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 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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
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4 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
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4 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
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4 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
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4 months ago

+ MAGA hat & a "research flat earth" badge

MonicaChicagoGal
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4 months ago

BWAHAHAHA 🤣

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
4 months ago

I was in Wal-Mart yesterday and I saw ONE family not wearing masks. I'm pretty sure the dude looked just like this. The woman had her stupid head held high DARING people to stare at her. I did. And whispered loudly to my son "don't be like THOSE people". I really hate being like that but damn.

Molly Block
Community Member
4 months ago

Good for you, Becca!! It's great people like you who have the courage to stand up and call out the losers who don't GAF about their fellow citizens, OR their children! Those covidiots are putting everyone at risk, even babies!!

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Sara Salisbury
Community Member
4 months ago

Whoever thinks mask don't apply to them needs to be shamed.

Molly Block
Community Member
4 months ago

Would like to just point out to username "JAY LOREN" below that maybe he should ask his doctor/nurse/surgeon why they wear their masks! Maybe next time Jay Loren has some kind of surgery, he'd be okay with all of the medical team NOT wearing masks, nor gloves, nor shields.... because he seems to be the kind of person who is in denial.

Soap
Community Member
4 months ago

Wear a mask, you McFish Nuggets

Kelly Hartle
Community Member
4 months ago

We have a booth selling rocks, gems and minerals, and at the last show a woman came up without a mask, even though all the entrances notified customers that they are required. She came up with several items to buy, and my husband asked her to put on a mask. She dumped all the items on the table, said, "F*** you" and stalked off. I'm actually glad we didn't sell anything to her.

LSS
Community Member
4 months ago

There are those too, but I've seen plenty, PLENTY of people of all colors that aren't wearing masks and honestly don't give a crap either.

Thomas Biorogue
Community Member
4 months ago

I don't get this one. It's definitely not accurate. I wear my shades on my hat like that, I wear a mask in the store. I've seen people from all walks of life not wearing a mask.

eimipet
Community Member
4 months ago

No. Absolutely not. No. No no no no. My mom wears a hat like that and puts her sunglasses like that and she gets so upset when she sees someone not wearing a mask. I can’t even think about her being someone like that. Edit: sorry, I was angry when I posted this, it kinda just ignited me, can anyone tell me how to delete a post?

WildBerry
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4 months ago (edited)

To delete your post, you should see a row of 3 of dots to the right of your name. Click on the dots. Then you should see 'edit' 'delete' Click delete. Just so you know - I think your post is fine. No need to delete it.

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Carmen Honacker
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4 months ago

HAHAHAHAHA, but they are missing the MAGA hat and some American flag sporting clothing article.

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
4 months ago

“I ain’t wearing no mask in your business!” Well, first off, that’s a double negative, so you actually just said you will wear a mask in our business. Otherwise, “No Mask, No Admittance, No Service!”

Mittens Wiggum
Community Member
4 months ago

or wears it below their nose / under their chin - "Hey can I interest you in buying a chocolate teapot while you're at it?"

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Not necessarily so.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
4 months ago

Hopefully store owners and managers back up workers who REFUSE SERVICE. No-mask clowns seem to think they have a right to be in the store. IT'S PRIVATE PROPERTY, FOOLS.

Ole Peder Amrud Hagen
Community Member
4 months ago

That's simply the starter pack for '40+ white, American male, unschooled, reactionary dickhead'.

Jaybird3939
Community Member
4 months ago

A t-shirt with some militaristic design on it and cargo shorts.

Ella Worley
Community Member
4 months ago

😆 lol

Mike
Community Member
4 months ago

I see stereotyping is alive and well. Congratulations, that’s the first step in racial profiling, give yourself a big pat on the back for a job well done you close-minded fool!

Bev Vee
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Some folks can’t wear masks. Those of child abuse, epileptics, anxiety sufferers. Be kind. You never know what someone is going through. I have a handicap tag but look perfectly fine on the outside. I suffer from fibromyalgia fatigue and cannot tell you how many times I’ve needed to have the car near the front of the store.

Tara B.
Community Member
3 months ago

Love how any post with a differing opinion is downvoted to the point of hidden. Facts hurt apparently. 😂

Fred Bigox
Community Member
3 months ago

Some of us are exempt from wearing them and dont look like this

Andrea Hall
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4 months ago

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Billy the kid
Community Member
4 months ago

No Mask - No service

John Baker
Community Member
4 months ago

And once again, right-wingers waste no time in proving they'd be outgunned in a battle of wits with a fence post.

