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What drives you nuts about supermarkets

  1. Dale Nelson profile image31
    Dale Nelsonposted 7 years ago

    The other day I had to gather the barbecue goodies. So I had my list.but, where on earth do they keep the little wooden skewer jobs for the kebabs.

    Yes, sir.Theyre in the art section.Go figure.

    1. Money Glitch profile image86
      Money Glitchposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I hate going to a supermarket and not being able to find anything. But what is worst is going to one often enough to become familiar with their layout only to return the next week to find everything moved again. It's like you're playing hide and seek every other week sad

    2. waynet profile image49
      waynetposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      People stood in the way talking...what's to talk about the price of willy warmers..get outta my way!

  2. EmpressFelicity profile image84
    EmpressFelicityposted 7 years ago

    When just as you get used to how the store is laid out, they change everything.

    Really big supermarkets do my head in - too much stuff, too much visual stimulus!  I don't have a car so I would find it difficult to use the really big ones in my area anyway, because they're all out of town.  But even if I did drive I probably wouldn't use the big stores.  I think the problem is that for me, the types of things they sell in the large stores are mostly redundant.  We cook most of our food from scratch and we don't actually need to go to a place where you can get 200 varieties of Pot Noodle.  (I don't know if there *are* 200 varieties of Pot Noodle, but you get my drift.)

    I actually shop at small independent butchers and greengrocers for most of my meat and fruit/veg - they're cheaper and the stuff is often better quality, and more locally sourced.  Supermarkets are for things like marmalade, coffee, Marmite, curry paste, cooking oil etc.

    1. FranyaBlue profile image76
      FranyaBlueposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      your shopping sounds just like mine!

      I am a Marmite Lover! smile

  3. west40 profile image61
    west40posted 7 years ago

    On a busy weekend morning and we are in a hurry to get our shopping done, the isles are packed, and someone has left their cart in the middle of the isle and walked away to get something far down the isle.  Makes me nuts.

  4. frogdropping profile image85
    frogdroppingposted 7 years ago

    The fact that other people are in there at the same time as I am. If someone would be kind enough to keep them out whilst I shop, great. I'm fast too, not too much hanging round in the cold smile

  5. Pearldiver profile image87
    Pearldiverposted 7 years ago

    What really drove me nuts once was when I was buying sliced ham at the deli and got served by a 30 year old with seriously bad achne.  Even though he had a glove over his face, it just wasn't a good sight sad

    I felt a need to tackfully ask him if the Health Inspector had approved his use in the deli section and if he felt that he should be wearing gloves on his hands as well? hmm

  6. Dale Nelson profile image31
    Dale Nelsonposted 7 years ago

    You guys and gals crack me up.

    Whats with those racks at the cashout.Like as if we forgot to buy tons of chocolate and magazines. I passed a whole aisle of them, now why would i want to get more at the checkout and go from cashier to cashier until I find the right one. oops there goes my spot in the queue.Duh.

    Its like theres this marketing conspiracy to herd us towards the exit where the items get smaller and smaller in case theres space left in your basket.

    Quite crafty they are.

    1. EmpressFelicity profile image84
      EmpressFelicityposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      You might not have forgotten to buy chocolate (especially if you didn't want any in the first place lol), but your children, if you have any and they're with you, will no doubt pull your sleeve, point and go, "Dad, Dad, I want a Kinder Surprise!"

      "Crafty" is the right word I think.

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      Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      ugh, try going thru with children.."mommy, whats a g-spot?"  blech...

  7. K Partin profile image60
    K Partinposted 7 years ago

    Never enough baggers at checkout! They should give a discount for bagging your own groceries!!

  8. FranyaBlue profile image76
    FranyaBlueposted 7 years ago

    I hate the new self service thingy. It's forever trying to accuse you of putting stuff in your bag without scanning it! and instead of having checkout staff they now have 'fixing the stupid self service thingy' staff. Waste of time!

    1. EmpressFelicity profile image84
      EmpressFelicityposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      lol

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    ralwusposted 7 years ago

    farters get right up my nose

    1. Pearldiver profile image87
      Pearldiverposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Well if you keep taking your growth hormone... you won't find your nose in other people's business lol

  10. Pearldiver profile image87
    Pearldiverposted 7 years ago

    What P's me off most..... Is not getting to meet Spammers like this one.... so you can kick their butt in person sad

    1. EmpressFelicity profile image84
      EmpressFelicityposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      You said it mate!

