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allan907
16th Apr 2006, 02:48
Picking up on the car parking thread I thought that behaviour in supermarkets deserved a thread all on its own:E

Pet hates:
1 Women who park their trollies acrossthe aisle while they scoot off to hunt for some item at the end of the aisle.

2 Women who queue at the checkout and then when its their turn suddenly remember an item and abandon trolley/kids/shopping while they "just dash" to find that item.

3 Women who get to the paying part of the checkout, having watched all 3,000,000 items being totalled, and then start to find their purse! And having found the purse then proceed to ferret about for the exact change in small coins.

Common thread.........women:{

con-pilot
16th Apr 2006, 03:13
Common thread.........women

I would duck for cover if I were you old buddy.:E












(However, I know what you mean.:p )

No Further Requirements
16th Apr 2006, 04:44
Mine: checkout operators who chat to each other while serving you. I copped a checkout chick last night who yelled out to her mate 3 checkouts down that 'I'm not going to go onto register two becuase it is CRAP!!!'
I thanked her for the information.
Cheers,
NFR.

acbus1
16th Apr 2006, 05:22
'I'm not going to go onto register two becuase it is CRAP!!!'

But number twos are [email protected]


I tag along when it's supermarket time.

Help loading/unloading the car, show a real interest in domestic affairs, nod approvingly when asked for my opinion. (actually, there's often some nice totty to ogle, I make sure I get my favourite items and it all adds to the bedroom bonus points.)

Sorry....what was the question?


Ah yes...my biggest gripe is that most of the shoppers have brains selected to neutral and accelerators set to idle. Like a bunch of slo-mo zombies with no aim in life except getting in the way. It's the same coma they sink into when they enter an airport terminal/board an aeroplane. :*

christn
16th Apr 2006, 06:20
Old people who mill around aimlessly, clogging up the aisles without ever actually buying anything !

Unwell_Raptor
16th Apr 2006, 06:33
Old People? Mill around? No fear!

I do the shopping in our household and (usually on a Tuesday) it's the old 'uns who are ruthless in ramming your trolley out of the way, reaching across you to grab the last bottle of 3.99 Rioja and generally putting you in your place.

allan907
16th Apr 2006, 06:37
Don't be too hard on old folks. You will be one at some point. Most of those old folk had to put up with a world war. Some would have been involved in fighting conditions that you would probably baulk at. Some would have been providing comfort and succour to the dying and the wounded. Some would have just waited for their loved one to return not knowing where they were or what they were putting up with.

Whether on the front or waiting at home all would have got used to not having quite enough - be it food or ammunition. They got used to doing without. And now in their twilight years, with probably no superannuation to fall back on and only the State old aged pension they probably have to weigh up whether they can actually afford the goods that they look at and need. They will also be weighing up value for money - quantity versus price. And that is something that we, the younger generation, fortunately don't have to do (for the most part).

But, provided you don't write yourself in some nasty accident or have some terminal disease, is where you are headed. Old Age. Cut them some slack.

Rant over:*

Women on the other hand............:eek:

tobzalp
16th Apr 2006, 06:39
I echo the purse fumbling hate.

tilewood
16th Apr 2006, 06:56
Chip and pin. Was this invented by some masochist who likes to
watch people wasting their lives fuming at the check-out?!!

I have yet to work out the logic of going to the basket only line,
then totalling up a bill for 6.75 and paying by card.

I always use cash in the supermarket and I am done and dusted
in no time whilst all the other clowns are [email protected] around putting their
cards in upside down, forgetting their PINs or entering them wrongly.

What is the matter with people!!! :*

Capt. Queeg
16th Apr 2006, 07:17
The best way to deal with any of the above is to do it back to them.

Works a treat... try to look really, really vague when you do it.

If you can't be part of the solution, be part of the problem. At least you're a part of something!

Krystal n chips
16th Apr 2006, 07:25
Chip and pin. Was this invented by some masochist who likes to
watch people wasting their lives fuming at the check-out?!!
I have yet to work out the logic of going to the basket only line,
then totalling up a bill for 6.75 and paying by card.
I always use cash in the supermarket and I am done and dusted
in no time whilst all the other clowns are [email protected] around putting their
cards in upside down, forgetting their PINs or entering them wrongly.
What is the matter with people!!! :*

I agree with that ! The number of :mad: 's you see paying by card for a sandwich and drink and then asking for cash back as they are too soddin lazy to actually go to a cash dispenser--located outside the store--grips me.

