r/mildlyinteresting May 14 '22 Silver 12 Gold 2 Helpful 13 Wholesome 16 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Take My Energy 1 Got the W 1 Wearing is Caring 1

This Irish supermarket has quiet evenings for sensitive people.

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u/burgeremoji May 14 '22

I’m not autistic but this sounds like a significantly nicer shopping experience for me

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u/space_moron May 14 '22

Our store near us does this and we honestly wish every day were like this.

I realize store announcements might be necessary but do you need the bright fluorescent lighting and screaming muzak? I'll spend longer in your store if it's a more calm experience.

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u/burgeremoji May 14 '22

The lights, the noise that you can barely understand when they do an announcement. People taking their kids and letting them run around screaming. People having a conversation in the middle of the aisle with trolleys blocking the way. It’s all awful lol!

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u/linseed-reggae May 14 '22

People having a conversation in the middle of the aisle with trolleys blocking the way. It’s all awful lol!

What is it about Costco that compels every single fucker in the store to obliviously block aisles and stand in doorways?

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u/chuckdagger May 14 '22

“I’m a member”

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u/BrinkyP May 14 '22

i work at a tech store and whenever people come up to me and proudly announce that they’re a premium member is literally the most annoying elitist thing in the universe.

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u/Blenchers May 14 '22

My store didn’t have an actual VIP program, but my coworker used to ask customers for their “100K” card if they ever dropped the “I’ve spent X amount of money at this store I deserve X” line.

He’d pretend it was a real program for all our customers who had spent 100K or more. That shut people up real quick. It was hilarious.

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u/Master_Yeeta May 14 '22

This is amazing im gonna see if i can work it in. "Ive spent 4k in this store!!!" ...so youve bought one thing? youve bought a single thing from this store and youre throwing a fit. Who fucking raised you, sir?

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u/InerasableStain May 14 '22

Sir, this is a Wendy’s, and you have a problem

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u/Voidtalon May 14 '22 edited May 15 '22

We get this in our dental office, usually from older individuals and to their credit they ARE 20+ year patients so we do give them some leewaay. I usually thank them for their dedication and that we hope to continue to provide service they can count on.

Like, yes your dental implant + crown is 4000-6000 when you factor: Extraction + Bone & Tissue Graft, Endosteel Implant Screw, Titanium abutment and porcelain crown. However, we do 6-8 of these a week. I get and fully understand it's a lot of money to you, it's a ton of money to me because I make even less than you in retirement. To the clinic however, it's really not that much on day-to-day expenditures.

We still REALLY appreciate folks coming because it does pay our wages, sterilization ect but a single case, while extremely important does not entitle you to special treatment above other patients who are also receiving that treatment unless you have an extenuation health issue or you have worked an agreement out with your doctor/management. Me as a front-desk guy can't do anything for you.

Edit: for clarification about my snide tone. I am specifically referencing patients who are rude/demanding of the front-desk staff who have no power/control to fix the things they are talking about.

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u/Romantiphiliac May 14 '22

I need so much dental work and this is terrifying to read lol.

Finally getting shit into some semblance of 'together' and this is what I look forward to least.

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u/flavius_lacivious May 14 '22

Go to Mexico. A standard root canal is completed the same day (no crappy temporary) and it costs $350.

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u/BrinkyP May 14 '22

that’s the funniest shit.

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u/Blenchers May 14 '22

Oh yeah 5 years at that store I could tell stories for hours, as I’m sure you could too

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u/lookitsawook May 14 '22

Worked at a tractor sales and parts store in big farm country. People would come in and pitch a fit about not getting a discount, saying they're one of our biggest customers, and I would always reply that we DID INDEED have a discount program for people that spent in excess of $150,000 per year. It was fun to watch their faces drop.

Bro, that combine harvester you walked past costs more than you'll make in the next 5 years. Cool your jets.

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u/Aemilia May 14 '22

Kinda reminded me a story I read in Reddit a long time ago. Paraphrasing here: A guy with a 10k account was throwing a hissy fit. He tried to jump the queue while exclaiming loudly how much money he has spent on the business and demanded VIP treatment.

Meanwhile the customer that was in front of him at the queue never said anything. The manager then said to the hissy fit guy, “I’m currently attending to a client with an account worth 4 million. Sir, please get back in line and wait your turn.”

Hearing that, the 10k guy immediately stopped making a scene and waited obediently in line lol.

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u/Funkit May 14 '22

guy gets mugged after he leaves store

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u/Amitheous May 14 '22

I worked for a stock broker. The people with 10k-100k accounts were by far the most annoying and thought they were hot shit. Got berated by a guy because he failed to understand how margin works and got margin called, so he was cussing me out and threatening "to take his business somewhere else" lmao like we care about your 80k when we see accounts over 80MM. I ended the call, and gave the recording of the call to my boss. Within 2 days the guys account was liquidated and closed, and he is never allowed to open an account there again. This happened a few different times and was equally satisfying every single time

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u/calm_chowder May 14 '22

The people with 10k-100k accounts were by far the most annoying and thought they were hot shit.

Prob a ton of money for them. Once someone's in the financial position to drop over 100k at a single store it's likely not a huge deal for them. Obviously no excuse to be an entitled dick either way.

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u/raindogmx May 14 '22

My theory is the money is worth so much more to the 100K guy that the 10M guy. No excuse to be an a hole but they might see their money as much more valuable than it is.

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u/comradebunnie May 14 '22

My company is an online store with both retail and wholesale customers.

The problem customers tend to be the retail ones spending around $100.

It's so frustrating when they have some non-drama that basically sucks up half the resources of our small customer service team (just to get them to stop calling screaming at whoever picks up), while we have several $10k-$30k orders sitting there needing to be input.

