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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4 weeks 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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4 weeks 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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Bardhi's Dad
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4 weeks ago

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

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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
Community Member
4 weeks 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
Community Member
4 weeks 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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4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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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EmiC _21
Community Member
4 weeks ago

there is a spongebob meme for everything

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#9

Customers Who Don't Say Hi

Customers Who Don't Say Hi

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cybermerlin2000
Community Member
4 weeks ago

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

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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
4 weeks ago

+ MAGA hat & a "research flat earth" badge

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#11

Sounds About Right

Sounds About Right

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
4 weeks ago

They don't have parks where these people live?

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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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Soap
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Oh, god. People do this??

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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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postboredom
Community Member
4 weeks ago

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

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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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
4 weeks ago

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

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#19

When Customers Forget How A Store Works

When Customers Forget How A Store Works

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postboredom
Community Member
4 weeks 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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Csaba Hegedűs
Community Member
4 weeks 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.

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#21

"Black Friday As A Wal-Mart Employee."

"Black Friday As A Wal-Mart Employee."

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Midget
Community Member
4 weeks ago

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

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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
4 weeks 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.

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#23

Customers Are Relentless

Customers Are Relentless

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Lol. Don't be so sure!

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
4 weeks ago (edited)

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

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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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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
4 weeks 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"

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#26

Things-Supermarket-Employees-Hate

Things-Supermarket-Employees-Hate

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A.M. Pierre
Community Member
4 weeks 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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Nemopoint
Community Member
4 weeks ago

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

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#28

"Why I Hate Working In Retail."

"Why I Hate Working In Retail."

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postboredom
Community Member
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
4 weeks ago

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

Flare
Community Member
4 weeks ago (edited)

I do. I like the dinner episode

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Sandy Cundiff
Community Member
4 weeks ago

I am getting tired of old people being made fun of. A lot of young people are dunderheads. I am 79 and have been working at Walmart for 19 years. I zone housewares and domestics and sometimes go to cashier. There is no special age for dumb.

Barbara Valleroy
Community Member
4 weeks ago

"I'm sorry. The manufacturer won't reimburse us for this if we exceed their cutoff date."

Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
4 weeks ago

But, they waited so long for extra discount

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I am starting to think that all American chop employees ask for the insults they receive

Patty Leaton
Community Member
4 weeks ago

NOT ANY MORE

CincyReds
Community Member
4 weeks ago

I had one for some pet food, I didn't want to be that person, but I just said maybe you can force it through? She tried and couldn't . Didn't make a scene, jsut said oh well, my fault. Geez I remember when I would use coupons at Meijer for stuff I didn't even buy and they went thru, doesn't happen anymore lol

Catherine Brady
Community Member
4 weeks ago

It's not just old people.

Billy the kid
Community Member
3 weeks ago

expired coupons require expired products.

Melissa Powell
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Like I said, lets cut the crap about old people. Also a request from daughter-in-law whose name is Karen. Chose another name, lol.

Flavia Slag
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I have seen younger people blow their cool because of expired coupons. I have watched people bring a pile of coupons and keep people waiting in line for "hours" while the cashier goes through them...

Tessa Thompson
Community Member
4 weeks ago

When I worked at Macy's, one lady wanted to talk to my manager when I refused to honor an expired coupon.

TimesNewLogan
Community Member
4 weeks ago

"These coupons expired in the Sixties... and the store they're for closed down twelve years ago... and the store was exclusive to Yugoslavia..."

Logically Reasonable
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Thats when you call the manager, and they can't be found anywhere........so you have to wait................and wait................and wait.....................and wait..............and all of a sudden you have 20 pissed off customers in YOUR line screaming obscenities at you!

lara
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4 weeks ago

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Yeah, old people. Something needs to be done with them. Euthanasia? Let's add this to the reason list "They irritate the hell out of me."

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Something
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4 weeks 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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Shelli Aderman
Community Member
4 weeks ago

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

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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
4 weeks 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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Dorothy Parker
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4 weeks ago

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

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#36

Things Supermarket Employees Hate

Things Supermarket Employees Hate

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.gas.
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4 weeks 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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Bardhi's Dad
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4 weeks ago

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

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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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 weeks 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.

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