Nothing exemplifies the lack of manners and down right rudeness of the American public more than your local supermarket. Where else in your every day life do you face people walking four or five abreast (and refusing to move out of your way, even though you have as much right to the space as they do) all for the group to pick out a bunch a grapes — which takes them 20 minutes to decide? Or have to deal with senior citizen men who have nothing to do other than block aisles with their carts and stand in everyone’s way to read labels of items they never intend to buy. Where else will you see parents so self consumed and too busy texting and squawking on the phone to notice that their young baby or toddler is about to fall out of the shopping car? Where else can you see mouth-breathers in their natural habitat? Where else are people so impatient (as if they have to catch a train or plane) that they start putting their things on the check-out conveyor before you’ve completely unloaded your cart? Where else do you find clerks who act like they are doing you a favor to bag your things (after all, it’s only part of their job!) Where else do you pay hundreds of dollars for your items and then are tossed aside as if you spent a dime? Where else can you find real life Beavis and Butt-head types having shopping cart races in the parking lot, only to bang into your (brand new) car and then have them deny it even though you were two feet away and saw the whole thing?
To further add insult to injury, large chain stores such as Wal-mart make claims about their products being top notch, when nothing could be further from the truth. Then there are supermarkets like Whole Foods that are price gouging the public and getting away with it.
What can you do about it?
There isn’t much you can do as an individual other than wake up to the fact there are other people in the world besides yourself. The people you see in the supermarket are just as busy as you, and, very possibly “more important” than you. Also, have consideration for your fellow shoppers. If someone says “Excuse me” the very least you can do is move your cart and yourself out of the way and not give the person passing a dirty look. You may also want to consider having your coupons, discount card and form of payment in your hand or at the top of your handbag so you don’t hold up the check-out line. You can teach your children that the supermarket isn’t the place to run up and down aisles and nearly knock people off their feet without so much as an apology. Furthermore, you can skip barking at the check-out clerk about the price of things — it isn’t their fault prices are so high. You can get off your cell phone and pay attention to what you are actually doing — no one is that important, NOT EVEN YOU!