You suddenly get starving while shopping, what do you do?

United States
January 6, 2013 9:14am CST
I'd like to talk about this because my daughter doesn't agree with me. She finds it rude to do this, but I don't. I did it with her when she was little to pacify her also. What am I talking about? I'm talking about suddenly getting a craving ir suddenly getting hungry while you are grocery shopping. Rather than putting a bunch if junk food in my cart, I go to the cheese isle and get some cheese sticks. I like the light mazzerella (spelling) and open them and snack on a stick ir two if cheese while shopping. This satisfies me and keeps me from following the crave that my brain wants me to do. My daughter doesn't like that. She doesn't like to see people open packages before they are paid for. Why? I keep the package and the clerk rings it up! I used to do the same with her. She would want this and that as she sat in the cart when she was little. I would give her a box if Animal Crackers and she would be satisfied. I then had the clerk ring it up. I strongly believe in not going to the store hungry, but if I forget to eat before going, I will get hungry. There is nothing wrong in opening a package while shopping as long as you pay for it. What are your thoughts?
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@besweet (7238)
• Greece
6 Jan 13
I agree with your daughter about this one. I have never thought about eating in the grocery store, if I want to eat something I will buy it first and then go outside of the store and eat it. I don't know the reason why, maybe I think this way because I consider the item mine after I have paid for it and I don't think it is appropriate to eat it before going to the cashier.
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• United States
6 Jan 13
It's done all the time here. I would never at something that had to be weighed first. But I have sinking spells with low blood sugar. I wouldn't have strength or time to stop what I am doing. I've never passed out yet, but I do get confused and I do feel myself getting weak and have difficulty coordinating when walking. There are cameras all over. I'm not afraid of being seen as a shoplifter, because I always pay for the item at checkout.
• United States
7 Jan 13
I'm with your daughter on this one. I'm a firm believer in not consuming anything til you've paid for it. When my kids wanted something to munch on when they were smaller I bought a snack and drink with me and kept it in my backpack/diaper bag. Even though you are going to pay for it, I"m not sure everyone is honest and pays for it.
• United States
7 Jan 13
I'm sure there are some dishonest people. I see it done all the time. I've only done it when I'm in a pinch. I was reminded of it by what Weight Watchers international suggests. They suggest just what I said. Just be sure to pay for it. I would rather do that than bring something from home. My thought us they would ask if u was going to pay for what my child ate. I know they are watching on cameras. That's just my thought. My daughter hates to see it though. Once we saw a woman sampling the fresh fruit and putting them back. I think they were peaches or nectarines...I don't quite remember. My daughter said "Look!!!" She wasn't planning in paying for anything. That was nasty and very wrong. Now in one if the grocery markets we go to, there is a place where you can get fountain sodas, and slush use and stuff. You don't pay for it there. They out a sticker price on it and hand it to you. You pay for it at checkout. It seems to be on the honor system, but I think they would catch people trying to check out without paying.
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@GardenGerty (93617)
• Marion, Kansas
7 Jan 13
In my favorite grocery store, which is not Wal Mart, the produce manager will cut you a sample, or even plug a watermelon for you to taste while you are in the store. I do not think people realize that, though.
@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
6 Jan 13
Seems to be different everywhere. You just dont rip anything open before you pay for it here and I would not dare doing that unless I am really low in blood sugar, being diabetic and urgently needing help. There is always enough time to wait till I have paid and checked out before I open the package of what ever I crave.....
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• United States
6 Jan 13
I'm on the other end of the scale. My blood glucose is always low. If it hits and daughter isn't with me, I do what I have to do. There are cameras everywhere in the stores. We have a counter for fountain drinks at one grocery store. We can drink while we shop and pay for it at checkout. The price tag is a sticker done by computer and put on the lid. You just pay when you leave.
• Lippstadt, Germany
6 Jan 13
we dont have this, maybe cause our supermarkets are relatively small......
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
6 Jan 13
Your daughter is being too self concious. I thought everyone did things like that. I do it all the time. If you pay for it then it is perfectly fine, I think. I dont think people that work in the store mind either. They have seen me do it and never once said anything so I just assume its all ok.
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• United States
6 Jan 13
Apparently not Sid. There are a few here who think in a shoplifter! . Different cultures, I guess.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
7 Jan 13
Here if you get caught, you can be fined. My friend was fined, for opening something before paying for it, even though she was going to pay for it. She was hauled off by security in a store. I personally wouldnt do it, I may grab something and eat it when I get out of the store, in the car.
