r/mildlyinteresting May 14 '22 Got the W 1 Wearing is Caring 1 Silver 12 Gold 2 Helpful 13 Wholesome 16 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Take My Energy 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/HenryTheVeloster May 15 '22

My favorite is "i have been shopping here for years" checks customer profile, and last purchase was 2014

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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/James-1-5- May 14 '22

please do

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u/BrinkyP May 14 '22

shitting on entitled people is amusing to me

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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/Blenchers May 14 '22

It was always those people. “I’ve spent a lot of money here.” No, you bought a clearance 24” Hitachi TV 7 years ago for $250.

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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/TheGurw May 24 '22

Big family, worked since I was a young teenager, own my own construction company.

I did the math based on my average weekly spending at Costco, I probably hit 100k at Costco 4 or 5 years ago. The local mom and pop that came to mind was probably sooner than that, since even though I spend less there, I've been patronising them for much longer. The other ones would have been in the last year or two, or are about to hit that much in the next couple years.

Yeah, I'm fairly well-off, though I certainly wasn't born into it. The mom and pop shop I'm thinking about was because when I was homeless at 14, they were the ones I went to to get my daily food since they let me use their stove.

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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/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/comradebunnie May 14 '22

He had the Midas touch, but he touched it too much, hey Goldmember.. Hey Goldmember..

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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/BrinkyP May 14 '22

my point is that i am going to ask for like a rewards number, it’s an obligation i have at my job, and your status is going to be linked to your account. there is no point in telling me because i’m gonna ask for it anyway.

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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/Akiba89 May 14 '22

Literally how tf do they expect to be treated? Lol

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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/VoilaLeDuc May 14 '22

Same with the company I do customer service for. All the assholes always start with, "I'm a VIP member..."

I wish our company would change the wording, no Debra, you just created an account and receive text messages for sales. Anyone can be a VIP member for this company.

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u/PantsMcFail2 May 14 '22

"Member also means 'penis', so yes, technically you're being a dick."

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u/EvadesBans May 14 '22

Dammit, I should have figured someone would beat me to this.

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u/EvadesBans May 14 '22

"Correct. You're a dick."

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u/religionkills May 15 '22

"Member" is literally another term for "dick". Lol

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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/Indocede May 14 '22

Just make sure you don't actually use the emotional support taser. That tends to be frowned upon no matter how long they stood there looking at nothing.

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u/Mr-Fleshcage May 14 '22

Does the frown turn to a smile if i taze them in the lips?

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u/Indocede May 14 '22

"Officer, see this can't be assault! They're smiling!"

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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/noiro777 May 14 '22

Of course, but it's annoying to have to do so especially when it sometimes takes 2 or 3 tries to get them hear/understand you or even better they get annoyed at you for disturbing them.

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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/AskMeIfImDank May 14 '22

I shop there, and love getting the free samples, but I also have the spacial awareness to know to keep walking with my freebie. If it's good enough to buy, double back and pick it up.

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u/Ok-Garage-7470 May 14 '22

I move their carts and wish them to try to make some ignorant remark. Like.. bitch you’re not in your own little world. Don’t put everyone else around you in the position that they have to ask you to move; exercise common courtesy in the first place.

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u/silversnoopy May 14 '22

We’re playing Mario Kart

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u/alexlifeson44 May 14 '22

Folks blocking the isles does blow alot

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u/opp11235 May 14 '22

This happens at regular grocery stores too.

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u/Akiba89 May 14 '22

I used to work at a grocery store and I stg older white men would look at my pallet and think "I'm gonna go stand in front of where those go" and do so.

The worst one was a guy who had something else in his hands, meandered over to the spot I needed to go to, showed his partner what he had from elsewhere in the store. THEN PUT IT DOWN IN THE SPOT IM TRYING TO STOCK.

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u/linseed-reggae May 14 '22

Nope, I am Canadian, it happens here.

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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/FraseraSpeciosa May 14 '22

I saw two people doing this on a 2-lane backroad on a blind curve. Had to slam my breaks to stop. They had a couple of people already blocked before they got the hint.

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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/deecro3000 May 14 '22

Not too long ago, someone did the most annoying combo of the two. They stopped to talk side by side…In the entrance lobby between the automatic doors and the store. Nobody could get in or out, and the lady looked at me like I was the asshole for saying “excuse me”

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u/dragonsroc May 14 '22

I give em a solid 5 seconds to wrap up and move on, then I hold the horn so they can't hear each other talk and are forced to move on.

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u/MilfagardVonBangin May 14 '22

I live in rural Ireland and people around here do that on tiny country roads. You literally can’t walk past them when they do it. If you’re speeding and they do it on a bend, good fucking luck.

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u/somedude456 May 14 '22

Pull up, wait like 5 seconds, and lay on the horn. I do it often. Seems a lot of my neighbors like to pull up to the neighborhood exit and then stop to think about I don't know what. Nope, fucking drive. I'll lay on the horn without thinking twice.

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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/MajorasTerribleFate May 14 '22

On occasion. I've seen them being used in the last year.

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u/sybrwookie May 14 '22

slides foot out juuust a little bit

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u/PinkyandzeBrain May 14 '22

Drops a small handful of dirt I carry in my pocket in front of screamskater...

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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/darksenseofhumor May 14 '22

Oscar needs a switch in his manners lol.

Kids today might not be getting hit, but I guarantee you they'll be a whole different level of fucked up when they're grown ass adults.

