Have you ever been in the grocery store and you see

@ersmommy1 (12600)
United States
June 2, 2009 11:57am CST
someone eating something they put in the cart? They haven't paid for it yet, but they are walking around the store snacking? I saw this older woman just munching away on some grapes. I, myself have never done it. Just wondering if it is common practice.
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@jayrene (2713)
• Philippines
2 Jun 09
i haven't done it yet, but my kids did, especially when they were younger like 2-4 when they ride on the cart... they cry when they see something that they want to eat, so i will open one for them and have them eat it while i go look for things to buy. it keeps them quiet and wont ask for anything else... lol... i always make sure i pay for it though. i have seen a couple once, they were eating these grapes and then after a while when we came to this isle, we saw this bag of grapes, they have left it there, they just ate and did not pay for it...
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
2 Jun 09
you know even if they did not leave the bag behind - and did purchase it as they left the store, they did not purchase those few that they snacked on and in my eye that is stealing... and wrong.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
2 Jun 09
I'll occasionally try a small piece of produce, like a grape, to test the flavor and see how fresh it is, but I won't have an all-out snack of food I haven't paid for. I work at a store that isn't a grocery store, but we sell soda and candy bars. People often bring empty soda bottles and candy wrappers up to my cash register to pay for the product that they've already eaten. I think it's really stupid to do that- what if you drink the bottle of soda, only to find when you get to the cash register that you've forgotten your wallet or your credit card is declined? Then how are you going to pay for it?
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• United States
2 Jun 09
It's funny, because there was once I had started drinking a soda before I paid for it, and then the cashier made me angry by saying I couldn't purchase 30 cans of formula at once (I had twins at the time, that wasn't even a week's worth of formula) so I left my entire cart there and walked out, and didn't realize until later about the soda. Oops! But that incident hasn't stopped me from drinking sodas before I pay for them. I just remember to at least pay for that one thing before I leave the store, no matter what.
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• United States
2 Jun 09
I think it is just bad manners. I have seen mother's open up packages of snacks and let their children munch along while they shop. My boys always knew they could pick out their snacks and hold them but not eat them until we got home. I look at people who even pull off a grape or something as stealing. You are taking something that you haven't paid for. If you dont' know if they are fresh or not, buy a small amount to try. UGH!! It's like the people who go to the free sample isle and eat their entire lunch!! can't stand it.
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• United States
2 Jun 09
I see this a lot and most of the times i see the kids in the carts eating snacks or whatever. I think parents give it to their kids to keep them quiet or have them behave better so now one is looking at them. If they do not pay for it then that's pretty bad you should of course have to pay for it after you or someone else has eaten it. I barely ever see the older generation doing this but it does happen and in walmart as you go through the isles i see empty bottles or even a wrapper that is empty and you know someone was either thirsty or hungry and didn't want to pay for it.
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@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
2 Jun 09
I do this. Sometimes if I am on my way home my blood sugar gets low. So if i am shopping I will just get something that will give me a quick boost till I get home. This happened last week. I had to get some cookies off the shelve. Of course I still paid for them. I also get stuff for my son. He is real impatient when I am shopping so I usually will give him a gummie snack while shopping to hold him off then pay at the front.
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@marcialoyd (1174)
• United States
2 Jun 09
I haven't ever snacked on anything while I am grocery shopping. But I have grabbed a soda and drink it all up before I got to the register. When I am on a big shopping trip it takes a couple of hours and I get thirsty. I don't think its a big deal. I always pay for it. Its not like I drink it up with the intention of not paying.
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@katsmeow1213 (29029)
• United States
2 Jun 09
I do it all the time. Not usually with produce, especially not the type that has to be weighed at the register. But I will grab a bottle of soda and drink it while I shop, and snacks for the kids to eat while I shop. Normally it's their cereal bars, as soon as I get them they both want one. I don't think it's a huge deal, because I always pay for the opened item when I get to the check out. It's not like I'm going to eat it and then throw the box/bottle/wrapper away before paying for it.
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@tonyllenium (6266)
• Italy
2 Jun 09
yes i saw me too..some people duing that in the grocery shop!!It si funny because somebody do it sistematically and others just to taste the products!!anyway i consider that a bit strange to do in a shop but obviously many people like to do that.