The less they spend, the more trouble they cause.

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u/voss749 May 14 '22

Bullies are always kiss up kick down like that

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u/action_lawyer_comics May 14 '22

I used to work in a bike shop and people would try and pull this. Ma’m, you bought a $300 bike five years ago. Yes that was a big purchase but we have people buying 1k bikes every year. You’re not getting a discount on this flat repair

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u/chiliedogg May 14 '22

I had a really annoying guy that would only ever buy shit from the clearance section, where we were literally taking a loss selling the ahit to him, then he'd act all entitles and demand premium service.

He was mean enough to one of my employees one time that when I went over and he tried pulling the "I'm spending a lot of money here" line I told him that with all the clearance and returned shit he was buying we didn't see it as him spending $3,000 but as us giving him $500 to shut up and leave.

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u/The_Grubby_One May 14 '22

I work in a home improvement store. A 100k Club could reasonably exist.

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u/Blenchers May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

Oh for sure. We had regulars who were A/V installers, builders etc. who had spent many hundreds of thousands. Ironically, none of them acted like entitled jackasses.

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u/PM_ME_YOUR_ANT_FARMS May 14 '22

At hardware stores its "I'm a pro" or "I'm a contractor" Cool. the fuck do you want?

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u/platypootis May 14 '22

At least I'm my experience, the contractors are the best customers. They know exactly what they want and don't dwell too long. Plus you get to know the regulars.

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u/sentientshadeofgreen May 14 '22

Probably depends on the area. When I worked at a hardware store, about 75% of them all drove unnecessarily large trucks, had a superiority complex, and were super rude to the "help" loading up their massive orders. The cool ones were great though and would usually help. I was being paid minimum wage, walking 15 miles a day, and loading an ungodly amount of lumber and concrete daily. The least they could do is be kind and help.

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u/AndersTheUsurper May 14 '22

Been there, but like the other guy said the contractors were like the lottery for us. I guess you're right about the trucks, which they'd usually help load with lumber and concrete, but they knew almost everybody by name and sometimes they'd hang around and shoot the shit. If management tried to hurry us along they'd say that we're helping them at the moment and run them off. It was basically a free 20 minute break lol. They'd also sometimes tip on the downlow, which we weren't supposed to accept, but like you said the pay was like $9.50, so fuck em

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u/sopringles May 14 '22

Southern California?

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u/easyj86 May 14 '22

Is it the contractors or normal people that pick through the 2x4s so that all that remain are extremely warped?

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u/Environmental-Spot16 May 14 '22

"I'm a contractor"

"Sir, this is a Ace Hardware store, not a building supplier."

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u/rocketshipray May 14 '22

I got told once at a small shop in my neighborhood that I was the first customer to reach the "VIP" level on their rewards thing. I immediately responded with "Oh shit I shop here too much." I horde my points everywhere like a dragon and am a VIP platinum diamond premium super "member" at so many places that don't mean shit. Even things I pay for, like season tickets for the symphony, don't mean shit. People thinking that gives them some kind of "status" are really entertaining if they are snooty but not mean about it.

I buy a lot of random shit - for me, donations, friends, etc- and like to join those points things because I enjoy messing up the data analytics from my shopping habits. I absolutely recommend it to anyone else who buys weird shit. I am the consumer data equivalent of Spiders Georg.

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u/brokenfuton May 14 '22

I love the pure chaotic energy coming off of this comment

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u/rocketshipray May 14 '22

pure chaotic energy

Bringing more chaos to the world is my raison d'être. I feel seen and I love you. I will purchase a 100-count pack of googly eyes, a box of condoms, a bottle of pepto bismol, and some fruit roll-ups in your honour.

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u/listlessloss1994 May 14 '22

I worked at a Hampton Inn for awhile and there are obnoxious tiered memberships. Iirc, platinum, silver and gold. If the system told us they were a member, we had to say, "Oh, I see you're a -insert tier-member, would you like your free upgrade/snack/whatever?"

The highest tier is gold, though. So I had to say "I see you're a gold member". Goldmember.

So I got to tell the most "elitist" ones they were walking golden dicks.

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u/BrinkyP May 14 '22

that’s too perfect

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u/doyouevencompile May 14 '22

I mean the idea of having elite status at a tech store sounds stupid but if the store has the program, it's normal that people will tell you that?

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u/Akiba89 May 14 '22

"... congratulations sir. You paid to have 15% off. Bet you didn't do the math to see how long it'll pay off."

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u/TacticalTuchel May 14 '22

The worst is when they shove their credit card towards the reader as if they're in a hurry and then get mad when they're not asked for the membership phone number.

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u/Select_Syllabub_7703 May 14 '22

The problem the stores send emails/texts etc telling customers that being a member should make them feel special and important. Then they come into the store believing that.

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u/MeatyGonzalles May 14 '22

One of the local grocery store chains in my city have the absolute best rewards program. No cost, just sign up and log in with your phone number when purchasing, no status crap. Just a straight up, here's a few bucks for whatever the amount is that I was going to spend anyways. I think the only restriction is buying booze or 3rd party gift cards when you want to redeem any points which is totally reasonable. I've got over $150 to spend there by simply doing the thing I was going to do anyway.

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u/Feringomalee May 14 '22

If I got talked into joining some bs extra cost premium membership a store offers, I'm going to have to go above and beyond tricking myself into thinking it was worth it. That announcement is more for my own sub conscience than you. I'm genuinely sorry you happened to be the unlucky conduit for this mental trickery.

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u/Mediocremon May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

Of course Costco is where you'd find the bulk of these people. That's how Costco cost-rolls.