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@sid556 (31018)
• United States
7 Jan 13
In the State that I live in, you are being watched on camera and most stores also have on-floor store detectives watching as well. They do not question anything until after you have gone through the check out and if you haven;t paid for it. If you take one step out the door you will get stopped and charges will be brought.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
7 Jan 13
I have opened up something in the store for my kids before and I have opened a drink for myself as well. When my daughter was younger she was obsessed with bananas. We would go to the store and if I was picking up a bunch of bananas she would always want one right away. I would find one ripe banana and go up and pay for it, so she could eat it while we were shopping and I would show my receipt to the cashier when we got to the register. I would do that since bananas are by weight not by how many you were getting.
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@GardenGerty (93617)
• Marion, Kansas
7 Jan 13
I think that is a good thing, Lilybug. I cannot ever remember having to buy a treat for my kids in the store, though. i know my son liked how the hamburger felt when he was a baby and if he could get to it he would poke a hole in it. I know that is not really the same, however.
@jenny1015 (13391)
• Philippines
7 Jan 13
I have never opened any food package or juice while inside the grocery. I was brought up that way. But then this SIL of mine would always take a bottle of iced tea and gulp on it every time. Well, she pays for it after shopping. And so, as time went on, I could be doing the same sometimes. But I really only do it if I feel I am dehydrated and not just for the sake of drinking one.
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• Greece
6 Jan 13
Personally i don't like to see this because the first thought is that someone has eaten something without paying for it. I know this isn't the case with you and I can't see that it does any harm, but is it a good example for a child? They could take and eat without you seeing and simply throw the packet away. If I get hungry when I am shopping I have noticed that the process takes much longer because I tend to move slowly and stop altogether at the biscuit section!
• United States
6 Jan 13
It's commonly done here. I'm well known in the store so they know I'm not a thief. It's not stealing if you pay for it. Walking out if the store without paying for it is stealing. I see people diving into a pack if Oreos. There's nothing wrong with it as long as they pay for it at checkout. If you read above you will see that one store has a refreshment counter. You can buy a coffee or fountain drink and drink as you shop. They also have stuff to eat in packages with prices. It's done on the honor system. You pay for it at checkout. Walmart doesn't have that stand, but they don't mind anyone doing it. I've been in dire straights before with a bottomed out blood sugar. When that happens I go to get cheese sticks because they are protein and get me okay again. I'm not diabetic. My blood glucose stays low. When it gets too low I have to eat something or I'm in trouble.
@Asylum (48357)
• Manchester, England
6 Jan 13
This is not an uncommon practice and I have a few people give bags of crisps to their children, which they then pay for later at the till. It is not something that I have ever done and I doubt if I would ever consider it. I prefer to leave the shop and then maybe buy a snack somewhere local. Nevertheless, I cannot see any way that it would be classified as rude behaviour.
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• United States
6 Jan 13
I prefer it also, but sometimes it is necessary. If I get really hungry, my blood sugar will drop drastically. I have low blood sugar. It's normal for mine to be low, so I don't become symptomatic until it gets down in the 30 range. I don't pass out. I get very weak and start getting very disoriented. Eating something brings it up. I do try to keep something in my purse but I have needed something and not had anything. It is very common here. I see it done lots if times with adults and with kids to keep them quiet so the parent can shop. It's fine as long as the customer pays for it. At one if the stores I go to, they have a counter to get coffee or soda and they just out the orice on it and you pay for it when you check out.
@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
6 Jan 13
It's usually my thirst that I can't take. I grab a bottle then take a gulp or two. I dont think there's anything wrong with that as long as you still pay for it
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• United States
6 Jan 13
I've done that too. I get thirsty too sometimes. If there is a counter for fountain drinks I usually go there and the price tag is placed on the cup and you pay for it at checkout.
@Sureoi (176)
• Philippines
6 Jan 13
Here in our city, we only open our packages after we have paid it. We are used in that manner. But for me, there's no wrong in opening packages while shopping as long as you pay for it. I also agree with you on eating before shopping because the foods in malls are very expensive. Have a nice day and happy mylotting! :)
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• United States
6 Jan 13
Welcome to mylot Sureoi! I would normally do that too, but if I am hungry, my blood sugar plummets. I try to eat before I go, but if I don't think of it, I have had to get some cheese to snack on.
