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Old 01-27-2013, 06:51 PM   #31
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It bugs me when they say anything that's negative. I don't mind, "These strawberries sure look good," or, "I love these things," but other types of comments make me uncomfortable.

One time I had to go to CVS to buy pin worm medicine. Pin worms are worms that are in a very private part of your body. (They come out in your bowel movements.) One of my young sons had them, and I treated his naturally with garlic (don't ask what I did with it). The instructions for pin worm treatment said you should treat everyone in the family. I was sure I didn't have them, plus I was pregnant and didn't want to take unneeded treatments, but DH decided to treat himself, and he didn't feel like getting intimate with garlic, so I bought him the regular (oral) medicine.

Well, when I handed the medicine, which was called Anti-Pin Worm Medicine, to the cashier, she said, "What are those?" I was fumbling in my purse and just acted like I hadn't heard her. Then she said, "Well, I never heard of those things." I just ignored her. I know that's rude, but I didn't want to discuss what type of creatures my husband may or may not have in his digestive tract. And no, she couldn't have been commenting on anything else because it was the only thing I bought. Very inappropriate. It's probably a good idea to just never comment on medicines.
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:08 PM   #32
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It's threads like these that remind me to never comment on people's items I'm ringing up for them. Sometimes I'd like to make small talk over something, but I never know what kind of response I'll get, so I keep my mouth shut.

I work in a home improvement store so it's difficult to say something rude or personal about a box of nails, lol, but I deal with enough rudeness that I don't need someone getting upset with me because I asked what kind of project they were working on!

People are strange, and yes, I have indeed had someone get upset with me because I asked them what kind of project they were working on while they were making a return. In a home improvement store. What I thought was innocent obviously wasn't!!
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:57 PM   #33
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I used to work at a grocery store ( as an adult and in charge of the workers which you refer).

Give them a break!

As long as they aren't talking about how drunk they got the night before, how drunk they want to get tonight, who's cheating with who or who they are cheating with then what do you think they might want to talk about?

The stuff right in front of them. Yes, Unfortunately some people have little common sense.

If you didn't like the comment, go to another cashier next time.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:25 PM   #34
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I frequently get comments about the gluten free food I am buying. Most of the time they are asking how it tastes and inquiring about why I need it out of sincere curiosity.

Other times they give me crap for how expensive it is and ask why I would even bother getting that food when the normal stuff is cheaper. I just explain it is for medical reasons but it sure ticks me off.

I have also had one or two customers who were in line with me comment on what I am buying mostly insinuating that I didn't need that food and should be buying healthier stuff that would make me skinnier.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:53 PM   #35
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A comment like that would actually remind me how lucky I am that I could purchase that without it being a hardship, while for others it would be a big expense. I dunno...definitely something they shouldn't say, but I wouldn't be offended. I'd mostly feel sorry that money is tighter for them.
This. Count yourself lucky that the price was a deal to you, versus something they might consider a splurge.

I don't get making show-off comments back to any service worker about why you buy something that's expensive. Kind of makes me cringe.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:36 PM   #36
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I had a cashier once make a comment about the size of jeans I was buying. She was rude and negative and even though I have insane self-esteem, I got to my car and I cried my eyes out.

I SHOULD have just left them there at the counter and walked out AND that made me cry more that I just took it. Very unlike me.

When I got home, I wrote a letter to the store manager about it and to this day, I won't set foot in that store again.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:49 PM   #37
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I had a cashier at Walmart get all excited because we bought 100 items and it was the longest receipt she had ever had, that was pretty funny. I've had some ask what I use certain items for, I was on a health kick and had bought some flax seed.

A friend had a bad experience when she was struggling to conceive and was buying an EPT and the cashier got all nosey and excited and was making a big deal over it. It was negative and she never had a 2nd kid, so that really upset her.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:54 PM   #38
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It bugs me when they say anything that's negative. I don't mind, "These strawberries sure look good," or, "I love these things," but other types of comments make me uncomfortable.

One time I had to go to CVS to buy pin worm medicine. Pin worms are worms that are in a very private part of your body. (They come out in your bowel movements.) One of my young sons had them, and I treated his naturally with garlic (don't ask what I did with it). The instructions for pin worm treatment said you should treat everyone in the family. I was sure I didn't have them, plus I was pregnant and didn't want to take unneeded treatments, but DH decided to treat himself, and he didn't feel like getting intimate with garlic, so I bought him the regular (oral) medicine.

