You know how you enter the store to get some milk, only to see the shelf full of pinot grigio right in the way, staring at you with no place to hide? This moment of pure impromptu is basically the essence of the “decisions were made here” meme that shows the lonely product (one intended to buy) standing in the midst of the indulgence section, whether it’s beer or ice cream.

But no matter how funny it may be in the joke format, the reality is a tiny bit different. It turns out, it’s one of the most annoying things customers do while shopping, according to supermarket employees—not even mentioning taking a thing out of its package and leaving it lying out somewhere.

Below is the list of seriously annoying stuff we should all quit immediately if we ever want good shopping karma.

#1

Accurate

Accurate

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Bardhi's Dad
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5 months ago

OMG! Keep calm man! Don't kill her, please!

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When People Stop In The Middle Of An Aisle And Act Like They're The Only Ones In The Store

When People Stop In The Middle Of An Aisle And Act Like They're The Only Ones In The Store

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troufaki13
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5 months ago

I hate when this happens on sidewalks too

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#3

"If You Let Your Kids Do This, [screw] You."

"If You Let Your Kids Do This, [screw] You."

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

My sentiments exactly.

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Back in the 1950s and '60s, the vibe at supermarkets was totally different. According to author Blake Morgan, “brands treated customers like they didn’t have brain cells and used loud and obnoxious voices and obviously exaggerated print.”

It all changed with Ogilvy, the father of advertising who said that you gotta treat customers like you treat your family members. Because, essentially, they’re potential clients.

Then, the now-famous phrase “the customer is always right” was pioneered by successful retailers named Harry Gordon Selfridge, John Wanamaker, and Marshall Field. This approach stuck with us for many years to come, and it’s still in use today. But critics claim it doesn’t work in the current times.

#4

If You Really Love Your Heros, Consider This

If You Really Love Your Heros, Consider This

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Laugh or not
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5 months ago

Yes, calling people 'heroes' for doing their jobs is a good way to pat them on the back, congratulate them and avoid thinking about work conditions and salaries.

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#5

"Retail Workers Know What I Mean"

"Retail Workers Know What I Mean"

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Rod Egret
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5 months ago

This one is super funny!

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#6

Getting Told The Same Joke

Getting Told The Same Joke

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postboredom
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5 months ago

Oh my god. Somebody teach me how to do this.

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In the times of consumerism, customers are no longer the perfect beings worthy of praise. According to the author Alexander Kjerulf, sticking to the “customer is always right” mantra has multiple adverse effects.

It makes employees unhappy, it gives abrasive customers an unfair advantage, it results in worse customer service, and it ignores the fact that some customers are just plain wrong.

Even if being customer-centric is part of the customer experience, that doesn’t mean brands and companies have to follow it blindly. They should rather seek a smart balance in making both customers and their workers equally happy.

#7

"Working In Retail Is A Special Type Of Hell"

"Working In Retail Is A Special Type Of Hell"

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
5 months ago

When I was a kid, customers had to pay for stuff they dropped and destoyed. Doesn't seem a thing anymore.

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#8

This Is Accurate

This Is Accurate

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
5 months ago

Signs are the most overrated things in the world.

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#9

Customers Who Don't Say Hi

Customers Who Don't Say Hi

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Andrei Gherasim
Community Member
5 months ago

Yeah :))

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#10

When They Act Like Masks Don't Apply To Them

When They Act Like Masks Don't Apply To Them

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Vorknkx
Community Member
5 months ago

+ MAGA hat & a "research flat earth" badge

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#11

Sounds About Right

Sounds About Right

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Rage Racer
Community Member
5 months ago

I don't know who need to see this but screw you Karen!

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#12

All The Employees Have To Do Is Put Stuff Away...right?

All The Employees Have To Do Is Put Stuff Away...right?

"If you do this, f**k you."

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All Lives Matter
Community Member
5 months ago

The worst part is the abandoned basket of clothes... *shivers* reminds me of my mum.

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#13

When Customers Leave Stuff From Other Aisles In Places They Shouldn't Be

When Customers Leave Stuff From Other Aisles In Places They Shouldn't Be

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

ESPECIALLY cold stuff like meat and icecream. It is an absolute waste, the shops can’t sell those things anymore.

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#14

"I Think We All Can Relate. Am I Right?"

"I Think We All Can Relate. Am I Right?"

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Tiari
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

One of the things I really like about Germany. A simple „NEXT“ is common and completely sufficient.

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#15

When They Tell Employees Their Whole Life Story

When They Tell Employees Their Whole Life Story

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Yup, I have heard about a women having a colonoscopy, a woman being a prostitute and that the fella with her was her pimp and bf, a guy with a big bandage telling me about his infection that was literally oozing pus etc. Some things we just don’t need or want to know.