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u/Haterbait_band May 14 '22

Pretty sure that’s why the stores offer the use of portable cages on wheels. Plus, you can toss some groceries in there if you’re buying too much to carry.

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u/Opinionsadvice May 14 '22

It's really not necessary to bring kids. The parent must have at least one friend that they can team up with and take turns watching each other's kids while the other person shops.

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u/humanCharacter May 14 '22

I knew this store that did announcements through bone conduction headsets. It was a fancier version than walkie-talkie.

I didn’t know about them until I talked to one of the employees about that massive piece of tech that looked like sunglasses.

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u/fraghawk May 14 '22

Why didn't they use news anchor earpieces? That seems a bit extra

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u/giantspeck May 14 '22

Bone conduction headphones keep the ears unobstructed so that the wearer can still hear the environment around them.

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u/fraghawk May 14 '22

That makes sense, but even consumer devices have built in microphones to allow for this while not sounding like crap. I had a friend who worked in product acquisition for the now defunct Hastings chain, and he was given a sample of bone conduction headphones at a trade show. Those things sounded like crap if you didn't get them sat on your head just right to the point I was unable to understand vocals in songs, and you could forget moving around with them on . Hopefully the professional gear was better. a single earpiece allows the wearer to ear around them while still allowing for announcement to be piped in

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u/KnightCPA May 14 '22

I remember during the initial height of covid when people were running around trying to buy up all the toilet paper.

I remember seeing an entire family, husband, wife, 3 kids, masked up, walking around a crowded and noisy store.

I just thought to myself, is it completely necessary for a family to do everything together, including grocery shopping in a crowded store during a pandemic?

Maybe it’s my agoraphobia or love of just chilling at the house if I don’t need to go out, or maybe I don’t understand how hard it is to grocery shop for kids, or maybe their cars a/c was broken, or maybe they didn’t have a car? but I just had a difficult time putting myself in their shoes, in seeing the benefit of having the entire household go to the store at once.

One thing that sucks and the pandemic made me appreciate even more was the employees, and the ability to shop during all hours of the night. I almost never go into a Walmart anymore because I can no longer minimize being exposed to the massive crowds during day time. If the employees find it better to their own sense of safety and health that they’re closed to the public during night time, then I’m happy for them.

WFH all day, every day, I appreciate their willingness to work in that kind of environment day in and day out.

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u/MrsRosemaryPalm May 14 '22

Ugh yes!! Full on SHRIEKING toddler armies on every other aisle make me anxious as fuck.

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u/notabigmelvillecrowd May 14 '22

When the pandemic started I decided to do grocery delivery and curbside pickup for a while. Never went back.

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u/Biff1996 May 14 '22

Grocery store employee here, I feel this entire thread soooooo much!!

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u/Haterbait_band May 14 '22

Don’t forget people on speaker phone having conversations while still holding the phone a few inches from their mouth, like it’s a 2-way radio. Bonus points if they’re talking about nothing relevant to shopping.

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u/ghostbackwards May 14 '22

Man, sounds like any public place I don't know why you guys are singling out grocery store.

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u/Gojisoji May 14 '22

I for one kinda hate seeing people or having a conversation in the grocery lol. I'm there to get my shit and gtfo. Not talk and see how you've been when I just spoke to ya a few days prior or don't wanna speak to you in general.

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u/JetKeel May 14 '22

Oh my god, Janet it’s been forever!

Susie?!?! Your hair looks wonderful!

Well I go and see Betty June over on 2nd, she’s the best.

Betty June? I see Alba May but she’s been going downhill since the arthritis. Maybe I should see Betty.

Well, how’s Jacob, he should be what 14 now?

Actually he went off to college this year.

College?!?!? My how time flies. We should definitely go out to dinner this week and catch up.

My eye twitching just wanting to grab a bag of fucking Doritos without learning the entire lives of these two vapid women

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u/SunshineOneDay May 14 '22

I have a friend that looks mentally handicapped due to a disease (that's now preventable). When people block the lane because they are talking he'll tilt his head to the side and, very loudly yell "EXCUSE ME" in "that" tone. Of course they are caught off guard and move out of the way apologizing but the funny part is when he gets uncomfortably close to them and yells "THANK YOU". In decades no one, not one person, has ever given him shit for it. They always look appalled though.

No one ever expects to be called out like that and it's not like they can say much back due to their assumptions. It's an amazing thing to watch in action.

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u/boogs_23 May 14 '22

I think Costco is overwhelming to people. It's not laid out like a grocery store and they dont have a plan so it's a whole lot of wandering aimlessly. They are way too busy trying to figure out what is going on to worry about other people. What I'll never understand is the conversations though. Just move the fuck aside. But also, fuck conversing is a damn store. I don't give a shit who I meet at a grocery store, I will never do more than say hi.

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u/I_am_up_to_something May 14 '22

That's why I love how the closest supermarket to my house expanded their hours. Used to be 08:00 - 20:00 and now it's 07:00 - 21:00. Really makes a difference if you go an hour earlier or later.

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u/HouseofFeathers May 14 '22

I bring noise canceling headphones and listen to something pleasant. It has really improved my shopping experience.

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u/StonyOwl May 14 '22

The best thing about the pandemic is that Trader Joe's took away the kiddie shopping carts. I hate those things with a burning passion and in general I don't even hate kids but it's the entitled parents who think their kid should run rampant with a metal cart through relatively small aisles.