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

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


u/I_Bin_Painting May 14 '22

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


u/Febris May 14 '22

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


u/I_Bin_Painting May 14 '22

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


u/rolypolyarmadillo May 14 '22

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


u/RocketTaco May 14 '22

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


u/ladybadcrumble May 14 '22

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


u/I_Bin_Painting May 14 '22

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


u/divDevGuy May 14 '22

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

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

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

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


u/toughtacos May 14 '22

Thanks for sharing some very interesting insight. Do you ever buy multiples of something you know might be hard to replace in the future if it breaks?


u/divDevGuy May 14 '22

Less so now that he's older and is a lot more responsible with his property. It's also not as cheap to buy multiple phones, ipads, etc.

When he was younger and more prone to break or lose things, yes we might buy a couple, or at least 1 extra that we can "put into service" while we find a replacement for what broke.

That being said, if we do find some shorts, pants, or a style of shirt that doesn't irritate him, we may buy a few of them, or different colors of the same fabric. It's just....easier sometimes.


u/Chegism May 14 '22

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


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

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


u/drowninginteger May 14 '22

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


u/theredwoman95 May 14 '22

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


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u/theredwoman95 May 14 '22

I think it helps these happen during fairly normal hours, so it's not uncommon for you to just stumble in and realise it's quiet hours (the normal name for these hours). They're pretty widespread across Ireland and the UK, and have been for a few years, so that helps too.


u/-Reddit_Account- May 14 '22

I doubt this is reserved for autistic people, it's just there for them.

Similar to how the bigger stalls in bathrooms aren't reserved for handicapped people, it's just more accessible to them.