However, my real gripes are with (a) check out staff who have long private conversations with their mates on the next till--blissfully unaware it seems their function is to, er, process the queue and get the customer through the process--and (b) the little darling brats :mad: who treat the place as a playground--sanctioned and approved by their equally obnoxious parent(s).

Solid Rust Twotter
16th Apr 2006, 07:34
All of the above.

Also those nicotine addicted problem children who light up in a supermarket and when asked to refrain from doing so, become aggressive. The manager will then just shrug and leave it be. Forcible ejection and a bit of rough manhandling will sort out the problem in short order but it appears they have the right to break the law.:hmm: :rolleyes:

419
16th Apr 2006, 07:41
Putting trainee checkout staff on the tills on a Saturday afternoon.:*
Fair enough, they've got to be taught sometime, but why on the busiest time of the week?.
A couple of years ago, I was in the local supermarket, Saturday, very busy with long queues at every till. The girl on the till I was waiting for, (looked about 15) didn't have a clue. She kept making mistakes, and needed a manager to correct it, and was extremely slow.
In the end, when I saw a manager arrive for the third time, I called him over, handed him my trolly, and told him I was going to Tesco's, and walked out.
Would you put an unaccompanied learner driver with no experience what so ever on the M1 during rush hour?

Duchess_Driver
16th Apr 2006, 07:55
Concur with all of the above gripes...however, three or four years ago Mrs Duchess played a blinder! INTERNET SHOPPING.

It's bloody marvelous. Alright, it costs 5 or so, but then you actually save that by not having mini-duchesses impersonating Andy going "I want that one!" all the way round, plus you get what you need not what the supermarket want you to have.

Now, instead of having to show willing by going to the dreadful places, all I have to do is be home when the van arrives to help put it all away. Result.

phnuff
16th Apr 2006, 08:43
One thing I really hate are the people one finds in supermarkets who suddenly see someone they know and procede to have a conversation with them effectively blocking the ailes. The number of times that you have to ask them to move and get a look like something which has crawled out of a sewer.

Ohh and Chip & Pin. Now, I know I am an ijit for doing it, but I managed to leave my card in the PIN machine. An hour later, I realised, called the supermarket who said that they had found it and had cut it up. This equates to about a week of no debit card which in the modern world is an inconvenience. The thing being that the supermarket apparently has so many cards left, that cutting them up is the most cost effective way of dealing with them (from their standpoint) as they would need a dedicated person on customer services to validate owners.

Now I am on a roll. I hate spending 10-15 minutes collecting a trolley load of goods only to find that only 50% of the checkouts are open and those that are have queues of 5 or 6 people at each. To me it is the supermarket saying 'keeping our costs down is more important that your time'. I have often wondered how long it takes them to notice that my trolley full of goods is abandoned

acbus1
16th Apr 2006, 08:43
As an aside, why don't they put an arrow or something on credit cards, so's you know which way to slide it in (the card, I mean).

phnuff
16th Apr 2006, 09:02
As an aside, why don't they put an arrow or something on credit cards, so's you know which way to slide it in (the card, I mean)


yes, but its sliding it out that I forgot to do !!:8

C130 Techie
16th Apr 2006, 11:40
Agree with all of the above and add

People who use the supermarket as a social gathering point. You know the ones who block the asile with a maze of trolleys and pretend not to notice that you are trying to get thorugh until you ram your trolley into their legs.

People who walk around supermarkets with a mobile phone stuck to their heads. Its almost as bad as using one whilst driving. If you can't remember what you need write a shopping list!!!!!!!!

tart1
16th Apr 2006, 11:48
As an aside, why don't they put an arrow or something on credit cards, so's you know which way to slide it in (the card, I mean).
They do! (Well they do on all the cards I own - on the reverse side.) :cool:

Gingerbread Man
16th Apr 2006, 11:49
Yes, yes and yes! Also, why do some people (usually those who count breeding among their hobbies) bring their whole families to the supermarket? You end up with a whole clan of urchins pissing about getting in the way. Is it the only form of enterainment they can think of?

