Shopping for everyday items after a long day at work is that mundane task some of us truly dread. There's just something so annoying about an overly helpful shop assistant when you just want to shop in peace. And some supermarkets are so big that you can spend 20 minutes just looking for the cheese section.

However, some stores have found ways not to only solve most of the problems, but to make shopping more fun. These genius ideas collected by Bored Panda, are found in various superkarkets and stores all over the world. Which ideas would you like to implement in your local supermarkets? Tell us in the comments below!

#1

My Local Supermarket Has Pre Made Kits For People To Buy And Give To The Homeless Or Food Shelters

My Local Supermarket Has Pre Made Kits For People To Buy And Give To The Homeless Or Food Shelters

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Lara B.
Community Member
3 years ago

That's such a nice idea! We need more of that!

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#2

This Book Store Has A "Blind Date With A Book" Section

This Book Store Has A "Blind Date With A Book" Section

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Alex K
Community Member
3 years ago

i see hitchikers guide to the galaxy

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 years ago

the answer to life, the universe.... well that was easy :-) Attention Spoiler... it is 42

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

The only kind of dating that won't get my heart in pieces! Lol

Paige s
Community Member
3 years ago

The underage cab driver book is called I am the messenger

HALINA
Community Member
3 years ago

Love this!

Sophie G
Community Member
3 years ago

it'll prolly climb out the restroom window and never call me

Susi Aquino
Community Member
3 years ago

Ohhhh, does the right one include the construction of an intergalactic highway???

Zori the degu
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh, my place!

Shirley Bond
Community Member
3 years ago

GREAT IDEA! All libraries should do this.

Robert Morson
Community Member
3 years ago

It's not really that "blind" if we can guess the titles. Books normally come with nearly this much information on the cover.

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
3 years ago

Not so good if it is '50 Shades of Grey' disguised by, " Lusty fetish story about wealthy CEO and naive college graduate, written in a unique and interesting style; millions of copies sold; now a major film".

Roisin Carey
Community Member
3 years ago

That's such a good idea!

Markus McCloud
Community Member
3 years ago

My local library actually did this once on Valentine's Day. Only it was checking out a book instead of buying one. I lived in Belton, SC before moving for college.

Claudia Lorenz
Community Member
3 years ago

Brilliant!

Shruti J.
Community Member
3 years ago

i see "i am the messenger"

catherine waite
Community Member
3 years ago

Where???

Karen Woodruff
Community Member
3 years ago

brilliant idea!

Taylor Troutner
Community Member
3 years ago

Anyone know what book the "Victorian London" is?

Taylor Troutner
Community Member
3 years ago

Anyone know what book "Victorian London" is?

Flor
Community Member
3 years ago

Interview with the Vampire, i think

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Petra Christovová
Community Member
3 years ago

Amazing Idea!!!

Pandola
Community Member
3 years ago

this is fabulous...I'm hooked

Lois Pack
Community Member
3 years ago

Love that

Ben Smith
Community Member
3 years ago

Don't judge a book by its cover...

S Missions
Community Member
3 years ago

So.. sort of like a manual Internet then :) good idea though, did they get tired of printing the labels and decide to write them instead? :) Also you can summarize the plot in one sentence. I dare anyone to do that with say Middlemarch or Jane Eyre :)

Socially Awkward
Community Member
3 years ago

Sign me up!

Magdalena Przebinda
Community Member
3 years ago

I bought one about 'becoming a father' for my husband. I will left for him once.. ;)

Caroline Huot
Community Member
3 years ago

Takes the whole 'don't judge a book by its cover' to a whole new level! LOVE it!

Rafaella Bueno
Community Member
3 years ago

But what if I end up picking one I already read?

Eve Sinaiko
Community Member
3 years ago

We've all had dates like that ... just chalk it up to experience and move on.

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Lottie Park
Community Member
3 years ago

I wonder if that one at the front costs 42p? Or maybe £42?