Well, when I handed the medicine, which was called Anti-Pin Worm Medicine, to the cashier, she said, "What are those?" I was fumbling in my purse and just acted like I hadn't heard her. Then she said, "Well, I never heard of those things." I just ignored her. I know that's rude, but I didn't want to discuss what type of creatures my husband may or may not have in his digestive tract. And no, she couldn't have been commenting on anything else because it was the only thing I bought. Very inappropriate. It's probably a good idea to just never comment on medicines.
In November I had shingles. I got acyclovir, which also is used to treat herpes. I made sure when I picked it up from my local pharmacy that I created conversation that lead to me being able to explain that I had shingles!
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:55 PM   #39
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When my wife was pregnant we were shopping at a certain store that likes to use a bullseye and the cashier started asking about her pregnancy. She asked if she was having twins and we said no. Her response was, "Have you made sure?" We answered yes we had, several ultrasounds showed only one. She pressed again saying we should get a second opinion. It was weird.......or a subtle insult at my wife's size.......
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:03 PM   #40
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I wouldnt take it in a wrong way. Baggers dont make a lot of money(i use to be one age 16-20). In this economy most people cant afford a lot. I know theres no way I could afford a $25 steak. I only buy meat if its on sale and try to stay under $8.
When i first started as a bag girl we were told never to ask women how many months pregnant they were because they might just be overweight and they would be very offended. We were told one aother thing but i cant remember its been 20 years ago.

I'd be offended if I was told I shouldnt be buying certain food because i was overweight or asked if I was pregnant-lol!

Brush it off and be happy you can afford $25 steaks, I think they were just shocked because I'm sure so many are on budgets
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We used to go back to our home state (LA) in the fall and would stock up at Walmart on our favorite coffee from there. It was so funny to hear the comments, sometimes to us, sometimes just in our hearing. People would start running back to the coffee area thinking it was a terrific sale. The cashier would comment that we sure must love coffee to be able to use that much.

We just laughed and told them the truth that we were on an annual visit and were stocking up. Most of them understood, as we are very particular about our coffee in southern Louisiana

Never had any rude comments from any cashier - just polite conversation that I always join in with.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:15 PM   #42
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I don't since my wife does the grocery shopping. But she has commented to me that at times the baggers/cashier make a comment when she requests paper over plastic, and double bag them, please.
lol! I use to be a bagger 20 years ago and baggers hate having to do double paper and especially paper in the plastic-lol! I didnt mind it because that was my job and I always tried putting 100% and with a smile. The large orders where they would have a full basket or two were a pain but only because it would get backed up and the cashier would just stand there and watch after they were done ringing it up.


Tell your wife the next complaint she can say " well its better then paper bag in plastic"-lol!
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:23 PM   #43
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There is one cashier at our local Wal-mart that I avoid at all costs! I think she is just trying to be friendly, but she doesn't think at all before she speaks. It's been 15 years ago (I don't know how she has managed to stay employed that long) anyways, I had just started my cycle for the first time and my mom wanted to take me to the store to show me the different options I had and to choose a brand I felt comfortable with. I wasn't thrilled about the idea and was so afraid I would see someone from school. I pick out my items and we go pay. I blush so easily, so I assume I was all red in the face and was ready to run out of the store. The cashier picks up my items to scan them and then asks me if I had just "started" for the first time. She then proceeds to tell me about how she had that happen for the first time at camp! I was never so uncomfortable!!!
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:35 PM   #44
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Horizon cows have 'access' to pastures, but they are in a factory farm and don't get out there. Their cows are constantly hooked up to the milking machines - they produce double the national average of milk. When a cow gets sick they just ship it off to slaughter. They are an awful company that shouldn't be allowed to label their products as organic. They are owned by Dean Foods.
Really? Do you have some links? I'd be interested to read more. I will sometimes pay more for local organics just because it helps my local farmers, but I had not heard that about Horizon before. I try to stay away from Dean because I know they use rBGH on their cows but I assume that Horizon does not. My DD is smaller than her peers and I am sure it's because she doesn't consume all the hormones in milk and meat (she is a vegetarian and I mostly buy organic dairy).
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I had a cashier once make a comment about the size of jeans I was buying. She was rude and negative and even though I have insane self-esteem, I got to my car and I cried my eyes out.

I SHOULD have just left them there at the counter and walked out AND that made me cry more that I just took it. Very unlike me.

When I got home, I wrote a letter to the store manager about it and to this day, I won't set foot in that store again.
I would have cried if I got a comment like that. I remember many years ago, when I was at my thinnest and not overweight at all I walked to the corner store during my break and bought a bag of candy to share with my co-workers. The guy made a comment about me buying it, how he bet I would eat the whole thing, and I told him it was for work, and he said, "Yeah, sure." What a jerk.

I just love it when complete strangers think they have a right to comment on your weight (or your kids' weight, your eating/spending habits, etc) to shame you or something. Trust me, anyone who is overweight shames THEMSELVES enough.
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