How To Be a Courteous Shopper

Being a good shopper is like anything in life, it is learned. And I believe being a good shopper starts when you head out the door. If you have a negative outlook or attitude, it affects every decision or occurrence from the outset of your shopping experience.

Another thing that is important to keep in mind is that shopping, like anything else in life takes patience, understanding, and civility. So in honor of September being National Courtesy Month I am going to share tips based on my experiences and observations as a seasoned shopper.

From the parking lot to the check out counter- this hub is your guide to being an aware and responsible shopper.

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Parking Lot Principles

We all know people who treat the department store parking lot like a video game or raceway. But regardless, the parking lot is a shared and public space that everyone needs to treat as such.

  • Do Not Leave Carts Unattended: As a driver, this is among my top pet peeves in the parking lot. While I understand that the cart drop-off is far away, at least move it into an area where people cannot hit it with their car. Or better yet, drop the cart off inside the store before you leave if possible.
  • Do Not Park in a No-Parking Zone: The fire lane is not a parking space for you. Regardless if your beloved is in the express line, you could hold up an actual emergency. And for those of you who block real spaces by parking in non-spaces in the lot itself, the same goes for you. It does not take long to find a real spot and if you walk a bit- at last it's good exercise.
  • Do Not Honk at a Fellow Driver Pulling Out of a Space: The horn has its place during your driving experience. But do not honk at another driver simply because they are taking too long to exit your desired space. If you feel like you cannot afford to wait, park somewhere else.
  • Do Not Reserve a Space by Standing in the Parking Space: This actually happened to some family friends of ours. They were about to park at their hotel in Disney World when another family had someone stand in the only available space to reserve it. Not surprisingly, an argument ensued. While it is understandable when there's a singular space available to want to reserve it, it's a first come first serve policy just like at the old lunch table.
  • Park Inside the Lines: Not to sound like a driving instructor, but this is common sense. Make sure you are inside the line and if not, realign or park away from other cars.
  • Don't Abuse Handicap/Expectant Mother Parking Privileges: I am not sure how often this happens but I am sure it still does. Women who might be assumed as pregnant and people who "borrow" handicap placards are just a little more clever these days.
  • Observe Drivers if You are a Pedestrian: There is nothing more frustrating than trying to cross the lot when nonchalant pedestrians cross the street and you have to stop on a dime. Be observant, it might one day save your life.
  • Observe Pedestrians if You are a Driver: In my experience as a pedestrian, there are some drivers who are too gas happy in a 25 mph and under parking lot. You should not speed in a parking lot unless you are an emergency technician, firefighter, police officer, or in-store security.

Start on a Positive Note

I know not all shopping trips are terribly exciting. But you should treat buying your grandmother's prunes the same way you would if you had a tax free weekend. The key is in being aware and prepared- that way you can have a positive experience.

  • Stop Entrance/Exit Blocking: Some people stop right as they enter or exit a store to do something they could have done in the car. The store is only so big and you do not need to conduct personal business in the middle of a thoroughfare such as this.
  • Do Not Basket Snatch: This is another one of my shopping pet peeves. Someone will come in not knowing what they need but decide they see an empty basket in the produce section unattended and take it. If someone has it close to them and it looks like it is being used or about to be used- do not take it.
  • Keep a Steady Pace: I notice people who come into a store sluggish continue shopping sluggishly. Don't do that. Unless you have a health problem- walk as not to prevent people from their own shopping. Cell phones, kids, and bad days are not valid excuses.
  • Greet the Staff: Everyday will not be your best. And everyday is not Christmas for them either, but be cordial and acknowledge them, you may need their help down the road. A wave or head nod is just as good as saying hello.
  • Buy Your Essentials First: This is everyone's problem. You come in the store prepared to buy apples and then get distracted and somehow end up looking at the fried chicken, preventing someone else who is focused and prepared from making a purchase. Do not do that- follow order of operations, that way you get what you need and you do not prevent others from doing the same.
  • Stay Informed via Circular: Many occasions have occurred when someone has asked randomly, "How much is that?" While the sign says one thing, it's important to know the person next to you does not work at the store. That's what the circular is for. Ideally you would have looked at it before going out and making your purchases.

