When Shopping Why Do People Block The Aisles

United States
December 31, 2011 2:38pm CST
I went shopping with my husband today. We were walking up and down the aisles looking for items. Why is it when you are walking up the aisle people have to walk directly at you instead of going on the opposite side. Then they just look at you as if to say "I'm not going to move". And they literally do not move. When I shop I always start on the right side of the aisle, I guess because that is what my parents did. There there are those that will take up the middle of the aisle and won't move. If everyone would go down the right side of the aisle that they are facing, the traffic would not get jammed up. People use to be considerate when they shopped. No more. They won't even move over so others can go through. They just park their carts and shop, instead of moving their carts with them. So what are your thoughts on this?
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17 responses
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
1 Jan 12
There are really a lot of people who seem to really think that they really do need to take up most of the aisle. And when you politely ask them to move, oh boy do you get the dirtiest looks. That is why I like to go grocery shopping early in the morning, before most really get out. There are going to be a lot fewer people who are really going to cause these problems. Still there are a lot of rude people out there. Then a lot of people either put their carts or rather, worse, two people, with carts, stand in the middle of the aisle to chat. Or someone talks in the middle of the aisle on their cell phone. I cannot really think of what exactly is worse but there are just a lot of people who will block the aisle.
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• United States
1 Jan 12
I agree with you. It seems those with the cell phones or if they are texting, just stop right where they are to chat, with no regards to what is going on around them. I get out of the house to get away from the phone. I don't have a cell phone. I know it would be nice when traveling. But, I would like to see people leave them in their vehicles or turn them off when they are in the stores. We like to either go shopping in a smaller community where people aren't so much in a rush and they are courteous. Or go later at night after most are done shopping for the day. It is so much more relaxing. Gee I wonder if we should just glare back at these people once and see if they get the message. No, I think not. Let them be rude, we don't need to join them.
@GardenGerty (89960)
• Marion, Kansas
1 Jan 12
Mostly people here are pretty polite. I move down the right side of the aisle because that is how we drive on the right side of the road. My pet peeve is when people see their long lost friends and stop and chat and you can hear all about everything and cannot shop around them. The grocery store is a social center, that is for sure.
• United States
1 Jan 12
There are still many polite people, but the number of those that are rude or ignore you has increased. It seems the grocery store and the larger stores like Walmart seem to be gathering centers for chatting.
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@celticeagle (113972)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Jan 12
Because people just don't care. They are selfish and into themselves. Being considerate and using manner is not in their cash of useable characteristics.
• United States
1 Jan 12
It is sad to say this is true in many situations. It is the "ME" Generation. It is all about "ME". They are going to do what makes them happy, with no consideration for others.
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@celticeagle (113972)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Jan 12
Exactly.
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@Hatley (157426)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Jan 12
hi celtic and Mary lack of courtesy ,or lack of common sense or both?
@savak03 (6688)
• United States
1 Jan 12
I have noticed a great lack of common courtesy lately. I remember when if you walked into a crowded waiting room and you were elderly or had a cane or was holding a baby someone would offer you their chair. I had occasion to walk into a waiting room and there were a lot of people there already. Some of the adults were sitting on the floor and others standing up while young, school age children were taking up most of the seats. There were not that many chairs to begin with and a family with 3 children were sitting in most of them. There were several older people standing and I was walking with a cane. It was going to be at least a half hour before any of us would be seen but we had to be there then to get on the list. Not one of those parents told there kids to get up and offer anyone a seat. My mother would have had me standing beside her so fast my head would have spun.
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• United States
1 Jan 12
I totally agree with you. My Mom would have let me have it when we got home. But, I would have gotten that look she gave us when she was not happy with us. I too have seen those situations where there is no respect as well of lack of common courtesy. People don't yell at their children or discipline them in public because they are afraid that they will get turned into social services. It is a shame that the staff at the clinic where you were did not say something or at least provide extra chairs for people to sit on. Thank you for commenting. Happy New Year
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@savak03 (6688)
• United States
1 Jan 12
There is a story that I heard once and have since told many times. Actually it was originally told as a joke but when I tell it I am completely serious. A woman was spanking her son outside a department store. A policeman ran up and 'lady you can't spank your child like that.' She stopped, looked up at him, and said, 'Either I spank him now or you shoot him when he gets older.' I am a firm believer that lack of discipline is why we have so many delinquent children these days. My kids all knew I was not afraid of the department of family services. When they needed discipline they got it. Sometimes it was corporal punishment and sometimes it was just a discussion but I have always exercised my God given right to educate and discipline my children as I saw fit.
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• United States
1 Jan 12
I totally agree with you. The lack of discipline has let children do what they want when they want. Young children have become abusive to their parents as well. The parents are afraid to do anything. If I disciplined my kids and they were mad at me, I would get out the phone book and give them the numbers to the different services. I would just say go ahead and call, I need a vacation. I love that saying "Either I spank him now or you shoot him when he gets older." It can be so very true in many cases. Thank you for commenting.
