Monday, July 14, 2014

Bad Habits of the Modern Grocery Shopper

I'm a relatively sane person, but crowds drive me crazy. I don't like people walking or driving closely behind me and I tend to have panic attacks in situations like this one.





I thought when I became a full-time writer, my issues with grocery stores would end. I could shop when nobody was around...no crowds, no problem. Nothing makes me happier than an aisle completely free of people.



Is it just me? It feels like I can breathe. But here's what I've learned: When you shop after work or on weekends, shoppers do stupid things like blocking aisles. When you shop when nobody else is there, the aisles still aren't free. Do you know why?



Yep, shelf stockers. They don't move out of your way, either. So good luck getting to the cheese curls. But lately, something else has been bugging me. It happens at checkout. You know how you put all of your items on the conveyor belt, then put up a divider so that the next person can load his groceries? Some people don't put the divider up. 



I get that. That's not me, though. It isn't my pet peeve, either. That's the cashier's problem to work out. What bugs me lately are the people who start unloading their groceries onto the conveyor belt WHILE YOU'RE STILL UNLOADING.



At that point, you have a choice, you can say, "Excuse me, but I still have some things to unload." At which point you end up in an altercation similar to the one the woman details here. (Warning: it has profanity.)

Or you could avoid confrontation and play a grocery store version of Tetris to stack your groceries on top of each other without crushing anything.




I'm sure the person probably doesn't realize she's jumping the gun. (It's always been a "she" so far, sorry to say.) I just don't know how to handle it any more than I know how to handle the person who stands in front of the butter section for a half an hour, trying to pick out the perfect tub of butter.




What are your top grocery shopping pet peeves?

81 comments:

  1. Position your cart so they can't even get to the conveyor belt.
    My pet peeve - the person who just stands there while the clerk rings up the items and then looks surprised when he announces the total and has to search purse for checkbook. Really??? You couldn't have the checkbook filled out and ready to insert total? Or the person who also looks surprised and has to dig through purse for exact change. (Yeah, sorry, always a woman.)

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  2. It always amazes me to see people still using personal checks. Cash seems like it would be quicker, but it isn't. Even if you don't dig for change, everyone has to wait while the cashier gets it out of the drawer. Credit/debit is always quicker, especially at the grocery store, where everything's done on that little screen. I think women are the biggest annoyances because you see far more women at the grocery store than men. And men usually head straight for the self-checkout because they have only a few items! There's no way I'm self-checking out an entire week's worth of groceries when the cashier and bagger have it down to a science.

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  3. OMG...you hit this post out of the park for me! I get so irritated when employees completely block aisles. Target is the worst......never shop there in the morning. It's ridiculous. I've complained to management, it's so bad!

    I've also noticed the folks who don't use dividers and who just start unloading. Also, the people who push their cart into your back! Last month, some MAN put a gift card practically on top of my items and the scanner picked it up on my bill. The cashier was not happy with the guy, as it was extra work for her to take it off my bill.

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  4. I shop at Publix because my Kroger is usually so ridiculously crowded and full of rude idiots, it creates stress I don't need. Bless the Publix people--they are amazing. However, they must be entered in a drawing to win a million dollars every time they take a customer's groceries to their cars...you practically have to wrestle the cart from them to take your own groceries out. The only problem with this is...no baggers. I've literally had to stand at the bagging area, putting my own bags in my cart because all the baggers are outside. Annoying!

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  5. I don't have pet peeves so much as impatience for going up and down the aisles. Wife and daughter do the slow meandering while I get sent off on missions - first yogurt, then beer, then lunch stuff, etc. Store personnel are constantly offering me carts, baskets, etc. Sure, I look like a crazy man with my arms full of yogurt tubs but, all things considered, it's really better this way!

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  6. I also shop when nobody is in the shop, and I also see assistants stocking the shelves then :)
    What I hate the most at the cash registers are slow people, people who take their time to put their goods in their bags and money in their wallets even though there's a line behind them and the cashier is already throwing your things behind her....
    These days you need to take some happy shrooms before venturing to the shop....