Be Aware of Others and Yourself

This next section is devoted to what essentially are the bulk of many pet peeves we all have as shoppers. These are attitudes and behaviors that affect the entire store's atmosphere. Therefore, you should be on your best behavior.

  • Keep Kids Occupied: I am not a parent nor a childcare guru but I was a babysitter and a kid myself. If you have to take your child to the store, keep them interested and busy- nothing is worse than the rest of us having to hear your child complain, whine, cry, and throw a tantrum for twenty minutes while you try to act like you do not know how this happened. It's easy: give them something to do. Younger children probably need a coloring book or something visual. Older children can help price things out with a calculator and paper. In other words, there is no excuse for your kids going Kanye in the store.
  • Don't Bring Everyone with You: I understand you like to have your roommate there to pick their specific brand of apple juice but they can write it down just the same.The same goes with your four year old and their favorite gummy snacks. Large groups or families and shopping do not mix. If someone of age can stay home with the minors, let that be it. Just exercise good judgment when deciding who to bring with you.
  • Stop Unnecessary Phone Conversations: This makes me so irritated sometimes when I am shopping. I will be glancing at the meat and some woman will call her lazy husband to ask him what cut of brisket he wants. Well, if he wanted the brisket badly enough he would have been smart enough to put it on the list or better yet come with you. And any other conversation in the store is just as rude- save your conversation (unless it's an emergency of course) for when you at least get to your car and you can yammer all you want. The same applies to texting.
  • Stop Cart-Blocking the Aisle: This is hard to do- I know but it is possible. If you can park on the outside of the aisle closest to where your designated items are located. If not do the drive by (no not that kind!) where you pass by, spot your item, grab it, and move along. Otherwise, you will risk the sound of someone clearing their throat and saying excuse me so you get the message.
  • Don't Read Labels: I understand we need to know what we're putting in our body but you can find that out before you get inside the store. And by that I mean going to the product's website or to another site and finding that out for yourself before going to the store. Spending ten minutes squinting at small print to look at ingredients and blocking the way is just rude.
  • Don't Grab 15 of Everything: I know there are some of you who believe in the joys of bulk shopping but for those of us who still want one can of Manwhich, leave at least one or two behind. Do you really need a mass supply at that moment? If so, you probably need to purchase a warehouse membership.
  • Reunite Elsewhere: If you are like me, you more than likely see someone familiar in Wal-Mart and want to start talking. That's fine and dandy but do not block access to my cereal folks. You can catch up at another location where you will not have to mess up aisle traffic flow.
  • Do Not Treat Your Cart like a Racecar: This goes for kids and co-eds. One of my roommates in college tried to stand on the cart like a shopping cart and got called out. We laughed, but I know she was embarrassed. A cart is a cart- if you want otherwise go to toys and do that if you please.

Check-Out Time

Does checking out have to be an ordeal? Not necessarily. But for some people, you would think it was like an entire act of Hamlet.

  • Make Sure You Have Everything: This is probably the most common problem of anyone who shops- you forget something. Turn around before you check out so you do not hold up progress.
  • Get in the Proper Check-Out Lane: If you have ten items or less- express is for you. If you have thirty and it looks like ten- get to a regular aisle. It's rude and surly to assume you can get in checkout just because no one enforces the rules.
  • Have Your ID and Wallet Ready: For those of you purchasing happy sauce, have your ID ready if you know you are going to be carded. And for everyone, have your debit, credit, cash, gift card, or checkbook ready- there's nothing worse than someone who fumbles around and does not have it and has to get out of line.
  • Know Your Total: This goes for everyone trying to stick to a budget. It is not only embarrassing to go over what you need to pay but time consuming having to rearrange and separate items that need to go back on the shelf.
  • Know Your Prices: This usually happens with produce and marked down items. And you can bet the cashier will forget or not know the price at all. Be prepared by having the price memorized or the circular handy.
  • Divide Your Items: The divider is your friend. Nobody wants to pay for your stash of cheez-its.