  11. Ladybird33 profile image76
    Ladybird33posted 7 years ago

    Seriously, it's the self check out lanes.  What are we giving machines our jobs?  Can someone tell me that?  I hate self-checkout lanes!  Sorry, had to vent smile

    1. profile image0
      Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      self check out always goes wrong, and you have to stand there, with the light blinking and the buzzer going off, till somebody comes along to help.

  12. frogdropping profile image85
    frogdroppingposted 7 years ago

    Thought I'd come back and say what I do like about supermarkets. Automatic revolving doors. I like playing with them. Others shoppers don't. Nor the security guys. But I sure like racing at them - then letting them touch me so they stop smile

    I also like to stalk the checkout girls. I watch for the friendliest, smiliest, happiest. Then join her queue, safe in the knowldege that when she's packing my bags, it's because she really really wants to.

    I also amuse myself by eating things on the way around, then present empty wrappers and boxes at the checkout.

  13. rebekahELLE profile image90
    rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago

    while researching for a hub I found this statistic,

    'Want to guess how much of the food in the supermarket aisles contain genetically engineered ingredients...... estimated at 70-75%!'   Center for Food Safety

    shopping for real food at the supermarket is hazardous to our health. go to farmer's markets for fresh food

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      Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      look at the PLU
      Produce Look Up sticker..



      Conventional produce gets a four-digit number.
      Organic produce gets a five-digit number that starts with 9.
      Genetically modified items also get a five-digit code, but that code starts with 8.

      Examples
      4139: Conventional Granny Smith apple
      94139: Organic Granny Smith
      84139: GMO Granny Smith

      1. rebekahELLE profile image90
        rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I just learned that last week about the number of digits on produce. I wrote a hub about buying organic food and that was one of my findings.  thanks for including that here.

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          Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          cool. Ill have to go read it.

          my in-laws work for a seed company, I learned that genetically engineered isnt always so bad either. It can mean..like...a plumcott or a clementine.  ya know, mutt fruit?

  14. Greek One profile image77
    Greek Oneposted 7 years ago

    Every single aisle, every single can, every single box, every single line up, every single grandma blocking my way while she is trying to make out the price of prunes.

  15. Paradise7 profile image85
    Paradise7posted 7 years ago

    I'm cheap, right?  A real cheapskate in my spending habits.  I'm always stunned (in a BAD way) at the bill.

    1. Greek One profile image77
      Greek Oneposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      why do bother paying when so many products can be easily hidden in your coat pocket?

      1. Paradise7 profile image85
        Paradise7posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        LMAO!  lol lol

        You're the man, Greek.

  16. Ohma profile image79
    Ohmaposted 7 years ago

    Cashiers that will not bag groceries. Some stand and watch customers bagging with out ever offering to help this just makes me crazy. I had one the other day that kept pushing me to settle my bill while I was bagging and I finally told him point blank that one of us needed to bag the D** groceries.

  17. profile image61
    Samuel01posted 7 years ago

    I love the super market, I buy a lot and we are taking on two machines at once

  18. jayjay40 profile image81
    jayjay40posted 7 years ago

    OMG- when they keep ringing that little bell at the tills, and no-one responds. SO annoying

  19. blondepoet profile image80
    blondepoetposted 7 years ago

    I eat everything in there, test a grape, slow down at the food sample counter, ask to test a prawn (they even peel it for me), have another grape, a snow pea,mmmmmm

    1. blake4d profile image73
      blake4dposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Testing a grape, is that preparing for Tasting the Wine...or are you just a starstruck sampler gal BP?

  20. EmpressFelicity profile image84
    EmpressFelicityposted 7 years ago

    I've just thought of another thing: trolleys.  One of our local supermarkets is Aldi.  I like shopping there, because it's cheap and they have some great stuff.  But what I don't like is their insistence on a "no basket" policy.  Instead, you have a choice of trolleys: large, extra large and Sherman tank sized.  All with wonky wheels, and all requiring a £1 coin for their release from the trolley rank - a £1 coin which I never seem to have on the day when I go to Aldi.

    As a form of protest I've taken to wandering around the store and grabbing the first empty cardboard box I find, and putting my groceries in that.

  21. travelespresso profile image83
    travelespressoposted 7 years ago

    I feel like a criminal when buying a bottle of wine (yes just one...!) and the supermarket checkout operator has to ring the bell to get the supervisor's approval.
    I loved that you could buy wine and beer at supermarkets in NZ but this silly practice has appeared while I was gallivanting around other countries.  It SUCKS!

 
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