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  7. I go when no one is around too, in and out with ease. Elbow to elbow I hate. And those annoying ones with 50,000 coupons lol or the idiots at costco who don't think they need a membership to buy stuff, I could go on all day haha

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  8. Hah, I can relate to some of that. However, my main pet peeve about grocery store is that they sell very little actual food. The outer aisle might, but the middle ones? Cookies, crackers, chips, that ain't food.

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  9. the 'expert' shoppers that bring in coupons and fliers from other stores who then make the cashier adjust prices to match the competitors. i admire their zeal and penny-pinching, but WOW it takes forever!

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  10. I don'y like heavy crowds either but sometimes get stuck in the crowded isle.

    I read the Mountain Dew fat woman storey, and I would have probably bought the darn pop and took it with me too, depending in what mood I was. I can't ever remember having rude people like this here in Canada.

    However....
    When parking spots are at a premium during some busy sales, what irritates me are people who steal my parking spot when my blinker indicates I'm turning into that spot. One particular woman screamed to me that I stole her parking spot and I told her that I didn't read minds as she didn't had her blinker on to indicate her intention and I just gingerly locked my car and went into the store.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  11. I'll admit I'm probably someone's pet peeve out there.

    I'm the person who stands in line while her husband unloads the groceries onto the conveyor belt. I stand there and flip through the trash magazines, with no intention of buying any of them, until either someone behinds me asks, "Excuse me, are you in line?" or my husband clears his throat as a sign it's time to leave.

    I apologize in advance before I do it again. sorry. :)

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  12. Once, I have my things on the belt behind a couple and the woman, for who knows what reason, turned around, picked up one of my items, and inspected it closely before setting it back down onto the belt.

    Now, I have a lot of things that bug me in the grocery store and that is the least (and least common) of them, but it was so odd.

    A few months ago, I needed salsa. A woman and I think her daughter were standing in front of it having a very detailed conversation about salsa. I thought they were deciding which to buy, so I waited patiently. I was not looking at anything else. They looked at me several times, standing there ... waiting. And FINALLY they moved off without picking up a single jar of salsa. I reached for what I was waiting for and the woman turned and said, "Oh, I didn't realize you were waiting for us to move!"

    Apparently, people just stand close to others in grocery store aisles for no reason?

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  13. "The only problem with this is...no baggers. I've literally had to stand at the bagging area, putting my own bags in my cart because all the baggers are outside. Annoying!"

    I do not understand this practice in Southern grocery stores. Everywhere I lived before, the bagging area was set up so the cashier could immediately bag as he or she rang the groceries up and then pick up the bags and put them into the cart. The customers didn't have to do any of it unless they wanted to. When I worked as a cashier, we only had baggers when it was SUPER busy. They weren't necessary.

    The way Southern grocery stores are set up is weird and completely inefficient.

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  14. I was about to say shop at Publix if you had one until I read the comments.

    We don't have Kroger here, but Bi-Lo and Ingles are sub-par. Usually a cashier or you bag groceries. They staff with half the help they need. So chances are if there is a bagger on duty, he is helping out the person with the mega-cart order.

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  15. I have no patience with women who reach over me as I am fingering through clothing on a rack because they see something I'm looking at and it might be what they want.

    One of these days, bam, zoom to the moon.

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  16. My main pet peeve is when the person behind me starts moving forward (like they're going to push me out of the way) before I've managed to get the receipt from the cashier or put my debit card back in my wallet. Seriously? You can't wait five seconds for me to put my stuff up??? And I have a solution for you: stand towards the end of the conveyor belt until all your items are scanned. Whomp!

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  17. Grocery shopping is the bane of my existence! Luckily, # 1 loves to cook, so this task has also fallen to him. I'll take dishes & laundry over grocery shopping any day of the week. LOL

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  18. I get anxious about big crowds anyway (and since I don't drive, I hate the bus, so had a few panic attacks, which is why I (luckily) don't do the shopping all that much. I have no patience and get annoyed easily when I do though.Oh God, the story, haha! I would never do that but ripped the handles off, YES.

