Pet Peeves. Or more accurately, a rant.
I despise going to the grocery store. It’s one of my most hated errands and it seems really unfair that I have to do it EVERY week. I know there are people who only go every two weeks or once a month and just stock up, but this just won’t work for us. We need to go every week in order to get all of the fresh stuff that goes bad after longer than a week.
The ironic thing is that I used to love going to the grocery store. I think that phase ended in college. Oddly enough, that corresponds exactly with the time in my life when I had to start paying for my own groceries. Coincidence?
I think one of the biggest reasons I hate going to the grocery store is because it’s home to some of my biggest pet peeves, so I consistently find myself annoyed whenever I venture there. The first pet peeve is people who don’t return their carts. The other day I was at the store and this is what I was faced with:
Except of course there were about 100 more cars in the lot. I was just too lazy to draw that many. Anyway, you can see that a cart had been left a mere few FEET from the designated cart return. What the hell, people?! I’m just about the laziest person I know and yet I always return my cart. Even when there is no cart return and I have to walk all the way back to the entrance of the store. It’s just common courtesy, am I right?
And when one person leaves their cart in an empty spot, somehow the rest of the crowd also decides this is a good idea and follows suit. I was once so frustrated by it that I moved about five carts from one spot (a front row spot) so that someone could park there….mainly because I was pissed that I couldn’t park there. After I had done my shopping and loaded my groceries, I started to return my cart. Then a nice gentleman walked up and said “I’ll take that for you.” That’s what I call karma!
My next grocery store pet peeve is regarding bagging. I recently learned that having a bagger at all is a regional thing, so perhaps I should just be glad that someone is bagging my stuff at all. But here’s the thing. We take our re-usable bags to the store every time. We have about seven of them which allows more than enough space for all of our stuff and then some. Yet without fail, the baggers insist on using a maximum of two, maybe three of our bags. Which makes each bag about, oh let’s say 50 pounds! Why do they do this? I’ve wracked my brain trying to figure this one out and I can’t. They’re RE-USABLE bags! There are no bonus points for using fewer. Why must they smash my grapes and tomatoes by putting all of the produce in one bag, with the cantaloupe on top? I’d really rather bag my own stuff, but I don’t want to insult them as I know they’re just doing their jobs and being helpful.
So there you have it. If I ever get really rich, one of the first things I’ll do is hire someone to do my grocery shopping. I know that’s not quite as noble as donating it to charity, but that’s how much I detest grocery shopping. What’s your most hated errand or biggest pet peeve?