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    Posted: 05 Sep 2008 at 7:19pm
The "Baby Bulldozer" topic made me think of some of the other fun things that happen while trying to shop. 
 
I'm not sure if this is a local thing or if it happens in other parts of the country. For some reason in this area, a lot of people leave their wallet/purse or checkbook in the car when they go into a store. It seems like no matter which checkout line I pick, I end up behind this person;
 
They will wait until the entire order is rung up BEFORE they even start to look for their checkbook or debit card. Then they will take forever filling out the check or using the card. I give them extra points if the checkbook or card is out in their car, so we can wait while they go get it. Bonus points if it's the "Express" lane. If I'm going to use a check, I have it filled out except for the amount before I get to the register.
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I think someone here mentioned this was now electronic, but here it's still manually.
Baby Formula.
 
Rolled into the express aisle and there was another clueless couple purchasing baby milk.
Cashier: I need to see yada yada indentification.
Couple: Uhng?
Cashier: I need to see the ID to finish this paperwork.
Couple: We don't have it.
Disgruntled customer(me):Wacko
Cashier: Well, I can't sell it w/o the proper info.
Clueless couple: Can you re-do our purchace and take the baby milk off?
Disgruntled customer: Takes items off belt and puts back in cart.
Clueless couple: Sorry for holding up the line.
Disgruntled customer: Thats Ok.....mutters "sumebeeches", and wheels over to another aisle.  
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Why do people need ID for formula?! Confused
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It probably has something to do with WIC, or foodstamps.
 
Then there's this other thing where the formula companies mail you coupons (really good ones, I might add - formula is expensive) but they are printed with your specific name on them.  They might require ID to verify that. 
Let's try not to be boring, mkay?
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Shopping:
 
If you are in Big Lots, or Ocean State Job Lot, or any similar store...and you linger in the underwear or $6 dungarees aisle: someone you know will walk by and say hi to you.
 
This is guaranteed to happen if you are holding a bra, marked down to $4.
Let's try not to be boring, mkay?
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Maaan I found out after Tesha got pregnant that WIC was an income based thing! I was under the naive assumption that it was some little "perk" for moms.

I was so excited to get free cheese.

Mind you, the income brackets for requirements are little weird.
It isn't like we are rich! I am a saucier in a hotel kitchen at night and she does revenues and budgets for the same hotel all day.
So we are "working poor" I mean I have to be honest, we make so so wages but what gets me is assistance doesn't let you take in to account expenses. (mortgage, beer)

Still I know there are those young moms who really need it, I was just ignorant to it all.
And selfish heh.
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Originally posted by jeroboam jeroboam wrote:

Maaan I found out after Tesha got pregnant that WIC was an income based thing! I was under the naive assumption that it was some little "perk" for moms.

I was so excited to get free cheese.

Mind you, the income brackets for requirements are little weird.
It isn't like we are rich! I am a saucier in a hotel kitchen at night and she does revenues and budgets for the same hotel all day.
So we are "working poor" I mean I have to be honest, we make so so wages but what gets me is assistance doesn't let you take in to account expenses. (mortgage, beer)

Still I know there are those young moms who really need it, I was just ignorant to it all.
And selfish heh.

Yeah, I've had to get assistance because my husband is fighting cancer and with him on disability and a 3-year-old and a baby on the way, that free milk, cereal, cheese, peanut butter & eggs really help.
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Oh my gosh, as someone on the other side of the counter I completely agree about the running to the car thing. It's ALWAYS people who pay with checks, as if they don't know that you need and ID with them. Who leaves their DL in the car when they know they're going to be paying with a check! Then I always get some customer coming into my electronics section from the outside line who sees me twiddling my thumbs and thinks I'm open. Then I gotta explain that I'm in the middle of a transaction and can't ring them out. Then they get all pissed and trudge back into the line they just left. Sorry pal, blame the crazy ladies who leave their ID in the car. (not to dog on us women, but it always seems to be us).

The other thing that irritates me is my after hours use of the Automated Postal Machine at the post office. I go late at night sometimes to print postage and mail out my ebay goods, and always, ALWAYS theres some odd person there whos never used the thing, and they're trying to figure it out, or some old person who left their glasses at home and can't make heads or tails of it. I hate it! If it isn't the inexperienced person its the other ebay whores with a laundry basket of packages that I now have to sit and wait to for to finish.
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I don't get why anyone would keep their driver's license, purse, wallet, whatever, in the car.  I read recently that there are more car break-ins now because of the economy.  The advice was to leave NOTHING visible in a parked car, including grocery bags.
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SokMunkey, you sound like you've got your hands full!  I wish your husband a speedy recovery, and I'll keep you in my thoughts. Heart
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'Shopping Fun'?