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• India
1 Jan 12
and by doing so the whole situation becomes tensed for some time, however it come to noraml. but in that periods its seems like so much clutter here and their.
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• United States
1 Jan 12
Yes when faced with these situations it can make for a very tense and uncomfortable feeling. Too many people in a hurry instead of trying to enjoy their lives.
• India
3 Jan 12
but facing and solving them all is the breakthrough in the life
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
31 Dec 11
Right about here is a week of sales. Almost all the stores have some kind of sale that started the day after Christmas. This is when you see the worst in people. They think that they wouldn't be able to avail of the bargains so they could get rude and block people. If everybody just understood that buggys and aisles are just cars and roads then there wouldn't be a need for these instances.
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• United States
1 Jan 12
I completely agree with you. But, I have been seeing this behavior more and more and not during the holiday shopping sales. Teenagers goofing around in the aisles and not moving. People one facing each way stopping in the aisle to talk to each other, blocking the entire aisle. What is wrong with people that they can not look ahead and see what they are doing, and seeing that they are blocking traffic. Do they need to put in one way signs in the stores or what.
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@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
2 Jan 12
Hopefully not! That's another set of rules that people would not follow.
@shaggin (25105)
• United States
1 Jan 12
I'm ok if they block the aisles as long as they move over when you say excuse me. Most people are nice about it not even realizing what they were doing and quickly move over and apologize. I am one of those people that happens to block the aisle and have to move it when people come through but I always apologize. The ones who dont apologize and glare at you for asking them to move their cart so they can get through are the ones who irritate me. I dont say can you please move your cart so I can get through lol I just say excuse me. I think thats the proper thing to say so I dont know why they react rudely some people when I say that. Do they not realize they are the ones being rude blocking the aisle then glaring at people who want to get through as if they own the whole aisle.
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• United States
1 Jan 12
I agree with you. I can be guilty of blocking the aisle too, when looking for something. But, like you I apologize and move so they can get through. There are many that do say excuse me and others like you said that glare and stare. Life is way to short for people to get upset over something so trivial. Is it going to ruin their whole shopping trip if they have to say excuse me or if they have to move their cart. No, just do it and go about your business.
• United States
31 Dec 11
I totally agree. I hate to shop when it's really crowded & this is one of the reasons why. People are just so rude. I try to stay to one side of the aisle so as not to block anyone & if someone needs to look at something on the shelf that my cart is parked in front of then I quickly apologize & move my cart. It's sad that not everyone has the same respect for other shoppers. One day when my husband & I were shopping these two woman just about passed each other in the aisle & I guess they must have known each other because suddenly they were saying their hellos & started up a conversation. Well I didn't want to be rude & interrupted them(even though they were standing in the middle of the aisle), but after a minute or two of standing there waiting I finally decided to speak up. I said "excuse me" & asked to be allowed by. I didn't even say it in a nasty or rude way either & yet one of the woman still rolled her eyes at me & rudely shoved her cart over to the opposite side of the aisle to let me know that clearly she was annoyed. I was so mad I wanted to tell her exactly what I thought of her & her rude friend, but I bit my tongue & went on with my shopping.
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• United States
1 Jan 12
I too am like you. I move my cart if someone wants to get through or go around me. I always push my cart down the right side of the aisle as close to the shelving as I can. If I am looking at someone on a shelf and someone wants to get through, I will get up and let them through and then go back to looking at the item I need. I understand where you are coming from. These people are just thinking of themselves and know one else. I would love to just say to them, how would you feel if someone did to you what you are doing to myself and others. You know they would be fit to be tied. That is why we usually go shopping either in a smaller town where it seems the people are a bit more laid back and they also are polite. Or we will wait until maybe 9 pm and then go shopping. By that time there are usually less people in the aisles.
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• United States
31 Dec 11
I have noticed where people do block the isles, but they do move when I say excuse me. I’ve never had a problem with anyone not moving. I guess if I just stood there and looked at them they would stare back at me, looking like ‘what do you want?’ but I say excuse me and let them know I want to get by.
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• United States
1 Jan 12
There are many people that will let you through when you say excuse me. But, the number of the one's that won't move is increasing. Not all people are rude. But, it is sad to say those numbers have increased as well. All I can say is we can continue to say excuse me or move our carts when others need to get through and hope that others will follow suit.
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@jillhill (37354)
• United States
31 Dec 11
I know what you mean. I have always done the right side thing too..they will block you with their carts even if you say excuse me like the own the place or something! I have bumped a few that won't move or have moved their carts....rude!
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• United States
1 Jan 12
I hear you. I would like to take a cart and shove it where the sun doesn't shine. But, then it could be a waste of time, they might not have gotten the point.
@manleyjoe (1599)
• United States
1 Jan 12
I let one run into me one time and I just fell into the display there and knocked it over. I had moved as far to the right as I could go but they kept on coming.
