Coming from a guy working in a grocery store for over three years now, I have seen people acting absolutely ridiculous during their trip to the grocery store. I have created this guide for people who do not understand the proper way to act while going to the grocery store. You may not realize it is you acting out in these absurd ways. Just make sure you go over this list before leaving for the local grocery store.
Sickness. First of all, do not go to the store if you are hacking up a lung and your nose is the Niagara Falls of mucus. No one wants your germs to get themselves sick. The cashier will be handling your money and the preceding person who uses your cart will have germs all over themselves. Have a friend or relative go to the store for you. I have seen people blowing their nose in their hands and wipe it on themselves. Then the next thing they proceed to do is touch every single fresh produce item to get to the one that they want.
Leave the kids at home. If you absolutely have to bring the kids because there is no one else to look after them, then bring them. Otherwise, please keep misbehaving children at home. You may think your child is an angel, and sure he/she may be, but sometimes kids will get loud and annoying. It would be better for both parties, you and the grocery store staff, if you kept the children at home. You will get in and get out much faster that way anyway! I have heard way too many screaming kids. I can hear children screaming from the back room of the store.
Use your manners. The grocery store is a public place. Use “please” and “thank you” as you would in other public places like you should. Grocery stores can get busy during peak hours after people get off of work. Say “excuse me” or “pardon me” when you need through. There are many times when people knock into your cart because they are in too much of a hurry. When the cashiers tell you to “have a nice day”, respond back with a “you too” at least. There have been too many times when I have seen customers not using the slightest bit of manners in the store.
I do not do your shopping for you. I will tell you where an item is and will even take you to that item. However, I will not be your tour guide around the store and show you where each and every item that you want is located. I have even had a guy tell me to go get the cheapest popcorn for him, and it was across the store…
Do not tell me how to do my job. You may think you know what you are talking about because you have worked in a grocery store before, but how long ago was that? And it was at a different store. If I am out on the floor stocking the shelves, do not tell me I am doing it improperly. When I am running the register, I am not looking up the price on the onions, I am looking up the number code I have to type in so the computer can calculate the price depending on the weight of the produce. I dislike when customers say “Oh those were 99 cents per pound.” I have been at this store for a while now, so I am pretty sure know what I am doing.
We do not make the prices. Plenty of times customers complain to me about the prices of goods. If the grocery store is a chain of stores, the individual store does not determine the prices, the company does! I’m sorry peanut butter has went up in price sir, there’s nothing I can do about it!
Ready to check out? If you are, do not stand there and read the magazines, not paying attention. Sure if it is a long line, grab a magazine and get back to your spot in line and when you get near the front, you can put it back. Pay attention to the order in front of you. If there is room on the belt, put a divider in between the orders and start unloading your items onto the belt. It will help the line move much faster when there are people behind you. When it comes to paying, do not pay in a bunch of quarters. If you want to pay with a bunch of change, visit the CoinStar first. If you are the one to pay in exact change, at least have it organized. The cashier and people behind you get very frustrated if you are digging around in your purse for that dime.
Cart corrals. When your shopping is done and you have unloaded your groceries into your car, please be considerate and place your cart in one of the cart gathering areas, also known as corrals. Is it honestly going to save you a bunch of time to leave it in the middle of the parking lot. The corral is no more than twenty-five feet or so away. Get some extra exercise and push that cart. Make it a game and see how hard you can slam it into the other ones. I do not care! It not only helps the employee collecting the carts, but customers who need the carts promptly inside of the store for their shopping trip.
If you can not do the things listed above, please do your grocery shopping at Wal-Mart. You can do anything you want at Wal-Mart and the other crazies there will certainly not judge you.