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

retailrage Report

Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#2

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

reddit.com Report

troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

I hate when this happens on sidewalks too

View More Replies...
View more comments
#3

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

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

TheGhoti Report

Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 month ago

This is really annoying. What kind of parents are them? How do they educate those children?

View More Replies...
View more comments

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

reddit.com Report

Laugh or not
Community Member
1 month 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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#5

"Retail Workers Know What I Mean"

"Retail Workers Know What I Mean"

psychotronofdeth Report

Rod Egret
Community Member
1 month ago

This one is super funny!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#6

Getting Told The Same Joke

Getting Told The Same Joke

reddit.com Report

postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments

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"

xxyesterdayxxq4 Report

Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#8

This Is Accurate

This Is Accurate

retailrage Report

EmiC _21
Community Member
1 month ago

there is a spongebob meme for everything

View More Replies...
View more comments
#9

Customers Who Don't Say Hi

Customers Who Don't Say Hi

reddit.com Report

cybermerlin2000
Community Member
1 month ago

I always say Hi and I'm very cheerful about it because I feel like they have taken the time to be nice

View More Replies...
View more comments
#10

When They Act Like Masks Don't Apply To Them

When They Act Like Masks Don't Apply To Them

reddit.com Report

Vorknkx
Community Member
1 month ago

+ MAGA hat & a "research flat earth" badge

View More Replies...
View more comments
#11

Sounds About Right

Sounds About Right

reddit.com Report

Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

They don't have parks where these people live?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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."

cola-troll Report

Soap
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, god. People do this??

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

reddit.com Report

postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

You don't have to work in a supermarket to hate this...I feel for you all.

View more comments
#14

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

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

TheRealJeffFisher Report

Tiari
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

When They Tell Employees Their Whole Life Story

When They Tell Employees Their Whole Life Story

reddit.com Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month 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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#16

"Any Season"

"Any Season"

reddit.com Report

Losferatu
Community Member
1 month ago

Walmart...nuff said

View More Replies...
View more comments
#17

When Guests Forget The Entire Reason Employees Are In The Store

When Guests Forget The Entire Reason Employees Are In The Store

jduke1993 Report

S.
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#18

When They Walk In Just Before Closing

When They Walk In Just Before Closing

retailjobsprobs Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

Just close the doors 5 to 10 minutes minutes before closing time and only let customers out. Common practice in the Netherlands.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#19

When Customers Forget How A Store Works

When Customers Forget How A Store Works

reddit.com Report

postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#20

When They Come .5 Seconds Before Closing Time

When They Come .5 Seconds Before Closing Time

evelynnleee Report

Csaba Hegedűs
Community Member
1 month ago

In my country it is mandatory by law to have 'online cash registers' everywhere, that works like sending all data directly to some tax office or anything. It means if a shop is officially open from like 9 to 18, they can't sell you stuff AFTER 18, because register will note the tax office that out of business hours this shop was doing business. Therefore, shops can legally tell people who come this late that sorry, if you can't make your purchase in the next ten seconds, we can't legally serve you.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#21

"Black Friday As A Wal-Mart Employee."

"Black Friday As A Wal-Mart Employee."

AdamsGame Report

Midget
Community Member
1 month ago

ITS THE HERD!!!! RUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN!!!!!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

When Customers Leave Their Dirty Trash In The Carts

When Customers Leave Their Dirty Trash In The Carts

reddit.com Report

Vorknkx
Community Member
1 month 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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#23

Customers Are Relentless

Customers Are Relentless

reddit.com Report

Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 month ago

Lol. Don't be so sure!

View more comments
#24

retailjobsprobs Report

Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

"Well, let me think a bit about this generous offer you made... NO!"

View more comments
#25

Even Though Zebra Says 1 But Not Binned In Anywhere

Even Though Zebra Says 1 But Not Binned In Anywhere

reddit.com Report

Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 month ago

You just go in the back, rest for 5 minutes and come back to tell him "No. We don't have it. I checked everywhere"

View More Replies...
View more comments
#26

Things-Supermarket-Employees-Hate

Things-Supermarket-Employees-Hate

Lannister20 Report

A.M. Pierre
Community Member
1 month 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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#27

driftkittah Report

Nemopoint
Community Member
1 month ago

Actually... my wardrobe looks like this. But i didn't shop any outfit since a year so, it'just my wardrobe.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#28

"Why I Hate Working In Retail."

"Why I Hate Working In Retail."

llamalaughter Report

postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

Evil people. My sister is one of them.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

unemotionalandroid Report

Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View more comments
#30

Cough Cough

Cough Cough

reddit.com Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month 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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#31

Those Coupons Though

Those Coupons Though

retailhellgirl Report

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 month ago

*Beverly Goldberg (please tell me you guys watch that show).

