Their are many things about supermarkets I dislike.
Things like the car park, the layout of and constant rearranging of the layout, people not being prepared to pay for their comestibles after waiting in the queue and then waiting until everything is rung up before hunting for their purse, the long queues, far too much choice in brands of goods. But my gripe today is about bread.
There is always plenty of sliced bread. But I don't like sliced bread except to toast. I like a nice fresh bakery loaf. Most times.I bake a loaf myself using a breadmaker. Bit with no yeast I found myself looking in the supermarket a full two hours before it closed both last night and today
And what did I find? The instore bakery had sliced all of a full score of loaves, both wholemeal and white leaving no loaves uncut. When I asked about this, I was told they 'have to' slice the loaves when they have finished the day's baking which put me close to meltdown. it does not make any sense to me as I am sure that many other customers would also prefer an unsliced loaf. I refuse to have a sliced loaf. I like my bread cut three inches thick so I can delight in the texture of the fluffy inner, feeling it melt away in my mouth. If I want sliced bread there is plenty of choice of sliced loaves, and I am quite capable of cutting it myself. Even a loaf sliced from the bakery loaf tastes totally different when it is cut into half inch thick slices rather than the chunks I like.
On both occasions they have lost a customer and I made do with a bowl of shredded wheat instead. And I will get some.yeast and continue continue to bake my own bread which will only be sliced at tje point of eating, and I can savour the flavour of a nice chunky piece.
What do others find annoying about supermarkets,, or is there anyone who thinks supermarkets are like Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way.
Not a fan of supermarkets, either. It's not just the awkward car parks, the jostling crowds and the noise. It's also the way they destroy High Streets, take money out of local communities, hold producers to ransom and create a standardisation of products under the guise of offering 'variety'.
I live in a town with a population of just under 40,000 people. But we have a big Morrison's, a big Aldi's, a Co-op, two Tesco Metros, a massive new Sainsbury's.... and now Lidl seeking local approval for a new mega-store (and apparently most local people seem to be in favour of it!)
I worked for a short time in the Morrison's. It was a slave camp. The worst part about it for me was the need to cut corners all the time in order to meet deadlines. So I suppose I can see things a little from that side of the fence.
I wrote this one day...
SHOPPING CODES FOR SUPERMARKET CUSTOMERS (AS OBSERVED BY A SUPERMARKET WORKER)
If you pick up a product anywhere in the store, then later decide you no longer want to buy it, it’s fine to put it anywhere at all other than back in the place where you picked it up. DVDs, for instance, can easily be placed between milk bottles or on a stack of apples. This also applies if you are less than 3 yards away from the original place. Chilled or frozen products can literally be placed anywhere other than a chiller or freezer. Conversely, tampons and teabags chill down quite well if you put them in with the pizzas or ice cream
Similarly, if you pick a whole basketful or trolley-full of shopping and then decide you want none of it, it’s okay to abandon the basket or trolley anywhere at all in the store – though preferably in the middle of an aisle where people can fall over it. Don’t worry – the staff will happily put it all back for you
If you see a product without a price, ask a member of staff if they could go and check the price for you. While they’re away doing this, put the product back on the shelf and go somewhere else
Never pick a bunch of bananas that’s exactly the right size for you. Always pick a bunch that has one too many bananas, then tear the excess banana off and leave it in the pile of single, torn-off bananas that no one else wants (they’re usually browner than the rest)
If you come to the ‘Reduced Items’ section and someone else is there in front of you, it’s okay to reach across them and take whatever you want without asking
If you have children, shout at them a lot
If the product you want has already been bought by all the people who managed to get to the store ahead of you, ask a member of staff why there aren’t any left, then complain that they don’t order enough
If you see a member of staff waiting to restock a shelf, place your trolley in front of it and stand for ages looking at a swede or a can of soup so as to stop them from doing their work
Never look left or right at a check-out queue in case you happen to see the person standing beside you who was actually there ahead of you (before you decided to join the queue at the wrong place) and who is now looking ready to rip your throat out.