The 'self-serve' check-out isles in many stores.
 
Between the 'rude and inconsiderate ('can't you HURRY UP?!" and "why SHOULD I move my cart out of your way?!")' and the 'using it for the first time while still mastering the English language (even though 40 and born and raised in the U.S. of America; can't read and/or don't understand verbal directions)'-types, waiting in line for a check-out counter is a PAIN.
 
I'd rather have to pass a basic 'pre-test to weed out the bozos' before getting to the counter; it would be faster and more efficient.
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It looks like we are going to have some fun with this one.
 
For the life of me, I can't understand why people leave wallets, purses etc. in their cars. In my area there are a lot of car breakins and the often get a wallet, cash, ID, credit cards and so on.
 
Another one that I often notice is the person who walks through the door into a store and then STOPS right inside the door sensors so that nobody can get past them, totally unaware of the line behind them. If it's their first time there or something, fine, just move far enough into the store that people lining up behind you can get past. Doesn't seem that hard to me.
 
Then if it's really my lucky day, I'll get behind them again on the way out and they will stop right in the door again while they put their checkbook or wallet away and then stand there while they try to remember where they parked, again unaware of the folks behind them.
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I just love the shoppers who block the aisle with their carts while they stand in front of it, making their selection.  Are they so focused that they can't sense someone's waiting for them to move?  Have they no periphery??  Do they not think in advance that other people may need to get by and that they should place their cart accordingly?
 
Sometimes, I'll just nudge their cart gently out of the way, and if it happens to bang into the guilty party, so be it.
 
 
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Originally posted by Hezadancer Hezadancer wrote:

Oh my gosh, as someone on the other side of the counter I completely agree about the running to the car thing. It's ALWAYS people who pay with checks, as if they don't know that you need and ID with them. Who leaves their DL in the car when they know they're going to be paying with a check! Then I always get some customer coming into my electronics section from the outside line who sees me twiddling my thumbs and thinks I'm open. Then I gotta explain that I'm in the middle of a transaction and can't ring them out. Then they get all pissed and trudge back into the line they just left. Sorry pal, blame the crazy ladies who leave their ID in the car. (not to dog on us women, but it always seems to be us).

 
I've noticed that the check-writers are almost invariably women.
 
 
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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

I just love the shoppers who block the aisle with their carts while they stand in front of it, making their selection.  Are they so focused that they can't sense someone's waiting for them to move?  Have they no periphery??  Do they not think in advance that other people may need to get by and that they should place their cart accordingly?
 
Sometimes, I'll just nudge their cart gently out of the way, and if it happens to bang into the guilty party, so be it.
 
 
You went there.
I wanted to so very badly - but I held back.
I *HHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTEEEEEEEEEEEEE* these types - I thought the 'lack of consideration for your fellow shopper/human being' thing was limited to the "Great White North" - sorry to find I'm incorrect and the problem is much more widespread. 
I usually not only nudge their carts ever so lightly, I generally exclaim, "EXCUUUUSE ME!"; they HATE ME - rightfully so. F'em! No mater what PUBLIC PLACE we are in, personally, we, and our children we raised well, avoid the 'public pathway'...
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You know, you  can make good time going from the rear to the front(or vice-versa)of aisles by getting a few short pushes and then riding your cart like a scooter. Make sure you balance a little forward as so there are no wheelies.
A  clear aisle is better also........store employees frown upon riding your carts up & down the aisles.Embarrassed 
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yea - but that simply knocks fat & sweaty old *itches, or their chillluns,  into the prepackaged bacon, or yogurt, sections I was about to raid...
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I am the one grocery shopper you never want to meet:
 
I'm the one that will look you directly in the eye, smile, and ask if I can scoot past you while you're scratching your ass in the personal-care-products aisle.
 
I'm the gal who will reach things off the top of impossibly high shelves for people because not everyone is built like Shaq.
 
I'm the one who will engage in pleasant, desultory conversation with complete strangers just because it feels good.  I'm also the one who engages in conversation with elderly patrons who are often aching for some contact.
 
I'm the only person NOT wearing a store uniform who others believe knows where EVERYTHING is.  I'll not only tell you where to go (heh-heh-heh), but I'll tell you if it's on sale.
 