View More Replies...
View more comments
#32

PaulShorter13 Report

Something
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#33

When People Leave Food In A Cart

When People Leave Food In A Cart

maichodo Report

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
1 month ago

Carts need a sign, like, “Don’t complain about rising prices of food when you do this s**t!”

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

reddit.com Report

Tiari
Community Member
1 month 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...“

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

reddit.com Report

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

Asking for help is fine. Summoning someone like that is not.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#36

Things Supermarket Employees Hate

Things Supermarket Employees Hate

Jonyhyper1 Report

.gas.
Community Member
1 month ago

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

Ayra
Community Member
1 month ago

Depending on the system you might have to click a different option on the computer

Load More Replies...
Summer Woodsong
Community Member
1 month ago

The poor employee probably has some button to push on the register that management has set up that must be entered before the transaction can go proceed. Credit card purchases charge fees to the business, but debit cards usually don't.

Logically Reasonable
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't know WHY companies have to design their cards with the SAME colors and similar designs on them.........most all of my cards are red. And I'm usually pretty good at paying attention. But one time I grabbed my library card and gave it to the clerk. He said he couldn't take it. I asked why, he said it was a library card. I said "Geez, when did you stop taking library cards as payment"? (as I was handing him my credit card) He laughed. I told him what a dumb ass I was for not paying attention. He started laughing more.....and I laughed. So, I hope I put a kink in his bad retail day.

Idaaoyama
Community Member
1 month ago

In France (and I suppose the rest of Europe too) they just ask you if you pay by cash or card. I was never asked f it's debit/credit. Most people have a debit card anyway.

Joanne Haywood
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, same for the UK

Load More Replies...
Corey Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

This reminds me of my first job bagging groceries. I would ask them if they wanted paper or plastic (this was many years ago). I lost count of how many times their reply was "I want mine in bags." Yes, I understand that, what kind of bags?

Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
1 month ago

Both. That's the answer I hated most. it's like saying hey I not only help cut forest I also help pollute with plastic.

Load More Replies...
Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 month ago

At least people aren't writing checks at stores anymore. That was the worst. I remember at Sears the little old ladies would ask me to fill out their checks for them (except signature)... And they all. Write. Checks.

El Dee
Community Member
1 month ago

This must be an American thing. My guess is that a lot of customers actually don't know..

Collette Moisan
Community Member
3 weeks ago

We ask if it will be cash or card. Some stores though have a cash, debit and credit buttons, so that is why they ask that!

Collette Moisan
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Lmao, all the time!

Lynn Morello
Community Member
4 weeks ago

We just get asked cash or card.

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Agree it is a card that works ..what else do they need?

Melissa Powell
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Why would this question be asked?

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
1 month ago

I can pick which it is on my card after I insert it. What is really needed is all point of sale equipment needs to be identical throughout the land.

Elaine Dodge
Community Member
1 month ago

We get asked are you paying cash or on account. 'Cash' covers physical cash, credit cards, and debit cards. Never 100% sure how to answer as I never carry cash and have no accounts, so I just say 'card'. Probably annoys them as well, but at least it's the truth. Wish they'd ask 'Cash, card or account.'

Patty Leaton
Community Member
1 month ago

IN MY HEAD YOUR PLASTIC BRAIN HA HA SMILE

Sabrina Fisher
Community Member
1 month ago

For my job I have to note the type of card they are using for their purchase so if there is an issue it will be easier to find later...So when I say "and what type of card will you be using today?" I get "ummm what do you mean?"

Barbara Valleroy
Community Member
1 month ago

Also: "Paper or plastic?"(meaning bag type) Customer: "Plastic. I'll pay with plastic."

Mittens Wiggum
Community Member
1 month ago

Thankfully we only had cash or card option as here everything is chip and pin or contactless

Boopie Dew
Community Member
1 month ago

I think its in the payment method cashier has to press on register.

Kim
Community Member
1 month ago

Some people don’t know what debit or credit means.

Isak Nygren
Community Member
1 month ago

In Sweden the cashier may ask for the card but it's the customer who choose between debit or credit card so this question isn't asked in grocery stores etc.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#37

Who Just Decided "No" On The TV?

Who Just Decided "No" On The TV?

reddit.com Report

Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 month ago

I really don't understand how people can do things like this. It's so...

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

reddit.com Report

Tiari
Community Member
1 month 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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#39

"98% Of Customers Are Illiterate"

"98% Of Customers Are Illiterate"

EmmyBear08 Report

troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#40

People Who Shop At The Absolute Last Minute

People Who Shop At The Absolute Last Minute

reddit.com Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

In a way I wish we had coupons like they do in the US but as a past checkout operator I am also glad we don’t. Takes up so much time.

View More Replies...
View more comments

Note: this post originally had 53 images. It’s been shortened to the top 40 images based on user votes.