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Four Annoying Things People Do When Grocery Shopping

Here are four super annoying things people do when grocery shopping. Have these ever happened to you?

Grocery shopping is a fact of life. We all have to have food to put in our refrigerators and on our tables at meal time, but sometimes grocery shopping can be an exercise in frustration. Why? Because of the aggravating things people do while grocery shopping, those glaring examples of life’s little annoyances. Here are some of the most annoying things people do while grocery shopping:

People talk on their cell phones.

Yes, cell phones can be a good thing. If you’re stranded on the side of a deserted highway with a car that won’t start, it’s good to know you can reach into your glove department and pull out your cell phone to get help. But is it really important to talk to your friend Nancy about what she had for dinner last night while you’re grocery shopping? Often these conversations get so intense that the grocery shopper forgets to steer the grocery cart accurately and a near collision almost occurs. Plus, imagine all of the high frequency waves those cell phones must be sending out. Let’s hope that cell phone waves don’t cause cancer.

People block the aisles with their carts.

Have you ever been cruising down a grocery store aisle eager to find the jar of peanut butter you made a special trip for? You reach the peanut butter aisle and are forced to an abrupt stop by a grocery cart blocking the section you need to access. For some reason the driver of the grocery cart seems completely oblivious to your situation and continues reading labels or, even worse, talking on her cell phone. Your stress level rises as your contort your tired body into a variety of challenging positions to reach around that cart and get your jar of peanut butter. So much for a relaxing trip to the grocery store.

People give their children free reign of the store.

Kids can be a delight but not when they’re given free reign of the grocery store. Children can become quite loud and overbearing when confronted with aisles of cookies, candies, and sweet cereals they’d like to take home.When their demands are unmet by their distracted moms, their cries can reach a fevered pitch. This can easily make your forget the grocery items you can for unless you have a list in hand. Plus there’s always the danger of a frantic kid running in front of a rapidly moving grocery cart. Sigh! It’s just another one of life’s little grocery shopping annoyances.

Some people lack grocery checkout etiquette.

Many grocery stores have a checkout line designated as the express line. These lines usually clearly display a sign stating the maximum number of items a shopper can have to use that line. Obviously, some people can’t read or want to pretend they can’t. It’s not uncommon to see a shopper pull up to the express line talking on a cell phone, pushing a cart weighed down with thirty or more items. So much for that sign that limits you to ten items or less. You can practically see steam coming out of the ears of the person behind her who’s holding a carton of milk and needs to get back to work.

Yes, the grocery store shopping experience can be a challenge when you’re confronted with the reality of life’s little grocery shopping annoyances. It’s enough to make you want to order your groceries online.

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  1. lanne

    On November 1, 2007 at 1:43 pm


    PERFECT!! There is nothing worse than children running around a store. I have actually walked by the parents of these kids muttering that I used to take mine to the park to run & play. I wonder what they are like at home. Scary thought.

  2. pumpkinpie

    On November 1, 2007 at 8:48 pm


    i agree children should be controlled, there is a time and a place for everything.

  3. Judy Sheldon

    On November 1, 2007 at 9:49 pm


    You are right about every thing you mentioned, but I have a few to add – the person who holds up the line because they left their cash, check book or i.d. in the car, the shop lifter who steals or damages the items prior to your purchase. You get home and open a small box expecting to find a tube of antibiotic cream and its empty. Or the klutz who makes a mess all over the aisle. They should have had a mother like mine, and they would not act like that.

  4. Timmy Burns

    On November 3, 2007 at 1:55 pm


    I loved your super market complaints. Being a rather peevish person myself, let me add one major one that you left out. With the exception of samples given out, any eating or drinking in the store should be forbidden. I see these people hand their bratty kid (who, incidentally, does not belong in the store in the first place) a WHOLE PACKAGE OF COOKIES! Or, they swill down a large bottle of Pepsi or two while shopping AND LEAVE THE EMPTY BOTTLES LYING AROUND UNPAID FOR!! Where do they get their nerve? Phew…I feel better already. Thanks, Doctor. I need to take this call.

  5. EdRoberts

    On November 8, 2007 at 8:53 pm


    Most annoying thing seen in a supermarket:

    A 400 pound plus shopper, riding in her motorized shopping cart, stocking up on cookies, chips, soda and absolutely NOTHING healthy.

