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Karen Ruins Father-Daughter Fun At Grocery Store, He Hopes To Have Ruined Her Entire Day
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Karen Ruins Father-Daughter Fun At Grocery Store, He Hopes To Have Ruined Her Entire Day

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I have to admit that I often love taking trips to the grocery store. No, I don’t enjoy paying at the end. But perusing all of the new products, taking time to pick the freshest looking produce and grabbing ingredients that sound like they would make an excellent dinner can be so enjoyable. I did not always feel this way though, as getting dragged to the grocery store as a child felt more like doing chores than embarking on an adventure. 

That’s why one father decided to make trips to the shop special for his daughter. But after a woman complained about his child’s manners, he decided to get petty revenge. Below, you’ll find the story that this dad recently told on Reddit, as well as some of the replies amused readers shared. 

This father turns trips to the grocery store into playtime with his daughter

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So after an older woman complained about their fun, he decided they would have as much as possible

Image credits: Anastasia Shuraeva / pexels (not the actual photo)

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Later, the dad added a few more thoughts after reading some of the replies to his post

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Many shoppers dread trips to the grocery store

While going to the grocery store is often a fun adventure for me to decide what I’d like to eat on that particular day, I understand that I may be in the minority. It seems like the prices of food, toiletries and cleaning supplies skyrocket every day, and it would be nice to go a week without having to shell out a substantial portion of my paycheck just to survive. 

When it comes to the reasons why people often dread grocery shopping, Stephanie Vermillion at HuffPost says that agoraphobia can play a part. Many shoppers feel anxiety about all of the uncertainties that await them at the store, such as how many parking spots will be available, how long the checkout lines will be, how crowded the aisles will be, if they’ll even have everything in stock and more. 

Actually, when I lived in the United States, I intentionally went to Trader Joe’s at 8am every Sunday morning because entering any later, when the store and parking lot were full, was just too nerve-racking. Fear of the unknown isn’t the only stressor that can come from the grocery store, though. HuffPost notes that some customers, particularly those in larger bodies, may worry that they’ll be judged by fellow shoppers. And others might simply dread the time and money that getting groceries requires.

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Parents are always looking for ways to keep their kids entertained while shopping

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Popping into the shop to grab groceries can incite anxiety in anyone, but it can be particularly challenging for parents who have to bring their little ones along. We all know that kids get bored easily, and it can be impossible to predict a young child’s mood. They might be happy one moment and throwing a tantrum that attracts the attention of dozens of Walmart shoppers only seconds later. So there is nothing wrong with moms and dads going out of their way to make sure that trips to the store aren’t torturous. 

When I was a kid and I accompanied my parents to H-E-B, I was sometimes lucky enough to be given a donut to enjoy during the shopping trip. We would, of course, pay for it when we got to the checkout line, but that simple snack was enough to make going to the store worth it for me. But if you don’t want to bribe your children with food, don’t worry. There are plenty of other ways to turn shopping into a fun outing.

Baby Foodie recommends getting your little ones involved while shopping, so they don’t get bored. You can make lists with them ahead of time, so they’ll have a job while in the store. And you might even be able to give them a tiny shopping cart to put their own items in, if the store has those available. You can even turn shopping into a game, allowing them to choose one item of every color of the rainbow, or to decide what will be for dinner and find all of the appropriate ingredients.

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Taking little ones along to the store can even be a great learning opportunity

It’s wise to be intentional about what time you’re going shopping with your kids, and don’t expect to be in and out of the shop quickly when they’re tagging along. If the store you’re at has a self-checkout option, you might want to allow your kiddos to scan some items or do the bagging (with supervision) too. Praise them for behaving well in the store, and find appropriate ways to reward them, so grocery shopping will have a connotation for them. 

Taking your kids along with you to the shop can help teach them a variety of lessons and skills as well. Creating a budget and having limits on how much you can spend can be a great math lesson, while reading labels and signs in the store can be helpful for literacy. You can also teach kiddos about nutrition and the importance of eating a healthy diet by choosing foods that will properly fuel them. 

And if you’re a parent who works a full-time job and often feels like you don’t have enough time with your little ones, trips to the supermarket can even be a bonding experience. Quality and quantity time are important, so if that means zooming around the store in a “race cart,” so be it! We would love to hear your thoughts on this story of petty revenge in the comments below, pandas. Then if you’re interested in reading another Bored Panda article featuring grocery store drama, check out this piece next!

