18 Things You Should Never Do at the Grocery Store

Grocery store etiquette is something that seems to be falling by the wayside in states across the US. In this article, you’ll find 18 things you should never do at the grocery store.

Be Disrespectful to the Workers

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According to Zip Recruiter, the average supermarket salary is just $23.97 an hour. Grocery store staff are not getting paid enough to deal with rude customers. If you have a complaint, be respectful while you express it and ask to speak to a supervisor if the issue is complicated.

Take Things Without Paying for Them

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Alarming figures from USA Today state that retail theft and other factors drained 112 billion dollars from stores in 2022. Don’t take even small items from the store without paying for them, as theft negatively affects the store and has a knock-on effect on how much we pay for groceries.

Cough or Sneeze on Produce

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According to the National Institute of Health, a sneeze can travel up to 25 feet in nearly 22 seconds. You must cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough in a grocery store to prevent spreading the particles onto the fresh produce. Avoid visiting the grocery store when you are ill.

Steal a Shopping Cart

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Many people don’t realize that shopping cart theft is illegal and that shopping cart theft costs retailers tens of millions of dollars annually. Do not take shopping carts out of the supermarket parking lot and return them to the bay when you finish with them.

Talk Loudly On the Phone

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That cell phone conversation that you are having is really interesting to you, but it’s not for those who are standing near you in the aisles or waiting in line. If you are going to take a cell phone call while shopping, keep your volume down.

Leave Your Cart In the Middle of the Aisle

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You were just looking for something when, whoops, you forgot that item that you saw three aisles back. Instead of abandoning your shopping cart in the middle of the aisle where it can get in the way of others, make sure you station it neatly or take it with you.

Abandon Your Shopping Cart In the Parking Lot

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We get it; taking your shopping cart back to the store after you’ve finished loading up your car is a lot of work. But doing so will stop someone else from having to push your cart out of the way in the parking lot.

Touch the Fresh Produce With Your Hands

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According to UofL Health, the average human hands house 150 types of bacteria. So, when choosing loose, fresh produce like fruits and vegetables, make sure you use the food bags and tongs that are available. Do not touch various pieces of produce and then put them back. If you touch something, you’re committing to it.

Cut In Line

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Nasdaq says that the average American spends 41 minutes in the grocery store, precious time that we just don’t have. So, we’re all in a rush to get out of the supermarket and go home, but there’s no need to cut in line. Line cutting is disrespectful, and if someone calls you out, you might end up facing the back of the queue.

Allow Your Kids to Run

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Grocery stores are filled with people of all ages, including children. Make sure your children do not run in the store, as they could run into someone and hurt them or knock something over and create a lot of unnecessary work for the grocery store employees.

Allow Your Kids to Shout

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There’s nothing that will give you a headache faster than screaming children in a grocery store. Of course, you cannot foresee every toddler tantrum, but you must prevent your children from disturbing other shoppers. Explain to your kids how they must behave in the store before they enter.

Open Products

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It is all too tempting to open products to test them before you buy them, but this causes a loss for the store and could prevent someone else from purchasing the product. Have a good look at the product online if you want to see what it’s like.

Take All the Samples

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Samples are great ways for consumers to try products before buying them, but don’t take too many as you could prevent someone else from having the opportunity to sample the product. Don’t take too many samples of products that you have no interest in buying.

Ignore Personal Space

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We all want the long line at the grocery store to go faster, but shuffling closer to the person in front of you won’t make things move any quicker. Make sure you give people enough personal space when in the aisles and queuing up to pay.

Block the Checkout

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Large chain supermarkets often have a timer on how long they should spend with each customer at the checkout. If you take too long double-bagging everything or ordering your coupons, the checkout worker may start to feel agitated. This will also frustrate those in the queue behind you.

Ignore the Requirements of Express Lanes

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Express lanes are normally for shoppers with a handbasket only or a certain small number of items. Do not break the requirements of the express lanes by joining them with far too many items in your cart, as this will only slow down the lane for the next person.

Leave Unwanted Items In Random Places

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We often pick up items we don’t need or realize we don’t want at grocery stores. Instead of abandoning the item in a random place and giving shop workers more to do, take the item back to the general area you found it in.

Bad Parking

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Bad parking, like going over the lines in the parking lot, is frustrating for the person who wants to park in the spot next to you. Make sure you park between the lines so there is more space for everyone to leave their vehicles close to the store.

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