Listen — grocery shopping can be stressful. There are long lines, tons of people (and their carts) to maneuver around, and — of course — really tasty-looking snacks that threaten to derail your grocery budget.
There's a lot going on at once, and unfortunately, that sometimes brings out the worst in people. Still, it's not that hard to be a considerate customer! It's been a long and particularly rough year and a half for grocery store workers, so I think it's a great time to talk about the little things we can do (and not do) to make things a little easier on them. And — spoiler alert — it's all really, really easy!
I spoke with an anonymous grocery store worker from a major US chain, and here are some of the biggest customer no-nos they shared:
1. Putting things back in the wrong places.
2. Assuming "the back" is a magical place where they have extras of everything not on the shelf.
3. Acting as if employees are in the way when they're trying to stock new items.
4. Unstacking or digging through items to find a better expiration date.
5. Insisting that employees rearranged the whole store when you can't find the item you're looking for.
6. Assuming that employees work at a grocery store because they're not as smart as you.
7. Freaking out when you find a moldy piece of produce.
8. Touching an employee to get their attention.
9. Alternatively, snapping your fingers or whistling at employees to get their attention.
10. Also, just yelling the name of the item you're looking for at an employee.
11. Thinking you can treat employees however you want because it's their job to serve you.
12. Letting kids wreak havoc on the store unattended.
13. Specifically, letting kids climb the carts.
14. Telling employees what products they should or shouldn't be stocking.
15. Using the motorized shopping carts — and especially letting your kids use them — when they don't need them.
16. Expecting store employees to handle corporate issues, and getting mad when they can't or don't.
17. And finally, forgetting that produce is seasonal.
Fellow grocery store workers — did we miss anything? If so, let us know in the comments below!
And everyone else: Please, please be nice to your neighborhood grocery store employees!