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#16

"Any Season"

"Any Season"

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Losferatu
Community Member
5 months ago

Walmart...nuff said

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#17

When Guests Forget The Entire Reason Employees Are In The Store

When Guests Forget The Entire Reason Employees Are In The Store

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S.
Community Member
5 months ago

But, the customers are only there because the store is open...? Then isn't it the fault of the management?

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#18

When They Walk In Just Before Closing

When They Walk In Just Before Closing

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
5 months ago

Loooool

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#19

When Customers Forget How A Store Works

When Customers Forget How A Store Works

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postboredom
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5 months ago (edited)

Thats probably a brain fart. With a hint of rude.

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#20

When They Come .5 Seconds Before Closing Time

When They Come .5 Seconds Before Closing Time

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Hume
Community Member
5 months ago

This happens. I did expos, and it runs on a Sunday also, you leave at 6 pm on Sunday, but all of a sudden potential clients and people come rushing in at 5:30 pm. Ok then, not like it is Sunday evening already, and still have to pack up and drive back home.

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#21

"Black Friday As A Wal-Mart Employee."

"Black Friday As A Wal-Mart Employee."

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Yeah, you heard
Community Member
5 months ago

'Muruca

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#22

When Customers Leave Their Dirty Trash In The Carts

When Customers Leave Their Dirty Trash In The Carts

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Vorknkx
Community Member
5 months ago

When one fails to understand the simple fact that the supermarket employee is not their mom, and therefore not there to clean up after them.

Zenozenobee
Community Member
5 months ago

My kids are 4yo and 6yo, and I already made sure that they will never think this is my job to clean after them. They clear the table after their meal, no dirty cloths outside the laundry basket, no toys all over the floor after they played, if they overthrow something, well, they mop up....I wonder if the main problem is not thinking that someone else is responsible for your mess (specially your mum).

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Lola
Community Member
5 months ago

We all hate that whether we work there or not. There’s nothing I hate more in a supermarket than to find trash in the cart. How disgusting do you have to be?

Tien
Community Member
5 months ago

Why does the cart have cupholders in the first place? Surely shoppers won't die if they can't take a sip of their drink for 15 minutes

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
5 months ago

You know those Barnum’s Animals cookies in the little box with a string handle? I can’t tell you how many totally or partially empty Barnum’s Animals boxes my parents paid for, and either disposed of in the first garbage can they saw or let me carry out of the store. They would NEVER even think of being so rude or disrespectful (to the store and its employees) as to leave their (or my) garbage behind for someone else to pick up! (They were the same about littering, btw, which was unusual in the 1960s.)

Louloubelle
Community Member
5 months ago

This is particularly upsetting now, when you find masks, gloves, and used wipes in the carts.

Soap
Community Member
5 months ago

Why though.

Sara Salisbury
Community Member
5 months ago

People are just lazy mother flippers.

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Debbie Pugsley
Community Member
5 months ago

Or poop in the fitting room of a department store. Go figure THAT one out.

TheAussieGal
Community Member
5 months ago

*me looks around and sees people, yells loudly* Oh No WhO LeFt thEsE PrInGleS In HeRe? *me later* Eats one.

Transat
Community Member
5 months ago

Why does the shopping trolley even have a place to put soda or whatever ...

German Rottweiler#16
Community Member
5 months ago

eew i hate when the person who previously used the cart leaves trash in it, i feel bad for the employees.

Duncan
Community Member
5 months ago

This is annoying, my local grocery store had mobile phone holders but they removed them because selfish a-holes kept putting rubbish in there. The holders were so convenient. Not easy pushing a trolley while trying to scroll your shopping list on your phone.

Billy the kid
Community Member
5 months ago

as they walk through the checkout i will hold a bin up and say" How about putting your rubbish here"

Lynn Morello
Community Member
5 months ago

At least THIS is not sticky and smelly.

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
5 months ago

This BUGS ME too, the dirty grubs

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
5 months ago

Probably where the beer virus really started. Gross shopping carts.

Gregg Bender
Community Member
5 months ago

Especially dirty diapers. Yes, people do that. "Doo that?" :/

Flavia Slag
Community Member
5 months ago

Always see this. Some stuff is just nasty!

Eagle Girl
Community Member
5 months ago

Every. Costco. Ever.( before CoVid) Now the greedy slobs get no more free samples so no food in carts.

J Sizz
Community Member
5 months ago

Make sure to leave clean trash only people! Bunch of savages...

TimesNewLogan
Community Member
5 months ago

I had a family leave an entire spilled McDonald's order in the cart, because they couldn't watch their kids for five seconds. I've straight-up refused to bring in carts because people leave diapers in them, in the hot sun, rather than walking them up to the trash cans.

23AClark
Community Member
5 months ago

I hate it when my son and I go grocery shopping, and people leave their garbage or the kids garbage in the cart. Then we're the ones who has to clean it out!