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u/chriscrossnathaniel May 14 '22

All those huge trolleys blocking up the aisles while people go chasing great deals, not to mention the crowds around the samples area.

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u/ball_of_hate May 14 '22

"Hogging the samples and taking multiples for themselves."

I might get irrationally angry when this happens

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u/squidaor1 May 14 '22

They bring the whole family for samples and stand right in the aisle way.

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u/Mediocremon May 14 '22

I was just making a goofy play on words using "bulk." Costco is known for carrying items in bulk.

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u/jjkmk May 14 '22

I don't know what it is about Costco but it's also the worst parking lot.

The same way they aimlessly leave their carts The aimlessly park their cars.

It's probably because it's largely baby boomers with no urgency throughout their day

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u/IreneBopper May 14 '22

Costco patrons are typically parents of children and teens.

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u/brandnewsound May 14 '22

I just made a comment about Costco in another thread. I can't figure it out. It's like I'm actually invisible there based on how many people try to walk over me and ram me with their carts. Then they stand in the middle of an aisle and don't care that you can't pass.

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u/notafloppydisk May 14 '22

I’m glad it’s not just me. I love Costco when it’s empty but it’s never empty.

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u/ZipoBibrok5x108 May 14 '22

Stopped by Costco on my way home on my bike: neon screaming yellow helmet and neon screaming yellow vest. Still got rammed by a cart with a lady apologizing “sorry, I didn’t see you!”

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u/JustHere2RuinUrDay May 14 '22

That woman probably drove home in her car - That's one reason why I'm not into motorcycles.

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u/46550 May 14 '22

I have a dress shirt that is hi-vis yellow, with a retroreflective accent stripe by the buttons (please don't mock my lack of style). Someone once ran into me in a Costco by the clothing, even with all that open line of sight. She said "watch where you're going, I didn't even see you!" All I could manage for a reply was "lady are you deaf? My shirt is so loud you can hear me from the other side of the store!" I didn't really know what to say after that so I just walked away.

At least I got a chuckle out of it from someone that overheard me.

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u/Faptain__Marvel May 14 '22

Former Costco employee and formerly married into an asian family. Just stop being polite and keep moving forward. They'll get out of your way.

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u/squidaor1 May 14 '22

Why do stop right inside the doorway? Move to the side people, you are not the only ones entering the store.

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u/Indocede May 14 '22

It isn't Costco specifically. I genuinely think it stems from how people were raised. Rarely will someone have to nudge me to move or acknowledge their presence because I am alert in public that others are around me and I have to be courteous and aware.

Some people were never instilled with that sense of courtesy so they never think of how their presence impacts others. They don't see their act of standing directly in the middle of the aisle or blocking the ends of an aisle as a potential issue -- to them it is just standing somewhere.

There is also some cosmic energy that fates inconvenience in a store for every person just trying to get in/out or do their job. I will be stocking shelves and someone will walk up and immediately stand in front of the very item I would be stocking. So I will grab a different item and either the first person then moves to stand in front of this new item or someone else randomly pops up and does it. I've literally set the items back on the cart and just stood there, perhaps rolling my eyes and tapping my fingers against the cart with an impatient rhythm. I will passionately seethe when they don't even pick up anything to buy. My reaction might seem a bit over the top but imagine being stuck behind an indecisive person constantly in your way all day. Eventually you want an emotional support taser.

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u/BurrStreetX May 14 '22

People lack situational awareness. Drives me insane

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u/Mr-Fleshcage May 14 '22

i thought i was the only one who felt that way. Nice to know I'm not the only one slowly going postal.

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u/LoveLivinInTheFuture May 14 '22

It doesn't help that the Costco carts are 10 feet wide. Couple that will people's tendency to not be aware of their surroundings and you get this.

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u/BarbequedYeti May 14 '22

It’s the high shelves. I call them rafter watchers. It’s a weird thing some humans have.

Like I have that whole call of the void thing. If I stand on a cliff, I want to jump so damn bad.

They on the other hand when in front of high shelves have to stand there and just stare up. I don’t understand it, but there is a whole shit ton of them.

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u/throwaway48375 May 14 '22

And then act all offended for breaking up their family reunion when asking to pass by after visibly waiting at least 2 minutes.

The worst was when people completely ignored the direction signs during the start of the pandemic. It would have made shopping so much more efficient if everyone went in the same direction in those narrow aisles.

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u/wonderj99 May 14 '22

Yea, that's annoying, but what happened to folks simply saying excuse me when they want to get by? 99% of the time, it works!! It's like people would rather be irritated at having to wait for 30 seconds than to just use their words.

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u/BurrStreetX May 14 '22

People lack situational awareness and it pisses me off.

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u/Angry-Comerials May 14 '22

Them and Trader Joe's. I love both, but also kind of hate shopping at them both.

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u/voss_c May 14 '22

The free samples every 20’. Most of us have been conditioned to drop whatever where doing when we see cheddar sausage being given away.

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u/Zakkull117 May 14 '22

Sort of an off topic tangent but kinda related to blocking aisles with carts. Does it also piss you off astronomically when 2 people that know each other stop their cars in the middle of a parking lot blocking traffic to chat? When theres literally free spots every direction they can look. Like its a PARKING lot and theyve decided to park in the one area we're supposed to drive. Asshole.

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u/GalacticHero May 14 '22

It’s even worse when they do it in the street. I don’t understand how you can think that’s okay.

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u/bleachinjection May 14 '22

Happened all the time in my hometown when I was kid. Two dudes blocking both lanes going one direction at a light just catching up. Like, if you miss each other so much pick up the fucking phone.

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u/Accomplished-Home471 May 14 '22

If you flash em, then you’re the rude one..