    The no divider things get's on my nerves though, I always seem to be in front of people who don't use it, even though there's one there. In front of their face. Use it, people, use it.

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  19. Haha. Great post! I hate crowded grocery stores, but thankfully the one I shop at is usually empty, no matter the time of day. One of the perks of living in a small town, I guess. :)

    Love the last pic. I'm famous for that—pretending to look at something else while I wait for the person to move out of the way so I can quickly grab what I need.

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  20. Hee, hee! Too funny! I tend to go in the early morning to avoid the crowds not because I freak out with crowds, but I'm on such a tight schedule. And don't even talk to me about people using CHECKS!! Oh my word, just get a debit card and memorize a pin number already!! :-)

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  21. I absolutely hate grocery shopping, but I absolutely love to eat, LOL, so its a necessity. My husband loves to shop, he slowly wants to go up and down each aisle. I have a list and a purpose, I want out of there. So I think that's my biggest problem with it. I really should have him do the shopping himself and be grateful I have a husband and money to shop :)

    Big peeve though is only having 2-3 lanes opened for checking out at the first of the month when everyone is shopping. I don't like waiting in long lines :)

    betty

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  22. After reading over the comments, just a couple...

    Renee--Is Publix solely a Southern grocery store chain? Kroger? I thought Kroger went up the East coast at least, but I know they also are known under a different name in some areas. All of our Wal-Marts are set up without baggers, but Kroger and Publix both have baggers. I don't know why. I, personally, have no problem taking items out and putting them in the cart, but it's not easy at Kroger/Publix because you have to go to the end, put your bags in the cart, then go back around to pay and by then the person behind you is usually all queued up and standing in front of the credit card machine. I don't know--it's news to me that only Southern grocery stores have baggers! (I'm not a Wal-Mart shopper...that place is not a good place for people who don't like crowds and stupid people!)

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  23. I hate crowds too! Especially since I'm 4'9'' and come up to most peoples armpits...not fun times! I have to say that the stocker guys usually get out of my way...maybe it's the grocery store I go to? And I usually ask them to reach stuff that's way too high for me, so I don't mind them :)
    ~Katie

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  24. Kristin Smith--I have seriously reached over someone and said, "Excuse me. I just need to grab this." But only after I've stood behind them waiting for about 5 minutes, circled to go other places, then come back to see them still standing there.

    Once I was being polite, so I stopped my cart and waited while someone breezed by so I could grab something from the freezer that was on her side of the aisle. She saw me there, but stopped anyway at the very case I'd been eyeing. Then she took her time picking out her item. I thought, "Wow. I was trying to be polite to let her walk by, but I guess I should have been rude."

    The grocery store is a war zone sometimes. Each man for himself. That's why there are so many grouchy people in there. They've already dealt with rude people on aisles 1-5, so by aisle 6, they've turned into rude people themselves!

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  25. My favorite is the ones that put their cart in the middle of the aisle and then stand there forever. The topping is when they see you trying to get by and they still won't move their cart. Bless their hearts.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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  26. My biggest pet peeve at the grocery store has to be the people who are in such a big hurry, even when their rushing isn't going to move anything along any faster.

    Like the old ladies who are in such a rush to get to the cashier that they hit me in the butt with their carts, or the ones that come in so close with their carts that there's barely enough room to unload my stuff. In a city where everyone drives and it takes about ten minutes to get from one end of it to the other, what's the rush?

    Oh, and at my particular store, they're always out of what I need, especially if the item is on sale. And they're very resistant to retrieving said items if they're in the back. Why aren't they restocking throughout the day?

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  27. I hate grocery shopping for this very reason and after my first Black Friday experience, I think I am scarred for life. It was super crazy and seriously, not worth it to me.

    I do try to be as polite as possible but sometimes it is hard when the person behind you has their cart on your feet or in your behind. :P

    I have found that here at least, if I sop earlier in the morning it is better for whatever reason so I try to go as early as possible during the work week.

