the clients is also done at the Banks. If you need cash and do not have the possibility to get this from the ATM, you need to wait much time.

    Normally a bank has three counters for attention. But there is only one person behind one of them. After some transaction it seems that the employee must do his/her yoga exercises, because the next is called by a electronic sign after no less than 10 minutes.

    Banks were always greedy, but now it seems thay their greed prevents them to hire more employees.

    When I was in the USA, all counters were filled with persons, so you never had to make a queue.

  • I hate going to banks because the 'smart' ATMs are a nightmare. I still cannot understand why some ATMs are for customers, for deposit, for withdrawals only. I do not understand why when I have to pay my building's expenses I have to use specifically one ATM (of the 3-4 available in the bank). When I follow the steps on the wrong ATM, it says there is no customer with such account number, but if the ATM is the right kind (???) it magically works.


    And you can't use mobile phones inside the bank and you can't wear sunglasses. What are they afraid there might be under a pair of sunglasses? I have to switch glasses (I wear prescription sunglasses, as well) and the act of reaching into my bag while stepping inside of the branch looks very suspicious to the security guard. So I have to make a mental note to switch glasses before entering the bank.


    Too many complications for everyday's life.


    Supermarkets seems in the business of keeping people in line. But at least you can play with your mobile phone while in line.

    I believe people do their part, as well. We spend 20 minutes in line, and then after the clerk has scanned all your stuff you bag it and only then look for your wallet/purse?!


    I am genuinely envious of the peaceful state of mind of Argentinians. It looks like nothing can bother them. I suppose Indians are the same. I am watching bollywood movies on Netflix and I can see some parallels.

    People arguing and the next minute not minimally upset, people trying to screw the other, but if you are a friend they will promise the impossible.

  • This business of not being allowed to use phones in banks and many other places is utterly ridiculous. I've had the misfortune to visit AYSA (water company) far too frequently recently and on one particular occasion I was already pissed off with them for being such fucking thieves, waiting for my number to be called for 'customer service Nazi style' and was playing with my phone. Well, the security guard didn't like that at all, tapped me on the shoulder and told me to put the phone away. I quickly turned around and told him NOT to fucking touch me and to fuck off and leave me alone.

    I carried on checking the news on my phone as I have every right to do.

    Fuck em.

  • On a side note, yesterday we arrived at Aeroparque and an airport shuttle bus was waiting for us on the tarmac. Inside, stickers forbade to speak on the cell phone and to take pictures. In Mar del Plata, people were taking pictures with the plane itself. We did it as well, to document the first flight of Serafina.

  • I agree with your observations. But this misattention to the clients is also done at the Banks. If you need cash and do not have the possibility to get this from the ATM, you need to wait much time.

    Normally a bank has three counters for attention. But there is only one person behind one of them. After some transaction it seems that the employee must do his/her yoga exercises, because the next is called by a electronic sign after no less than 10 minutes.

    Banks were always greedy, but now it seems thay their greed prevents them to hire more employees.

    When I was in the USA, all counters were filled with persons, so you never had to make a queue.

    I rest my case. The very idea of customer service in this country is anathema to them. They simply herd people around like cattle who in turn wait till their number is called - if ever.

  • Sometimes I tried to protest in a furious way, but the people said "Quedese tranquilo, señor, no se enoje" (be at peace, do not get upset). The same people which was mistreated by the Bank.

    No one defended me. I would like to be strong as I was when I was 20 years old. Violence when you are senior people looks ridiculous, bit not when you are young.

  • You can't use your phone or take pictures on the shuttle bus? What the fuck?
    I sincerely hope you ignored that inane rule for rules' sake.


    Today we went to a kiosk with a pagofacil and locutorio on the back. There were many signs forbidding to use the phone. AND they charged 2 pesos if you went in to pay bills only. WTF? you have to pay to pay?!



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  • I recommend you to pay the services and taxes bills through Internet. You need to inscribe your payments by Internet using the e-banking service.

    It is much more easy and you can do it from your home. Also the Bank advises which bills are to be payed, and the deadline.

    Pago Facil is another bluff. Must be called "pago dificil"

  • On the other hand, once in a while they’ll shock you. Just got back to our home in BsAs Saturday and realized that Semana Santa was looming. Damn! Won’t even be able to get food for most of the week, right?


    Wrong! Asked at Disco how many days they’ll be open and they said “all of them!”


    As Jane Ace once said, “You could have knocked me over with a fender.”

  • That is a proof that we are not a Theocratic state. Try to go to Iran or Saudi Arabia in their Religious feasts. and you will see that things are different.

    Try to buy wine or beer on any Sunday in some US states, and you will also know you are not in Argentina.

  • Well, that is right. But the US is a quintaessential non-theocratic state. We copied your constitution in almost in all parts.

    But there are some fundamentalists, as there are in all places in the world, including Argentina.