  6. Kristie

    On November 13, 2007 at 10:18 pm


    Thanks for all of your wonderful comments on my article. It sounds like you’ve had some interesting grocery store experiences too. :-)

  7. Pizza Boy

    On December 29, 2007 at 10:51 am


    Well as an employee of a grocery store, let me tell you all
    what is TRULY annoying! Well, there are times I’m stocking up
    the shelves and a cashier needs help with a big order, well
    OK, sure, so I go up to the front, kill myself to bag the order,
    (many times, I’m called AFTER the counter is piled up to the ceiling with items already scanned!)No problem, glad I could
    help, well, then a customer whips out a checkbook, and the world
    stops!(usually older women)Shoppers seem to think everyone should
    have to wait for them to fill out the ENTIRE check,(couldn’t
    have it ready)and then, why not and go ahead and BALANCE that
    thing, TOO! Sure,I got all day, to stand there waiting to take
    the order out for a customer who seems not be in too much of a hurry,so I’ll wait for them to balance their checkbook!!!
    I must say, I will be happy when the day comes where personal checks will no longer be accepted in a store, with check fraud
    skyrocketing, it shouldn’t be much longer now.For all the check writers out there,,,,PLEASE use a DEBIT card…Thank YOU!

  8. aruna

    On May 7, 2008 at 8:48 pm


    less crowd.no long queue!3

  9. i_am_your_shpping_nightmare

    On December 9, 2008 at 5:45 pm


    ummm… so the people who think that, well, thats fine. but i think youre all old farts who dont want to assimilate to NORMAL human culture. its inenvitable that we will bring our children to supermarkets, and WHO CARES if we eat in the store? WHO CARES if we talk on our cell phones while shopping? GET OVER IT. seriously… just get the stick out of your asses.

  10. sage

    On March 1, 2009 at 12:07 pm


    Wow, All I can say is I wish I had the time in my life to pine over the quirky things people did at the grocery story…my free time is limited to mocking people who do have that kind of time.

  11. Mike

    On August 24, 2009 at 2:58 am


    I worked in retail for 8 years and i gotta say shoppers are the rudest and most ignorant people in the world.

    1. Please be considerate and don\’t block aisle, leave your carriage to the side or out of the aisle so others may pass by.
    2.Don\’t walk very slowly in the middle of the store, once again be considerate if you can\’t move fast or don\’t want to just don\’t block the aisles cause not everyone feels the same.
    3.Watch your kids, seriously is it that hard to keep your kid to your side not only is your kid safer from kidnappers or getting hurt but i prevents your kid from getting into peoples way or destroying the store, be respectful and be responsible
    4.Don\’t pay with change or take forever to fill out your check book its rude. If you have change make sure its ready same with check book and PLEASE step to the side if you must pack everything back into your purse no need to stay in line.
    5.Don\’t hold up lines for ridiculous price inquires, if you saw a microwave by a 10 dollar sign common sense says its not 10 dollars you know this i know this please move on.
    6.Be respectful when at guest service/return desk whatever they call it. Every store has return policy listed somewhere and if the answer is no its not no to be a dick its no for a reason, please be understanding and accept the fact its no for a reason. You may not like it, but what happen to being respectful of the rules.
    7.Don\’t leave carts lying around same with products put them back where you got them show some manners.
    8.When waiting in line there\’s no reason for you to get pissy because you\’re waiting in line. Two things you\’re in line cause you chose to shop during busy hours, two if its that much of a problem the door is right infront of you, no need to be a dick if you don\’t want to wait just leave real simple and not rocket science.
    9.Please be respectful when using public restrooms if you wouldn\’t do it at home don\’t do it here and don\’t get mad if a bathroom doesn\’t suit your needs its not the stores fault people are sloppy.
    10.Don\’t come to the store early in the morning looking to pay stuff with a big bill, its just common sense that there\’s not much money in the registers first thing in the morning and besides what are you doing up so early to go to a store for lol.

    So please when you go shopping just be respectful and show some manners and just use common sense when shopping. It will only be bad if you let it be bad.

  12. anon

    On September 8, 2009 at 5:24 pm


    It seems always there is somebody blocking the entrance/exit door to the supermarket, often not even an old person or someone with a baby buggy it is often some fat gossipping woman who just isn’t moving, seems to be just standing there in the exit and you can’t move around her to get out. There must be a way to manoevre her towards the big issue seller who screams curses at anyone who avoids all eye contact with him.

    Some supermarkets are worse than others, but there must be a way to get them into trouble, with elf ‘n’ safety or there must be ome way of stirring it for them, for having inadequately sized exit doors easily sludged up by some slow moving woman or two and an aggressive big issue seller who is hard to avoid, nobody wants to get shoved up near him and he never seems to pick on the fat gosssippy women who just stand there blocking the exit.

  13. hardworkingsinglemom

    On April 19, 2012 at 5:08 am


    My biggest peeve is the person who CANT SPEAK ENGLISH, is in the EXPRESS line with two carts of food and PAYS WITH FOOD STAMPS!

    I also feel that people who take shopping carts back to their apartment building are STEALING the carts.

    I have almost come to the conclusion that in other countries the children are alllowed to eat, play with, open, or destroy merchandise without the parents paying for it. Seems so many foreigners seem to do that here in America.

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