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@BarBaraPrz (18462)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
6 Jan 13
I usually wait until after I've checked out before diving into something, but I did once open a box of kleenex before paying for it. I just had to blow my nose, you know?
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• United States
6 Jan 13
I don't think anyone should be embarrassed or afraid to dive into something when he or she is in a bind.
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@maximax8 (27048)
13 Jan 13
This relies on honesty and many supermarkets have security guards which might not understand what you are doing. You are opening a product and using some of it before paying for it. Personally I would feel uncomfortable doing that. My friend was sneezing so she grabbed a cheap box of tissues. She opened the hole to get three or so tissues out. She desperately needed to use them. At the check out she paid for the box of tissues and a few of the other items in the hand basket. I think it is a bad idea to go shopping when you feel hungry. Maybe take along some small snacks in your handbag in the shop has many security guards.
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@AJ1952Chats (2340)
• Anderson, Indiana
10 Jan 13
I would have never thought of doing this until I saw a friend do it. It seems fine by me just so long as you DO pay for what you eat in the store. Even so, I'm more comfortable with paying for it before eating it. I think it would be wise to know the policy of the store first as well so that you wouldn't end up getting arrested for shoplifting. Some of the stores might call the police and ask questions later.
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@MsTickle (25006)
• Australia
9 Jan 13
Sorry, I'm with your daughter on this one. The goods belong to the store till paid for. Sure, by putting them in your trolley, you are committing to the purchase but they are still not paid for. It also sends the wrong message to people who are easily tempted. Someone sees you snacking on stuff so they do it too. They dump the container/packaging though and don't pay. Do the right thing. Pay first, then eat.
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@artemeis (4026)
• China
8 Jan 13
Instead of arguing till kingdom come, I wonder if the both of you could us this opportunity to teach a lesson about exceptions. Neither of you are wrong here. Your daughter has been taught and taught well about knowing and doing the right thing. For a start, as far as the store's merchandises is concern no one has any ownership over them until they are paid in full at the cashier check outs. However, I believe that as long as the merchandise is picked the intention will be to purchase them which makes it ours. In this aspect, I do not see there's really anything wrong when we opened up a can of soda, a bottle of water or even a bag of chips when the situation calls for it. We are within the premises and the boundaries which makes us responsible for our chosen merchandises in our carts. Hence, when we are still considered lawful since we are within the legal limits of the store's premises. Your daughter needs to learn that there's another aspect in life where people need to exercise and practice exceptions. You have a legitimate grounds for what you are doing along with other physiologically deprived or medically stricken customers that need a sip or snack up. Other than exception, I believe we can attend another lesson about being pragmatic and practical in life where there's no other better situation than this. I mean look at it this way, where we would actually be wasting precious time to cash out just because we need to attend to our small little needs and look for a temporary locker to store the remaining or sinfully dispose the remainder into some bins which otherwise could be finished up. No one is committing a crime and none committed when we do not violate the established laws. Laws are straightforward but static, however I think your daughter needs to learn about the various ways of complying.
@Rainegurl (2158)
• Philippines
7 Jan 13
I would wait until after I have paid for the items but as long as it is not prohibited by the store or you are not causing inconvenience to anyone, then I have no problem with other people opening the items before paying for them. And oh, I opened one bottled water for my daughter once
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@edvc77 (2143)
• Philippines
7 Jan 13
It is not rude at all of course when you are hungry you have to eat. However, you are inside the grocery. In our country, nobody eats inside the grocery because they might think you get it from the counter. There are many shoplifters here that is why they prohinit someone to eat inside the grocery. We do eat outside the grocery.
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@GardenGerty (93617)
• Marion, Kansas
7 Jan 13
The only thing I see wrong in it is that if people do not see you pay for it they may assume the worst, and may justify eating and not paying by thinking you have not paid. I try to make my shopping trips as quickly as I can and I might purchase something to eat as soon as I am in the car. I will also carry gum in my purse to chew as that helps me. I will loo for someone giving out samples as well.
@winterose (39929)
• Canada
7 Jan 13
they don't like you doing that here. The manager will come and tell you you cannot eat food you haven't paid for. He will make you take out your money and pay on the spot.
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