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  28. I used to work at Stop and Shop when I was 19, and deal with plenty of customer issues. We had the people who realized at the checkout line that they'd forgotten their wallet, an elderly Russian woman who didn't even have the 99 cents to pay for her severely discounted small order, people who left their carts in the middle of the lot (where it can easily cause an accident, and takes away parking spots), and people who used our lot to dump their garbage. I was always finding the strangest stuff, like pieces of a large wooden headboard, parts of a chair, and other dumped furniture. Once I had an elderly couple trying to bag their own groceries, and I was forced to get on the floor to pick up some fruit that slipped out of a bag, since the wife said her husband couldn't bend.

    It's also annoying to wait behind someone paying with a check, or who has to have management called over to work out some issue with payment or coupons. Aisle-blocking is also a big annoyance.

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  29. I also heard people steal carts from grocery store shopping carts, Carrie-Anne? That seems odd to me! I was in line behind a woman who tried to pay for a cart full of groceries with a bad credit card. They denied her and she just walked out, leaving a cart full of bagged groceries behind. I felt so bad for whomever had to put all that back!

    And what about the couponers? I watched Extreme Couponing for a while (until I realized most of those people have issues that only a counselor could fix and it started making me sad for them). I kept thinking, yeah, it's all great when the TV cameras are there, but if this happened in real life, the cashier would probably say, "I'm not getting paid enough for this crap" and walk out!

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  30. Place your cart at an angle at the beginning of the conveyor belt so no one can get through. When you're done, put the divider thing on the belt yourself. When the stockers are in your way, say, Will you please hand me that container of hummus or get your ass outa my way? Say it with a smile, of course. I find that if I shop after 7 on a Friday evening that the stockers are gone and the other shoppers are doing fun things, such as going to the movies. I, who have no life, can shop happily and quietly on a Friday evening.

    Love,
    Janie

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  31. Thanks for that link! And "So good luck getting to the cheese curls" just hit me in a good way.

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  32. This made me giggle. I have experienced all of these things!

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  33. My grocery shopping pet peeve is when your standing in line to order meat and no one takes a ticket for their number in line. When this happens, people are fighting and saying they were there first when clearly, they were not. And it's even worse on weekends which is when I have to go shopping because I do all of my writing in the morning and the day job in the afternoon until evening.
    P.S. I taught some writing classes this morning to middle graders and mentioned "30 Days of No Gossip." =)

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  34. YAY, Gina. Thank you so much! If you need some bookmarks, let me know. I have plenty and I can mail you some.

    My husband makes fun of me because I won't get my meat from the meat counter. I don't like having to bother people to ask for things, so I just get the prepackaged stuff!

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  35. I hate hate hate the grocery store. But the confrontation of that story you linked? Yikes. I would probably ask the cashier to call over management to deal with it.

    My pet peeves are anybody with checks or food stamps or a boatload of coupons. And people who don't start loading their bagged groceries into their cart until the cashier is finished, thus making me wait.

    I also have an excel spreadsheet of every item I ever buy, organized by aisle...because I hate to 1) go down an aisle where I didn't need an item and 2) go down an aisle twice b/c I forgot something.

    And then of course the people who don't return their cart and just leave it randomly in the parking lot spaces. I have zero sympathy for ANY excuse you might have, so don't even try. I park near a cart return so I can put mine back.

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  36. You already mentioned the worst ones for me... I can't stand somebody blocking the aisle... I do all that I can to move my cart over so I am not in the way. I am apologetic too... I tried shopping late at night and the stockers take up more room... it is a pain...

    I think my biggest pet peeve is that we have grocery stores opened 24/7 and still it seems there is not a quiet time to shop.. :)

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  37. Hi Stephanie,

    Wow! you have really opened a can of beans with this post, I just don't know where to start and am probably better off saying nothing, so as not to sound too peevish and stuffy! .... but hey!

    I am not one for crowds either, not only in supermarkets, but in large towns or cities in general. I get very flustered if someone walks too closely behind me and as for using the underground or railways at peak commute time ... No Way!