Card frustration isn't just for the checkout either. The number of times i've stood behind someone at a cashpoint while they've pressed about 100 buttons and taken about 5 mins over god-knows-what. What can you possibly spend that much time on at a cashpoint!? It should be: beepbeepbeepbeep for pin, beep for withdraw, beep for X amount of pounds. You want to check your balance? :mad: off. You want to wire funds to a numbered account in Zurich? :mad: off.

Grrrr.

Ginger ;)

frostbite
16th Apr 2006, 11:52
Vandalism of the plastic bags!

In an age when we are being urged to re-use everything, I find the holes punched in otherwise perfectly serviceable bags a right pita.

They fit perfectly in my pedal bin, but are rendered useless by this practice.

Foss
16th Apr 2006, 12:36
People taking 10 items, walking past the ten items till and taking them to the newsstand, where I'm trying to buy a b00dly 40p paper, then they use a card, then ask for cashback, meanwhile their kids are thieving the the pick-n-mix.

I'm gonna hunt them down....

Fos :suspect:

acbus1
16th Apr 2006, 12:50
They do! (Well they do on all the cards I own - on the reverse side.)
Can I borrow your cards, then, tart1. :E

ShyTorque
16th Apr 2006, 14:40
As an aside, why don't they put an arrow or something on credit cards, so's you know which way to slide it in (the card, I mean)
yes, but its sliding it out that I forgot to do !!:8

You're not one of these OLD folk that people are complaining about, are you? :p

Trouble is, some old folk see the supermarket trip as a social event and like to stop for a chat, discuss the weather while blocking the aisle etc, etc. Let 'em - I just ask: "Excuse me - please can I get past?" The old duffers always apologise and move aside. :)

The ones that really get my goat are the little old ladies with their "coupons" at the checkout. They produce reams of the damn things, causing no end of a delay. One recently delayed the queue ahead of me and caused a fuss while the checkout girl tried to explain that the item for which she insisted re-imbursement for was a) not in her basket and b) not actually stocked in the shop. She eventually flounced off, saying she would never shop there again! "Thank goodness for that!", said I to the cashier, who nodded in agreement.

howflytrg
16th Apr 2006, 14:45
All of the above.

Also those nicotine addicted problem children who light up in a supermarket and when asked to refrain from doing so, become aggressive. The manager will then just shrug and leave it be. Forcible ejection and a bit of rough manhandling will sort out the problem in short order but it appears they have the right to break the law.:hmm: :rolleyes:

I agree, not enougth is done. If i was the manager i would ask them nicely to put the cig out, explaining to them that ifthey failed to do so I would escort them to the pertrol station and douse them in petrol. That'll teach em..........and duck! :ok:

R4+Z
16th Apr 2006, 15:15
My local supermarket is one of the few in Western Australia which sells Alcohol. However some time ago they stopped stocking Cask wine in the fridge. Now if you are putting on a Barbie you don't necessarily want a quality wine but if you are buying last minuite you at least want it cold.

Being the pain that I am I decided to complain about the change only to be told by the manager that it was a head office decision and that was that.

Anyway zip forward a few weeks and as I was dealing with head office due to my job and so had the phone number, I decided to complain! Two days later I had a call from the store manager saying the problem had been storage space and now they had recieved some shelving they could stock what I wanted. I took great delight in explaining to him that I had no preference and that my complaint had been at his stores refusal to cater for the requirements of thier customers. He once again came the point about head office but when I pointed out to him that when I had approached him I got fobbed off but only two days after speaking to head office things had changed.

I don't think he liked it when I pointed out that if I was in search of a quality bottle of wine I would be shopping elsewhere and that he had lost sight of the market he was catering to.

MReyn24050
16th Apr 2006, 15:20
Another aggravation are those old biddies that pull a ticket from the dispenser at the Deli Counter find that there are several numbers in the queue ahead of them but still position themselves complete with trolley along the counter. Thus, preventing those whose drew an earlier ticket from getting near the counter to get served when their number comes up.

wingman863
16th Apr 2006, 15:21
Children. Last week while walking through Sainsburies looking in vain for some tomatoes, I had no option but to walk behind a mother and her foul spawn who were taking up most of the aisle being so spread out, the mother grasping the childs wrist and hoisting it as it tried to run away while letting out a high pitch scream. This went on for about 15 seconds (aisle was bloody long) until I found myself involuntarily yelping "Shut Up, Shut Up Shut Up." The mother was suprised, as was I at my outburst which did have the benefit of her moving the little screaming turd out of my way.