I knew I wasn't alone!

Golden Shopping Rules

This is the part of the hub where I breakdown three rules that are essential to having good shopping etiquette.

Golden Rule #1: Use the Bathroom, Do Not Abuse It- This should come quite simple to most of us but for one reason or another it does not. If I had a dollar for everytime I went to a public restroom in a shopping establishment that was littered with toilet paper, toilets that were not flushed, or unsightly surroundings- I would probably be a millionaire by now. How hard is it to go to the bathroom and finish without making it look like a chimp on a rampage went in there?

Golden Rule #2: Be Patient- We all have busy lives with things to do, people to see, and places to go (or at least we make it look that way). However, there is no excuse for huffing and puffing your way through a store. Not everyone lives life at the same speed as you- so put that into consideration.

Golden Rule #3: Be Smart- Above and beyond everything that's what a good shopper is smart about the decisions they make and their consequences.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I passed with flying colors! Do I get a badge or trophy? I think since I'm such a courtesy shopper I just might want to be a bit naughty the next time I'm shopping. Haha! I'd like to add if you by chance hit someone's car, be nice and leave a note with your number. Don't hit and run. Great hub Alecia!


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Holy macaroni! What an incredible, right-on, common-sense shopper's guide. I can't think of a thing you missed. My pet peeve? Shoppers who block the aisles with their carts. Hate that! Up, useful, and all that. Plus sharing. I'm actually thinking of printing out copies to hand out at the grocery store, but I'd probably get in trouble for that. :)


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Haha Sunshine! It's definitely good to be a courteous shopper and I understand wanting to rebel. I forgot to add the part about not pulling a hit and run but that's great advice. Thanks as always :)!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Sally's Trove. I would love to print this out and post it in Wal-Mart-especially the bathrooms! I hate people blocking the aisles too- it's just like driving you need to think of oncoming traffic!


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cbpoet 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Great tips .. Blocking exit or entry spots seems to be happening more often. Grocery store staff should give special offers or discount coupons to polite shoppers. Lead by example.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Very good article Alecia about being courteous while you are shopping. Seriously I could write a book on some of the things I have heard and seen while I have been out shopping with my kids. My older on is potty trained now and on your Golden Rule #1, I can't even begin to tell you some of the things I have seen in these bathrooms and usually more gross than gross. Have voted, shared and tweeted too!!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

I agree cbpoet- I think leading by example is the best way for people to catch on to doing right. Thanks for comng by and commenting!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Janine! I agree the things I've seen in some bathrooms is beyond ridiculous!


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Trinity M 4 years ago

Great hub Alecia. Good manners should be mandatory no matter what. Your hub is very well written and covers everything there is to know about shopping etiquette; I can think of a few places I would like to post a copy of it :) Voted up and useful.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks Trinity! I agree that good manners should be emphasized all the time but I think some people purposely forget.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

You listed a couple of my greatest pet peeves...take the cart back or put it in one of the cart holders in the parking lot! It drives me crazy when people leave a cart in a parking spot. Don't block the entrance. People see friends and immediately start chatting, but stand right in front of the door. I would add that people who get in the 12 & under number of food items with 20 of the same thing and then tell the people around them that because they are the same they are counted as one item. That really burns me. Great hub! Voted up!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan,

I know- I hate to see loose carts because it can end very badly. You get a scratch on your car but the responsible driver nor the store will do anything.

Blocking the entrance is just unnecessary- you can move to the sidewalk outside or just decide to talk later. It's that simple but people are so caught up in themselves they seem to forget about the rest of us.

Yeah people trying to play the cashier in the express line is not fun either- that's just plain ridiculous- if you have 10 yogurts- that's ten items- plain and simple!

