How to Utilize and Counteract Sarcasm

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Reader Comments (32)

Hehehe, best one in a while, maybe ever :D.

April 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDavor

If you're not comfortable employing sarcasm in person, you can always put it in a webcomic.

April 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCJ

The word "pop" and the word "poop" look very similar when reading quickly.

April 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Paper, please. Society needs paper books. Without them, book burnings would be dreary affairs indeed.

April 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJudas Peckerwood

I think I still prefer paper, but I do have one of them kindles, so I'm learning to love .mobi format as well.

April 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTim

The form of sarcasm I prefer with inept baggers is to stand there with my cart conspicuously rearranging everything they have just bagged while they take care of the next customer.

Of course, they're impervious to that sort of sarcasm too, but at least it accomplishes something useful in addition to harassing a low paid and apathetic employee.

April 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

The bagging skills exhibited by the various cashiers/baggers I have experienced over the years has lead me to purposely arranging my groceries on the belt so that they get bagged correctly.

I do that too, but then a lot of cashiers pick around what I've carefully arranged and STILL group inappropriate things together. ~Missy

April 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBash

My wife is tired of my lamenting (every frigging time I go to the store) about the lost art of placing groceries in a paper bag in a way that was craftsmanlike and secure, as well as my pointing out the superiority of the shape and structure of the paper bag - so I thought I'd post it here!

I am of a certain age that remembers when paper was the only choice, and baggers were trained to a high degree. Training which I underwent, and honed my art to a fine point.

Now get off my lawn kid!

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergozar


Surely the /best/ form of sarcasm is that which the "victim" doesn't even notice going by?

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterG Lazelle

You don't usually punch down. This one leaves a sour taste.

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPrimeJunta

Just don't tip the guy.

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

@Judas Peckerwood: I don't know, I bet a "book EMPing" would have a certain appeal.

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSnails

I think Scott is losing it. First Rick, then mullet boss(now that I think about it, this happens soley because of where the power lies thus ensuring mullet boss wins even when he loses), now even a lowly bagger is defeating him in the battle of wits.

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjake

Hey, can non-Americans win the ebook?

Unfortunately, we don't have copies of the ebook on hand. ~Missy

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLani

I'm ready to try an e-book, if it is in PDF format so I don't need any special e-book reader. Paper is just fine too naturally. Besides, what exactly is a signed e-book looking like?

Another excellent comic BTW (and that ain't sarcasm).

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

I like paper books!

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

I'm a lifelong east coaster. The first time I visited Denver, I bought a soda at a convenience store. The clerk asked me "would you like your pop in a sack?" Being hit with two strange words like that (I would phrase it "would you like your soda in a bag?") my first thought was "I don't know, I'll ask him."

It was mystifying, moving from Seattle to Florida, and hearing everyone say "soda" (which to me is Club Soda) or "coke" instead of "pop". Oh, regional differences. ~Missy

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Ya know, maybe I'm just lucky to live in a community with a ferociously competitive supermarket business, but generally speaking the bagging done at my grocers is usually performed very logically. I'm not being sarcastic when I say that either.

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTimP

Paper by far, just something about holding the flesh of a dead tree with an authors words penned on it.

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy

Seems to me that if you're going to pay someone to put things in a bag for you, you're going to get what you pay for.

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJerica

It's amazing how often the lowest form of wit can go over people's heads.

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNcw8

I hate bad bagging. So much of it is common sense, that any cashier (and especially any bagger) who hasn't mastered the basics after one day is officially too stupid to live.

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

I prefer paper books

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEric

I prefer paper books.

Also, long time reader, first time commenter. I'm a big fan of your comic, and share them with my coworkers as often as possible. In fact, I'd say that most of the emails I've sent in the last week were links to your comics. Keep up the great work!

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJR

I prefer paper. It's easier to keep a book on hand than transfer 1000 purchases to a new phone. That, and possession being 9/10 of the law... it's mine to keep, not "rent."

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMe

I often buy gallon jugs of tea. I can easily tell who the bad baggers are because they bag the tea (not to be confused with teabagging. That already describes 2 activities I generally disagree with, let's not add a third). The worst offender put the tea and a couple frozen dinners (the 32 oz family size ones) in one bag, which broke as she did so. Then she blamed the bag and tried a bigger one, which survived long enough for her to double bag it.

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterOmniLiquid

The ones that bother me seem to dislike vegetables rolling a little.
At least I assume that's why they bang lettuce, tomatoes, onions, etc. down on hard surfaces, creating a flat spot before the vegetable even gets into the bag. I don't try sarcasm on them, I just say "I'm not gonna eat that. I picked out a non-bruised one special 'cause I like 'em non-bruised" and make them un-charge the damaged vegetable.
They seem to dislike that even worse than rolling veggies, because they don't do it again.

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Where I live we can't pump our own gas, but we none of the stores bags our groceries. Oh the irony.

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJustRuss

Oh. Dear. Maybe it's because I'm childless, dim, or both, but the part about guaranteed poop in the child seat has never occured to me. Basic Instructions indeed. *Thinks about past decades of supermarket cart use, gags a little*

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

In our country the cashier don't even bother to bag stuff. They give you a bag to do it yourself at most. And only if you specifically ask them if they could hand over some (which you have to pay for of course). Not that I want to complain. After all if you want to have something done right...

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGin

so just do what I do, bag your own. I tell them I want to do it because I know where stuff is going. Most baggers just shrugg and move on to their next victim. the ones that don't get an insistant "I will do it myself " followed with a look that Scott gives in panel 4.

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

The wife and I never let anyone bag our shopping. A special kind of bitter idiot is employed by the supermarkets to do bagging.

April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSimes

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