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Anyone have any weird ones? For example, one time this girl "coincidentally" ended up in the same aisles as me, dragging her boyfriend behind, ranting about how she needed to eat healthier and buying similar sorts of foods as me. 

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The time I got lost in a large grocery store as a young child.  I remember it very vaguely, but I mostly remember my parents re-telling the story.  A kind grocery store clerk that found me asked what my mother's name was, to which I replied "Mommy."  Somehow we eventually became reconnected.  Mommy was not amused.

I think I'm a person who strangers, for whatever reason, feel compelled to confide in.

I was standing in front of the jams and jellies, looking for a particular flavor and a 50-ish woman was standing beside me doing the same. She lets out a long, sad sigh and said "I usually make my own jam, but my teenage daughter is pregnant and it has just brought me down and I haven't felt like making any this summer. She's not married, the father has left her and I just don't know what to do.

Whaaa? Why are you telling me this? I made the appropriate sympathetic sound, grabbed any flavor and skipped out of that aisle.

I'm a checker at a grocery store... You don't have a clue the freaks I deal with. SO FUN! no really, I love it

When I lived in LA going to school for post production (video editing), I had a late night craving for ice cream. Hadn't had any in like a year, and decided to go get some. Since it was late, there was only one checker available. This guy with a cart that is full to the brim pulls in right ahead of me. All I have in my hand is a 1/2 gallon of Rocky Road. I ask the guy if I can go ahead of him. He says no. I have to stand in line behind this guy for half an hour while my ice cream is melting. The checker was an elderly guy that moved like molasses.

To this day, if there isn't an express lane available and I see someone standing in line behind me with less than 10 items and I have a full cart, I always let them go ahead of me. It just strikes me as funny that the one time I needed someone to do the same for me, I got denied.. Thinking about it to this day still annoys me. I had one item in my hand, a frozen one at that, and the guy seriously couldn't let me take 30 seconds to pay for it?

let it go, dude, happens to me all the time and im obviously onlyh on a break. people r ****, oh well

I was once pulling out of my parking spot at the grocery store when I saw someone get stabbed in my rearview mirror.  I was about to call the cops on my cell phone when I saw police running across the lot.  I had forgotten that my grocery store was so ghetto that they have a near constant police presence.  

Other than that....nothing too weird.  

At a trader joes in northwest oregon the cashier told me my horoscope while ringing me in. It was hauntingly accurate, there are so many mystics in the pacific northwest.

Husband now works at a grocery store stocking shelves at night.  Husband is quickly learning that his farts linger and has stepped into his own cloud of funk far too many times.  Husband also realises it's a 24 hour grocery store and other people are walking into his cloud of funk.  Fortunately, Husband has let up on his egg consumption.

Original Post by kbella24:

I was once pulling out of my parking spot at the grocery store when I saw someone get stabbed in my rearview mirror.  I was about to call the cops on my cell phone when I saw police running across the lot.  I had forgotten that my grocery store was so ghetto that they have a near constant police presence.  

Other than that....nothing too weird.  

You saw someone get... stabbed?  That sounds rather terrifying.

My grocery store trips seem very boring now.

Original Post by _adrienne_:

Original Post by kbella24:

I was once pulling out of my parking spot at the grocery store when I saw someone get stabbed in my rearview mirror.  I was about to call the cops on my cell phone when I saw police running across the lot.  I had forgotten that my grocery store was so ghetto that they have a near constant police presence.  

Other than that....nothing too weird.  

You saw someone get... stabbed?  That sounds rather terrifying.

My grocery store trips seem very boring now.


lol I agree. My trips to the grocery store are uneventful, as well!

Original Post by _adrienne_:

Original Post by kbella24:

I was once pulling out of my parking spot at the grocery store when I saw someone get stabbed in my rearview mirror.  I was about to call the cops on my cell phone when I saw police running across the lot.  I had forgotten that my grocery store was so ghetto that they have a near constant police presence.  

Other than that....nothing too weird.  

You saw someone get... stabbed?  That sounds rather terrifying.

My grocery store trips seem very boring now.

I was literally thinking the same thing lol WTF

Original Post by _adrienne_:

Original Post by kbella24:

I was once pulling out of my parking spot at the grocery store when I saw someone get stabbed in my rearview mirror.  I was about to call the cops on my cell phone when I saw police running across the lot.  I had forgotten that my grocery store was so ghetto that they have a near constant police presence.  

Other than that....nothing too weird.  

