Today I shopped at a grocery store I've never been to before, but it was on my way back from a dinner with some coworkers in a nearby town. I get in line, and there are only two checkstands open and the line at each is about four people deep. I hear some chatter between the checkers, and apparently Bob the Manager let a bunch of people go home early because he thought it would be a slow night and he wanted to cut hours. It turned out to be a busier night than usual, so the store was understaffed. I watch as the two people in front of me, who were average middle-aged people, checked out. After the checker got through all their groceries, the customers stood there and watched while the checker walked out of the stand to the end of the aisle and bagged all their groceries. I was amazed. Now, when I was a kid I went to the store hundreds of times with my folks, and they taught me that if all the baggers are busy, you do the bagging. When my turn came, I slid my card through the reader, went to the bagging position, bagged all of my groceries, and was out the door lickety-split. I'm not a great bagger. Sometimes my 2L sodas go wonky. Sometimes it takes me longer than usual to get a new bag going. But I try. As I was signing the slip, I shook my head and asked the checker "do people seriously not bag their stuff when you're shorthanded? Is that normal here?" He had a thick accent. "Yez, sadly zees ees normal 'ere. In all of Europe, ze patrons, zey do ze bagging. Ze checker zeets" (he crouches down like he's sitting in a seat) "and checks ze groceries." (he mimes checking groceries). "But not 'ere." In my mind, those are some lazy fucking patrons. Ze checker, he was filled with ze ennui. Ironically, he wanted to sit and bag ze groceries, which makes him lazy in a slightly different way. I still side with the checker, though. FOCUS: Tell stories of laziness - your own or that of people you know. Has laziness ever screwed you out of something? Has it benefited you in some circuitous way? Have you ever watched four hours of infomercials because you were too lazy to stand up and find the channel changer?