EvieNiffler
Community Member
3 years ago

Love this idea <3

KK
Community Member
3 years ago

The cab driver: I am the messenger ?

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#3

At This Airport, They Have A Machine That Will Print Off Free Short Stories For You To Read While You Wait!

At This Airport, They Have A Machine That Will Print Off Free Short Stories For You To Read While You Wait!

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Emma Gascoyne
Community Member
3 years ago

Who writes em?

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#4

Shopping Carts In This Store Have Calculators

Shopping Carts In This Store Have Calculators

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Flinkie
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow that is just the BEST idea ever. So smart and can be really usefull!

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#5

This Store Lets Customers Choose Whether They Want To Be Bothered By The Staff

This Store Lets Customers Choose Whether They Want To Be Bothered By The Staff

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Nora
Community Member
3 years ago

This is so genius. Sometimes I enter a store, especially perfume or makeup, and the assistant follows me like a shadow of mine. What I do is just leave, even if I really wanted to buy an item. Shops should realize that this hurts their profits rather than increasing their sales.

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#6

Local Mattress Store Gives You A Mini Mattress For Your Doggie When Buying A Regular One

Local Mattress Store Gives You A Mini Mattress For Your Doggie When Buying A Regular One

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
3 years ago

And a mini-mini mattress for your cat when buying a mini one for your dog.

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#7

My Local Grocery Store Is Selling Unattractive Produce At Reduced Prices That Would Normally Be Tossed Out!

My Local Grocery Store Is Selling Unattractive Produce At Reduced Prices That Would Normally Be Tossed Out!

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ugaas wiilhoog
Community Member
3 years ago

I always thought this was one of the dumbest thing ever, especially since they all more or else taste the same.

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#8

This Store Sorts It's Bananas By How Ripe They Are

This Store Sorts It's Bananas By How Ripe They Are

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
3 years ago

"Ready 3-4 days ago"

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#9

Store Offers Fresh Free Fruit For Children While Their Parents Shop!

Store Offers Fresh Free Fruit For Children While Their Parents Shop!

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John L
Community Member
3 years ago

I wonder how much quieter the store is since this was put into effect? ;D

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#10

My Walmart Shopping Cart Has A Store Gps Attached To It

My Walmart Shopping Cart Has A Store Gps Attached To It

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
3 years ago

Wal-Mart? I would think Ikea could learn from this! lol

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#11

This Store Uses Both Sides Of The Receipt Paper

This Store Uses Both Sides Of The Receipt Paper

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Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

Not a bad idea . Cost effective & better for trees.

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#12

My Local Supermarket Has Tags That You Can Put On Broken Trolleys

My Local Supermarket Has Tags That You Can Put On Broken Trolleys

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troufaki13
Community Member
3 years ago

My local super market definetly needs something like that! Most of the carts drive themselves to whatever direction they choose. And then throw tantrums if you steer them to the opposite direction :/

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#13

You Can Pick Your Own Mushrooms At This Grocery Store

You Can Pick Your Own Mushrooms At This Grocery Store

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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
3 years ago

They don't get any fresher than this. It's amazing.

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#14

My Local Grocery Store Has A Bee Hive In The Store

My Local Grocery Store Has A Bee Hive In The Store

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Lindsay Ameye
Community Member
3 years ago

That's great AND sweet!

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#15

This Dressing Room Has Their Clothing Hooks Labeled

This Dressing Room Has Their Clothing Hooks Labeled

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Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

Where the label 'Not At All ?'

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#16

This Toilet At A Dutch Supermarket Lets You Test The Brands Of Toilet Paper They Sell

This Toilet At A Dutch Supermarket Lets You Test The Brands Of Toilet Paper They Sell

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Hope Floats
Community Member
3 years ago

Great selling ploy and it gives you an opportunity to feel the difference between the rolls before you purchase any.

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#17

These Shopping Carts Have A Magnifying Glass For The Elderly

These Shopping Carts Have A Magnifying Glass For The Elderly

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
3 years ago

What? The price is bigger than in the other store!

