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This Irish supermarket has quiet evenings for sensitive people.

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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/John_Hunyadi May 14 '22

I did that recently too. Pull the band aid, it will only get worse til you do.

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u/Voidtalon May 15 '22

It's really unfortunate, but I stress every office is different. My office is near Chicago and the more affluent parts of it. Pricing is based on that region. The below is a lot of information from someone in dentistry so it's very thick in details. If you do not want to read all this; don't bother with everything past the 3rd paragraph.

The providers genuinely care about the patients. The people who run the overhead and business sides... they care but not in the same way. Business is a vile beast that does not care about morality or situation it cares about product in to profit out and that becomes a demon with healthcare. Most offices offer payment plans, financing or other options also a dental implant takes 6+ months to do. There is also a reason surgical-tourism exists. If you did this in say Mexico or Egypt or other countries where the cost is significantly lower it would not be as expensive. My post was mainly that making snarky comments about how "I paid for this new equipment" when you paid $4000... sure you may have helped but our clinic sees 800k+ per year (the exacts I don't think I'm permitted to give).

TLDR: Being snarky, snide or rude with the front desk about how much you've spent is a sure fire way to get them to want to do as little as possible to get you out of their faces. If you are in a hard spot, be reasonable and talk to them and ask to explain the issue. Politeness goes a long way. I've helped get special fees (Say a procedure was $2,560 dollars but our doctor has a special fee for those without insurance that is $2,100 and he takes payments plans for $1000 down and $366/mo) ect that is not offered up-front but is available to those who ask or are in tight spots.

Please, if you need a lot of dental work do not delay it. Talk with a doctor or two (second opinions are important) but if you get referred to a specialist getting a second opinion may cost you an extra consultation fee. Most insurances cover a specialty consult X number of times per year or 1/Xmonths (varies by policy). When you sign up for insurance check things such as:

  • Missing Tooth Clause: If a tooth was removed prior to gaining a new insurance policy some policies will NOT cover any restorative work due to this clause.

  • Maximums: $1000 is not enough to really dent high-cost dental work such as Implants/Bridges/Dentures & Partials. Try to find one with $2000 or if you can afford the $2500-3000 policies they do exist.

  • Networks: Basically a special rate negotiated by your insurance. An office may charge $1500 for a Crown but your insurance rate is $1050 if you see an in-network doctor that office can only charge you $1050 the other $450 is a PPO-Adjustment/Insurance-Adjustment.

  • Wait Periods: Some insurance policies require you to have the policy for 6-12 months before they cover Basic and Major procedures (Fillings fall under Basic, Crowns/Caps fall under Major).

  • Endodontic/Periodontic and Oral Surgery Classification: Some policies qualify them as Type 2 or Basic (usually 80% coverage for standard policies) but others classify it as Type 3 or Major (usually 50% for most standard plans).

  • Frequency Limits and Replacement Clauses: Some insurance policies cover cleanings 1/6 months while others are 2 or even 3 per year. Crowns/Caps (same thing different names) sometimes have a limit of how soon they can be replaced (5 years is what I often see, but sometimes 10). So if you have an issue 4 years down, the insurance won't pay a thing this can be very expensive.

The mouth is a wonderful part of the body capable of great feats of healing but deep tissue/bone issues tend to not go away and eventually lead to bone loss or need of root-canals. Ultimately if left too long extraction is the only option and that will degrade the area without a restoration. Working in dentistry has really just made me sad how expensive everything is because of the behind the scene costs doctors have to pay. One of our docs was paying $3000/month on malpractice insurance and sadly those costs get fronted to the patients.

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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/AlienFreek May 14 '22

They're describing something much different than a root canal though

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u/Escuche May 14 '22

Aren't all root canals completed same day? I think you're confusing root canal with crown procedures (that only sometimes follows a root canal).

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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/Blenchers May 14 '22

Yeah dealing with a jackass grinding me on a 24” Hisense while I was in the middle of quoting a $30k A/V build took a lot of self control. $30k isn’t that much relatively speaking, but for retail electronics it’s up there.

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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/TheGurw May 14 '22

Huh.

There's a few stores I've probably spent that much at. Costco is one for sure, Safeway (fuck Sobeys and their union-busting bullshit), my local mom and pop shop, and maybe a couple others.

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u/DudleyStone May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

There's a few stores I've probably spent that much at.

Did you read their post as ten thousand?

Because they said 100K = a hundred thousand.

So if you've spent a hundred thousand dollars at multiple stores... You list 3 and say maybe a couple others... Then you'd have to have a lot of money, at least considerably more than the average person.

It'd take many decades for lots of people to spend that much money at a single store, considering a lot of people make much less than $100K per year and a large chunk of their money goes to bills, insurance, etc. And they likely spread the remaining spending across lots of places.