    Goods on the shelf which are past their sell by date, is a real no, no! Especially when I point it out to a member of staff, only to have them shrug and walk away, leaving the offending item on the shelf, for some poor unsuspecting shopper who may be a little short sighted, to pick up and add to their trolley.

    I hate it when you get the checkout line where the assistant insists on processing my shopping at record speed, giving me no time to pack and crushing all my carefully placed 'soft' items in the process!

    I make it a rule not to pay for my shopping until I have it all packed away .... then you get the person behind you who has unloaded their trolley and is now standing on your shoulder whilst you enter your credit card details as payment! And they will insist on making some comment about how long I have taken, or how much I have spent ... red rag to a bull!

    I could go on, but I guess that's enough to be going on with for now ... You did ask!

    Have a great shopping free week.

    Yvonne

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  38. I also prefer to shop when the store is as empty as possible. I find close to closing is good because I can get everything done in about 20 minutes and no one is stocking shelves :)

    I agree with Alex about positioning the cart. I also agree with your pet peeves and his. If I was to write a check- it would be all filled out and ready to go with the amount only to be filled in. I haven't ever used a check at the grocery store- but I try to be patient with others and remember my grandmother when she was checking out. She always used a check and wrote in perfect penmanship. ;)


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  39. I have this same issue. It really drives me nuts when the person in front of me acts like I don't exist. I also get irritated with the oblivious person who doesn't realize that fourteen people are in line behind him or her. And yes, I've had the person writing the check, too. I'm glad someone is addressing grocery store peeves! :)

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  40. Im agree and I think sometimes is terrible and what you think about these persons talking and blocking the aisles?
    I love to go when I can early in the morning! And dont like crowds too make me feel exausted when I finish!

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  41. I hear you. I loathe and detest grocery shopping (or any shopping which isn't for books or plants). We try and get there early - or late. And no, the packing staff aren't the issue. It is because they have NO ONE on the checkouts. Sigh.
    And I could do without the (common) habit our supermarkets have adopted of hiding things. Just because you found eggs in this aisle last week doesn't mean that they will be here this week. Or next.

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  42. It makes me happy if the person in front of me bags their own groceries instead of waiting for the checkout person to do it.

    Yvonne

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  43. Yes, I hate crowds too. After I venture out, I need a big break from the rest of humanity for a while.

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  44. I find it intriguing that so many people say being around large crowds exhausts them and they need to recover for a while afterward. I think that's the mark of an introvert, isn't it?

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  45. I love shopping early in the morning so I can zip right in and out without waiting in line or dealing with aisle traffic jams!

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  46. I hate it when people leave a cart in line in front of you and walk away. Sometimes they come back and sometimes they don't.
    Good topic:)

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  47. Alex's pet peeve is my husband's as well:)

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  48. I've never had someone start to unload their groceries before I was finished. The way the checkout lines are set up, there's no way for them to get in front of me before I've moved out of the way. I had no idea this was a thing elsewhere.

    I, too, hate it when people won't get out of your way. I understand when it's crowded, but to linger when someone clearly wants to get where they are? Seriously?

    Every place I shop, the ones filling shelves usually get out of the way for me if I need something behind them. And they're really nice about it.

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  49. alex got the ticket. and yer right, it is nearly always women but i can manage this situation. what the women (and again, only women and gender swapped) do that makes me crazy is walking THROUGH men with their carts. oh, and they too often try to push into the middle of a long line, always in front of some half scared looking guy like me. youd think i was the only one who doesnt give.

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  50. I do not do shopping unless absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, I can't butcher my own meat and I have no milking talent, so I'm forced into those aisles filled with unhealthy, unnecessary, processed foods every once in a while. I prefer traffic on the freeway to traffic near the produce any day.

    Great post and I do relate.