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#18

This Supermarket Has A Place To Put Stuff If You Change Your Mind

This Supermarket Has A Place To Put Stuff If You Change Your Mind

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Emma Gascoyne
Community Member
3 years ago

I think my parents wish this was an option at the hospital when I was born

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#19

This Store Has A Winter Simulator For Testing Out Winter Clothing

This Store Has A Winter Simulator For Testing Out Winter Clothing

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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
3 years ago

I'd go in there in the summer just to cool myself. Sorry.

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#20

Italian Grocery Store Gets Dog-Friendly Carts So You Can Shop With Your Dog

Italian Grocery Store Gets Dog-Friendly Carts So You Can Shop With Your Dog

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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
3 years ago

I my country they put big signs that read" access with animals - forbidden "

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#21

Pick 'N' Mix Frozen Veg In A Spanish Supermarket

Pick 'N' Mix Frozen Veg In A Spanish Supermarket

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Cat on a bike
Community Member
3 years ago

awesome, I would eat way more vegetables this way, otherwise I'm just lazy to buy and wash ans chop etc.

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#22

My Grocery Store Grows Vegetables On The Roof And Streams It In The Store

My Grocery Store Grows Vegetables On The Roof And Streams It In The Store

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Mixedupste
Community Member
3 years ago

Thats better than watching Titanic!

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#23

I Wish All Supermarkets Did This

I Wish All Supermarkets Did This

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John L
Community Member
3 years ago

Some supermarkets, like Kroger, are constantly shuffling things around, and making this obsolete before you know it. :O

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#24

Ikea Prices Its Umbrellas Depending On If It Is Raining Or Not

Ikea Prices Its Umbrellas Depending On If It Is Raining Or Not

Constitutional_Prole Report

Vlad Horobet
Community Member
3 years ago

In my country they sell umbrellas at street kiosks, and when it rains it's double the price of a sunny day...

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#25

Local Farmer Has A Vending Machine In Our Mall

Local Farmer Has A Vending Machine In Our Mall

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Susan Gardner
Community Member
3 years ago

Perfect for a fresh snack instead of the usual junk food

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#26

This Grocery Store Has A Bar For All The People Who Got Dragged Along

This Grocery Store Has A Bar For All The People Who Got Dragged Along

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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
3 years ago

Clothing and shoes store should have these for men xD

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#27

Sign At A Gun Store

Sign At A Gun Store

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Lu
Community Member
3 years ago

...gun stores, very strange thing for us Canadians.

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#28

This Supermarket Has Confectionary Free Checkouts For Parents Unwilling To Have Children Demanding That They Buy Some

This Supermarket Has Confectionary Free Checkouts For Parents Unwilling To Have Children Demanding That They Buy Some

TheEvilton Report

Vlad Horobet
Community Member
3 years ago

At one of my local supermarkets, they replaced the sweets with fruits at some checkouts, so the kids get something healthy.

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#29

My Favourite Shop Has Light Settings So You Can See How Good/bad Your Outfit Will Look At Different Times Of Day

My Favourite Shop Has Light Settings So You Can See How Good/bad Your Outfit Will Look At Different Times Of Day

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Anna Guminska
Community Member
3 years ago

Does the 'night' switch just turn the light off?

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#30

This Door Has A Shelf To Set Your Coffee On While You Open It

This Door Has A Shelf To Set Your Coffee On While You Open It

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Steffen Beth
Community Member
3 years ago

Simple, but very useful....

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#31

Avocados In Supermarket Have A Color Chart On The Sticker, So You Know When It's Ripe.

Avocados In Supermarket Have A Color Chart On The Sticker, So You Know When It's Ripe.

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Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

Seen this a lot. Just don't like avocados.