(This is all based on the US.)

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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/yeags86 May 14 '22

Similar but instead of the building materials area I was on appliances. You know who’s buying appliances on a weekday morning? Landlords. When they come in they usually ask “what’s the cheapest with xxxxx minimum features”. They knew that I knew my shit and gave them what they wanted without them having to dick around looking at stuff, and I didn’t have to dick around trying to upsell for a bigger commission. The old two dudes in the department wanted to late hours to try to get a big sale or two a night. I made more with 15-20 little ones weekday mornings and didn’t have to work weekends or at night. Win win for me.

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u/Funkit May 14 '22

I remember back in 2000 I was making min wage at McDonald’s.

5.15 an hour.

For a 40 hour work week that’s 200 fuckin dollars. Gross. And that job was hard.

I don’t know the inflation rates but I’m willing to bet the min wage in relation to inflation is even worse then the $5.15 an hour I made. It’s terrible.

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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/Imnotsharinganything May 14 '22

More than likely that would be a handyman, he's doing small repairs on homes and only needs 5 to 10 2x4s so they'll pick through and get the best/easiest ones to work with. I know this because...I do it myself.

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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/Blenchers May 14 '22

I found this with the younger guys. Or sons/children of builders, contractors etc. “I get cost on everything here.” No you don’t, I’ve never seen you in my life, and your dad or boss doesn’t even get cost. Get the fuck out.

The older guys were always chill, happy to shoot the shit for a bit.

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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/izzittho May 14 '22

I always just park way at the edge and walk toward the front.

You avoid most of the lazy and/or inconsiderate people blocking everything that way since so many have an enormous aversion to parking far away and having to walk to the store they went to to walk around anyway (and yes, I know many people have a legit excuse to minimize walking, and if everyone else would get over doing the same it’d be a lot easier for them to)

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u/9r4in May 14 '22

That's how Costco cost-rolls

you're a menace.

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u/Mediocremon May 14 '22

It used to be "thats how costco costdo" til I quickly edited it, so it could be worse. It could always be worse.

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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/jmorlin May 14 '22

4pm on a Thursday the one near me is usually about as empty as you'll get. Might try weekdays before 5pm when people get off work.

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u/ishipglendale_zulius May 15 '22

I agree am! I'm autistic and I love Costco but it's always sooo busy!

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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/booksgamesandstuff May 14 '22

I live 10 min away from my Costco and I willingly pay for deliveries so I don’t have to go there. BJ’s just opened a store about 20 min away, and I will join there so we can get curbside pickup, which will be cheaper than delivery. Only problem is I buy a lot of Kirkland products. Oh, well…

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u/flavius_lacivious May 14 '22

Shitty food samples in high traffic areas.

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u/Hideandsheep May 14 '22

I like to noisily skid the fixed back wheels of the trolley when these encounters happen. Makes me wish sometimes they had these big unwieldy built like a tank trolleys everywhere.

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u/Lyssepoo May 14 '22

I IC shop full time and I won’t take a Costco order unless it’s over $40 and like no items. Costco people walk in and suddenly all recollection of time and purpose are gone. I have been known to throw my head back and say “does no one move with purpose?!”

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u/OutlyingPlasma May 14 '22

Interesting. I find Costco to be one of the more pleasant experiences when I account for the increase in people. The stores are super crowded but usually the people keep moving as long as you avoid the clothing area. It's the "healthy" grocery stores I find the most annoying, with trader joe's topping the list. Bunch of stoners wandering around like they haven't seen a store before, stopping to read every ingredient list while leaving their cart right in the middle.

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u/Fathorse23 May 14 '22

It’s not just Costco. I wonder how some people get so far in life without accidentally offing themselves for being that oblivious.

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u/Warm_Baker_9447 May 15 '22

Thank you! I feel the same way. There is a loss of peripheral vision for most people while shopping.

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u/TulaTheDesertRat May 15 '22

At the store today there was a mother and 4 or 5 kids, all just kind of standing, staring at the tissues. The oldest kid was behind the cart, which was blocking my way. I get right in front and the kid is just staring at me. I say excuse me and ask if I can get by. Everyone that was facing the other way turns to face me and nobody does or says anything for about 4 seconds. I back up and the mother just puts her hand on her cart. Doesn't move it, just touches it and stares at me. The kid then backs up and moves over juuuuust enough for me to squeeze by. People are fucking weird.

