I have come to learn that there are two types of people in this world – ones with grocery shopping etiquette, and those that just say F the system. It's important to know that you are not alone in the grocery store. If I was a betting woman, I would guess that about 87% of us do not want to be there. Typical rules of the road should apply.
Here are some examples of how not to have grocery shopping etiquette:
- Parking diagonally in the aisle while you thoroughly examine the nutrition facts.
- Walking side by side with your spouse creating a human shield blocking the aisle. Allow me to suggest divide and conquer – gets the job done quicker.
- Failing to acknowledge that anyone is behind you…ever. Some of us just want to squeeze on by. Please let that happen.
- Corralling around a sample counter like it's a buffet table. Hey, I love the heck out of some samples, but grab ‘n go. There's no reason to block the entire aisle and hang out there.
- If your child must push the tiny child cart, take the opportunity to teach them shopping cart etiquette. Don't just let them plow through the store taking out kneecaps.
- Having to search every corner of your purse for your coupons/credit card/checkbook, etc. Have all your stuff ready upon reaching the checkout. I am a coupon-user and encourage people to do so, but have them in your hand and ready to go.
- Stopping in the middle of the exit door to check your receipt or find your keys. This is exactly how to get rear-ended by a cart. Some of us are hauling ass to get the heck out of the store. If you think you were double charged for mangoes, pull the F over to allow others to escape freely.
- Not putting your cart away after use. Allowing your cart to roam about the parking lot hitting cars and causing mayhem makes you suck. If it's an extra windy day, I seriously question your humanity. Here's a tip – just park closer to the cart corral to make this an easy task. Better yet, realize that a twenty foot walk to the cart corral won't give you a heart attack.
Let's face it, I am not getting any awards for being the most patient person, but you have to agree with me on a few things here. Be courteous in the grocery store and you will be a better human for it.
How do you feel about grocery shopping etiquette?
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