I need to do a little venting so watch out! 🙂
Everytime I run errands or leave the privacy of my own home I usually come back slightly irritable, frustrated, frazzled and a little stressed. Going out and buying shampoo or scouting out the produce really should be easy and one of the more minor stressors in life. I mean compared to bills, work schedules, marriage and raising kids, weaving in and out of the aisles at the local store should be a welcome relief. Instead I actually dread it and would rather go 5 rounds with Mike Tyson then ever step foot in a Walmart again.
In my irritated, seeing stars state, I usually try to figure out what it is that gets me so tied up in knots all the time. Most of the time I consider myself a pretty easy going person. I’m respectful, courteous, always go in prepared so I’m not bothering anyone and never spend too long in any store. So why can’t I just get in and get out and get on with my day? What I have deduced is that it’s the people that have also decided to leave their compounds and go shopping.
Never in my life have I questioned where humanity is going than I do at the store. Here are some things I just can’t quite figure out that make my shopping experience less than stellar.
Since when did pajamas become appropriate attire to wear out in public? I really don’t want to know what you wore to bed and quite frankly if you can’t even put on a pair of jeans that probably means you haven’t washed your hands and now you’re touching everything that I’m about to touch. It’s kind of gross and it distracts me from my shopping experience. I guess the only good thing is that your pajama wearing day has made me look like Angelina Jolie cause I picked up my brush and put on a bra!
Why do people insist on bringing all 12 of their kids to the store? I love kids, especially little ones but sometimes I just don’t understand the logic of this. Not only are they running around all over the place but honestly I just feel bad for the Mother. Here she is trying to shop while her kids are acting like they belong in a zoo (not their fault….what kid doesn’t act like that). What makes me uncomfortable is the fact that the mom isn’t even paying attention to what her kids are doing. They are throwing things in my cart, or banging stuff into me, or grabbing my kids while the mom is completely oblivious. I sympathize because I’m sure she is exhausted and overworked but seriously this doesn’t make a good situation for anyone involved and it certainly isn’t good for the kids to get away with such behaviors. Find a babysitter and go to the store alone for yours and everyone elses peace of mind.
My biggest complaint is when someone is blocking the aisles as if they are the only place on planet earth. How hard is it to put the cart to the side in front of you leaving plenty of room for other people to maneuver. I can literally stand for 5 minutes and wait while you are too busy deciding on whether you want chicken or beef flavored Ramen Noodles and not once do you move out of the way. Sometimes, I just want to ask people why they think they are so much better than everyone else that they can spend all day blocking everyones path.
I am not one of those super duper germ-a-phobes or anything but working in the healthcare industry I have picked up on a few things. Germs are bad and they are everywhere. Most of us get sick and get terrible diseases because of all the junk we touch that everyone else has touched. I already have anxiety about what on earth I’m going to contract from touching the cart. The last thing I need to see is you pick your nose or sneeze into your hand and proceed with grasping the cart and moving along on your happy way leaving behind germs for the next poor soul who ends up with that cart. Seriously, I see this all the time and nearly cringe! I want to start carrying around hand sanitizer and bleach wipes with me 24/7 to save the world from all the nastiness. Another thing that adds a little notch in my stress level.
Usually I come to the store mentally prepared with a list. I don’t always write it down but I know the general idea of what I want. I don’t like to spend forever in a store and I certainly don’t want to be an inconvenience to other shoppers. This means I can run down an aisle, grab the item, and go. No stopping, no collecting 200 dollars….Just grab and go. Simple right? Oh no!! Many people decide to make a vacation out of shopping for groceries. They come as if they have never seen food before in their life or stepped foot in a store. Never in all my days of living have I seen more people stare at shelves of food and take hours to make a selection. If I have to get something from that spot I might as well forget it because I’ll be there for 2 days waiting. This happens in the produce section a lot. I swear people are hoping that a magical peach or apple is going to just jump out and grab their nose if they stand there long enough. A peach is a peach people….and honestly if you’re buying from Walmart it’s probably going to taste like crap so just grab and go.
Lastly, I really want to know what happened to customer service. I am not a demanding customer and quite frankly like to be left alone while shopping but when I go to check out I would like for you to acknowledge my existence. Having to look at your grumpy face and feeling your ‘I hate my job’ attitude makes me uncomfortable and irritated. I didn’t realize it was so hard to smile and say ‘Hi’ This isn’t climbing Mt. Everest or anything. I always feel like the biggest inconvenience of your day and that makes me stressed. Trust me, I would check myself out if I could just to avoid the awkward and uncomfortable and rather rude encounter. I really think companies should start hiring only people who can manage a smile. Seems to be non-existent these days.
So these are the reasons I have deduced I am stressed after errands. The problem is I really don’t know how to fix it. All I’m asking for is a little common courtesy from the general public. Unfortunately, I don’t see that wish coming true anytime soon!
Happy errand running……