5 of the Rudest Things People Do in Grocery Stores (PHOTOS)


grocery woesGrocery stores
are enigmas. From the giant chains in all their splendor, to the tiny ones that seem to sell only a single head of lettuce and a half eaten loaf of bread. They are the greatest places on earth if you've got nothing but time and a desire to wander. Plus, they are full of food which makes them immediately awesome. But most of us don't have hours, minutes, or even seconds to spare. That plus jobs plus the million other moving parts that make up a day can turn grocery shopping from a pleasure into a total, maddening disaster.

God forbid you go in after right the school day or work day is over. You might have planned to only spend five minutes in the place, but when you emerge later the sun has set and you have aged a hundred years. Just like Rip Van Winkle before you. There is no amount of discounted breakfast cereal that will ease such an ache. 

Before I moved to New York I loved grocery stores. I also didn't have a real job, so spending hours delicately adding boutique items into my cart while drinking a cup of coffee was a very real occurrence. But now that I'm a grown-up and employed in the big city, I've got to prep myself with positivity mantras and lot of centering breaths before I enter the grocery store.

They are often crowded, everyone has their headphones in, some people seem to have never used a shopping cart before, and oh my god how many people are they buying all that deli meat for? I've compiled 5 of the most annoying things that happen at the grocery store. Check 'em out and then come back here and tell me all about what bugs you!

What's the most annoying thing that's ever happened to you at the grocery store?  

 

Image via Alberto Ruggieri/Corbis 

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nonmember avatar jess

I think that you forgot one, the people who pick up stuff and then decide they don't want it and put it back in another place in the store.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

The people who think they are the only ones shopping are the worst.

femal... femaleMIKE

The people who stand there and stare at you until you move out of their way.  Just say "excuse me".

nonmember avatar Meg

For me it is children screaming or running around, sometimes bumping me or the cart.

Also people who think stores are for socializing and will stand there with their buddy, both with carts, taking up all the room.

nonmember avatar April

Oh I HATE the grocery store socializers. Sure talk to your friend, but freaking MOVE out of the way instead of blocking the aisles.

Also rude, the "i forgot one thing" people who unload all of thier stuff, at the register and then run back. and take FOREVER.

And the people will a cartful in the 10 items or less line

nonmember avatar a

OMG, proofread!!!!

lalab... lalaboosh

I'm so lucky to have a co-op.

Rysam1 Rysam1

Grocery delivery is a godsend.  I loathe going to the grocery store.

CAP1015 CAP1015

I detest the women (Men don't seem to be as guilty) who after the total is given to them THEN they start getting their money/credit card/check book out.  AND then when they are finally finished paying they have to rearrange their purse, snap and yada yada before finally moving on.  

kckcm2 kckcm2

I hatethemulti cart shoppers, not necessarily ocuponers but like they take their entire family shopping for an entire months supply of food andhave three to four full carts of stuff that creates a line impregnable to either bypass or see behind. Of course there's 4-5 adults in this group of wandering blocks and so they  each have to take allook around. Whe all you want is a single box of chicken stock but you can't get past enough of them to even glimps thatpart of the aisle.

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