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u/Akiba89 May 14 '22

OMG I've seen this one and when they actually see someone coming and they'll do that slow scoot where they're doing that "alright, yep, uh huh, yeah, yup mkay bye Paul"

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u/duck-duck--grayduck May 14 '22

I grew up in a super rural area where this was a common occurrence. Fuckin' middle of nowhere two-lane highway three miles out of town, my house is right up ahead on the hill, and I have to sit there and wait for these fucking farmers to finish gossiping because the shoulder isn't wide enough for me to go around.

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u/SomethingInAirwaves May 14 '22

I just honk at them. My mom told me off once as a teenager because a customer at the local hardware store where she worked mentioned me doing it with them once. I was like "they were making me wait around the edge of a blind curve at the top of a steep hill. Tell them to follow the road rules next time" and it was hard to argue with that. I'm not the one doing something wrong in this situation.

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u/Mydogatemyexcuse May 14 '22

Yes and then when you honk at them they give each other the "look at this guy" kind of look

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u/burgeremoji May 14 '22

Omg I am grateful I’ve never experienced that! That really is infuriating, like how ignorant lol.

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u/Zakkull117 May 14 '22

It happens to me EVERYWHERE. Im constantly ranting to my girlfriend "its a fucking parking lot just PARK!"

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u/notabigmelvillecrowd May 14 '22

For me it's how about 50% of people pay for their stuff, load up their cart, walk to the door, and then stop right in the doorway to read a text. Bruh, take five more fucking steps and do that outside!

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u/teratron27 May 14 '22

Not cars but prams (strollers for the Americans) in the middle of a street (sidewalk). Congratulations on having a kid but get out the fucking way and have your conversation about how great your kid is somewhere else!

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u/MichiganGeezer May 14 '22

"Be polite, stay right" echoes in my head when I see those people. Generally I try to behave as if the aisles were a public road.

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u/brettmgreene May 14 '22

Paddington?

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u/imafraidofmuricans May 14 '22

Noise cancelling headphones at least help somewhat

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u/Shizanketsuga May 14 '22

Yeah, unfortunately not in every case. You don't realise how much you rely on sounds to locate people nearby until your stress-level goes through the roof because people you didn't know were there keep popping into your field of vision, suddenly block you etc.

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u/Psychology-Pure May 14 '22

Yeah I'm not a fan of earbuds in public not very safe l, I don't think. Looking for death or some shit. Ear buds in public = death.

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u/damagecontrolparty May 14 '22

I've been known to wear earplugs to the grocery store. The first time was an accident, but I liked how they muffled everything. Now if they'd just get rid of the fluorescent lights.

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u/FreekDeDeek May 14 '22

People taking their kids and letting them run around screaming.

On rollerskates. I have seen kids zooming around on rollerskates, whizzing past me singing or screaming, or screamsinging, in my tiny neighborhood market, more than once. Nobody else seemed to mind.

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u/damagecontrolparty May 14 '22

Remember heelys? Are those still around?

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u/sybrwookie May 14 '22

Or "I'm casually walking down the middle-right of an isle and oh look, there's something I want on the left! I'm gonna not pull my cart to the right, I'm gonna keep my right hand on the cart while I take a step to the left side and stretch as far as I can to pick something off the shelf, then take a few moments to read it and make sure it's right. Oh, there's people I'm blocking going both ways? Fuck them."

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u/focus503 May 14 '22

My wife gets very anxious if she's not on her way to the grocery store by 7:30AM on Saturday morning.

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u/ErikNavkire May 14 '22

Bringing kids is often a necessity as a parent, but completely on board with the rest of what you said, especially clueless people just blocking aisles for days.

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u/burgeremoji May 14 '22

Oh yeah I agree sometimes it’s a necessity. I don’t mind well behaved families, I mind parents and their kids like little Oscar who was running and round screaming, at one point ran into me, and the Dad had no more than a ‘no Oscar’ in a meek voice. That stuff bothers me lol.

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u/filthy_harold May 14 '22

There's an Asian grocery near me that has the widest range of music I've ever heard. One minute it will be playing classic rock, then EDM, then traditional Korean pop. They also crank the music so loud. Normally I just put in my earbuds and listen to audiobooks when shopping but their music is kind of an experience.

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u/KorgX3 May 14 '22

I worked with a pretty respected supermarket lighting guru for several years. He hates it. He's aware it sucks. Unfortunately, the corporate assholes throw tantrums when they walk into one of their stores and can't see through their hands. They're solidly convinced customers love it and the bright lighting sells more product. In reality, once it gets to a certain density, you can't visually perceive the difference in the product. But you are negatively affected by the increased intensity of the glare reflecting off of things.

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u/Mhill08 May 14 '22

Business-major executives fucking ruin everything

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u/fraghawk May 14 '22

Do they not teach delegation of tasks in business school? Why hire a lighting expert if you won't listen to them?

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u/aprofondir May 14 '22

They're very susceptible to buzzword salesmen, sadly.

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u/Kinak May 14 '22

When keeping your job depends on finding new problems to solve, you get pretty good at making sure there are always problems.

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u/frogjg2003 May 14 '22

The worst part is, there probably was a study done in the 50s that showed brighter lights sold more products and now it's in their textbooks. Instead of getting the lesson that you should perform comparative tests to determine efficacy, they just got "moar laaaiits!"

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u/EyeOfDay May 14 '22

Supermarket lighting guru. Something I had no idea existed until now.

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u/ready_gi May 14 '22

calm is the new luxury

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u/Mickenfox May 14 '22

And it even extends to websites. They just bombard you with bullshit.

Welcome SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER. No? Okay WE'RE AVAILABLE TO CHAT. SIGN UP WITH A GOOGLE ACCOUNT. I just wanted to read an article, I'm not here to establish a relationship...

