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Fights in supermarkets

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Sallywally1 Wed 25-Dec-19 23:34:35

According to some newspapers there have been fights over items in the shops. I find this infinitely depressing and sad. Personally I would like to think if there was only one item available and myself and someone else wanted it i would let them take it. To my mind nothing is worth fighting over.

SueDonim Wed 25-Dec-19 23:49:57

I recently witnessed a fight between three women in a bank, with a poor manager trying to mediate. I have no idea what they were fighting about! tchconfused

Callistemon Wed 25-Dec-19 23:52:39

Were people fighting over pigs in blankets?

Apparently there wasn't a shortage after all

Canalboatgranma Thu 26-Dec-19 06:55:59

Well only in Wetherspoon' s, Callistemon, as it seems that their supplier didn't have enough workers to make them.

annsixty Thu 26-Dec-19 07:10:53

Anyone is welcome to my pigs.
I bought them “in case” and “case “ didn’t happen.
I went out for a meal after all.

phoenix Thu 26-Dec-19 07:29:44

Mr P popped into Waitrose on Christmas Eve and saw a group of people standing near the chilled turkeys waiting for the person with the pricing gun to reduce them!

There were more people than turkeys, so that won't have ended well!

Auntieflo Thu 26-Dec-19 08:20:04

Just hearsay, but according to a friend, there was a rucus outside our local Waitrose, last Saturday morning, because they didn't open the doors at 8am sharp. Sad.

sodapop Thu 26-Dec-19 08:36:07

Well they do get paid to be punctual and efficient AuntieFlo

I give the sales a wide berth now, can't be doing with all the hustle and jostle. I used to love them when I was younger and fitter.

M0nica Thu 26-Dec-19 09:30:40

The fights are few and far between and only hit the headlines because it is Christmas.

Best recommendation, I know of, to avoid shopping on Christmas Eve.

BlueBelle Thu 26-Dec-19 09:30:51

I can’t think of anything that would be worth a fight over certainly not food

phoenix Thu 26-Dec-19 09:39:44

I once saw a woman burst into tears in M & S on Christmas Eve because they had sold out of sprouts!

Teetime Thu 26-Dec-19 09:45:47

All quiet in our M & S food on Sunday- plenty of everything and the pre order service worked well.

Maggiemaybe Thu 26-Dec-19 10:03:10

It's probably just as well I do my grocery shopping online. I'm told I channelled a very aggressive form of Margot Leadbetter the Christmas Eve my Chantenay carrots failed to arrive.

Jane10 Thu 26-Dec-19 10:14:27

My friend works in the checkout at M&S. She's a lovely, kind, quiet Japanese lady. She gets very upset when there is trouble between customers in her queue and especially when they take out their frustration on her. It's not her fault if the shop runs out of certain items or there's some other problem. She takes it all to heart. It's hard to believe anyone would behave in the ways she tells me about.

Annanan Thu 26-Dec-19 10:50:48

She had probably had a pig of a day and the lack of sprouts was simply the last straw.

polnan Thu 26-Dec-19 11:03:51

I popped into our local Morrisons on Christmas Eve, for dil veggies! not me! however I did want a couple of "bottles" for friend of gs... last minute decision.

lovely assistants,,very helpful,,, and then I decided I wanted some fudge for ds,, and a gentleman, yes, he was a gentleman looked on the shelves for me, as they were blocked with "stacking" ... couldn`t see any, so I wandered 2 or 3 aisles down, he came after me having found some fudge somewhere else, and took me and showed me!!

everyone was happy, well everyone was pleasant at our local Morrisons.

jaylucy Thu 26-Dec-19 11:06:14

Jane10 - having worked in customer service for over 10 years , I am not surprised at what your friend has to deal with.
My boss always used to say that it can't be taken personally, but that is a little hard when you are sworn at, or they are nearly climbing over the desk towards you, yelling at you and pointing at you saying that it is your fault that you can't magic up an item that has been out of stock for weeks or you no longer sell!
One of the local supermarkets regularly has to call police when fights break out over the reduced section - there apparently is a Facebook group, that publicises when the store is reducing items.

Riggie Thu 26-Dec-19 11:07:34

Theres a supermarket near me where fights and arguments seem to be the norm. Its also known that the place s targeted by thieves. I suspect that many of the fights are to distract customers and security staff

Greciangirl Thu 26-Dec-19 11:10:43

I couldn’t find a Christmas pudding in several shops, they seem to be sold out just about everywhere.

Usually I can find them after Christmas at a reduced price.
Will have to hunt further afield.

Theoddbird Thu 26-Dec-19 11:22:33

I think it is better for shops to run out of items of food rather than be left with an excess that has to be destroyed as often happens....

nipsmum Thu 26-Dec-19 11:34:36

Apparently fights in a Tesco car park here. I don't go near shops from t!he 23 rd Dec and hate the grabbing at sales so have always avoided them. There is absolutely no pleasure in last minute shopping for me and never has been. I can't and won't leave things to the last minute. We have 365 days to prepare for Christmas why oh why do people leave it to the last minute????

sarahellenwhitney Thu 26-Dec-19 11:40:18

My local Tesco and other major supermarkets start displaying 'Christmas' ie puds/ chocs/cakes etc from September.We only have ourselves to blame if come xmas eve we find they have run out.Not everyone hangs on hoping come xmas eve these items will be half price.

DazedAndConfusedByLife Thu 26-Dec-19 11:43:45

Our local Aldi gives their perishable food to the Christian Fellowship on Christmas Eve for distribution amongst the needy, I saw it mentioned by them on Facebook and just to turn up to the local town's theatre for it to be given out. They had turkeys, veg and Christmas Puds to give away. I did wonder how many people turning up there actually fit the criteria or were just first to jump in their car! <world-weary cynic>

jannxxx Thu 26-Dec-19 12:04:44

i shopped in Asda at 4 am xmas eve and apart from a few staff and around five customers, it was bliss. i did once see two women fighting in a shop queue who was first, really? i couldn't be bothered

Fiachna50 Thu 26-Dec-19 12:08:04

Aye, the Spirit of Christmas. Alive and well unless you work in retail or catering. This is the time of year I definitely do not miss my work.