Old people are too a bit irritating due to the fact that they move so unbelieveably slowly. Mothers with prams should also be banned and if that pram should further hit anyones ankle - penal colony by the end of the week.

On the part of the supermarkets themselves, namely M&S and Sainsbury's, why the hell do they leave those trollies from which they stack the shelves, sitting in the isles when they are not being used. Move the damn things!

Families. Why in the name of god do entire families go shopping? A mother or father and a couple of well behaved kids is uderstandable but both parents and the entire brood crawling through the supermarket, usually embroiled in an arguement is such a pain in the arse. Usually in these instances of shopping en familie, the father is dressed in a tracksuit and has a large gold necklace.

Jesus; im annoyed even thinking of it.

frostbite
16th Apr 2006, 17:23
Also, those infuriating women (never seen a bloke do it) who, when they get to the checkout, decide to tow the trolley instead of pushing it.

This means they block you from unloading on to the conveyor until they have fully completed their purchase and moved off!

tilewood
16th Apr 2006, 17:28
Having read the posts on this thread I think supermarkets should
hand out free blood pressure tablets instead of cheese samples!! :p

Krystal n chips
16th Apr 2006, 17:30
Having read the posts on this thread I think supermarkets should
hand out free blood pressure tablets instead of cheese samples!! :p

Funny you should say that----given the latest proposals for In Store GP services ! :hmm:

Jerricho
16th Apr 2006, 17:32
Whats wrong with colleagues having a natter with other colleagues on another checkout

If it doesn't affect how quickly a customer is going to get through the checkout, maybe. Most of the time it certainly will slow the process down.

unclenelli
16th Apr 2006, 17:40
My local Tesco was refurb'd and extended 2 years ago.

The problem is the shopfitters/architects/builders either missed an aisle out, or squeezed an extra one in.
You start at the front door and go up one aisle, down the next and so on. you end up at a fire exit at the back corner of the shop!!!

con-pilot
16th Apr 2006, 18:43
I do most of the shopping for C-P family, well actually the family is now just Mrs. C-P and self.

People, sad to say in my experience mostly (all) women, that use the 10 or less with a full cart of groceries. Then when challenged by the clerk these folks yell and scream that they are in a hurry or that they used it last week and any other selfish excuse. It is usually quicker for everyone to just let them use the 10 or less aisle because they stand there arguing for longer that it would take to wait at another counter.

Now, that being said. Maybe it is me, but every time I go the shortest line (queue) it will allways end up taking the longest. Probably just me.:(

lexxity
16th Apr 2006, 18:55
Well at least this woman is out of your way, I use internet shopping, it is so much easier and means that there is more room for the oldies to do there shopping. Come on people, use some of that prooning time to get your groceries and then you need never leave the computer.:E :}

(Except to put the shopping away.)

maggioneato
16th Apr 2006, 21:13
I do my shopping at 8am before all the women turn up with their screaming brats. Get home before the next wave of old farts turn up for their natter and aisle blocking antics.

G-CPTN
17th Apr 2006, 00:11
every time I go the shortest line (queue) it will allways end up taking the longest. Probably just me.:(
Nope! That's the way life IS!

scrubby-dub-dub
17th Apr 2006, 00:39
My local supermarket is one of the few in Western Australia which sells Alcohol.

Do they sell booze after 9pm? Probably not because all good wowsers are tucked up in bed by then, especially out in Freo.

Gedda life mate, who cares if the cask wine is cold or not? It is SLOP. If you want good stuff, break out a few bills and buy some quality bottled plonk instead of your Yalumba gin's pizz.

Unlike the rest of Australia and the rest of the world, WA shops only sell booze in carefully licenced outlets. Whether this is to defend their principles of wowserism or to keep the bogunry from drinking on the streets is known only to them uggh-booted sand-gropers.

Jerricho
17th Apr 2006, 00:42
Scrubby.

Get yer ass back to that Perth WA thread. :E

scrubby-dub-dub
17th Apr 2006, 00:43
Roger.

Am a bit slow tonight. Bin drinkin with me mates...

Lookin'.........

harpy
17th Apr 2006, 10:22
Rather than getting upset at other customers' asocial behaviour in supermarkets, why not punish them by adding unwanted items to their trolley? This will either cause them embarrassment at the checkout or anger when they get home and find they have paid for something they don't want. They won't associate the punishment with the offence they caused you, so the punishment won't do them any good but it might make you feel better. If they are the people with the unruly kids, there's a good chance the kids will be blamed and perhaps receive a smack around the ear. This can be good training for the unfairness of life.

acbus1
17th Apr 2006, 11:12
One suspects that "Basket case" and "Off your trolley" originated as a result of supermarket behaviour.