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• United States
2 Jan 12
I hope you didn't get hurt. That is just wrong, why in the world would some one run their cart into another. Weren't they paying attention. I won't go shopping on those days that they have Black Friday or any other shopping days right after a holiday, where gifts are being returned and there are huge sales. I have seen the people shoving, etc., on TV, to me that is not what shopping for loved ones is all about. I take my time to shop and enjoy buying an item for someone.
• China
2 Jan 12
On festive occasions,shoppers crowd the mall.I guess few people are considerate like you going down the right side of the aisle.They give their minds to so many items that they want to buy and make use of every bit of space,therefore the traffic is congested.The aisle is too narrow to set up a bar in the middle of it.
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• United States
2 Jan 12
The Holiday's/Christmas is a time of giving. At least it use to be. You would think people would be happy when looking for gifts for their loved ones, instead of being thoughtless and rude. It is not that hard to say excuse me, or I am sorry. It would make life and shopping so much nicer for everyone.
• China
3 Jan 12
You are right ! that may dampen shoppers' spirits,especially on festive occasions,people must be on their good behavior.
@ShyBear88 (16871)
• United States
2 Jan 12
I know how you feel. People feel in title today because of how some parents have raised there kids to get what ever they want so thy feel others have to do as they want when they want. I always stick to one side of the aisle and I know some people will block because they want to get it so they will keep others from getting it especially after a holiday.
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• United States
2 Jan 12
So very true. They want what they want when they want it . Hopefully someday they will get a grip on life and what is really going on around them. Maybe if they have to go through some hard times they will finally realize that they can't have everything that they want.
@ShyBear88 (16871)
• United States
3 Jan 12
I'm sure the day that something hard comes along they willbe scared out of there mind to not know what to do since no one prepared them for it in the first places. Being out on there own doing it all on there own since everything has been given to them.
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
7 Jan 12
People are so rude when they do this! Some people think they own the place and that is why they act like that! They don't want to be disturbed you can say! I never do that! I always move over if I am in the way! I am curious! Not rude!
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• United States
7 Jan 12
It is so true that they are rude and think they own the aisles. Sometimes I think they are mad at the world and think everyone should bow down to them.
@jaiho2009 (39079)
• Philippines
1 Jan 12
yes dear this is very common. they don't know how to give way and keep the center aisle blocked :x I don't know if they did not know it, or just pretend that they're not blocking the whole way.
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• United States
2 Jan 12
Sometimes I think people are just so into what they are doing or who they are talking to, that they just don't realize what is going on around them. That is pretty sad if you really think about it. It is all about them.
@Hatley (157426)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Jan 12
hi MaryLynn I think Walmarts one of the worst for that .too people have habit of parking their cart against one of the shelves,and would you not know thats where the item I was looking for was located. But if you touched their cart, you got this scowl like what are you doing, stealing my stuff? grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.Also theres always one in every grocery store who is impatient and shoves his or her cart up against my legs,I mean hard, Now where'does this moron think I can g o as the person ahead of me bought out the store? So I t urned around and glared. He'said " sorry" and five minutes wham right behind my knees.I looked and'it was now a five year old kid left to guard daddy's cart while dear old dad goes off to look for something.this time I had to say" Please do not hit my legs with that cart son". Now a woman joined the boy and she apologized for her son.Still most people really are polite, and its just a few who are morons.
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• United States
1 Jan 12
Hi Hatley, Yes there are a few of those morons. I hate that when some one hits you with there cart. For one thing do they bother and ask if you are alright. Sometimes those carts can rip your skin plus leave bruises, and we all know when you get hit in the back of the leg those bruises really hurt alot and last forever. I wonder if the little 5 year old could even see pass the cart to see someone in front of them. They normally push the cart and look down at the floor while pushing. He should not have been pushing the cart, but it was nice of the mother to apologize. Yes Walmart does seem to be one of the worst stores for rude people and their shopping carts.
@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
31 Dec 11
That is a pet hate of mine, some people seem to have little meeting in the middle of the ailes even in our main shopping strips this happens as well and you have to walk out on the road to get past..
• United States
1 Jan 12
I know I have seen that too. Infact one time there were about 5 or 6 women and I would say at least at least 3 kids plus carts, they were all blocking a whole section of the clothing section. They were having a reunion of some sort and everyone had to go around them. That is just plain rude.
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• United States
31 Dec 11
My friend and I were in walmart and he told this woman off because of this. I went to move around her and he said hell no your not moving around her. And it went on from there. I can't stand to see this when I am shopping.
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• United States
1 Jan 12
Kudos to your friend. I don't care to see this in a store either. But, he might have just seen this happen once to often. I feel it takes alot more effort to be rude than it does to be nice/courteous. How difficult is it when someone is just standing there really not doing anything, to move when someone says excuse me. It takes what a couple of seconds. How difficult can that be.
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