Thanks so much for coming by and commenting!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I'd like to say that the shopping experience would be far better if people observed your guidelines, but unfortunately, I'm guilty of breaking some of these rules myself. Voting this Up and Useful though.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Everyone breaks the rules from time to time but all the time is another story. Thanks for coming by and commenting alocsin!


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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

That was so well said and I share those same pet peeves! This article should be posted at the entrance of every grocery store. I think many people assume they are the only one in the entire store. Voted up!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

I wish this could be posted in every grocery store! Thanks for coming by and commenting healthylife2!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

This is a well-done hub with great tips and rules that we all should follow. In an age where etiquette seems to be a dying art, this hub is timely. However, I will admit I'm usually too engrossed in following my shopping list that I don't notice what the other shoppers are doing. I purposely schedule my shopping trips for when I know the store won't be crowded - that is one thing I'm not big on. I also like the Kanye reference. Hehe. That cracked me up. :D


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Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

Awesome idea for a Hub and you did an Excellent Job covering all the basic etiquette everyone should definitely follow!!! I enjoyed reading this and hope that many learn from it!!!

Voted Up, Interesting, Useful, and Shared!!!


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calculus-geometry 4 years ago from Germany

This was a fun read but I have to disagree on telling people not to read labels in the store. You can't look up everything online and some stores rotate their selection so often that you can't predict what they will have in stock from one week to the next (**glares at my local Safeway**). Everyone has a right to know exactly what they're putting in their bodies. I don't get annoyed with people who block the aisle to read the packages so long as they move when I ask them to.


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mvillecat 4 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

Excellent! I voted up and tweeted. Great advice.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

You have covered everything I can think of, plus a few more! Handicapped parking places and blocking the isles are two of my pet peeves. It would be nice if everyone was so organized and thoughtful when they go shopping. Voted up and useful!


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

People that have to give a play-by-play to the (doubtlessly bored) person on the other end of the cell phone conversion annoy the heck out of me! "Well, I'm walking down the cereal aisle now. Oh, they have (brand x) on sale this week, but I don't like their things, anyway..." et cetera, et cetera! Man, I want to print copies of this hub and hand it out at local big box stores!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Cyndi,

Thanks so much for coming by and commenitng! I agree it seems like etiquette is dying around us. And it's not just because of the rise of technology. Shopping is still mostly based on interaction, so people are once again disregarding others in favor of self-preservation. I like to go to the store when it's not crowded either so I know what you mean :).


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you so much Patty Kenyon for coming here and sharing. I'm glad you enjoyed reading it as well!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Calculus Geometry- I'm glad you enjoyed reading this and I see your point about labels. I guess what I would emphasize is not blocking others when you do this. Thanks so much for coming by and sharing your thoughts!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Mvillecat,

Thanks for coming by and tweeting :)!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks Cyndi! I agree etiquette is a dying art- that's why it's perfectly understandable to go when it's not crowded :).


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you so much for coming by, commenting and sharing Patty Kenyon! I'm glad you enjoyed reading it!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks calculus-geometry. I see your point about reading labels and I agree as long as someone isn't in my way- it's definitely understandable!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you so much for tweeting mvillecat!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Sgbrown,

It would be nice if everyone was considerate when shopping. Thanks so much for coming by and sharing your thoughts!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Natashalh,

I know what you mean- it's like other people don't think about writing a list with everyone's input. It's much better than wasting your minutes and everyone else's time! Thanks so much for coming by and commenting!


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RunningDeer 4 years ago from Iowa

I work in a grocery store. Don't let me get started on my pet peeves! Perhaps also add to not stay 45 minutes past closing time. Make sure you know when the store closes! It's so rude! Also when the customer is on their phone the whole time; it drives me crazy. To me it says that I am less than a bug under their shoe. Excuse me for having to work a crappy part-time job through college!

