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Standing at a supermarket checkout

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Tigerdove Sun 22-Dec-19 23:24:34

Are you ever surprised by the contents of other people’s shopping trolleys? Today I saw one that just had 4 ornamental reindeer (£22 each) and 12 boxes of cling film!!

A few months ago I saw a very elderly lady with just 6 tins of brush cleaner.

Dillyduck Mon 23-Dec-19 17:18:02

I sometimes look at what's on the conveyor belt before me and think "I wish I was going to tea with them!"

Molli Mon 23-Dec-19 19:43:49

We were making sloe vodka one year for Xmas presents and we popped into our local Tesco after work. Hubby disappeared off to find something (does this in a regular basis whilst shopping which leaves me hunting for him or even phoning him!!!!). Anyway I’m standing by the trolley with a pizza and 8 bottles of value vodka when a teacher from my school came over. Looked in the trolley, looked at me and then said... ‘Totally get it. It’s been a bad week!’ grin

SueDonim Mon 23-Dec-19 19:47:59

I hope you’re not changing your grandsons nappy tomorrow, GagaJo after all those raspberries! grin

GagaJo Mon 23-Dec-19 19:51:27

Even worse, SueDonim, is raisins. They don't get digested at all.

Today's lovely cheap finds. Cherries for 10p a punnet. DGS isn't so fond of them though. But I am!

Phoebes Mon 23-Dec-19 19:52:17

Sainsbury’s has done away with its quick checkout tills, so even if you only have one or two items you have to queue for ages. They want you to use the gadgets that you total up as you go. We tried it once because they tempted us with £5 off and when we got to the final checkout it wasn’t working properly so someone had to come and sort it out and it all took twice as long! I like a bit of personal contact and maybe a little chat at the till if it isn’t too busy.
Sainsbury’s have also done away with the customer service desk, so, if you have a problem, you have to queue with the people buying lottery tickets and cigarettes and that takes twice as long, too. Sainsbury’s is very close to where we live and has everything, so we wouldn’t switch supermarkets, but it is VERY annoying!

SueDonim Mon 23-Dec-19 20:25:49

Raisins and sweet corn, GagaJo. What is the point of feeding either of those to small children? tchgrin

Witzend Mon 23-Dec-19 20:29:06

I do often have a good old (surreptitious) nose.

No chance this morning - we were at M&S when they opened at the crack of dawn to grab a turkey and a few bits - and were the first at the checkout! Nobody even behind us! Home again by 7.45 - is that a record?

A far cry from a few years ago, when also on the 23rd I was in a long queue behind a woman whose trolley was packed with absolutely everything ready made for Christmas dinner - turkey stuffed and dressed with streaky bacon, in a foil tin ready to go, ready done spuds, veg, gravy, stuffing, custard - everything you could think of.
Of course I had a good old nose at her absolutely eye-watering bill, too!

GagaJo Mon 23-Dec-19 20:29:15

Hahaha. In the case of raisins, instead of sweets.

mothertrucker52 Mon 23-Dec-19 23:16:20

My dear departed mum would often ask me to get some shopping which was normally a quarter of ham, 6 tomatoes, a small brown loaf, two litres of sherry, two litres of gin and six bottles of tonic (now we all know where I get it from ??)

oldgoat Mon 23-Dec-19 23:47:29

A few years ago a certain make of tampon had boxes bearing vouchers for free hotel stays. My teenage daughter was with me in the supermarket and was mortified when I loaded the trolley with a year's supply.
'For goodness sake, Mother' she cried as she hid my stash under the rest of the shopping.

drifter Tue 24-Dec-19 04:08:26

im having an idian xmas my parner is tamil hidu from island mauritius and retired very lucky spicy island xmas food

Bluebird64 Tue 24-Dec-19 07:48:42

Haha my husband told me how, years ago, he stood at a checkout holding a tin of baked beans in one hand and a pack of loo paper in the other...the cashier thought it was hilarious!

harrigran Tue 24-Dec-19 09:27:41

I did some last minute food shopping yesterday in Morrisons, I had vouchers to use to the value of £35, the total bill came to £36.50, slipped up there.

allule Tue 24-Dec-19 09:55:36

I'm sure I bought a lot less when I saw it all in the trolley. It's too late to cut back when the delivery man is unloading!

popsis71 Tue 24-Dec-19 10:09:46

A nun, in a supermarket queue /wondering what it's like /to buy groceries for two. R McGough.

Winniewit Thu 26-Dec-19 22:46:09

I always see something in another person's trolley that looks delicious but I can never find it on the shelves

timetogo2016 Fri 27-Dec-19 13:31:43

I seem drawn to other peoples trolleys.
And wonder why on earth do you need all those toilet rolls.
Then spot the crappy food they hide under them.

Mamie792 Sat 28-Dec-19 09:12:02

Well said Quizqueen . Taking 19 packets of raspberries is a little greedy . Sure there must be families who would have appreciated being able to buy, what is in fact an out of season fruit, for 10p and give their little ones something of a treat which at the normal price they may not be able to afford. Surely a small child could not get through that number of raspberries and assume at 10p they must have been more than close to the end of their shelf life so no good the next day. Raisins probably have as much sugar as sweets !!!!

Tedber Sat 28-Dec-19 09:44:54

Well Mamie “you snooze you lose”. unless there were queues of people hoping to get their hands on the rapsps then who knows if they would have sold or not? (I don’t like them! So many more like me wouldn’t have them if they were free).

What was the thread about again? Oh yes being curious about other people’s trollies. I am definitely a “trolley watcher” ?. I would be wondering IF they were going to be making jam? Or a heavily filled trifle with the raspberries. ?.

Mamie792 Sun 29-Dec-19 07:51:01

The thread oh yes someone has an awful lot of raspberries at 10p a box in their trolley .My question why would you take every pack and how many would need to go in the bin . Just a thought Tedber - I may snooze and lose but would feel that I’d given someone else a chance

Fennel Sun 29-Dec-19 12:52:39

The young man in front of me this morning wanted to buy just a long bladed knife.
Thankfully the man on the till called for confirmation that it was ok to sell it. It seemed to be complicated so he let me go ahead through the till.
Maybe there are strict regs. on selling things like that - I bought some very sharp kitchen scissors at John Lewis and they couldn't be removed from the display board without a member of staff doing it.

Callistemon Sun 29-Dec-19 14:59:46

I hope no-one got a tummy ache from too many raspberries.
Or perhaps they wanted to get rid of their kidney stones.

yggdrasil Sun 29-Dec-19 16:07:04

Callistemon: may be jam making
Fennel: Yes there are rules for buying knives. You have to be over 18 & have ID to prove it. This even applies when you buy a veg knife from Amazon. The deliverer has to check & sign that he has seen the ID

grannypiper Sun 29-Dec-19 16:57:29

MACCYt i wish everyone was like you and i really wish people would "get" how Lidl works,put your shopping on the checkout, once it has been scanned put it back into the trolley THEN take it to the shelf in front of the window and pack it into the bags ! There is a reason the checkouts are small

bikergran Sun 29-Dec-19 18:00:03

Quite right about the knife selling
you have to be 18 but! you have to look 25 at our supermarket its called Challenge 25.

Other items you will be age challenged is

Lighter fuel
The lighter ignition thingies
The sparkly fountain candles for birthday cakes
plastic or metal knives
Party poppers
Brandy Cream! hmm
Any chockies that mention alcohol
Halloween scooper out kits
Nail file kits containing scissors (that remind me Edward Scissor hands is on at some time)
X box games/etc dvds

Lot of people think the challenge is just for Alcohol and knives but the list is endless..

lots of other items.