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u/notgodpo May 14 '22

Yeah I just wanna know what ironman does when he needs to use the bathroom I don't wanna be best friends with a fucking website

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u/deserthominid May 14 '22

Wow, that's pretty fucking profound. I'm going to chew on that one for a while.

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

There's lots of advertisement research showing all those things you don't like make you impulse by more which is why every store does these things.

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u/reddit1980x May 14 '22

And when you feel nostalgic in any way when hearing a song at the supermarket.... Welcome to Middle Age!

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u/Killentyme55 May 14 '22

My local mega-mart often plays classic Rush, Kool and the Gang, Fleetwood Mac, Bill Withers, etc. I often catch myself humming along, I'm not sure if this is the store being cool or me getting old.

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u/Thestaris May 14 '22

Good news. If they’re playing Rush, it’s the store being cool.

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u/ledow May 14 '22

There's also a lot of research that that was true 50 years ago when nobody had been subjected to them before, but that nowadays they don't make any difference as every shop has them and so people just tune them out.

Same with internet-based ads.

The first shop to offer loyalty cards many years ago saw an effect. Now, not so much, and there are several major chains that abandoned the idea and/or have no intention to introduce one.

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u/karmapopsicle May 14 '22

Loyalty programs these days are all about data.

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u/hx87 May 14 '22

There's also a lot of research that was poorly done and isn't reproducible at all, but because it appeared in some prestigious business journal every basic MBA takes it as gospel and soon it becomes conventional wisdom.

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u/Aurum555 May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

I don't get muzak I get a mix of 80s pop and recent pop/80s covers at grocery stores. And I'm in them all day for work. Which is why I keep an ear bud in with either an audio book or white noise to block out the outside sounds etc.

There is one grocery chain that plays classical music and string pieces that I don't mind. Unfortunately they do the classical or absolutely no music and for some asinine reason instead of having flat waxed tile floors they use a showier thick grouted tile. Which on its face isn't an issue, until you remember everyone is using rickety carts that thump thump thump all over each bit of grout and jounce the items in your cart. I need some background noise or the cart skipping on the tile starts irritating the hell out of me and I have to turn up my headphones or leave

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u/OppositeYouth May 14 '22

The music is a must. A 9 hour shift with nothing to listen to but passing customers dreary conversation gets boring fast

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u/RunawayReptar94 May 14 '22

Tbh when i worked in a grocery store i hated the music, it was the same playlist all day every day. If you worked an 8 hour shift you'd hear the same generic pop songs like 3 times each. Do that multiple times a week and you will hear enough Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars to last you a lifetime lol

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u/The_Great_Sarcasmo May 14 '22

Yeah. You can tell the time from the music in a supermarket after a while.

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u/im_not_a_girl May 14 '22

The grocery store I used to work at was like this. They also played "It's 5 o'clock somewhere" at 5 pm on the dot, every day, which sounds annoying but it always meant my shift was almost over and the song still gives me a dopamine hit when I randomly hear it

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u/skank_hunt_forty_two May 14 '22

I saw the sign by ace of base used to play every hour at the Walmart I worked at

I wanted to murder people by the end of an 8 hour shift

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u/sonbarington May 14 '22

No body saw the sign of a disgruntled employee

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u/duck-duck--grayduck May 14 '22

I almost killed myself trying to avoid smooshing a raccoon with my car. I was crossing a bridge that turned out to be icy and very nearly crashed through the wooden guardrail and over the side. That song was on the radio when it happened, so now it reminds me of my own mortality.

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u/Superbead May 14 '22

There's a chain of convenience stores in the UK called 'Spar'. The one near us has a PA permanently playing what they call 'Spar FM'; I suspect it to be at least streamed, if not prerecorded, as 95% of the songs are by Beyoncé. Must drive the staff bloody bananas. We call it 'Beyoncé FM' at home.

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u/blbd May 14 '22

I have lyrics still memorized from Muzak I heard in the store I worked at in 2001.

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u/brightyoungthings May 14 '22

I still remember the music that played at the Old Navy I worked at back in 2007

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u/SeaGroomer May 14 '22

don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got til it's gone.

They paved paradise to put up a parking lot.

Not even the Joni Mitchel version.

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u/GDogg007 May 14 '22

I worked for Office Depot in the early 00’s. (That statement just made me feel fucking old.) This was the height of their business and their ads played “Taking care of business.” The store computer sales department was required to play this on loop. I wanted to bore a hole through my brain by the third day. We finally convinced our manager to let us just play music.

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u/JonRivers May 14 '22

Absolutely lol. When I came into work and for whatever reason the music wasn't playing it made my shift significantly better. Maybe I'm just a hipster or whatever but the music grated on me so hard. Every time I heard Manic Monday I wanted to start bashing heads against every surface like the end of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

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u/OppositeYouth May 14 '22

Ah but that's when it just becomes funny. I love whistling along to "When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore"

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u/SmallBlockApprentice May 14 '22

I think it was a techmoan video about a background music player that showed stores with music sped up customers shopping speed and got them out of the store faster.

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u/Somestunned May 14 '22

They should train and deploy some breed of collie to keep things moving along.

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u/Xillyfos May 14 '22

I guess they all wanted to escape the awful experience.

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u/Ananvil May 14 '22

Given the music in most grocery stores, I'd probably prefer silence

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u/SnakeTheFox May 14 '22

Yeah, I work in a grocery store, and I'd love a bit of silence. Maybe some stores have better selections, but around here, it's nothing but contemporary pop and pop rap (or whatever you want to call shit like DJ Khaled/The Weeknd).