There I go getting into peeves, and that's only the surface. I'll stop now. Great hub! Voted up and shared!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Great tips and advice in making shopping a good experience for everyone. It is frustrating when someone blocks an aisle and you have to wait or ask them to please move. I don't mind if the read the ingredients, which is important, but please do not block the aisle. Voted up.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks so much RunningDeer! I can only imagine what you go through working in a grocery store- some people are self-absorbed and don't understand you have a real life and job to support yourself.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks teaches12345- I agree you can read- just don't block the aisle :)!


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Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

I wish shoppers would follow your guidelines .. thanks, I enjoyed reading your hub and learned too many from it!


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

This was just great. Sadly, I think that the people who need it most probably won't be reading it, but I heartily approve and agree. Supermarkets are the black hole of etiquette and somebody needed to write this. I'm glad you did and a big thumbs up:-)


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks Mike Robbers for coming by and commenting! I'm glad you enjoyed reading the hub :)!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Robie2,

I agree supermarkets are the black hole of etiquette for some reason. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

You've managed to incorporate so many of my shopping pet peeves in one hub. For the life of me, I can't figure out why people can't keep a steady pace at the mall. Someone will see you are trying to get around them, and instead of increasing their speed, they slow down and get in your way. Thank you for writing this hub!


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my daily dish 4 years ago from Beverly Hills, Florida

great hub! I agree with you. My biggest pet peeves are people blocking the aisle (totally oblivious), and people with too many items in the express lane. Another thing that I can't tolerate is the lack of open registers at Wal-Mart. They have the power to employ a lot of people, and they choose profit far above customer satisfaction. People don't shop there for any reason other than tight wallets.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks Jeannie! I don't know how people move at the speed of snail either, it drives me crazy :)!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you my daily dish for coming by and commenting! I agree I hate slow wal-mart check out traffic! They have the power to open more lines. I think if people complained enough in those surveys they'll at least try to do better.


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jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

So useful! I think this should be posted in all stores!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you jenbeach21! I wish it was posted too!


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bwhite062007 4 years ago from East Coast

"no excuse for your kids going Kanye in the store"...haha! Loved it. Great hub and I could not have said it any better myself.


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Phil Plasma 4 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

Great tips, it is too bad the people who could really use this advice probably won't come here to read it. Ultimately it comes down to showing some consideration to other people around you. If you can do this, everything else falls in place.

The idea of stopping to have a conversation in a doorway, or at the top or bottom of an escalator is what bugs me the most. Great hub voted up and interesting!


ElleBee 4 years ago

I agree with the majority of these! Especially on not blocking aisles. Can't say I really have a problem with people calling to check on an item with their spouse/significant other etc. as long as it's a quiet call. After all - you just said not to bring everyone along, which would be more bothersome, having the entire crew in the store or a simple phone call to double check on a product?


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi bwhite062007,

Everyone has an inner Kanye but kids especially need to keep that to themselves in public. Thank you so much for coming by and sharing your thoughts :P!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Phil Plasma,

I agree- the people who need to see this the most probably won't see it. But I agree it's all about being observant and considerate. And I don't like people stopping in doorways, escalators or anywhere else where there's alot of traffic to talk either. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and coming by!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi ElleBee,

I guess people making a call to check on an item with family is fine- but some people sound like they're reading the entire shelf stock to people. Thank you for coming by and commenting!


Ryan 4 years ago

Holy macaroni! What an incredible, right-on, common-sense shopper's guide. I can't think of a thing you missed. My pet peeve? Shoppers who block the aisles with their carts. Hate that! Up, useful, and all that. Plus sharing. I'm actually thinking of printing out copies to hand out at the grocery store, but I'd probably get in trouble for that. :)

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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you Ryan, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yeah don't get in trouble from printing this!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Great hub! My biggest pet peeves are the carts: blocking the whole aisle with them and then leaving them sit in the middle of the parking lot.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hey Deb,

I agree totally. Carts are not that hard to move but people don't want to take the time to be courteous. Thank you!


