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Rudest grocery checker remark

My brother just told me that the checker asked him, "Do you ever buy anything that's not on sale?"

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  1. "why would you ask?"
    "why is it important to you?"
    or simply painful, stony silence with a raised eyebrow and just a hint of a glare.

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    1. re: sunshine842

      "Good question! what else does this tell you about my perceived demographic? wanna guess what TV shows I watch? what magazines I read? who's my favorite author? who? who? who?! c'mon we've got a line building so make it quick!"

    2. My reply would have been "Only when you're not here."

      1. I was checking out one evening at about 8pm, and the store was strangely empty. When I commented to the checker that I had finally discovered a good time to shop, she replied, "Well, most people have something better to do on Valentine's Day." Uff.

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        1. re: Cachetes

          What is wrong with someone who'd say something like that?
          Absolutely no filter and a crap personality to boot.

          1. re: Cachetes

            .......did you wanna say 'well obviously you don't, you're here'

            a clerk said to me, "you must really like that song, you've been singing it ever since you walked in"

            1. re: iL Divo

              Darn, that's what I should have said! If only I were quicker on my feet...

          2. "No, and that's why I don't have work as a grocery checker for a living."

            1. I'm overweight (and was at one time morbidly obese). And I occasionally will buy things for our restaurant in a retail store. Try being 5'7" and 300 pounds and present to a checker an order which includes 4-5 different pies, several bags filled with candy (starlight mints), and 5 or 10 loaves of specialty bread -- you're bound to get some sort of comment. Now I'm in much better shape and the comments run more toward "I see you're having a party," or "what's the occasion?"

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              1. re: shaogo

                Seems like cruelty never gets old. Big hugs, shaogo.

                1. re: shaogo

                  I often buy from local stores for our restaurant and I hate it when the checker comments on my purchases. I would like to say MYOIB but it's a small town so I usually tell them it's for a restaurant. Some day I will simply tell them it's rude to comment on someone's purchases.

                  1. re: elegraph

                    look at them in the eye and state evenly and cryptically "it suits my purposes" (a potential landlord said that once when asked why he was pouring a new concrete floor in the basement beneath what WOULD have been my unit).

                    ehh it's a small town, they surely know you run a restaurant and you're just filling in the gaps in the pantry. or make something up, people mess with you? you get to mess right back. giggle and say "I know it sounds weird but I am just CRAZY for cilantro, pickle relish and unsalted butter today!" and toss off a dashing smile.

                    1. re: hill food

                      y'know, that's probably the best answer....

                      (another comes to mind -- my best friend's daughter is a horrifically picky eater, although she's getting more open-minded with time. A notoriously busy-body mom asked why my friend's daughter always packed her lunch when there was a perfectly good cafeteria -- my friend stared her down and replied, "Because.")

                      1. re: sunshine842

                        this guy was just creepy and I was thinking fresh corpses...

                        "because" works too.

                      2. re: elegraph

                        A restaurant customer once asked me to pick up all the Kraft Mac and Cheese they had at BJs for his kid's menu and run it out to him. I also picked up some of the Stouffers frozen for my husband while I was at it. I had a U boat full of various Mac and Cheeses!

                        Another customer saw me wheeling it to the check out and just said "Wow you must REALLY like mac and cheese!" I thought that was kinda cute actually.