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  51. Oh so very true! I find that if I stare at a person (either the shelf stock person, the butter tub hunter, or that annoying conveyor belt forced-sharer) while doing whatever I intended to do, they back down. Mind you, this is sometimes like a Rottweiler staring down a Yorkie. I usually get an apology from the person, who half the time will suddenly "remember" they need something in some other aisle.
    Fair warning - this works on my fellow 2am shoppers. It has no use whatsoever on Black Friday. It also has no use against a parent who is shopping with more than three children, especially if one of those children is under two years old and is screaming. In fact, that's when I'm the one who suddenly has to make a trip to some other aisle.

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  52. ah yes you're right it's really annoying when too many persons at the same place, I also hate that. But it's actually quite ok here, for now in any case.

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  53. I've found online shopping is the answer to my prayers. Not that this is perfect either but it is definitely the lesser of two evils and can be fun in that some of the substitutions we have had have been hilarious. Informed no coconut milk was available we were sent coconut hair conditioner instead.

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  54. If I could buy all my groceries online, Tracy Terry, I definitely would! I buy a lot of basics on Amazon, but it's still not cost effective to get most of the stuff I get at the grocery store there. I think that will change soon... Amazon's working on local delivery and I'm all over that.

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  55. Or, someone comes right up behind me at the self-checkout area while I'm still putting in the code for my card. The person is not trying to spy on the code, but it's just obviously wrong.

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  56. I hate that I have to bring extra clothes. I'll freeze when I wear a t-shirt because the dairy/frozen food aisles are so cold.

    I guess it's better than eating spoiled food.:)

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  57. haha yes! love it. I'm always the one scanning items I don't need while I wait for someone to move. My biggest pet peeve is the stopping mid aisle to try and find something. No no no! move to the side! please.

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  58. What I hate the most about shopping in a grocery story is bad B.O.! Last week when I went to get groceries I got stuck behind two large, balding men with the worst body odor ever. I had to hold my breath and go around them. Everywhere they went, which happened to be everywhere I had to go, they left behind a horrible smell that lingered. It was disgusting!!

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  59. I avoid crowds whenever possible. People in my personal space make me crazy. I've learned to move and to stand with my arms on my hips, elbow jutting out, often forcing people to take a step away from me. :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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  60. I live in a such a small town, if someone did stick their items on the conveyor with mine, I'd probably know their name and threaten to add my items to their tab. Same with crowds- not such a biggie when every other face is familiar.

    My biggest pet peeve? I'm short and the shelves are tall. I'm sick of climbing shelves for what I want. I've never been a rock climber, but I'm often a rack climber!

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  61. I hate grocery shopping. But when I get those 'jump the gun people' I straight up crab a devider and push their stuff over with it. I don't even care, I get so pissed.

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  62. Maybe if you become a very rich author, you can pay someone to do the shopping for you :)

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  63. I can't handle a lot of people around me either. I always freak out. I don't know, but it just seems like shoppers have become a lot less courteous. I find that certain people block the entire isle with their cart as they shop and you can say excuse me, but they just don't move. Or the cashier gives you attitude because she doesn't want to work there and now you have to wait until she has told her fellow cashier about what she did the previous night. I feel your pain though.

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  64. Imagine Friday afternoon, 23d December or any other time the store is packed with stressed out people shopping like the Great Flood was coming. This is the time my wife chooses to go through the receipt before picking a single item off the conveyer belt. I get to do that on my own. And when she finds some item that was suppose to be on sale and we payed full price for or some item the cashier managed to register twice, she makes a complaint. We almost always pay with credit/debit so I have to find the wrongly priced item I already bagged so that the cashier can reregister it and redo our bill so we can pay the right amount. She never does this on a Tuesday morning when the store is practically empty.

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  65. Ahhh Stephanie, I feel your pain!!! What kills me is the complete and utter lack of consideration for anyone but themselves. I even did one of my early blogs on it. I'll include it here if you want to give it a read. Great post !!!

    http://denofthebeastlybear.blogspot.com/2014/01/express-really.html

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  66. Wow, the story in the article you linked to is crazy. I cannot believe ppl are so rude. And actually bumping her w/the cart? Don't know if I could have handled my cool w/that one!

