November 08, 2009

Grocery Shopping

Most people think grocery shopping is boring, boring, boring. Me? I almost always find it immensely entertaining.

Why, you ask? Well, I love people watching. Sure you can go to the mall and people watch... but I find the best cross section of people at the grocery store.

Let me set the scene for you - it was almost 70 (HELLO Indian Summer!) and sunny today when I decided to go to the store. I ran into the following characters.
  • A woman in a parka, scarf, hat, mitten and still shivering through the store.
  • A gentleman in shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops. When I ran into him - twice - he was complaining on his cell phone about the store being way too hot.
  • A pair of teenagers that I first observed at the deli counter. They got a pound of salami, and then proceeded to eat it all through the store. They were in front of me in line to check out and presented the cashier with just the bag the meat had been packed in.
  • An elderly lady who I only saw once - but HEARD many times. She screamed for her husband to "hurry up or she was going to leave him here" at least a dozen times.
  • A guy that was sent back to the grocery store 3 times because he bought the wrong soup the first two times!! He was so frustrated that he showed me his shopping list. Seriously! As his witness - all it says is "soup". If you want something specific lady; get it yourself or give your husband details. (FYI...this goes both ways. If I want something specific, I don't expect to utilize telepathy to make someone shopping on my behalf to know that.)
  • My all time favorite - an ENTIRE family shopping. Aisles are narrow. I know I don't need a family of five making commentary as I pick out my bananas. Do you?

However, I had to leave the store smiling. I didn't get run over by any one's cart (hallelujah), spent less than my budget and the best part - CoffeeMate brought back their holiday flavors. I love me some Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer!!

How do you feel about grocery shopping? Necessary evil? Or do you think the cast of characters you see are worth the price of admission?


  1. I know what you mean!
    We can find very interesting people in the stores!
    Happy sunday!

  2. LOL, well, I go during the week because on the weekends, it's way too crowded and people drive me crazy! I think kids are the worst....either I hear them whining, crying or screaming. ugh. It's just me and the old people there during the week in the morning ;-)

  3. My love or hatred of grocery shopping really depends on a lot of things. My mood, the people in the store, time of day, etc... X and I will give each other updates on whether or not the "stupid people" are at Wal-mart on a given day if one of us goes.

  4. my husband and i go together and kind of make a date out of it. definitely not our best dates, but we have fun with it.

  5. I've gotta say, sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it. Just depends on my mood that day. And it's true what their motto says. "Shopping at Publix is a pleasure" It's the damn truth. EVERYONE asks you how you're doing, if you need help, etc., even the stock boys. Today I didn't even empty my own cart. Juan did it for me. So sweet.
    I guess I need to start paying better attention to the people that are around me shopping though. Your visit sounds like it was a hell of a lot more fun than mine. All I did was help an old lady find the Febreeze!

    Justine :o )


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