EXPLORING GROCERY STORE ETIQUETTE

Have you ever considered just how much time you’ve spent at the grocery store this year? Whether you are lost in a fog and find yourself aimlessly wandering the aisles while Air Supply plays on the store’s satellite music system or the time you spend running back for the item you actually went to the store for but forgot, the minutes really add up.

In fact, studies say our average shopping trip lasts 43 minutes, with many families going to the store more than once a week on average. That means combined, we could be spending at least 37 hours a year wondering what to have for dinner.

But it begs the question, while we spend all that time in the grocery store, is there an etiquette we should be following?

The folks at treadmillreviews.net polled over 1,000 people about the most aggravating grocery store behaviors. Here is what they found:

Stop leaving your shopping cart carelessly in the parking lot. Low and behold, 72 percent of those polled were annoyed by this.

Watch where you are going. Nearly 50 percent of those surveyed said they were almost hit by another car.

Another aggravating faux pas: 90 percent said leaving perishable items somewhere else in the store was the least appropriate behavior.

Cutting in line is a big no-no. A whopping 99 percent of those polled said cutters make them mad and could likely lead to confrontations.

Finally, read the aisle signs. Ten items or less MEANS 10 items or less. Unsurprisingly, 89 percent reported this as a shopping etiquette crime.

It seems as though this simple etiquette should be easy enough to follow, but we all mess up when we’re in a hurry to pick up that gallon of milk or rotisserie chicken along with the 20 other impulse purchases we grabbed on the way through the store.

Perhaps those of us who can’t follow the rules should consider the influx of grocery delivery services now available.

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