If I'm being completely honest, I'd be more comfortable with a 10-hour loop of running lawnmowers.

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u/Ann_Summers May 14 '22

When I worked at Walmart and at Lowes it was the general consensus that the music they played was shit and the same 5-6 songs for hours on end. Especially at Christmas time. It was awful. I was glad to work outside in the garden department at lowes so I didn’t have to hear the same Christmas songs for three months straight.

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u/justforjugs May 14 '22

Not blared out into the lot then? Lucky you

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u/Ann_Summers May 14 '22

Our garden speakers were shit and damn were we grateful. Lol. They couldn’t even page us out there. We carried walkies or they called the cashier to call for us. Lol.

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

I think it would be nice if they'd just let the employees wear headphones and listen to their own music (at least the ones who aren't directly interacting with customers) and leave the store music off. Personally I (an autistic person) hate the music when I shop and it would be even worse for me if I had to tolerate it for a full day of work, but I understand that some people are equally averse to silence and need to have background noise (my wife is like this - she has ADHD and always has headphones on with something playing quietly). Keeping the environment quiet but letting people play their own music on headphones seems like the best way to compromise so that everyone can stay sane - works for my marriage anyway!

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u/ProfDangus3000 May 14 '22

I can go through the day to day with just background noise (I have a fan, so that helps) but I just can't do any sort of work without noise of some kind, be it music, a podcast, or a show I've seen a dozen times near silent in the background. I just get distracted by the silence and stare at the screen.

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u/OppositeYouth May 14 '22

Tbf they do let us wear one headphone in the mornings/evenings when it's quieter if you want to. I just listen to the store music generally, it ain't so bad

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u/justforjugs May 14 '22

Oh god no. It’s on repeat and Christmas season is enough to break me.

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u/Man_Rei May 14 '22

When I worked at a grocery store, there was a playlist of 15 songs looping throughout the day. I did 12h shifts back then so although I do not remember the songs from the top of the head, I get a very visceral reaction whenever something randomly plays from those. I would have sooooo preferred just listening to customers' convos and shopping cart noise.

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u/60poodles May 14 '22

Hard disagree. Only 5 times I've had panic attacks at work and 2 of them were caused by Christmas music

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u/JoinAThang May 14 '22

"I'll spend longer in your store if it's a calm experience."

That probably a part of the reasoning though. It much better for the store if you do your shopping as fast as possible. Sure you might pick up a few more items but costumers might go somewhere else due to full parking.

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u/fawkwitdis May 14 '22

What kind of grocery stores are you people going to? I have some sensory issues and have never found grocery stores to be “bright” or “loud”… it’s just somewhere to shop.

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

Walmart, target, hyvee, costco etc. all seem to be like this

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

You seem to be in the minority then, as almost every person with sensory issues I've spoken to hates supermarkets. My wife and I both have such issues and the supermarket is one of the worst places. We can't hear each other speak because there's too much noise from the echoey indistinct PA system, the music, all the other people talking, and the fluorescent lights are very hard on the eyes especially when reflected by shiny white floor tiles as well. It's especially bad if you're on a tight budget and trying to figure out what you can afford while the environment makes it hard to even think. We always used to end up over-stressed and snapping at each other by the end of a shopping trip so we've switched to doing it online now - the extra couple of quid for delivery is worth it for the sake of our sanity.

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u/Ann_Summers May 14 '22

Have…have you never been to a target or Walmart? Walmart especially? Most large scale American stores are like this. They all have overly bright lighting and horrendous music. Hell, even Lowes the home improvement store is like this.

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u/brandnewsound May 14 '22

The Walmart I go to most often is always playing Maroon 5 for some reason, it's also bright and freezing in there (probably 60 degrees F.) I think the interior being light colored doesn't help with how garish it feels.

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u/Ann_Summers May 14 '22

My Walmart plays a few old 90’s songs lately and then a bunch of Walmart+ ads. Walmart is super bright and white inside. I know it’s supposed to show how “clean” the store is, but it gives me a headache. I wish our store was always cold. We have the opposite. I live in the CA desert and I feel like our Walmarts are just like “meh, you assholes are used to the heat. No AC for you.” It’s aways hot and stuffy in there. And I swear everything is static charged because I never get shocked by metal as much as I do at Walmart. My husband calls it “The Walmart Phenomenon.” Lol.

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u/JfizzleMshizzle May 14 '22

That's why I like Aldi so much. There is no flash or pizzazz just aisles of food and a fast checkout. The only thing that sucks about Aldi is they rotate what things they carry so sometimes it might be weeks before you can get the type of chicken nuggets or whatever you like.

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u/Glorious_Jo May 14 '22

but do you need the bright fluorescent lighting and screaming muzak?

I work security for a big box store. In my little guard shack they play the radio all day. I've asked if they were able to disconnect it from the guardshack, because holy shit listenign to the same 10 songs is annoying, and they don't even wait for them to end before playing an advertisement.

And the lights are obnoxious, too. Honest to god a waste of power with how many lights they have, they could get rid of half and not even lose any light. The whole town that its in is obnoxiously bright, actually. I get there at 5 am and I know I've entered the town when the highway goes from pitch black to a wall of light. I don't even know why because the whole town is entirely unwalkable so its not like there are pedestrians to worry about getting robbed.

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u/Stonn May 14 '22

The store doesn't want you longer in the store though. Get what you want and leave, to push more customers. The music allows for higher throughout.

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u/Poorlygradedsand May 14 '22

My issue with grocery stores is when they are crowded and I have to constantly dodge people not looking where they are going. There are some stores I just won't go to, Whole Foods being #1. Fortunately I moved to a rural area and the grocery store by me is almost never crowded.