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
4 months ago

OK .....bye bye

pets & plants
Community Member
4 months ago

Well I’m annoyed when I see a cashier who’s supposed to be wearing one not wearing one properly so what’s the point of even having it.

Elaine Dodge
Community Member
4 months ago

No mask, no enter. Simple.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
4 months ago

LMAO!!!!!!!! So true!!!!!

Patty Leaton
Community Member
4 months ago

anyone why the scan code

Steven Essex
Community Member
4 months ago

My response: Then you're not welcome in my business.

Rita Maneata
Community Member
4 months ago

I am tired of these f*****s and I am no longer going to serve them. Not wearing a mask says that you don't care about anyone else you associate with and that's disrespectful.

Boopie Dew
Community Member
4 months ago

Tough s*** put it on anyway or get the f out!

Joshua Shalet
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4 months ago

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Masks do not work They are germ ridden rags that cause chest infections There is literally zero evidence that they cause anything other than harm to the wearer outside a sterile surgical setting https://www.targetliberty.com/2020/10/masks-are-messing-up-brains-of-children.html?m=1

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Tien
Community Member
4 months ago

What's with the tie rip in the shoe?

Mimi777
Community Member
4 months ago

They also love to say things like “iM a WoLf iN a PacK oF SHeeP!!”

Daniele Tigli
Community Member
4 months ago

Accurate lol

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Pobin Rice
Community Member
4 months ago

Racist..... in uk it’s other way around

fenderfan85
Community Member
4 months ago

The only people I've seen not wearing masks and making a big scene when asked to do so are middle aged overweight black women.....shocking

Diane Patrick
Community Member
4 months ago

They know the pandemic is fake unlike the sheep that blindly follow MSM.

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 month ago

Fake until someone you love dies from it...

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Bunny Wood
Community Member
4 months ago

Add in cheap denim for the full kit

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like the gear that Derek Chauvin wore when he killed Georg Floyd.

Scyth
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4 months ago

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So... derek chauvin is your nickname to fentanyl?

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Fan-tastic panda
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4 months ago

Kevins and Karens

Paul Sheehan
Community Member
4 months ago

You anti black lives matter assholes

Curry on...
Community Member
4 months ago

They(the anti-maskers) really do all look alike.

pets & plants
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4 months ago

No they don’t

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4 months ago

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https://www.targetliberty.com/2020/10/masks-are-messing-up-brains-of-children.html?m=1

Logically Reasonable
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4 months ago

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Self-righteous, narcissistic, arrogant, ego-maniacal Democrats.

TheExtremeSmell
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4 months ago

Yeah that’s right! That’s why vote trump bc he only cares about other people and never how he looks or is perceived and is a war hero basically.

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brandon sat
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4 months ago

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so molly, what you are saying is that you would rather have a child molester in office than some one who would say that about a grown woman?

Aragorn II Elessar
Community Member
4 months ago

Of course not! Fortunately, Vice President Biden isn’t a child molester, whilst your lord and saviour Donald Trump was connected with Jeffrey Epstein, for one, and a misogynist, sexist, racist, fucktard whose head is so far up his ass that if he had appendicitis he could remove his own appendix with his teeth.

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Joshua Shalet
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4 months ago

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See Dr Denis Rancourts paper on why masks do not work

Aragorn II Elessar
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4 months ago

This again? Remember what I said about reliable sources a couple of days ago?

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#11

Sounds About Right

Sounds About Right

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Rage Racer
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4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
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4 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.
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4 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
4 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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4 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
4 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
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4 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
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4 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.

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#23

Customers Are Relentless

Customers Are Relentless

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
4 months ago

Lol. Don't be so sure!

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Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
Community Member
4 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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4 months ago

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#26

Things-Supermarket-Employees-Hate

Things-Supermarket-Employees-Hate

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A.M. Pierre
Community Member
4 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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troufaki13
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4 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
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4 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
4 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
4 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
4 months ago

But, they waited so long for extra discount

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Something
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4 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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4 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
4 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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4 months ago

Disgusting idiot!

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#36

Things Supermarket Employees Hate

Things Supermarket Employees Hate

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.gas.
Community Member
4 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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4 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
4 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
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4 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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4 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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