I'm the one who picks up the stuff people knock off of displays.
 
I'm the broad making funny faces at the child in your shopping cart in the vain hope that distracting the little bastard will make it stop squalling.
 
I'm the idjit who will let the person with just a few items go ahead of me in line when I've got a full cart...much to the obscene grumblings of jaggazzes behind me.
 
I'm the fool who will make up the tiny difference in a person's tab, rather than see them go without milk or bread.  This is particularly true if the person is elderly or a college student.
 
I'm the moron who looks both the checker and the bagger directly in the eyes and says hello, asks how they are faring, thanks them for helping me with my purchases, and wishes them a pleasant day as I leave.
 
I'm the beyotch who turns in shoplifters.
 
I'm the girl who will smile at you when you are rude and pray for you later that night.
 
I take a LOT of abuse at the grocery store. 
 
I only use my debit card which is always in my hip pocket.
 
I take along reusable tote bags.
 
I would rather suck my own great toe than go grocery shopping. 
 
It simply wears me out.
 
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I hate shopping with a passion; in great part due to a lot of things mentioned in previous posts.
 
I use an electric wheelchair, and it just burns me to no end when some fartknocker is in the aisle I need to go through and refuses to move - even ignoring pleas of "excuse me, please" or "GET THE PHUCK OUT OF THE WAY WILLYA!!!". AngryDeadAngry
 
I usually use the self-checkout station, and virtally *ALWAYS* pay with a debit card (which I *ALWAYS* bring with me into the store!!!), so my trip through the checkout lane is as swift as possible.

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I don't get the check thing. I haven't owned a check book in 4 years. I still have my "courtesy checks" given to me when I opened my account.
You know, the ones with no name on them?
My mom uses checks still I guess.

I shop late at night.
Whenever I venture out in mid day I am completely stunned by the crowds and lack of courtesy.
What gets me is... ok and I am probably going to offend..... obese people in the rolly power carts.

Those used to be for injured folk, or people who can't walk well.
But in all I have witnessed able bodied fat people bitch and moan at customer service because there isn't a cart available.
All doing this after they drove there and are waiting a good 15 minutes while a courtesy clerk searches for a working cart.

I am not thin, but I move and am rather active. I try to not be a jerk, but the entitlement issues of so many people.
Remember when it was minorities people used to claim had entitlement issues?
Now it seems like dirty, white fatties are taken their thunder.
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I see your point, J - but, I guess  I've come to understand some folks actually have thyroid issues. I know just about nothing in regard to thyroid disorders and I can't tell the difference between that and being obese. But I'm certain there is one.

A friend of ours has a true thyroid condition; bless him, he's fought it for years. We've seen him balloon in weight, get treated, look like a nail, get treated, look like a balloon, once again. I can see why folks may consider him obese, especially since it is a rather serious problem our society faces - but, this may sound strange coming from me: I'm careful to pre-judge, here - things aren't always what they seem.
But, yes - those motorized carts do take up the isle...

I insult plenty of people, these days - believe it or not, I very rarely mean to. But, I am EXTRA SENSITIVE for our disabled (the ones that ARE NOT self-sufficient, that REALLY need help), for a number of personal reasons dating back to my youth (I once insulted a 'goofy girl', back in 3rd grade, I think...I ended up learning all about Polio).

 
 

 

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Originally posted by LOL1955 LOL1955 wrote:

I am the one grocery shopper you never want to meet:
 
I'm the one that will look you directly in the eye, smile, and ask if I can scoot past you while you're scratching your ass in the personal-care-products aisle.
Me, too, but without the smile.  That only comes when they apologize for blocking my path.
 
I'm the gal who will reach things off the top of impossibly high shelves for people because not everyone is built like Shaq.
I do, too.  But I'm only 5'8", so that limits it at places like Home Depot.  I WILL. however, climb up shelves to get to the top one, if need be.
 
I'm the one who will engage in pleasant, desultory conversation with complete strangers just because it feels good.  I'm also the one who engages in conversation with elderly patrons who are often aching for some contact.
Ditto.
 
I'm the only person NOT wearing a store uniform who others believe knows where EVERYTHING is.  I'll not only tell you where to go (heh-heh-heh), but I'll tell you if it's on sale.
My method of shopping is to go find what I need AS it pops into my head.  That'll send me to aisle 6 and then to aisle 1 and then to produce and then back to aisle 6 and then back to produce.  So, I may not be the person to help someone else find things.
 