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

Nothing is more annoying to me than coming out of the month-end shopping trip, loaded with bags of groceries, tired and just wanting to get home and then having one or two cars already waiting for you to free up a parking. And then they get impatient when you're not quick enough. Too bad - go find another parking. I refuse to rush because they're impatient! And the families that all go shopping together! I never realized how much this irritated me until you pointed it out. Don't get me wrong, I love seeing families spending quality time together, but really - when the kids are running around and you have to dodge them, or mom and dad are standing in the middle of the aisle trying to decide what to have for supper with all the time in the world - I get a little irked. I only shop first thing in the morning when the doors open, or on a Sunday afternoon when everyone is out for the day.

I love all your tips! If only more people shopped like this and kept others in mind, it would be a much more pleasurable experience! Voted up, interesting, awesome. :)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I loved this Hub. I wish everyone would take your advice. I have gotten to the point where I don't enjoy shopping anymore because of the rude behavior of others. I hate my car getting dinged by inconsiderate people and their carts.

I voted this up, and will share in all the right places. Mary


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi MelChi,

Shopping does get irksome, especially when you're out of everything and have to go to the store only to find everyone else and their mother is there. Families, especially sometimes don't know that their are other people who just want to get in and out.

Thank you so much for coming by and commenting!


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ignugent17 4 years ago

Great hub! I do hope all shoppers will be able to read this and do what is right.

Voted up and more!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Mary,

I understand exactly how you feel. Yesterday two parking spaces didn't get used simply because two different people didn't take two minutes to move them so someone else could use it. It's like some people have their own planet orbiting earth. Thank you so much for coming by and commenting!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

I hope more shoppers would do right too! Thank you ignugent17!


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

It's frustrating that shoppers sometimes wheel borrowed carts home, but fail to bring them back! Thanks for the share, Alecia!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Alecia, great hub with some good advice :o) I have shopped online for the last six years but now that I am not working, I am back to the supermarket. The difference for me now is that I have more patience because I am not rushing around after work any more, trying to get all of the shopping in and then have to get home to make dinner. I have discovered a new patience (never seen before - even others have noticed) :o)


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

I know midget38! Taking a cart home is definitely ridiculous! Thanks for sharing :)!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Jools,

I agree if you're not working you are more patient but it still doesn't mean people should act like you have all day for them to discuss chop liver with their spouses on the phone. Thank you!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

This is so perfect...Maybe a copy of your article could be stuffed behind the wipers on all the cars at WalMart? My pet peeve: people who park in handicap spaces who are not handicapped. Second pet peeve: people who block the isles because they meet their friends in Isle 6 going in the opposite direction. Great article, voted up and shared!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you Stephanie! I wish I could smuggle this into Wal-Mart. But I agree parking in a handicapped space when you are not is very irritating. And if you want to reunite, do it at Friday's not in Wal-Mart!


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Well put! There are so many rude people out and about these days. People who leave carts blocking parking spaces are a particular peeve of mine, as are those who live in their own little world, and don't notice anyone else needs to get by, or, is actually standing there, and the person bumps right into you without even a word...no apology..no notice--you're invisible!

But, I DO read labels and compare. You might be able to find some things online, but NOT for house brands. To compare a house brand to a name brand, you DO need to read the label in-store. Just please, try to be aware of others, and move over if someone needs something from the same shelf.

My biggest peeve at "Wally-World" (aka Wal-Mart), is the store itself! I'll bet the fire department would be VERY interested in all the ailse-blocking done by the management in stacking pallets of goods all along the centers of major aisles, and some no-so-major ones. With all that stuff stacked there, you canNOT get past another person's cart--traffic jams are common, and I can easily visualize people getting trampled trying to escape in an emergency!

Voted up and useful.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

DzyMsLizzy,

I agree that the layout of Wal-Mart is just plain ridiculous about some things and layout is one of them. I also hate how they have non-like items together.

Now that alot of people have said something about reading labels- I understand but like you said if the layout was different people wouldn't complain.

