Etiquette rules need to be followed even when going grocery shopping. With that said, here are ten annoying things you may be doing at the grocery store.
10. Abandoning Your Cart
Not only do online stores hate when this happens, but brick-and-mortar shops (and shoppers) hate it as well. Unless there’s a medical emergency taking place right then and there, don’t leave your cart in the middle of the aisle/store–especially if that cart is full. It just makes more work for the workers, who’ll need to restock all the items you left in your abandoned cart.
Also, if you take your cart outside, the least you could do is bring it back inside or leave it in one of the stations in the parking lot. Don’t just leave it in the parking space. That’s frustrating for other shoppers who are looking for a place to park or for those already inside who may end up getting their car scratched by your stray shopping cart.
9. Leaving Your Cart in the Checkout Line
We all have the tendency to be a little forgetful now and then, but many shoppers consider it to be rude when you leave the checkout line to go grab something you forgot. This is especially true if the cashier just finished ringing up the person in front of the person who left the line, and you’re right behind the person who left. What do you do? Do you wait for them to return, or do you take their turn instead and run the risk of getting into a fight with them once they return and see that you’ve jumped in front of them? Instead of leaving their cart to get the items they forgot, they could simply plan ahead and make a list before coming to the store, so they won’t forget anything. Or, they could simply return to the store at a later time to buy the items they’ve forgotten.
8. Not Putting Food Back Where It Belongs
We all get a little lazy now and then. Or, sometimes we’re in a hurry and can’t walk back through the store to put something back. But, it’s still definitely a no-no to leave items in random parts of the store. It not only makes it difficult for other shoppers, it also makes it difficult for the workers who have to return those items to their rightful places. And, if it happens to be perishables, that makes it even worse because now you’ve possibly caused the food to spoil if the workers don’t catch it in time. With that said, here are two things you can do instead of leaving the items in random places: 1) return them to where they belong, or 2) give them to a cashier on your way out, so they can be properly restocked.
7. Getting in the Express Lane When You Know You Shouldn’t
We’ve probably all been guilty of this before–especially if we’ve gone one or two items over the limit. But, it’s really frustrating when you’re heading for the express checkout line and the guy who beats you to it first has about 100 items in his cart while you’ve got just one or two items in your hand. With that said, this guy should do one of two things: 1) head to the correct lane, even though he knows he’ll have to wait a bit longer, or 2) let everyone else in line go ahead of him.
TIP: Even if you’re at or under the express lane limit, it’s still courteous to let others who have fewer items go ahead of you.
6. Blocking the Aisle with Your Cart
Don’t you just hate it when you’re trying to shop in the grocery store and there’s someone’s shopping cart blocking the middle of the aisle? Yep, we do too. In fact, 90 percent of shoppers surveyed said they hate it.
Here’s something The Spruce recommends keeping in mind when it comes to supermarket shopping: “Most grocery store aisles aren’t wide enough to have two carts parked side by side with enough room for another one to pass. Be considerate and position yours so others can get around you. If you are in the middle of a conversation with another customer, choose a spot that won’t be in someone else’s way.”
5. Letting Your Kids Misbehave
Every parent has been there at least once. But, there’s just something so annoying about little kids running through the store begging for every thing they see on the shelves, then throwing a tantrum when they don’t get their way. Oh, and don’t forget about knocking stuff over and running into other people. Here’s a tip: make sure you lay down some ground rules before heading out to the store. And, if they insist on not following those rules, perhaps you can leave them at home with the other parent or an older sibling. Or, you could just drop them off at Grandma’s until you’ve finished shopping.
4. Letting Your Kids Push the Cart
There’s a reason why you have to be a certain age before you can obtain a driver’s license, and the same rule should apply when it comes to kids pushing the cart in the grocery store. How many times have you witnessed a kid pushing a cart and knocking over something or hitting their parents or someone else on the ankles with said cart? And, no matter how much you tell them not to do it, they still do it anyway–not intentionally of course. It’s just that they’re not capable of “driving” a grocery cart. Do yourself and your fellow shoppers a favor and steer the cart yourself from now on.
3. Bringing a Ton of Coupons with You
I’m all for saving a buck or two, but it can be quite frustrating and annoying getting stuck behind someone in the checkout line with a ton of coupons. It seems to take forever to ring up all those coupons. And, then there’s the chance that at least one of those coupons doesn’t work–which just holds up the line even more because the shopper will then try to argue with the cashier about the validity of said coupon. Here’s a tip: save yourself and every one else in the supermarket some time and read the fine print before trying to use a coupon. Also, it’d be nice if you give other shoppers a head’s up about your coupons. That way they can decide if they want to stay stuck behind you or move to another checkout line.
2. Being a Slowpoke
Now, this doesn’t apply to everyone. We know that there are some elderly and/or disabled people who just can’t move all that fast. But, for those of you who take your precious time reading each and every ingredient on each and every package before placing it into your cart, inspecting all of the fruits and vegetables in the produce section, and scanning every inch of every shelf in the store, the least you could do is try to be quick about it. Oh, and also make sure you’re not blocking others–with your body and/or with your shopping cart. And, then you have the nerve to wonder why other shoppers appear to be angry with you.
1. Being a Speed Demon
I’m not sure which is worse–the kids pushing the cart or the adult racing through the store at lighting speed. We understand your need to get in and out of the grocery store as quickly as possible, but you don’t have to mow down everyone and everything in your path in order to do it. Here’s a tip: slow down just a bit. Remember, just because you move through the aisles quickly doesn’t mean you’ll get out of the store any faster. You just might get stuck behind the extreme coupon clipper at the checkout line, LOL!
Are you guilty of committing any of these grocery store faux pas? Tell us about it below. Thanks for reading!