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  67. Ha, this is where I check your "all of the above" option on your list Stephanie. Fortunately, I have flexibility in my schedule and only have to battle the stockers for the most part.

    Though I use self checkout whenever possible, my biggest complaint is when folks who have food stamps try to misuse them. No sir, you really can't buy tobacco products or some other stuff with them. No sir, complaining to the manager will not help. No sir, holding up the line so you can unload your mind via a verbal tantrum is not making anyone else behind you happy….

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  68. I can't stand it when the person behind me is unloading when I haven't finished yet. What I do is place an item all the way in the back and one in the front, and then I fill in the middle.

    I stopped shopping at my closest Walmart because the shelf stocking was extreme. I couldn't even get to the items on my list with people and boxes in the way.

    I also dislike small talk by the people in front of me and issues they bring up with pricing and coupons. Also, if someone knows they need to pay soon, they should have their wallet out and ready. In a daze some people are still looking for their credit card when all their items have been scanned.

    One more thing...people shouldn't be looking too carefully at what I'm buying. I've had baggers sniff my candles and cashiers read labels. Who cares? They should know what their store has.

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  69. YES, Medeia. I've seen that happen SO many times. The cashiers just stand there, commenting on everything they scan. Meanwhile, the line is building up behind me. Publix is bad about asking you if you want every single item bagged. "Would you like your tea in bags? What about your milk? What about your soda? What about...?" If I say you don't have to put one thing like that in bags, why would I be picky about you putting all those other things in bags?

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  70. "Nothing makes me happier than an aisle completely free of people."

    Amen, sister!

    My shopping pet peeve is when there are five or six bag-boys talking to a cashier while pretending to work. Meanwhile, there's enough shopping carts in the lot to impact available parking. Other lanes have no baggers. What is the point of having a manager if they aren't managing?

    If I could talk Hubzam into eating out every single night, this problem would be a distance memory...but dang if I don't have to go back to the store again tomorrow (Ziploc bags, you are our crack!!).

    Cherdo
    www.cherdoontheflipside.com

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  71. Good gosh, your shopping experiences don't sound fun at all. YIKES!

    Don't throw anything at me, but I love going to the market. So much fun to get good deals.

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  72. For the first time I had groceries delivered (we had a coupon). I may do that from now on. I hate going to the store. I can't stand rudeness (customers and staff), crowds, and waiting. Of course I'm also frugal so I may still tough it out unless i keep finding coupons.

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  73. I get flustered in busy places, plus I have a 3 year old and a 10 month old. The younger doesn't know much about patience, which further adds to my stress (geez, babies nowadays).

    I haven't had anyone jump the gun with unloading yet. I hope that doesn't become a trend.

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  74. Wow, I understand your issues. My particular peeve is people who stand right in front of where I want to go!

    I've always dreamed of having a job where I could shop when everyone else is at work.

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  75. 10 items or less, people. Come on...you can count to 10!! 10 does not equal 11. Or 12. Or, heaven forbid, 20.

    Also, self-check out lanes that are closed. Those aren't helping anyone!!

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  76. I call them PSI... Personal space invaders. I always do my shopping - always - when everybody's still asleep.

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  77. Funny post. Everything in your post is a peeve to me but the biggest one is people either in front of me or behind me on their phones talking very loudly as if I really want to know that conversation.

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  78. People who attempt to look at an item on the left side of the aisle while standing on the right (or vice versa). Then get mad at you for walking in front of them to get around them. Aisle hoggers, much?

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  80. Since I've moved to the UK I am stunned with people's lack of conscious. They have no ideia how to stay in a supermarket. They put the cars in the middle of the aisles, blocking passages, they walk slow and move direction without noticing others. They decide to walk side by side in a single aisle, not alowing others to move in the oposite direction. I hate it. In here people are very stupid. They also take their kids everywhere so you have to be careful with bouncing kids, running in the aisles. There's shopping cars, people talking in the middle of the isle without moving aside, they don't move when someone is trying to reach an item that they block. I gave up on the supermarket that has the food I most enjoy because it is chaotic. And people don't know how to use it.

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