Thanks so much for coming by and sharing your thoughts!


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

This should be printed out and everyone should be forced to sign it before shopping! ^_^ I can't imagine how much time and headache we could all save if everyone followed these. Thank you for a wonderful hub. voted and shared!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks Mama Kim 8! I know, the people who need to see this probably won't.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I happen to love shopping and I love this hub. Dirty bathrooms get my dander up. Urggggh!

You haven't missed much with your excellent list.

Thanks for bringing these courtesies to my attention. I want to be a courteous shopper. Voted up, useful, awesome, and sharing!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

HI Vocalcoach,

Dirty bathrooms can ruin a great shopping experience. Thank you for coming by, commenting, and sharing!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Now if we could only get all those inconsiderate and lazy people to read this and observe it we'd all be so much better off! Maybe we could post it in a few stores ;)

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

I wish this could be posed Tillsontitan! Thanks for coming by and commenting!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

My pet peeve are the people who just leave their cart out where another car can hit it. I'm always afraid they will knock the cart into my car, so I have to move the cart myself.

Great Hub. Voted UP, etc.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

HI Mary,

I completely agree. The stores already won't take responsibility for a cart dinging your cart and so the person who did it got away with an anonymous disservice. Thanks for coming by and commenting!


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Express10 4 years ago from East Coast

My pet peeve is those that cut in line. Just yesterday at the grocery store I got in line directly behind the one customer who was in the express lane. An old lady arrived AFTER me and bypassed me and went to stand beside the man in front of me. I remained quiet not knowing if I should call her out, or if she was with the man, or just time it to maneuver as I saw that she was blocking his exit from the line, not my entry to the cashier.

After seeing that she indeed was cutting the line and wanting to avoid a confrontation, I said nothing and moved forward after he began to exit the line. As my item was being rung up, she had the gall to announce to me and the cashier "you know I was first!" I firmly and assertively reminded her that I was in the line before she even joined it and that it was her who rudely bypassed me. Her only retort was "of course." Why do people act like they can do these things and not tick people off?


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

HI Express10,

I don't know why people act this way. It's like the things matter more than anything to them. They're willing to sacrifice common courtesy or decency to get what they want. A sad commentary indeed. I'm glad you were able to keep your cool but you shouldn't have had to experience that in the first place. Thanks so much for coming by and commenting!


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Pinkchic18 3 years ago from Minnesota

More people need to read this! So many true tips! I hate when people are on their phones and oblivious to others around them trying to shop. Nice hub!!!


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks Pinkchic! If only those who need to read this do, we would be so much better.


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toknowinfo 3 years ago

Excellent topic and and well written. Like rules of the road, there are all kinds of drivers and all kinds of shoppers who need to be more aware of basic courteousness. Buyer beware and thanks for this great article. Voted up and more.


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi toknowinfo,

I think you're right- there's all kinds of shoppers like there are drivers. It just depends on what approach you take. But there are basic rules of courtesy that apply. Thank you for coming by and commenting!


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jpcmc 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

I also hate people standing in the parking area to reserve the space for their car. that's just rude. I usually call the parking security for this. I once saw two guys fighting over a parking space for that same reason.

Plus, I hate it when people leave their carts in the parking area. there's a specific place for them.

Ok, I'm getting worked up over these nasty habits. Great post my friend.


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi jpcmc,

I definitely understand your perspective. I agree- people need to know that you can't reserve parking spaces by standing in the spot. You have the same opportunity to access the spot as anyone else. Thanks for coming by and commenting!


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Great hub, if all people followed your guidelines then shopping will be a great experience for everyone but sadly it is not so.


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georgescifo 2 years ago from India

To say frankly, shopping is one of the worst things that I hate to do, but would love others to do it for me :) Once again thanks for a mind blowing hub...


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Alecia Murphy 2 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you George! Good luck shopping :)


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Alecia Murphy 2 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you Vellur!

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