Boopie Dew
Community Member
5 months ago

Agreed, also the next customer doesn't want to clean it out either.

BoredDragon
Community Member
5 months ago

Mmm, Pringles

Patty Leaton
Community Member
5 months ago

NAPPIES,EATEN FOOD OR DRINK FROM OUR STORE,STOLLEN GOODS

Carmen Honacker
Community Member
5 months ago

Yeah, I hate these asshats! Super disgusting!

Logically Reasonable
Community Member
5 months ago

I've always wanted to follow some nasty customers home, wait till they go to work, then go into their house, throw shoes and clothes all over the place, and empty out their fridges into their underwear drawers!!!

EA
Community Member
5 months ago

They wasted two Pringles. Disgusting

Stephen Taylor
Community Member
5 months ago

I’ve actually come across carts that had kids dirty diapers in them. We truly live in a classless society.😔

KT
Community Member
5 months ago

Just leave it outside the homeless will make quick work of that

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#23

Customers Are Relentless

Customers Are Relentless

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
5 months ago

Lol. Don't be so sure!

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#24

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Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
Community Member
5 months ago

No, it won't. It's not 15 so bye bish.

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#25

Even Though Zebra Says 1 But Not Binned In Anywhere

Even Though Zebra Says 1 But Not Binned In Anywhere

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5 months ago

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#26

Things-Supermarket-Employees-Hate

Things-Supermarket-Employees-Hate

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A.M. Pierre
Community Member
5 months ago

And yet I did get charged twice at a bookstore once when this happened. Took forever to get my money back. I realize that's an exception, not the rule, but I am wary now.

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#27

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troufaki13
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5 months ago

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No offense, but isn't this your job?

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#28

"Why I Hate Working In Retail."

"Why I Hate Working In Retail."

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postboredom
Community Member
5 months ago

Evil people. My sister is one of them.

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#29

When Customers Disappear After Employees Go Into The Back To Get Something For Them

When Customers Disappear After Employees Go Into The Back To Get Something For Them

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
5 months ago

Reminds me the scene with Rowan Atkinson and Alan Rickman in the movie "Love Actually"

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#30

Cough Cough

Cough Cough

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

I feel awful for my son. He spits when he talks because of a few reasons. He has a lateral lisp which causes excess saliva and he has low muscle tone in his mouth which causes him to still dribble and not have as much control as most people do. I worry how that will impact him as he gets older.

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#31

Those Coupons Though

Those Coupons Though

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
5 months ago

But, they waited so long for extra discount

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#32

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Something
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5 months ago

But sometimes people who don't work at a store can be found folding things because they unfolded them.

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#33

When People Leave Food In A Cart

When People Leave Food In A Cart

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Falcon
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5 months ago

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Never heard of this before. I'd guess they had an emergency, but idk how frequent this is. 🤔

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#34

When People Take Something Out Of Its Package And Just Leave It There

When People Take Something Out Of Its Package And Just Leave It There

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Tiari
Community Member
5 months ago

I admit: I did that once or twice. The packaging had no information about the fabric on it, but I need that info for my decision. Afterwards I really really tried getting the stuff back in the packaging, but gave up after 5 to 10 minutes. If the damn manufacturer is not able to print the f*****g type of fabric on the packaging and I have no chance getting the stuff back in the packaging because it was packed under a vacuum... sorry. And yes. I asked staff about the type of fabric, and mostly the answer is a blank stare and an „I don’t know...“

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#35

When They Beckon An Employee Over Like They're A Trained Animal

When They Beckon An Employee Over Like They're A Trained Animal

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Bardhi's Dad
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5 months ago

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Disgusting idiot!

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#36

Things Supermarket Employees Hate

Things Supermarket Employees Hate

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.gas.
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5 months ago

Customers hate being asked this, too. Why does it matter? Is there a price differential?

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#37

Who Just Decided "No" On The TV?

Who Just Decided "No" On The TV?

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Eglė Bukauskaitė
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5 months ago

Prettu sure they've checked prices online and it was lower

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#38

When They Don't Recognize The Difference Between In-Store And Online

When They Don't Recognize The Difference Between In-Store And Online

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Tiari
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

So the customer went the extra mile to check if the item he wants is still in stock before he makes the trip, with a service the store provides for exactly that purpose, and you hate him for it? Wow. That’s entitled.

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#39

"98% Of Customers Are Illiterate"

"98% Of Customers Are Illiterate"

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troufaki13
Community Member
5 months ago

Sometimes this discount applies only to certain items and it isn't always clear which one

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#40

People Who Shop At The Absolute Last Minute

People Who Shop At The Absolute Last Minute

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Hume
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5 months ago

Here in South Africa, the opposite happens. The supermarket could be overwhelmingly busy, but the cashier will just put the "closed" sign on the counter, does not matter if there were still people in that particular queue. So you now have to go stand in another queue, making each queue take even longer, obviously.

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