Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Assumptions

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Do you ever feel like grocery store employees make assumptions about you based on products that you purchase?

The other day I went to the expensive market in my neighborhood, just because they carry the organic cat food that I have been feeding my cats. I don't do the majority of my shopping there -- it is just too damn expensive. While I was picking up the 10 cans of cat food, I remembered that I also needed toilet paper. So I grabbed a 9-pack of toilet paper and my 10 cans of cat food, and I went over to the check out line. 

When the grocery store clerk was scanning my items, I noticed that she and the grocery store bagger were eyeballing my items, each other, and ME, and I just know they were thinking the worst...that I was buying my dinner (CAT FOOD) and plenty of clean up material.  I know that is what they were thinking! COME ON.  As if.  SO GROSS. I considered clearing up the matter with a few choice words, but I just kept my yap shut and let them think the worst. LOL.

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40 comments:

L.A. Daze said...

Hahaha, I never gave this any thought! Now i'm going to be all self conscious the next time I do my groceries.

Although I did once have a guy tell me: "Geez, buy something unhealthy or something!" My cart was filled up with fruits and veggies.

Laura Trevey said...

I stopped by your blog for a good laugh today... and got it!!

Thanks,
Laura

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

LOL. You are too funny. This is hilarious indeed! Am always in a dream state when shopping for provisions - I shop at the local farmers market for fruits, vegetables, bread, cheese, olives, fish and meat, and the vendors are usually very charming.

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

Curtis once went through the checkout line with a twelve-pack of beer, some duct tape, and a plunger (all unrelated, but things we needed for one reason or another). He told the checker we were having a party. :)

Ebony said...

LoL I saw that on an eipsode of "Good Times."

I'm probably guilty of it too though. When I see 2 guys purchasing organic vegetables and pesto, I assume they're gay. When I see a guy purchasing loads of Totinos pizza rolls and Fanta, I assume he's single and will be for a long time. When I see a lady purchasing bunches of Lean Cuisine, I assume she's single and a little miserable because who isn't miserable eating Lean Cusines for lunch and dinner every freakin' day?

Melanie's Randomness said...

They really need to mind their P's & Q's. Wow what ridicolous grocery store people. Funny tho! I love it tho when I guy buys like a twinkie, set of condoms, a razor, a kid's toy & then like an ointment cream. hehe. Makes your mind wander...=P

bananas. said...

oh lady i assume on the flippin type and i'm certain others do too.

though my guess is they were thinking "cat lady" not "lady who eats cat food"...i hope. haha.

its ok...you're cool in my book.

bananas. said...

uhhh let me try that again...

"i assume all the flippin time"

type? wtf is wrong with me? damn phone keyboard and overgrown nails!!!!

Tia said...

I'm with bananas, they were prob thinking cat lady all the way. Maybe cat lady with IBS...

Big Red said...

BWAHAHAHA! They abso-fucking-lutely judge. When I was just out of college and lived right off of Sunset, I used to get stoned, walk up to Ralph's and buy Camel Lights, 6 pack of Diet Coke & a tube of cookie dough. I think the Ralph's checkers had the correct judgments about me at that time.

Stay cool today!

Katie said...

oh god. words wouldn't have cleared anything up! i know if it was me i'd just make it even more awkward if i spoke.

Lorena said...

You always crack me up.

Gabby said...

"Cat lady with IBS" hahah I love Tia's comment! I get paranoid sometimes, especially when I go to the store for baking goods, like butter, cream and chocolate. I always have to tell the cashier "I'm making whatever-it-is-that-i'm-making!". Not sure why.

Morgan said...

Hahaha. I totally do this and know others do this to me. :)

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Dancing Branflake said...

Haha! I hate it when I go through the line and the checker is like "wow, having a party?" I just want to say, "No, I eat a lot." That's why I go through the self check out whenever possible.

Trixie said...

Lol Gross!

Oh and they do notice everything! I know I would.

Last time I went the guy said So are you buying for two households? I didn't know what he meant but apparently my OCD kicks into gear when I'm shopping and I buy two of everything! Two breads, two yogurts of each flavor (always in an even number total - 6 or 8), two packets of lunch meat, two cheese. It was totally embarrassing but funny

Adiya said...

Lol!! Oh wow, you know, i've never thought about what the check-out dudes are thinking.