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#32

This Store Has A "Test Ramp" So You Can Try Out Your Safety Boots On Different Surfaces

This Store Has A "Test Ramp" So You Can Try Out Your Safety Boots On Different Surfaces

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just a thought !
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh ! I tried these ramps ... And almost tripped and fell because I'm too clumsy for life😂😂😂

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#33

The Candy Shop Near My House Has A Mini Theater Area Where They Play Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory On Repeat

The Candy Shop Near My House Has A Mini Theater Area Where They Play Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory On Repeat

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

It's the 1973 version! I'll plant myself there!

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#34

My Local Grocery Store Teaches You The Waltz While You're Waiting For Your Prescription

My Local Grocery Store Teaches You The Waltz While You're Waiting For Your Prescription

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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
3 years ago

I suck so much at dancing i don't understand the sign...maybe i''m just dumb...

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#35

The Grocery Store I Went To Earlier Had A Special Escalator For Your Shopping Cart.

The Grocery Store I Went To Earlier Had A Special Escalator For Your Shopping Cart.

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Haunting Spirit
Community Member
3 years ago

Almost every Ikea (in the Netherlands) has this.

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#36

My Local Beer Store Sell Advent Calendar Full Of Beers

My Local Beer Store Sell Advent Calendar Full Of Beers

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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
3 years ago

Advent calendars for adults!

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#37

Store Has 3d Printed Accessories So You Can Test How They Fit In Their Handbags And Backpacks

Store Has 3d Printed Accessories So You Can Test How They Fit In Their Handbags And Backpacks

Theanonymousrory Report

Christina Waide
Community Member
3 years ago

Is it my dirty mind or do they all look like sex toys?

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#38

My Grocery Store Bags Items In Blue Bags If They're Cold So You Can Put Them Away First

My Grocery Store Bags Items In Blue Bags If They're Cold So You Can Put Them Away First

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Mixedupste
Community Member
3 years ago

They do that at all major supermarkets when you have your order delivered

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#39

This Liquor Store Sells Cleverly Named, Pre-Made Cocktail Kits In Ziploc Baggies

This Liquor Store Sells Cleverly Named, Pre-Made Cocktail Kits In Ziploc Baggies

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Lara B.
Community Member
3 years ago

"No Panties"...Alright :D

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#40

A Sweetness Scale For Different Kinds Of Apples At The Grocery Store

A Sweetness Scale For Different Kinds Of Apples At The Grocery Store

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TC
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh this is good !

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#41

This Grocery Store Lets You Make Your Own Peanut Butter

This Grocery Store Lets You Make Your Own Peanut Butter

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KK
Community Member
3 years ago

Can I put my head directly underneath these?

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#42

The Cart At My Local Store Has A Place To Charge Your Phone

The Cart At My Local Store Has A Place To Charge Your Phone

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Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

Takes up too much space.

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#43

My Local Supermarket Offers Free Fruit To Children

My Local Supermarket Offers Free Fruit To Children

J_Diz_My_Kiz Report

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
3 years ago

great!!!

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#44

This Sex Shop Changes Its Name To A Book Store For Credit Card Statement

This Sex Shop Changes Its Name To A Book Store For Credit Card Statement

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Karynne Williams
Community Member
3 years ago

I would like to see Barnes and Noble do this in reverse, let the games begin.

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#45

My Local Grocery Store Has Smart Carts That When You Search For An Item Tell You The Exact Isle And Shelf The Item Is On

My Local Grocery Store Has Smart Carts That When You Search For An Item Tell You The Exact Isle And Shelf The Item Is On

rocker248 Report

Anna Thouvenin
Community Member
3 years ago

They should make an app instead. That would cost less and remove the hassle to repair this if it breaks.

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#46

The Supermarket At My University Allows You To Up/downvote New Products And At 50 Likes It Is Adapted Into The Shop

The Supermarket At My University Allows You To Up/downvote New Products And At 50 Likes It Is Adapted Into The Shop

PtChevMeister Report

Rhân
Community Member
3 years ago

Somehow a cool idea but I feel like it could easily manipulated

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#47

This Store In Canada Had Store Wide Discounts That Changed Based On The Temperature Outside That Day

This Store In Canada Had Store Wide Discounts That Changed Based On The Temperature Outside That Day

InFatesHands Report

Kjorn
Community Member
3 years ago

we have a restaurant Ashton in Québec who sell Poutine. In january they did this all the month long. it's -28 outside? -28 for your poutine!