Never care about anyone else in the store, ever – including the minimum-wage hacks who are there to serve you. Your interests are all that matter because the customer is always right.
I hate it when people just dump stuff on any old shelf, it seems so rude. If I change my mind about something I have to put it back in the right place, not doing so feels so incredibly wrong.
For me the main thing I dislike is the noise, especially those stock cages rumbling and clattering. The local sainsburys is otherwise pretty good as it has nice wide aisles and diffuse lighting although any place sucks when busy.
That’s a bit obsessive isn’t it? Putting things back exactly where you found them? Why is it rude to put them wherever you want? I’ve never seen a sign saying put things back in the exact same place if you change your mind or you are rude. I guess we’re all different but I would definitely see putting things back in their exact place or near enough, obsessive and unnecessary, unless you enjoy walking around supermarkets.
It just feels rude to me to dump it out and assume someone else will sort it out. Just because I feel that way does not mean I assume everyone else does as I'm aware people see things differently and I'd never call someone out on it. But this forum being a safe space to say what goes on in your head I'm just saying that it feels wrong to me. I like to be as polite and courteous as possible when out in the world as I find things go smoother and this is just an extension of that.
BlueRay said:That’s a bit obsessive isn’t it? Putting things back exactly where you found them? Why is it rude to put them wherever you want?
Let's use another example, then. You visit someone's home. You pick up an ornament from the sideboard, then take it to the kitchen and put it on the fridge. In other words, you've taken something from where it was put, and where it was supposed to be so that others can find it, and put it somewhere completely different. Putting it back where it belongs isn't obsessive. It's doing the right thing.
But then I suppose if you no longer feel any sense of guilt about anything, you might as well just carry on doing as you like, regardless of the impact on other people. How about taking a trip to your local greengrocer's shop today and start moving all the apples and putting them where the potatoes are. See how long it takes before you're kicked out.
I'm afraid you'll find, Kras83, that some people can't respect your way of seeing things and have to show them up as obsessive or somehow illogical. As if we autists don't have enough to put up with out there in the world.
Hi Tom, I don't think BlueRay meant to offend you, I think she/he has a way of putting opinions forward that is bluntly honest about what they think. You have a lot of respect in this community and I agree with you on many things, but I do have a slightly different perspective on this putting items back issue.
I can almost have a meltdown sometimes in a supermarket, so if I am screaming inside my head to get out of the place, there is no way I could walk what seems like miles around a huge supermarket looking for the correct shelf to put something back on. I also couldn't deal with having a conversation with a member of staff to ask them to take it back. Having said that, I would always put frozen or chilled food back in a freezer or fridge so it doesn't get spoiled.
Supermarkets make a lot of money so in my opinion it doesn't hurt them to move an occasional item, after all they are always moving stuff around where we don't expect it to be. I understand that working in one was a difficult experience for you, but I don't think that environment is a good fit for an Aspie - I couldn't work in one.
So I think it's best to just agree that some of us disagree on this issue.
Really, you don’t pick things up when you go in other people’s homes and put them down wherever? How would you even remember where it went if you had been holding it or playing with it for a while? It wouldn’t even occur to me to try and put it back where I found it! Maybe that’s why people don’t invite me to their houses very often oh well, another social rule I’ve broken that I didn’t know existed, but I’m not going to change.
And I have NEVER been in a supermarket and moved all the apples to where the potatoes are so why would I do that in a green grocers? That’s just weird and I think the owner might ask me what I was doing before I completed the mission so I doubt I would get kicked out although they might question my sanity. I didn’t even know people did that, I’ve never seen it happen.
Enjoy your guilt, I enjoy the absence of it. Not that I’ve never experienced it but it didn’t do me or anybody else around me any good and because I kind of like myself and other people, I tend not to self harm and do things that are damaging to me, these days. And actually, people do invite me to their homes, I just don’t usually go as I like my own home the best, wherever that might be at any given time.