BTW, thanks for your comments DrollGirl :D

creative kerfuffle said...

what the fuck are you doing in my head???? really! i just went to the grocery store today and every time i do i know the cashier is thinking i'm a weirdo. we're trying to eat healthier so there's all this whole wheat, low fat shit in the buggy along w/ cookies and candy corn (cos the kids would run away if there was NOTHING good in the house).
also--when i stock up on tampons and pads i know the female cashiers are thinking, poor thing it's that time of the month, and the male cashiers are going...super? extra absorbent? ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

SabinePsynopsis said...

Love the story, but I think you are overseeing something, DG... If you were really buying catfood for dinner, would you buy this in the expensive supermarket (and organic for that matter?). Anyway, it's one of my favourite hobbies to draw conclusions of what people have in their trolley. What a bitch! Don't you just HATE me?!

Mrsblogalot said...

HAA! See, now I did not even think that until you said it. I was all like.... Eww! that girl poops?

Vivienne said...

Too funny! Were you at Whole Paycheck? :) My sister once went to a hardware store and was embarrassed by her two items: a can of air freshener and a plunger.

I think about what it must look like sometimes... but my grocery store people know me (and my 4-boy-situation) so I think they cut me a little slack.

Caroline said...

Hahahaha... Come on...you ate it...

Char said...

as one of those that used to spend the bucks on expensive cat food, i get why they think that but...if you wanted the good stuff you could just go for fancy feast.

my fancy store doesn't carry tp. lol

Heff said...

F' em !!!

That's why I always buy a pack of Trojan MAGNUM(tm) extra-large condoms when I go shopping.

No assumptions there, I'M SURE.

Missy said...

Yes! I think they do! Sometimes, they will even comment! I hate that!

LilStroker said...

I was guilty of this the other day. I went to walmart to get oil for my car. And by the time I was done I had, 3 quarts of oil, printing paper, personal lubricant, a pint of ice cream, body wash and an energy drink. So I know those looks.

...love Maegan said...

sometimes it's fun fucking with people. I think you should do that shit more often really ...and I should start too. lol!!!

Chessa! said...

you are so funny. I have no idea what they were thinking but I can only imagine the look on your face trying to hold back from telling them off! :)

Andhari said...

I know what you mean. I definitely feel a bit self conscious whenever i buy a lot of snacks, or candies. They do judge in the stores!

bravegrrl said...

hahaha!!!

thanks for the daily dose of laughter!

diane said...

They were thinking that you wipe your cats butts. I'm an expert on grocery clerks, I know.

girlunwinding said...

They may have been jealous. Their dinner probably consisted of dog food.
~Dawn

Georgina Dollface said...

I've often felt the same way too when I have two totally unrelated items (like a pack of AAA batteries and a jar of baby dills. You are wondering too now, aren't you?) But what's worse than the cashier eyeballing my stuff, is when other people in line make idle chit chat about what I am buying and why. Mind your own biscuits!
I'm also always amused by those people who insist on having a divider between your stuff and their stuff even when there is 3feet of space between you on the flippin' conveyor belt. - G

Kitty Stampede said...

HILARIOUS! my husband and i always look at people's orders and think certain items are pretty damn funny. it's just kind of interesting to see what other people are getting.

i buy a lot of organic, mostly healthy stuff and one day steve asked me to pick up some hotdogs. i picked them up and felt all embarrassed when i was up at the cash so hid them under some bread...bahahaha...there's just something about hotdogs.

i can totally relate to this. totally.

Bromeliad said...

Do you ever buy extra things just to shake it up? Like Wonder Bread, pork rinds and radicchio?

Marsi @ The Cottage Cheese said...

I have to say, although most are nice, there are some snooty GD employees at the green grocers. You think you're better than me 'cause you make minimum wage pushing healthy product? They can only afford to buy a tiny bit of their groceries from their own store (sadly because they're underpaid), but just working there gives them no right to be holier-than-thou and hypocritical.

Wow, just realized I'm in a rather snarky mood tonight. Sorry if that's unpleasant :)

Kathryn said...

Had not really thought of it that way, but does remind me of when I was in line at Kroger and the guy ahead of me had a supersized package of Kotex, 3 different brands of tampons, some pantyliners, Midol and asprin and felt then need to tell the cashier and me in line behind him in a look of utter pain and about an breath away from going into a full blown panic attack "....I have a wife and 4 teen daughters...and...uh" and not another word.

rach said...

Haha I think that sometimes too when I go shopping and buy a good amount of junk food. But I never judge when people buy things. Its none of my business as far as I'm concerned. And honestly after checking people out for hours on end I don't even know what people are buying most of the time. Those people obviously suck. just saying. :)

Diana said...

I've purchased pedialyte and baby food when i was really sick. the grocery store knows i don't have kids so it was really awkward when i told them they baby food wasn't for me.