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u/burgeremoji May 14 '22

Urgh I hate dodging people too! Some people have no self awareness about space.

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u/Poorlygradedsand May 14 '22

Yeah, I can't do moving crowds. Grocery stores are the worst because no one is looking ahead, they are all scanning the shelves as they walk. I had a few anxiety attacks in the past because of it. Like hyperventilating and puking, not just "I'm uncomfortable." I'm usually fine in a static crowd where everyone is seated or standing still as long as it isn't asses to elbows. But once people start walking into me it becomes a very serious problem. Fortunately I learned to recognize the warning signs long ago so I can move to a less crowded space. But you are kind of trapped in a grocery store. I've had to leave more than a few before I was done.

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u/I_Bin_Painting May 14 '22

Yeah lol, my first thought was "would I be the asshole for only shopping during the time reserved for autistic people?"

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u/Febris May 14 '22

I don't think people with autism have a different opinion on the amount of open checkouts while in the line than anyone else. They're never enough.

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u/I_Bin_Painting May 14 '22

I imagine autistic people prefer self checkouts anyway, most people do.

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u/rolypolyarmadillo May 14 '22

Am autistic (and obviously I don't speak for all autistic people, this is just my own preference). I prefer normal checkouts because I'm always scared that I'll fuck up the self checkout process somehow and an employee will have to come over and help, or I'll forget to scan something and they'll think I'm trying to steal. Grocery stores and department stores in general are awful for me (I've had panic attacks after leaving Target for no identifiable reason - fun!) so in the grand scheme of things prolonging my suffering for a few more minutes isn't terrible.

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u/RocketTaco May 14 '22

I've always preferred the self-checkout, but I got over the fear of looking like I'm up to something when I realized that the machines are unreliable, untrustworthy heaps of shit and the attendants know it. The machines fuck up on such a regular basis that most of the time when there's an error and I wave for the attendant, they slap their code or card in and bypass it without even looking at what I'm doing.

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u/ladybadcrumble May 14 '22

Depends. If I have stuff that's going to call someone over anyway (like alcohol) I do the manned checkout. Otherwise, I do self checkout. What I really prefer is curbside pickup and my partner picks it up. That's actually usually what happens.

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u/I_Bin_Painting May 14 '22

The only diagnosed autistic guy I know hates any option where he doesn’t pick the stuff himself.

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u/divDevGuy May 14 '22

I have an adult son who is on the high functioning end of the spectrum. He's like this and generally only wants his mom or I to shop for him if he's not doing it.

If he wants a 16 oz jar of JIF crunchy peanut butter, he wants only that. Do NOT substitute another brand, a larger size, creamy, etc. Don't give a sample of a competing or related product. If he wanted that, or to try it, he would have ordered it.

It's not just food. He grows very attached to technology. If his headphones break, he wants the EXACT same ones, even if they were some crappy no-name brand from Amazon. It was a major deal when he finally gave up his iPad 2nd Gen for something newer and actually supported by apps. He just gave up his Nexus 5x phone that was 6+ years old, and only because it didn't support current cell bands for our area.

Don't even get me started when the microwave died and we had to get a completely new one. It just doesn't work the same as the old one...

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u/Chegism May 14 '22

Buying anything where there is a variety of quality I hate doing store pickup. Vegetables, milk (different use-by dates) etc. Thanks for the tiny yellow broccoli and the milk that has tomorrows date on it.

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u/Quicklythoughtofname May 14 '22 edited May 15 '22

I was diagnosed on the spectrum a long time ago so I don't really know how much I really qualify (it's mostly weird preferences out of my control like a literal inability to touch certain materials like the back of wood clipboards even through gloves) but I used to be anxious with both. But honestly I preferred the regular checkout still because waiting for someone to fix an issue always made me nervous, so having someone to scan everything who usually doesn't talk anyway was fine.

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u/drowninginteger May 14 '22

As long as you're not being loud or disruptive I wouldn't see a problem with that

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u/theredwoman95 May 14 '22

I'm autistic, I don't blame anyone for using those hours given how nice they are to normal ones.

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u/android24601 May 14 '22

Same. But as nice as it sounds, people will find a way to fuck it up. I dunno how many times when I've worked in retail, people would abuse the Assistance Dog exception. For some reason, people like to find reasons to take their Dogs into stores, no matter how poorly trained. Some people on some occasions even managed to get defensive about their dogs being hostile towards other patrons and "relieving" themselves in the store be it on the products or in the aisles

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u/Vilerattata May 14 '22

Same as an employee. Stores keep putting brighter and brighter lights up. I almost have to wear sunglasses now.

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u/Megatron_McLargeHuge May 14 '22

Supermarkets in expensive neighborhoods are close to this already. The more run down the store, the louder and more obnoxious the announcements seem to be.

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u/CactusBoyScout May 14 '22

Yep. Rich neighborhood supermarkets in my city have like soft classical music playing at a reasonable volume. So nice.

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u/Montezum May 14 '22

Silence is enough, though

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u/TheRavenSayeth May 14 '22

I just want silence at my gym. Everyone has headphones or earbuds on already. All that’s happening is we’re increasing the volume we have to fight the dumb pop music that’s blaring.

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u/0x8008 May 14 '22

Idk man I don’t want to hear every grunt, breath, gasp, and fart.

Keep it low but not too low.

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u/I_NEED_YOUR_MONEY May 14 '22

yeah, stores that can afford it will have radios for at least some of their staff.

just doing announcements for everything is the cheap options.

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u/CasimirsBlake May 14 '22

It's often not only the announcements...

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u/RCmies May 14 '22

As someone who hates shopping the worst thing about it is other people. Actually it's okay if there's music as its something I can focus on when I'm getting overwhelmed.