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Howdy, I'm Adelaide! I'm originally from Texas, but after graduating from university with an acting degree, I relocated to sunny Los Angeles for a while. I then got a serious bite from the travel bug and found myself moving to Sweden and England before settling in Lithuania about two years ago. I'm passionate about animal welfare, sustainability and eating delicious food. But as you can see, I cover a wide range of topics including drama, internet trends and hilarious memes. I can easily be won over with a Seinfeld reference, vegan pastry or glass of fresh cold brew. And during my free time, I can usually be seen strolling through a park, playing tennis or baking something tasty.

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Adelaide Ross

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Howdy, I'm Adelaide! I'm originally from Texas, but after graduating from university with an acting degree, I relocated to sunny Los Angeles for a while. I then got a serious bite from the travel bug and found myself moving to Sweden and England before settling in Lithuania about two years ago. I'm passionate about animal welfare, sustainability and eating delicious food. But as you can see, I cover a wide range of topics including drama, internet trends and hilarious memes. I can easily be won over with a Seinfeld reference, vegan pastry or glass of fresh cold brew. And during my free time, I can usually be seen strolling through a park, playing tennis or baking something tasty.

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As a Visual Editor at Bored Panda, I indulge in the joy of curating delightful content, from adorable pet photos to hilarious memes, all while nurturing my wanderlust and continuously seeking new adventures and interests—sometimes thrilling, sometimes daunting, but always exciting!

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As a Visual Editor at Bored Panda, I indulge in the joy of curating delightful content, from adorable pet photos to hilarious memes, all while nurturing my wanderlust and continuously seeking new adventures and interests—sometimes thrilling, sometimes daunting, but always exciting!

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rullyman
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This story sounds fake and the guy telling it sounds insufferable. If someone wrongs you in public, you deal with it and move on, you don't keep the bit/grudge going, and deliberately further antagonise with petty comments like "we don't want to anger the FUN POLICE." Saying things like "I hope I ruined her whole day" is childish and mean. He could have responded to this with grace and positivity. Yes, she should have minded her own business instead of coming over to judge his parenting, but the response comes across as disproportionate.

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Ansi
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, if this isn't a troll post he absolutely went overboard with his immature acting. You shouldn't play in a store so if someone reprimands you for that, just let it go. Don't use your kid to misbehave and be a jerk with all that "fun police" stuff.

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Egg Lady
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If this story even happened, the dad sounds immature and annoying as heck.

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clairebear
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sorry, with old lady in this. Supermarkets are not playgrounds. The car trolleys are there as a polite way to keep your kids from running round the store. The guy bullied the old lady. What is that teaching his daughter? he sounds like a total jerk. The fact that he thinks he is being trolled by people who are disagreeing with him speaks volumes.

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Laura Pantazis
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was with the dad for the first part - when he was spinning the child in circles in an open area with only one other person around. I wasn't with him when he kept mocking the older lady.

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rullyman
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This story sounds fake and the guy telling it sounds insufferable. If someone wrongs you in public, you deal with it and move on, you don't keep the bit/grudge going, and deliberately further antagonise with petty comments like "we don't want to anger the FUN POLICE." Saying things like "I hope I ruined her whole day" is childish and mean. He could have responded to this with grace and positivity. Yes, she should have minded her own business instead of coming over to judge his parenting, but the response comes across as disproportionate.

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Ansi
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, if this isn't a troll post he absolutely went overboard with his immature acting. You shouldn't play in a store so if someone reprimands you for that, just let it go. Don't use your kid to misbehave and be a jerk with all that "fun police" stuff.

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Egg Lady
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If this story even happened, the dad sounds immature and annoying as heck.

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clairebear
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sorry, with old lady in this. Supermarkets are not playgrounds. The car trolleys are there as a polite way to keep your kids from running round the store. The guy bullied the old lady. What is that teaching his daughter? he sounds like a total jerk. The fact that he thinks he is being trolled by people who are disagreeing with him speaks volumes.

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Laura Pantazis
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was with the dad for the first part - when he was spinning the child in circles in an open area with only one other person around. I wasn't with him when he kept mocking the older lady.

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