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Young guys racing round supermarkets SO impatiently!

(22 Posts)
Margs Tue 13-Aug-19 11:12:43

What is it with these young Alpha Male types, let out on their own, zipping up and down the supermarket aisles as if their doing "Supermarket Sweep"?

I've brought this up after witnessing such an individual yesterday and then having the misfortune to have him zoom up behind me at the checkout.

The shopper in front of me had a mountain of stuff and so it was taking some time especially as she had an item that had lost it's barcode.

Speedy Gonzales was tutting, fidgeting, craning his neck to look around me and muttered at me "For God's sake!"

I ignored him. He wasn't going to use me as a sounding board.

Then he suddenly shot off to try his luck at another checkout. And another. And another.

I hope he's still there......learning some patience, perhaps?

jura2 Tue 13-Aug-19 11:15:35

well perhaps he had to pick up the kids from school, or his wife was having a baby and needed supplies- maybe he had a real emergency on his hands? Patience goes both ways, perhaps.

tanith Tue 13-Aug-19 11:16:37

Maybe he was shopping in his break? Or maybe he was just an impatient twat 🤬🤬🤬

Septimia Tue 13-Aug-19 11:23:13

Some people are just impatient and rude.

Some people dither and block the aisles thoughtlessly. Yes, we all need to look for things, or decide between items sometimes, but we don't need to take up all the space.

My DH isn't an Alpha Male (!) and dawdles round the supermarket. It drives me up the wall. I like to get a move on, but not if it means leaving a trail of knocked-aside shoppers behind me!

Nonnie Tue 13-Aug-19 11:57:04

Septima I thought mine was the only one like that. I am the one who rushes round in a hurry but these days I leave him to it and do something else. Only when family are coming do I go and get the extras.

I haven't seen the impatience at the checkout for years, luckily. I admit I used to get impatient at lunch time with the people in the limited items queue in M & S. They would stand there doing nothing, apparently falling asleep when it was their turn and then fishing around for money to pay. I always had the money ready and sympathy for the checkout person who had to keep yelling 'NEXT'

SirChenjin Tue 13-Aug-19 12:02:42

He's probably just really busy and trying to squeeze a supermarket shop into everything else he has to do - I'm not an alpha male but I often do this. Everyone goes at their own pace round the supermarket and if he's not actually bashing his trolley into you or similar then it really doesn't matter what speed he goes at, does it?

paddyann Tue 13-Aug-19 12:05:24

Sounds like me,I hate shopping and just want it done

Mapleleaf Tue 13-Aug-19 12:27:00

He probably didn't want to be there doing the shopping! 😁

eazybee Tue 13-Aug-19 12:35:11

The local supermarket I use has young males literally zipping around, on their scooters, and the staff make no attempt to stop them.
Fortunately I know their headmaster, so when one nearly crashed into me I said, 'I'm sure Mr. L.... won't be very impressed to learn what you are doing.' and he stopped instantly. It works every time, but I shouldn't have to do it; the staff should.

GabriellaG54 Tue 13-Aug-19 15:51:31


No need for that kind of language.

Gonegirl Tue 13-Aug-19 16:55:11


tut-tut grin


Minniemoo Tue 13-Aug-19 16:59:36

I rush round supermarkets and tut and mumble and I'm not a young guy.

Maybe, like me, they hate shopping.

But what really annoys is when the checkout girl has swiped all the items and the owner of said goods hasn't even started putting the items in bags or back in the trolley. They wait. And then they have to find their purse. Which is usually at the bottom of a cavernous bag.

I've been tempted to leap over and pack their bags for them but of course I just smile and say 'it's fine!' if on the odd chance they turn and apologise.

So I hate shopping and leave it to my dearly beloved who is far more patient than I am.

SirChenjin Tue 13-Aug-19 17:22:08

Go tanith grin

Buffybee Tue 13-Aug-19 17:36:44

I'm very rarely in a rush shopping, so if I see someone who obviously is and they are behind me in the queue, I always offer to let them jump the queue in front of me.
Same when I'm driving, I try to let people in when ever I can.

ninathenana Tue 13-Aug-19 17:37:35

If he was in that much of a hurry he should have used use self service.

SirChenjin Tue 13-Aug-19 17:40:00

Maybe they don’t have them or maybe they were closed or maybe the queue at them were too long?

Glammy57 Tue 13-Aug-19 17:43:10

I rush around the supermarket, if DH isn’t doing the shopping. I am never rude to anyone but shopping is a chore and I cannot “dilly dally”.

BradfordLass72 Wed 14-Aug-19 04:22:19

Here's a bit of advice which might help you.

Next time you see someone doing something which annoys, irks or angers you, try to work out why they might be doing it abd even sympathising, instead of getting yourself all worked up and posting on GN as if it's actually a problem.

Davidhs Wed 14-Aug-19 08:39:29

If he is in that much of a hurry he should learn how to use the self checkout.

My beef about supermarkets is couples, blocking aisles debating the virtues of each particular item they pick up, Waitrose is by far the worst

SirChenjin Wed 14-Aug-19 08:42:02

As I said earlier, perhaps that supermarket didn't have self checkouts or maybe they were closed or maybe the queue at them were too long?

gillybob Wed 14-Aug-19 08:45:19

I sometimes dash to Morrison’s at around lunch time if one of the lads happen to pop back to work. I have about 15 minutes in all and usually might pick up 3 or 4 things. I tend to make for the self checkouts where you can guarantee some doddery old man will be attempting to self scan his “woopsies” even though he hadn’t got a clue how to use it .

I feel like shouting down his ear trumpet “Oi , that’s what the bloomin’ checkout operators are for !” wink

merlotgran Wed 14-Aug-19 08:47:43

Speed shopping is right up my street.

My pet hate is more than one person going through the checkout with the same trolley. Not necessary and takes up valuable space.

In Aldi I always tell DH to bugger off wait for me at the packing area.

I do love it when people shoot off to another checkout though - just as the red 'closed' sign goes up. grin