Grocery Store Anxiety
I‘m not sure if this is something that anyone else has every experienced, but if I had to guess, I would assume that there are some annoying Type-A people out there like myself that want to pull their hair out given the following situation.
When I go to the grocery store I go equipped. I have a list, and it’s organized. The items listed go from the left of store (at the Deli) to the right of the store (at the freezer aisle) – this is obviously the most logical and practical way to shop. RARELY do I have an impulse buy at the grocery store, but when I do it’s at the checkout aisle…COME ON…just try to tell me you don’t want to know if Jennifer Aniston is FINALLY getting married or having a kid!
Additionally, I bring my own bags…that is where it gets stressful. I hate when other people bag my groceries. I purposely go to a line where there is not a bagger posted up if possible. When there is a bagger I almost always tell them to “hold on because I have my own bags”, but then sneakily just start putting my groceries in my bags by myself, hoping that they’ll get the hint that I don’t their help. I’m not proud of it, but there have been a few incidences where I’ve actually asked…no, not asked, just flat-out told to stop the bagging process…and I may or may not have proceeded to unbag the food they’ve already bagged and resituate it into the “right” bag.
Ahhh…I can’t help it! I’m not trying to be a complete asshole, but I just don’t really want my bread to packed underneath the gallon of milk, or my chicken to be in the same bag with my fresh produce, or my 3 boxes of pasta to be in three different bags with various other items. None of those things make any sense. The absolute worst part of this is that the bagger is inevitably either a 85-year-old woman who is probably sweet as pie, but unfortunately due to her “life experience” is as slow as molasses, or some 16-year-old kid who has literally only worked 2 days in his whole life and just doesn’t “get it” yet. So, since I can’t really get angry with people on either end of that spectrum because they are probably doing the best they can, I just try to forgo the whole situation. In fact, when I put my rose-colored glasses on, I can see that I’m not being mean to these employees by not letting them bag my groceries, but rather I’m giving them a break from all their hard work…after all they do need to gear up for the rest of their shift!