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Good Manners In Grocery Shopping
A GOOD LOOK AT "PARADISE"
There was a time in our country
when shopping for groceries in stores like the one above, was pure "heaven on earth." Store managers were nicer. Customers respected each other. And there were no fights over a cheaper rump roast found by one woman out of ten. Those, my shopping friends, were the days. In my hometown, Hamilton, Alabama, when I was six, there was a Yellow Front, Jitney Jungle and a Green's Market. All of these grocery stores looked and smelled like grocery stores should and were managed the way grocery stores should be managed. All had successful business histories. And as I grew older, I made it my personal goal to find out the "real" reason or reasons as to why these, and most early grocery stories went over so well with the American shopper.
This grocery store from 1887
was one of the first stores in our country to sell groceries. Needed-items such as flour, salt, coffee and canned goods for the American homemaker. There wasn't any pushy-clerks, managers with "power trip" attitudes or rude customers. It was a friendly place to shop. No wonder the owner of this vintage establishment made so much money.
There was just something special about
early grocery stores in their infancy. Notice the windows how they act as ads telling the would-be customers passing by what was on sale and what prices of the items were. Stores such as this one only sold groceries. Meats, produce and canned goods. No confusing contests to jam the aisles. No loud cursing from customers. And soft music over the store sound system that made grocery shopping a pleasure more than a task. I miss those early grocery stores. Today in 2012, I can easily get lost in those combo department-grocery stores rolled into one. Why don't someone start a "vintage, small-town grocery store comeback"?
There is a mystery in this photo
of this young man standing beside a grocery display in the store where he works probably after school and on Saturday's. Go on. Look closely and soon you will see what I am talking about. These young men were grocery clerks. And displays like this were all over the stores where they worked. I loved it. (IF YOU CANNOT SEE THE MYSTERY, I WILL REVEAL THE ANSWER AT THE END OF THIS HUB.).
Remember careful shoppers
those women (and men) who actually took their time to find the very-best bargains? What happened? Today it's like a "rat race" to go grocery shopping. More like "survival of the fittest" as shoppers pay no attention to you and run you down with their carts while reading coupons to themselves. Please. Won't someone give "careful shopper" lessons? Again?
Main Complaints of Grocery Shoppers in 2012
- Crowded stores
- Shelves not stocked correctly
- Floors not cleaned properly
- Outdated food items still on shelves
- Rude store employees
- Disinterested store managers
- Limited selections
- Not enough employees to handle long lines of shoppers
Now for Some Sensible Grocery Store Manners
- Always show courtesy. Let the older shoppers go first. And let shoppers whose shopping carts have more than yours, go first in line.
- Never yell at a store employee. It is not his or her fault for the store not stocking your favorite brand. It's yours for not telling the upper management.
- Always take your time. No telling at the bargains yoy have walked by to just save some time when you shop for groceries.
- And if a person beats you to a bargain, be the bigger person and let them have it. Their family may be without anything to eat.
- Always think before pushing your cart around a corner for there might be an unsuspecting shopper coming in your direction.
- Never get involved in a ruckus between a disgruntled shopper and a store employee. Minding your own business will serve you much better.
- Be polite. If someone asks you where they will find the potted meat, just smile and tell them. Even show them if you really want to be a mannerable grocery shopper.
- Be kind to our senior shoppers. They deserve it for the contributions they have made to our society.
- Avoid the temptation of frowning at a child who is "acting up," for his or her parent may be having a bad day. And your complaint may make it worse.
- Keep your small talk to a minimum when you get to the cashier. She has enough to keep up with. Smile and ask politely, "how are you?" and gently unload your grocery cart.
- Watch out for and be kind to guide dogs who are helping a handicapped shopper do the same thing you are doing. Shopping.
You can do your part
in keeping the check-out aisle in your grocery store looking like this one, free of customers jamming-up against each other like loading cattle. Just by following my few simple "Manners For Grocery Shopping" that I have conventiently listed above. Make your grocery shopping a pleasant event. Just be mannerable.
* NOTE: as promised, I said that if you couldn't figure out the mystery in the photo in this hub of the grocery clerk standing beside his display . . .well, the mystery is HIS SMILE. That's right. HIS SMILE. You seldom see grocery store employees wearing a smile in 2012.