Grocery Store Etiquette: It Is Not Okay To Run Someone Over With Your Cart
In addition to saving time and money in the grocery store and, the ethical use of coupons, I am also a stickler for manners. All day, everyday, no matter where I am, or where I am going.
Born and raised right here in the South (living below the Mason Dixon line suits this savvy saver just fine) I was raised to practice good manners and to appreciate good manners displayed by others. Now, don't get me wrong, I have had my fair share of elbows on the table but, you'll never see this deal diva arrive empty handed as a guest to someone's home.
So, when I started receiving somewhat humorous emails from readers about no-no's committed in the checkout lane, I decided to take my sweet tea inspired know-how and get right down to businsess in setting folks straight about the do's and dont's when shopping in public.
Today's email comes from Kay M., from Utah. Kay writes:
July 10, 2011
I wanted to share a recent experience with you after shopping in my local grocery store. After shopping for about an hour and filling up my cart, I took my place in line at the checkout. The only checkout lane open at the time. A few minutes later, a woman took her place in line behind me with only a few items in a handheld basket. I asked her to go ahead since I had much more than she did.
I thought she would say "thank you". Instead she replied: "Thank God. I hate getting stuck behind people like you".
At first, I was shocked by her response but then calmly replied: What a coincidence. I hate getting stuck behind like YOU! (It took a few moments for her to register the nature of my comment but when it did, it was clear she was greatly embarassed and rightfully so)
Just thought I would share.
Thanks for the deals,
You displayed simple kindness when you allowed her to step in line ahead of you. I think we both know a simple "thank you" would have been the correct response from the ungrateful shopper. (And we are cheering for your well said, calm response!)
Hopefully, your response has taught her a lesson and from now on, she will understand her "place" in line and be a bit more graceful if ever put in the same situation, again.
From the checkout lane,
Do you have a shopping tale you wish to share? Please send your experiences to firstname.lastname@example.org . We are happy to listen to your tales of miss-mannered shoppers and will provide a healthy dose of southern sass when we respond.