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!

Blakkur Sverrir
Community Member
4 months ago

Uhm... why not?

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Bridget Price
Community Member
4 months ago

for everyone asking, this is from the TV show "Malcolm in the Middle"

Sara Salisbury
Community Member
4 months ago

This is why I hate people.

Fieke Engelen
Community Member
3 months ago

Ooh! We're not all bad. I try hard to be nice

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Midget
Community Member
4 months ago

OK, KAREN TAKE THE FRIGGIN HOTDOG TOY AND GET OUT OF HERE >:C

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
4 months ago

Ok Karen, take a pill!!!!

Andrea Stacey
Community Member
4 months ago

Malcolm in the Middle was such a funny show!

semelina pitrone
Community Member
4 months ago

Thank you for knowing. I love this show and am on the last season with my mom and IT. IS. HILARIOUS.

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Soap
Community Member
4 months ago

"...Ma'am, were you listening?"

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
4 months ago

all supermarket workers should get seminars on stress managment !!!

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
4 months ago

KILL HER!!!

Chris Maddock
Community Member
4 months ago

So very true. There really are people like that and the worst of it is that there are a lot of them !!

Ed Lesperance
Community Member
4 months ago

Dementia is real.

Damon Hill
Community Member
4 months ago

I've worked retail for 50 years. This is the tip of the iceberg. People say everyone should have to serve in the military, well, EVERYONE should have to work in retail, customer service and required to spend a week riding in an 18 wheeler to get a drivers license of any kind.

Kelly Hartle
Community Member
4 months ago

Anyone who says the customer is always right is lying to you.

Idk Katniss Potter
Community Member
4 months ago

Karen...

Obi Wan Kenobi
Community Member
4 months ago

😂

Hart
Community Member
4 months ago

100%. When I worked for a supermarket, that was almost every customer I've ever encountered. Patience thinner is what that job is.

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 months ago

You should copyright Patience Thinner!

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Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
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4 months ago

imma kill dat lady real quick.

Pink Rose
Community Member
3 months ago

Thats my mom

Shivesh Gupta
Community Member
4 months ago

I used to work at a greetings card shop and customers always used to ask for new envelop after they have messed up with the one that came with the card itself :(

Collette Moisan
Community Member
4 months ago

So true!

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
4 months ago

All you can do is walk away

Maureen Peters
Community Member
4 months ago

Very pathetic woman.

Xandra, The Little Hufflepuff
Community Member
4 months ago

I work in a grocery store, and this is true, reading this post might give me an anyurism! (Sorry if misspelled!)

Tessa Thompson
Community Member
4 months ago

I've totally missed what was RIGHT THERE before and asked an employee where it was, only to be directed to what was Glaringly Obvious. Unlike this woman, I've acknowledged being oblivious to what was RIGHT THERE and thanked them. I've worked retail and customer service, and shudder remembering customers like this woman.

Bill Lee
Community Member
4 months ago

#BruhMoment2020

Patty Leaton
Community Member
4 months ago

why just because she's old ,some of them are rude & racist

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
1 month ago

They do not get this because they are old. They grew old being this way. I worked with someone like this and the older she got , the more so it got.

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Cathy Cee
Community Member
4 months ago

I once worked in a grocery store. I was busy adding new stock, a 'lady' asked me where such and such was, I turned my head and answered "aisle 5" since I didn't hear another word, I looked over my shoulder again, she was fiddling with merchandise on the shelves behind me, so I went back to my project. About 5 minutes later, I feel eyes boring into my back, and dummy me, I turned around to look. Miss Inquisitive was giving me a very dirty look. But I can stare holes into someones head, I said: I told you aisle 5, but you rudely couldn't bother to listen! Of course she marched up to the office and complained to the store manager. Thankfully, while I was in trouble, when I told my side of the story, he softened and gently reminded me that customers were our guests. . . . .

Claire Armstrong
Community Member
4 months ago

Lol, I'll tell you, not that I have ever disrespected someone working in retail anyway, but my appreciation and respect for them went up tenfold during this pandemic! In one supermarket I was chatting with a couple of the staff going through the self-scan checkout and they were telling me about how difficult it's been trying to do their normal duties around customers who seemed to think that the staff weren't included in the 2m rule! Reaching right over them, instead of saying excuse me can I just get in there for something please! They were extremely worried about their health! Then in a different shop one time I'm walking along the centre aisle to get to the aisle I wanted to get to and I sense someone walking right behind me! Turns round and it's one of the staff looking at me as if 'can you please get out of my way', and I'm thinking to myself '2 FECKIN METRES PLEASE'! I let her pass me and carry on with my shopping and then she does it AGAIN! I just let it go but it did annoy me!

23AClark
Community Member
4 months ago

I feel for you....believe me.

AALIYAH UMOREN
Community Member
4 months ago

ya

Papa Emeritus IV
Community Member
4 months ago

Just reading that raised my blood pressure

Ashley Fernandes
Community Member
4 months ago

OMG my retail rage is rising

Luthian
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm sorry ma'am that is out of stock. Starts swearing at me to do something about it. Sure ma'am let me just go get the one we were hiding out the back for our particularly rude customers.

Sue Knerl
Community Member
4 months ago

I keeelllll you!

Linda HS
Community Member
4 months ago

Happened so mannnnnyyyyy timmmmeeeeessss🤦‍♀️

Funbiz
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4 months ago

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COcO BAMa
Community Member
4 months ago

Wait id she ordering food or buying a stupid toy

Margareta Hagman
Community Member
4 months ago

hahahahahah i totally get him !

Billy the kid
Community Member
4 months ago

yeah, the same as the mustard on your face

Billy the kid
Community Member
4 months ago

he looks like the character out of Malcom in the middle?

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
4 months ago

Ohhhhhh!

Paula Carr
Community Member
4 months ago

This is a scene from the old "Malcolm in the Middle" TV show. Very funny. With a doofy Brian Cranston.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
4 months ago

Tell her buy batteries for the mustard dog and have some fun! Then watch her implode!

Lunar Owo Potato
Community Member
4 months ago

I- This is crazy

IZama
Community Member
4 months ago

"Off with her head!"

Hana Vejvodova
Community Member
4 months ago

MUSTARD ON HER WHOLE HEAD???

Savita Belle Thorpe
Community Member
4 months ago

#I ❤️ MALCOMINTHEMIDDLEE!!!

Steven Essex
Community Member
4 months ago

Omg, that looks like my grandma!

CHARLOTTE THAXTON
Community Member
4 months ago

HAHA

Abigail
Community Member
4 months ago

You just gave me anger issues

Mr_Person
Community Member
4 months ago

*Smacks the manager

BoredDragon
Community Member
4 months ago

BAHAHA this mans patience humbled me

Katya Kong
Community Member
4 months ago

bHAAHAHAHHAHA

totinos pizza rolls
Community Member
4 months ago

her face screams "get me your manager"

pandathatlikepans
Community Member
4 months ago

she got what she want

Ploploplop
Community Member
4 months ago

Poor Craig.

H Edwards
Community Member
4 months ago

Anyone know what show/movie this is from?

Bridget Price
Community Member
4 months ago

its from Malcolm in the Middle

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Eric Steward
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4 months ago

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If you had actually watched the show, it's funny because Craig deserves the abuse he gets. Like grocery workers in general.

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#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

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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

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#11

Sounds About Right

Sounds About Right

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Rage Racer
Community Member
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.
Community Member
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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#24

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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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.gas.
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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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#27

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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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#32

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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