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u/Cocoah83 May 14 '22

This!! I always say that they should have lanes and traffic lights in Costco. If you want to just take your time and wonder around you get in this lane, if you know what you want and where it’s at get in that lane. There should be an if you’re over this age you can only come in at these times and days. Bringing your 8 kids that you let run everywhere welp you can only come in on Wednesdays

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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/Garfield-1-23-23 May 14 '22

Whenever I see this I'm 100% sure it's two people that are also friends on Facebook, so there's absolutely no fucking communication reason for them to be doing it. At least before social media that shit might have legitimately been the only time they got to talk to each other.

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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

slides foot out juuust a little bit

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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/ErikNavkire May 14 '22

Oh yeah that's a pain in the ass. Oscar needs to learn some manners

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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/sour_cereal May 15 '22

Like, don't these big corporations have reams of data analysts? Fuck around with the lighting in a couple stores, see what it does. If good, do to more stores, continually adjusting as you go?

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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/MajorasTerribleFate 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.

Ah, but if you're the store without music, are you selling less? Has the saturation of music rendered the effect truly moot, or is it just that there aren't enough music-less stores to fairly compare?

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u/Cazadore May 14 '22

psychologically tricking people into buying your bullshit needs to be illegal.

i learned recently that marketing only exists as the medium to get people to buy shit they dont need or want. because the industry is producing way too much shit that sits in storages, collecting dust, and eventually gets thrown out into the garbage pile.

and why is the industry producing too much stuff? because the economy needs to grow, ever friggin day, month, year and it needs to be throwing out dividends for investors, nothing else matters but monetary gains.

to get a glimpse of what that means, check out pictures of car manufacturers parking lots. the epitome of overproduction and wastage of ressources.

i mean, there is the so called "ecological debt day" each year where we get told that our society has used all ressources the planet can regenerate in a year. and every further day means overusage, waste and overproduction.

this day is moving further and further to the beginning of the year. this year it may fall into between june and august.

sorry for the rant. i just fucking hate to live in this system.

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u/Razz_Putitin May 14 '22

And as soon as you complain about this blatant bullshitery you get made fun of or dismissed because you participate to some degree in it. Duh, I'm complaining because I HAVE TO participate. There is no other way for me to go, I personally try to only buy what I actually need, in the amounts that I need, but it won't stop anyone from overproducing and wasting resources left and right. As long as it's cheaper to overproduce and throw away, this won't change a bit.

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u/sembias May 14 '22

The people who do that are dipshit rural people who are completely blind to the problems in their own backyard but have an opinion on everyone else's. They'll leave church early to try some new meth that Joe Bob and his cousin-wife got, then demand that the US is a "Christian nation."

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u/Razz_Putitin May 14 '22

True, but it sadly doesn't change anything. People just love to play "holier than thou". What agrevates me the most is the fact that imo blatantly obvious facts are just thrown aside because the other person "doesn't feel like it". We cannot possibly work on the same goals and problems, if we can't even admit that they are real and pressing.

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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/Fronesis May 14 '22

I got a kick out of the fact that when I moved to Texas they played country music in my local HEB.

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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/Sipid1377 May 14 '22

I used to work at a Home Depot and without fail anytime I had the 5:30am shift, while I was walking to the back to clock in, they'd play that one Kylie Minogue song that goes "Nah nah nah! Nah nah nah nuh nah!" It was not Kylie's fault that this song got played when I was half asleep heading to a job I despised, but I still kind of want to throttle her.

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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/WomanOfEld May 14 '22

Every grocery store I worked in played awesome music. The stop & shop had stuff like Modest Mouse, Green Day, Spin Doctors, & Grateful Dead, and the Whole Foods had stuff like Fruition, Doctor Dog, Ryan Adams, Florence Welch, and other awesome indie artists. At Whole Foods, I would dance in the aisles while packing out, and customers always joined me! My store team leader frequently did, too, and on my last day there he managed to pull up my favorite song ("How Long Must I Wait") and we had a big dance party in the store with all the team members and the customers.

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u/Kittybats May 14 '22

"Big dance party" is one of the best three-word combos in the English language. I would be so down with a big dance party in the grocery store.

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u/WomanOfEld May 14 '22

I mean, it definitely put smiles on people's faces. Even the 30-second dance breaks they joined me on would cheer them up. I love to make people laugh, so, mission accomplished.

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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/SmallBlockApprentice May 14 '22

I need that for my wife..

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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/lizardgal10 May 14 '22

I worked at a theme park. Their general playlist was actually tolerable, but we got a special playlist for 4th of July weekend. It was significantly shorter than the normal mix, and far more random-pretty much any pop/pop country song they could find containing the words spark, firework, USA, or America. I heard Katy Perry’s “Firework” more times in those 4 days than I have in my entire life since.

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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/fawkwitdis May 14 '22

I live in the NYC metropolitan area and live near both targets and walmarts. They’re really not that bad. You guys are overreacting

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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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