I'm the one who picks up the stuff people knock off of displays.
Me, too.  If I see someone do this (or just drop off something in the wrong spot whenever and wherever they decided they didn't want it), I say "Excuse me, I think you left your ice cream here in the spaghetti aisle."  LOL
 
I'm the broad making funny faces at the child in your shopping cart in the vain hope that distracting the little bastard will make it stop squalling.
I do that, too.  But, if they don't stop squalling and the parent isn't doing anything about it, I change my the faces I make from funny ones to ones of pure evil.  Hey, if they're gonna be screaming, I should at least be able to have some fun with it.
 
I'm the idjit who will let the person with just a few items go ahead of me in line when I've got a full cart...much to the obscene grumblings of jaggazzes behind me.
I'll do that ONLY for the person directly behind me.  It's unfair to others.  Plus, what happens if more people with only one or two items are in back of you?  And I will not do it for the opportunists who ask if they can go ahead of me.  That's ballsy and seems like someone just trying to take advantage. 
 
I'm the fool who will make up the tiny difference in a person's tab, rather than see them go without milk or bread.  This is particularly true if the person is elderly or a college student.
What if the item they might have to go without is Pop Tarts?  LOL
 
I'm the moron who looks both the checker and the bagger directly in the eyes and says hello, asks how they are faring, thanks them for helping me with my purchases, and wishes them a pleasant day as I leave.
Me too.  Always.
 
I'm the beyotch who turns in shoplifters.
I'm the shoplifter.
 
I'm the girl who will smile at you when you are rude and pray for you later that night.
I'm the boy who won't.  LOL
  
I take along reusable tote bags.
I ask the bagger to get as much stuff in each bag (single) as possible as I have enough plastic bags in my life, and the chance that a bag is going to break open during my 20-foot walk from my car to my kitchen counter is negligible. 
 
I would rather suck my own great toe than go grocery shopping. 
I can only stand 15 minutes of shopping at a time.  Thus, I end up going 3x per week.  Confused
 
It simply wears me out.
 
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I know what you're saying, Jeroboam.  I see it all the time....but like Pa, I'm careful to prejudge.
 
Not having full mobility can also help make a person obese.  I have degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my spine, knees, hips.  I've put on some weight because I can't do the things I used to be able to do.  We used to go hiking quite a bit.  It's pretty hard for me to do now with sciatica pain from the disc problem.  Sometimes when we're at the store, I have to find a bench so I can sit and relieve the pain for a bit.  It's difficult for me to use the push mower....I've tried Celebrex - I might as well have been eating candy.
 
I'm not trying to have a pity party for myself....I understand how people can become obese from different ailments.  I'm not 'obese', and will do all in my power not to become that way.  I hope I never have to use those carts, but I'm glad they're there, just in case.....Disapprove

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Years ago, I was at a liquor store getting a keg of beer for a party that night.  I don't remember the details, but for some reason, the deal was a hassle from beginning to end, and I was in that store for an hour.
 
Finally, when the transaction was completed, I spotted a display of peanuts at the end of the checkout counter, and informed the clerk that I will be taking a bag of peanuts, free of charge, for all the hassle.  And I did.
 
 
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Originally posted by MrsHill MrsHill wrote:

I know what you're saying, Jeroboam.  I see it all the time....but like Pa, I'm careful to prejudge.
 
Not having full mobility can also help make a person obese.  I have degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my spine, knees, hips.  I've put on some weight because I can't do the things I used to be able to do.  We used to go hiking quite a bit.  It's pretty hard for me to do now with sciatica pain from the disc problem.  Sometimes when we're at the store, I have to find a bench so I can sit and relieve the pain for a bit.  It's difficult for me to use the push mower....I've tried Celebrex - I might as well have been eating candy.
 
I'm not trying to have a pity party for myself....I understand how people can become obese from different ailments.  I'm not 'obese', and will do all in my power not to become that way.  I hope I never have to use those carts, but I'm glad they're there, just in case.....Disapprove
 
Yeah...you just never know.
 
One thing that I notice, however, is overweight but able-bodied people all hunched over their shopping cart, resting their entire upper-body weight on the handlebar, and pushing the cart that way.  And at a snail's pace, of course. 
 
Damn, that just looks lazy.  Friggin' look alive and get that circulation going, man.  You need it.  I can't help but think "No wonder you're overweight!"
 
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