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Debbie looks in a bag, pulls out a handful of various counter items.
What do "counter items" mean?
Sounds to me like a scenario in a pharmacy-type shop like CVS, or Walgreens, where 'counter items' are those items you can purchase without a prescription from a doctor.
Anyone else any ideas?
(In the UK, I think we are more likely to say, 'over-the-counter')