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#48

Local Grocery Store Has Color Changing Check-out Lights Dependant On Number Of Waiting Customers In Line.

Local Grocery Store Has Color Changing Check-out Lights Dependant On Number Of Waiting Customers In Line.

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Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
3 years ago

Love it!!!

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#49

My Local Second Hand Store Made A Reading Corner Out Of Books

My Local Second Hand Store Made A Reading Corner Out Of Books

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Monika Przymuszala
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks cool but I don't know- looks like you might end up buried under those books ;)

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#50

My Local Local Grocery Store Has A 'Free Chilling Service' For Wines And Champagne

My Local Local Grocery Store Has A 'Free Chilling Service' For Wines And Champagne

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Lindsay Ameye
Community Member
3 years ago

9 minutes: sorbet :)

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#51

This Chicago Jewelry Store Has Deceptive Gift Bags

This Chicago Jewelry Store Has Deceptive Gift Bags

thathawkeyeguy Report

Alex K
Community Member
3 years ago

it's sad that they have to do that...but hey, there's a reason here in greece we have a saying: "we have become chicago" when crime rate goes up

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#52

A Supermarket I Visited In Germany Has A Bread Dispenser

A Supermarket I Visited In Germany Has A Bread Dispenser

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Yvo Nne
Community Member
3 years ago

The most german supermarkets have this. :)

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#53

My Supermarket Trollies Have Maps On Them

My Supermarket Trollies Have Maps On Them

1982-present Report

Vanessica Bloxgirl
Community Member
3 years ago

looks also like a scanner or gps on the side, cool!

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#54

The Sticker On This Mango Shows You What Colour The Fruit Should Be When It Will Taste The Best

The Sticker On This Mango Shows You What Colour The Fruit Should Be When It Will Taste The Best

Sycamori Report

makki
Community Member
3 years ago

i like your teapot

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#55

My Supermarket Lets You Eat Produce While You Shop For A 25 Cents

My Supermarket Lets You Eat Produce While You Shop For A 25 Cents

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Lindsay Ameye
Community Member
3 years ago

Great idea for when you enter hungry and are prone to overshop!

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#56

New Grocery Store Opened Where I Live, And They Sell Craft Beer By The Pint And Give You A Cup Holder For Your Cart

New Grocery Store Opened Where I Live, And They Sell Craft Beer By The Pint And Give You A Cup Holder For Your Cart

John7122 Report

troufaki13
Community Member
3 years ago

I already do impulse shopping, I don't need drunk shopping too!! :D

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#57

Came Across This Brilliant Idea At The Grocery Store

Came Across This Brilliant Idea At The Grocery Store

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Paladin
Community Member
3 years ago

Well THAT'S somewhere in Texas...

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#58

My Local Supermarket Now Has A Store Directory On The Shopping Trolly

My Local Supermarket Now Has A Store Directory On The Shopping Trolly

Axiomatic88 Report

lasagna's underrated
Community Member
3 years ago

My Whole Goods has that the too. It makes things a lot easier!

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#59

My Local Butcher Shop Has A Meat Vending Machine

My Local Butcher Shop Has A Meat Vending Machine

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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
3 years ago

The candy store for the carnivore xD

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#60

My Local Booze Vendor Helping Out Shoppers Who Can't Make Up Their Mind

My Local Booze Vendor Helping Out Shoppers Who Can't Make Up Their Mind

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Christina Waide
Community Member
3 years ago

It's all Natty Light.

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#61

One Of My Local Supermarkets Has Electronic Price Tags

One Of My Local Supermarkets Has Electronic Price Tags

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Philippe Guibert
Community Member
3 years ago

Most of supermarkets have these in France.

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