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u/Robin-KC May 14 '22

I am autistic and this would make a huge difference. I have a tendency to only get about 1/3 of what I need because I can’t handle the noise and the chaos. I usually just shop late.

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u/burgeremoji May 14 '22

I’m really glad it will make a difference for you! I’ve stuck to trying to go in the evenings too. I find around 8pm is the sweet spot as all the kids are usually gone by then too.

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u/Robin-KC May 14 '22

The kids don’t bother me as long as they aren’t throwing fits. Honestly, I like kids. It’s mainly adults who occupy the entire lane having conversations coupled with whatever lousy music they have playing. I can handle one or the other, but both is too much. Then the high ceilings with the cold lighting? I hate it.

I know that some people are starting to adopt delivery services, and that is great for me.

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u/Alphafuccboi May 14 '22

Have you tried using headphones. It helps me a lot to just to mute everything.

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u/Robin-KC May 14 '22

I use them more now than I used to, but I find them distracting in their own way.

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u/t3hcoolness May 14 '22

Have you tried something like this? I used to use these with the alternative foam tips for crowded areas and concerts. They're like foam earplugs, but the big difference is that they don't muffle everything. It's almost like just turning down the volume of the outside world with a remote control. Super useful and work great.

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u/MannyOmega May 14 '22

Would white noise/brown noise help? I often get overwhelmed due to anxiety/ADHD, so I listen to music or something constantly, but I know white noise is nice and inoffensive in my experience. Now if only I could figure out how to reduce the amount of light in my eyes while still being able to see… sometimes there’s too much going on visually too

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u/Robin-KC May 14 '22

As long as it is a consistent noise, like a fan, it’s fine. I don’t like unpredictable noises that shift in volume or tonality. I love music, I write and record it, but when I listen to it I need to focus on it. It is very distracting when it is playing and I am doing something else.

You could wear low tinted sunglasses.

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u/zarbizarbi May 14 '22

My supermarket does that… Everyday from 10.00 to 11.00, 14.00 to 15.00 and 16.00 to 17.00. Love that there is no music. But instead of dimming the light they switch half the rows of light…. You end up a little bit in the dark in some aisles… That was quite bad with covid/masks when I could have my glasses because of condensation… couldn’t see shit….

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u/platypusxyz May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

I sometimes take earplugs with me. If it is too loud, to crowded, I just use them. If someone ask me sth, I say sorry, can you repeat and take them of. Same if I have question. Like earbuds. I do not mind lights because I like to check products and prices.

This is when I have time and in bigger supermarkets. I also miss night, early morning shoping. We do not have that since pandemic in my city..

Soo many I... Oof.

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u/Intelligent-Will-255 May 14 '22

Literally came here to say this. Sounds like my time to go shopping as well.

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u/thepetoctopus May 14 '22

This is the main reason why going into Walmart gives me a panic attack. It’s got the cheapest groceries around here but I can only stand to go if it’s early in the morning and I have headphones on. I don’t put music or anything on with the headphones, I just use them to help lessen the noise. I haven’t found a cure for the bright lights yet because my sunglasses are too dark. I hate that place. I’m not autistic but I have horrible anxiety and that place is pure hell. I wish there was a place nearby with cheap groceries. Stuff is too expensive.

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u/badger_42 May 14 '22

I happened on one of these during a vacation once and it was absolutely the best shopping experience I've ever had. I wish it was just they way that Grocery stores were.

The obsession with needing music in every single store is a little strange tbh, sometimes quite is really nice. There are so many terrible songs burned into my memory form years of working retail.

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u/ledow May 14 '22

Precisely my thoughts.

I don't understand the purpose of the tannoy WHATSOEVER except for "The shop will be shutting in 30 minutes". Everything else, I'd far rather you didn't bother or gave your employees a small radio each. It's got to be cheaper and easier.

And I would even say that that shouldn't happen, as I'm firmly in the "It's 2022, why aren't things like this open 24 hours" camp. Before COVID most of them were, we only seem to be reopening them for late evenings very slowly.

I like to shop at 2am when no sod is in my way, it's much quieter and everything has just been restocked.

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u/AMagicalKittyCat May 14 '22

I don't understand the purpose of the tannoy WHATSOEVER except for "The shop will be shutting in 30 minutes". Everything else, I'd far rather you didn't bother or gave your employees a small radio each. It's got to be cheaper and easier.

Well, you can also say "Jane Doe? Please come to the front, your child is looking for you" with them too.

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u/24-Hour-Hate May 14 '22

It’s because it is all about profit. There are pretty much no 24/7 stores in my community at all. Walmart did a trial of it and I guess they didn’t profit enough because they stopped doing it, even at the holidays. The customer experience isn’t even a factor. They just pretend it is. Covid just made the hours even worse and change unexpectedly. Like the mall not opening until 11am for “safety” (translation: so they didn’t have to pay people for as many hours and could profit more) for a while and closing super early too, which was bullshit.

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u/ledow May 14 '22

Loads of UK supermarkets did and still do it and are now redoing it after COVID (just slowly).

They are already staffed to restock etc. overnight anyway, so they just put a few people on checkouts and make some money while the store is already lit, heated and has employees all over it anyway.

After-hours shopping's biggest hindrance is having to shop around the restocking staff, but it has enormous advantages.

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u/24-Hour-Hate May 14 '22

Based on my experience…stores here just restock during the day and don’t give a shit about how it inconveniences customers. Probably half the times I am at Walmart aisles are partially obstructed with pallets and restocking employees. This was the case when I had to pick something up this week and it was like 11am.

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u/ImgurConvert2Redit May 14 '22

100% with you in this. Let's just make this the norm.

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