The Real Slim Shady
17th Apr 2006, 11:34
Now that internet shopping for groceries is gaining popularity maybe the "singles Night at Sainsbury's" could make a comeback.

Shop and ogle the totty simultaneously; gives you the chance to check out her purchases. Is she a tree hugging, yogurt noshing veggie who only drinks fizzy water and wears Bridget Jones knickers in a size 18?

Or is she more your vodka martini, steak and lobster kinda gal, who slips into a size 10-12 lace thong above the lacy top stockings and has a copy of What Car, Flight, The Racing Post and keeps a 6 pack of Charlies in the fridge just in case?

And of course, if she's dragging a bunch of ankle biters around with her, you know to steer well clear!!;)

ShyTorque
17th Apr 2006, 11:58
Good idea, you can tell a lot about a person by the items they have in their trolley. Mmm....dog owner. Mmm....chocolate freak. Mmmm....veggie. Mmmmm...Classy lady - hasn't got any of the "best value" items or those cheap dented tins off the "bargain corner" ...etc.

There was a checkpoint girl cashing up a chap's half full basket.
Six eggs. Small tin of beans. One litre of milk...four carrots...half a cucumber...three ready meals, small bottle of ketchup, six pack of beer.

As he was paying she said: "Now, there's a single bloke, if ever I saw one!"

He laughed and said: "Ha, Yes - by what I've got in my basket, right?"

"No", she said. "You're butt ugly!" :rolleyes:

Onan the Clumsy
17th Apr 2006, 12:12
Can we just ban him now? It'll be more efficient in the long run.

eal401
17th Apr 2006, 12:16
Women and supermarkets are like lorries and motorways. Remove the first, and the second works much better.

As for all these moaners about using cards etc. I would use my card for any amount and I'll be away from the checkout quicker than any cash buyer. But that's living in the 21st century and not the dark ages for you!

acbus1
17th Apr 2006, 13:11
Can we just ban him now? It'll be more efficient in the long run.
S'no way to talk about Mr J!






On second thoughts.......

luoto
17th Apr 2006, 13:48
It is noticeable in Lidl (they have some stuff you just cannot get elsewhere here that is worh it) they WHIZZ through the bar code scanning and you have ab out an A3 paper space before you shovel the goods into the basket. I swear they want to see if you dropyouy eggs

G-CPTN
17th Apr 2006, 13:56
It is noticeable in Lidl (they have some stuff you just cannot get elsewhere here that is worh it) they WHIZZ through the bar code scanning and you have ab out an A3 paper space before you shovel the goods into the basket.
The regional equivalent of LIDL is ALDI, and I'll confirm that they operate the FASTEST check-out of anywhere I've been. You 'have to' place your trolley in the slot adjacent to the scanner, otherwise you don't stand a chance of keeping-up (as there's no space AFTER the scanner). You have to be ready to CATCH the items as they are propelled towards you at laser-speed (like the speed of light, but adjusted for lasers).

acbus1
17th Apr 2006, 14:09
Must be really scary, if it makes the ladies drop their eggs! :ooh:

phnuff
17th Apr 2006, 15:46
You're not one of these OLD folk that people are complaining about, are you?


Well, I am sure that I attract complaints, but OLD doesnt really fit.

This thread is like watching an episode of 'Grumpy Old Men' (but with the odd grumpy old girl in it too):ok:

Arran
17th Apr 2006, 19:47
A slight variation to Harpy's suggestion of adding items to someone's shopping is to take items out.

There is less chance that they will notice compared with items being added, until they get home. If you have chosen well, they will be missing something important and after arguing with their other half for a while, swearing blind that they didn't forget it, they will have to make another trip. :*

spekesoftly
18th Apr 2006, 15:29
Vandalism of the plastic bags!

In an age when we are being urged to re-use everything, I find the holes punched in otherwise perfectly serviceable bags a right pita.

They fit perfectly in my pedal bin, but are rendered useless by this practice.
Sounds like a case of 'the wrong supermarket'.

Try JS for 'unholy' bags. ;)