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Monday, March 7, 2011

Rude or Incompetent? You Be the Judge

Today's rant is entitled: Seriously? Ten more steps is too far for you to walk pushing that completely empty grocery cart?

The title pretty much says it all, but I don't think one sentence constitutes a rant, so I'm just going to get it off my chest. People who are too lazy to walk their shopping carts to the cart corral and who leave them instead tucked on the lines that separate the parking spaces in the lot drive me crazy. You've just walked all over the entire grocery super store. Is it really that hard to spend thirty seconds walking to the nearest available cart corral? (And yes, you would get a pass if you get to park in the disabled section. But since I just saw you sashay out of the store and walk to the very far end of the row where you'd parked your shiny new car so no one would ding it, I know you can walk just fine.)

And also: If I bring in enough grocery totes to hold all my groceries, do you really think I want you to fill them half-full and then hand me a bunch of disposable plastic bags from your store, each containing no more than three items?

I realize that the flimsy plastic totes with the store logo on them can only hold three cans, but my bags are heavy-duty, with proper, sewn-on handles. They are large so that you can fill them with stuff. Two cans of soup, one head of lettuce and a loaf of bread does not constitute full. All of my vegetables could fit into that one bag that you stuffed with only five grapefruits, six apples, and one head of broccoli.

And, yes, I do care if you put my raw meat in with my fresh vegetables. Just because you can put a lot in each bag doesn't mean you have to be all food-poisoning-stupid about doing so. Here's a thought: fresh produce in one; cold and frozen goods in another; raw foods in a third; and cans in a the last one (like, maybe in that one that's got internal dividers separating it into columns that--shockingly!--are about the right size to hold cans). I even tried to help you out by separating my groceries into those clusters as I was putting them onto the belt and then leaving all the really light stuff for the end to tuck on top of the bags. So why did you put my bananas and tomatoes in with my cans of soup again?

And also: If I arrive at 9:30 for my 9:30 appointment, and I sit in a not-fully-closing sack of a gown for forty-five minutes on an exam table waiting for you to come in to see me, and you walk in at 10:20, I expect some kind of acknowledgment that you are running late. Especially since it's hard to imagine precisely what would constitutes a dermatological emergency that could make you run that late.

You check moles all day, dude. What could you possibly be doing in your first two appointments that would force you to need an extra forty-five minutes before getting to me?

I could have done all my grocery shopping in that amount of time.

With a preschooler in tow.

And bagged it myself. Just the way I like it.


3 Crazy Irishmen said...

Oh, I heartily agree. That's why we do the majority of our grocery shopping at Trader Joe's. Not only do they encourage me to give directions on HOW I like things bagged, and often totally back off so I can do it myself (without judgement!).. they also let me enter a store gift card giveaway every time I use my own bags. AND they WALK me to my car with my grocery carts. (Yes, cartS, we have four hungry kids under 7 and even the picky eater suddenly hit a growth spurt). And somehow I always manage to get BOTH my carts back to the corral. People who think their lives are too hard for basic courtesies like that make me see red!

Tara said...

Wow, I got ticked off at my grocery store and my doctors just reading that!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

All very annoying.

Whenever I have to wait for my appointment (when I'm on time) I remember that Curb Your Enthusiasm where Larry finds out that his doctor takes early arrivals first so they don't have to wait. Then he races with that girl from Hairspray down the hall to try to sign in before her.

Sadly - real life isn't funny-infuriating like that. It's just annoying -infuriating.

Oilfield Trash said...

All of those would piss me off as well.

Angie said...

My two grocery cart stories. 1) At target on carpenter a lady puts bags in her cart and then puts her cart right behind my car. Meaning I have to move it to get to my trunk. She was very able to walk. I happened to walk up when she did and I asked her to please move her cart so i could please open my trunk. She was all huffy and furious acting. Loved catching her! 2) I get furious when people leave carts in handicap or "expectant mother parking". Seriously people!

Angie said...

fyi, sorry for typos. i am tired.

Jessica {Team Rasler} said...

Every time I am tired and tempted to leave my cart somewhere, I think of one of my best friends who is of the same opinion about how rude it is. I've never left a single cart astray ever since she walked one of mine back with a raised eyebrow. A big thank you to her and you for reminding me that common courtesy extends beyond "please" and "thank you".

I'm totally with you on the bagging, too. I sort it all into my bags as I shop and then try not to roll my eyes as they rebag it ALL WRONG.

Sorry about your doctor appointment. Irritating.

Hope today is much better than that day was!

Melanie said...

Rude, incompetent, incompetent AND rude. In that order.
My local grocer is used to people bringing in bags so they don't screw that up too badly, but I do really get upset at people who leave shopping carts all over the place. I have a toddler in tow and I still manage to put the cart where it belongs. So it's not impossible.

Amy in StL said...

I went last month for my annual well woman exam and scheduled for the first appointment of the morning with the nurse practitioner. My appointment was at 830, they called me back for weighing and peeing at 845; afterwards as I was walking back to the exam room I heard her come in the front door. I'm totally shopping for a new obgyn after that.

Slow Panic said...

You know you have a good doctor when they rush in and apologize for being late. I have one of those.

anymommy said...

A rant well done. I would add, if the doctor is running that freaking late, have the nurse pop in and mention that they know you're still alive in the exam room.

JackeeG4glamorous said...

Not to take the docs side during your well deserved rant, BUT, dermatologists do have emergent appointments, and do more than check moles all day.

(healthcare administrator here- can't really plan for anything-cause people are SO friggin self centered and unpredicatable!) Sorry, this is comment section ranting...oops.

Back to the carts, hate it when I come back from taking my cart back and find someone elses cart has dinged the front end of my car!!!! Courtesty is a thing of the past, much like handwritten thank you notes andland line telephones.

Jennifer said...

I completly agree - take the few seconds to walk the cart back to the bay! This is how people get dings in their car doors or take up parking spots ect.
This is why I love the english way of having to put a pound coin to get a cart out ans when you put it back it gives the coin back. This stops all the laziness in the parking lot.


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