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
3 Jun 09
I have and that angers me because people who steal make the prices of things go higher. I have bought something in a wrapper, where they can still charge me full price, using the wrapper, but not loose items that are by weight.
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• United States
3 Jun 09
In the past I have done it to keep my children busy while I was shopping. I would not do it with any product that needs to be weighted. As long as you present the packaging to the clerk so they can ring it up it should not pose a problem. I suppose you could also go through the line and pay for it then resume shopping but when you have little children that is time consuming.
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@snovamp (55)
• Kabul, Afghanistan
3 Jun 09
It's called shrink.. I do work in a grocery store and this happens a lot. I especially love to find the empty containers that used to hold fried chicken, left on a shelf.. eaten and unpaid for. Or the snacks that are eaten by the screaming kids that are strewn after all is said and done.. I could go on and on with this subject. Yes.. we wonder if it's going to be paid for at the register. And yes, at times you'll find us watching you like a hawk. And no, I don't do it. Some stuff I can understand, low blood sugar etc. But just out and out snacking, and then throwing a hissy fit, walking out, not paying for your rolling buffet, no. That is also commonly called, shoplifting.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18121)
• United States
3 Jun 09
My stepdad will do that. I don't because knowing me and my luck I would get caught and called to the managers office for it. Grapes get weighed by the pound if someone eats them throughout the store then that is actually considered theft since your eating them without paying for them first. My little sister has been know to eat a few but I always tell her that it is bad and just because she sees others do it doesn't mean she should. I have sen people drinking pop through the store..I myself would never do it.
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@sacmom (14317)
• United States
3 Jun 09
Yes, I've seen this countless times. Though it is usually a little kid that is eating the item of food, not an adult. I've also been guilty of doing this a couple of times as well, though it wasn't for myself, but my youngest son. He has a sensitive tummy and had gotten hungry while we were shopping. Out of guilt I let him have a piece of food. But I made sure to hold on to the wrapper so that I could pay for it and I did. Now I have him wait until after it is all paid for and we get back to our truck, if he happens to get hungry.
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@balasri (26554)
• India
3 Jun 09
I do that very often.As I go to the departmental store the eatables and chocolates of thousands of varieties really makes me hungry.I always take a crunchy chocolate or a soft cake take start eating it while shopping putting the wrapper or foil inside the basket to be added in the bill.I don't know I become ravenous looking at those things.
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@PrarieStyle (2495)
• United States
3 Jun 09
It's called "grazing". I have done it with my children with some things. I used to open a box of fun fruits to give them a snack and keep them calm so I could think as I shopped. I was always sure I had enough cash on me to pay for at least that item. I have seen people eat grapes and other things which I think is wrong to do before they were weighed. I think that's wrong and never let my children do it.
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@williamjisir (22905)
• China
3 Jun 09
Hello ersmommy. I seldom see such a person eating something in a grocery store, but I see people taste a slice of the food given by the seller to her customers before they buy it. You know, sometimes when we buy some food, we would like to know how it tastes and I think that it is acceptable with the permission of the seller. Take care.
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@Yori88 (1468)
• Philippines
3 Jun 09
Yes. I and my husband used to do that. I think eating is okay but not too much. Just tasting the food maybe. Because it is quite a bad habit to eat when shopping. But when it comes to drinks and other beverages I and my husband are really guilty. Especially when we are already thirsty before shopping/grocery. As long as shoppers are going to pay for the good then that is okay for me. I guess it is just a matter of being good payers.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
3 Jun 09
I have let my kids munch on things in the past, but not fruit that has to be weighed to figure out how much you owe for it. I have popped open a soda in the store before too. I only ever do it when I know I have the CASH in my pocket to pay for it in case the CC machine is not working.
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• United States
3 Jun 09
I don't know if it is common practice or not but I had a friend that used to do that. Her Dad used to do it too. They would eat grapes, nuts, candy. The first time I saw her do that I freaked out because I thought that ment they were stealing. They told me it was o.k. they did it all of the time. They were going to pay for it any way. You won't catch me doing it though.:)
@secretbear (19466)
• Philippines
6 Jun 09
hi ersmommy! ^^ i have seen someone already eating something they haven't paid for yet in a grocery. it rarely happens though and usually, it would be a child who couldn't stop himself or herself from eating the food he/she liked and the parent/s couldn't do something about it too. i think its fine as long as the bar code remains intact so it can still be scanned in the cashier.
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