You saw someone get... stabbed?  That sounds rather terrifying.

My grocery store trips seem very boring now.

Yeah, I was looking in my rearview mirror and saw this guy pull out a long knife and stab someone in the back (which, when you see it, gives a whole new meaning to that phrase).  It was absolutely terrifying.  I decided that day that it was safer to drive an extra 15 minutes to go to a safer grocery store.  

I work as a casher at a corner shop/grocery/gas station store too. The things I'v seen! We have to keep a look out on the forecourt in case of fights, but I dont think theres ever been a stabbing :0 I have seen people pull up at the pump on the wrong side, drive out, reverse into another one, and still be on the wrong side. Why they allowed in a car at all. 

When I'm shopping I seem to be a magnet for crazy people with a bone to pick. Oh, I'm sorry your cousin moved to australia and got her eyebrows tattooed on. Yes I can reach that off the top shelf for you, oh, you went to the bank across the street but they wouldn't let you use the employee bathroom just because you're old? One guy once had a rant about how everyone uses GPSs now instead of sextants, granted it was in a tiny store on in island but come on! Who are these people! Where do they come from! I'm just trying to buy eggs!

Original Post by heatseaker:

One guy once had a rant about how everyone uses GPSs now instead of sextants,


LOL!

Weirdest thing I ever saw was a security guard chasing a shoplifter.  He caught up with him just as they reached the glass sliding doors and the guard gave him a shove.  The shoplifter went flying THROUGH the plate glass.

He was trying to steal a block of cheese.

You know, I just remembered.  Same all-night grocery store, a different night.  I had to help the staff catch a bat that had flown into the store.

I suppose they were lucky that a biologist (me) just happened to be in the store at 2 AM to rescue them from the big scary bat (in reality a little brown bat).

Once in a small grocery store in New York City I saw a cockroach walking on the ledge behind the checkout counter. I was only buying a wrapped snack but wondered how the fruit and vegetable sections were!

Original Post by knowan:

Original Post by heatseaker:

One guy once had a rant about how everyone uses GPSs now instead of sextants,


LOL!

Weirdest thing I ever saw was a security guard chasing a shoplifter.  He caught up with him just as they reached the glass sliding doors and the guard gave him a shove.  The shoplifter went flying THROUGH the plate glass.

He was trying to steal a block of cheese.


I heard that cheese and pregnancy tests were the most stolen items.

I have read that drug addicts steal cheese as they crave fat/protein, but don't know how true it is. 

Knowan - I like bats.  I nearly walked into one in the summer when we were leaving early to go on holiday.  As I opened the front door, it fluttered right in front of me.  

I spoke to the guard and the police after.  Apparently they steal the mozzarella cheese and sell it to the pizza parlors.  Cheese is the most expensive item on a pizza and there's a thriving market for black market cheese.

Razor blades would be the next most common thing, but they're harder to move since you're selling directly to the consumer instead of a wholesaler.  The volume just isn't there unless you have a stall at a flea market.

From talking to the police you'd be surprised how much stuff at a flea market is stolen goods.  Ever wonder where that box of shampoo or razor blades that they're selling for half price came from?  It probably "fell off the back of a truck" aka was swiped from a stockroom at a store.

Original Post by peebeegee:

Original Post by knowan:

Original Post by heatseaker:

One guy once had a rant about how everyone uses GPSs now instead of sextants,


LOL!

Weirdest thing I ever saw was a security guard chasing a shoplifter.  He caught up with him just as they reached the glass sliding doors and the guard gave him a shove.  The shoplifter went flying THROUGH the plate glass.

He was trying to steal a block of cheese.


I heard that cheese and pregnancy tests were the most stolen items.

Pregnancy tests are way up there, apparently too many women/girls never heard of Planned Parenthood.  I've even seen somebody steal hair dye and leave the box behind.  Cough syrup and other OTC meds are high on the list also as many kids use them for a cheap high.

I used to work in a grocery store for many years. My least favorite were the little old ladies with so much perfume it entered the store ten minutes before they did.

I must still look like I work at one, as I seem to be often asked where to find stuff. I knew I had been to the health section too many times when I had an employee ask me where to find the sprouted breads (in the freezer).

The worst was the 'father" yelling at his daughter (I'm assuming he was the father), and calling her names I hadn't even heard at that age (she was maybe 10 tops, I'm talking the c-word people). All because she didn't want mac and cheese or some stupid such disagreement.  I don't remember the details, but I was close to reporting it, if he hadn't chilled out.

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