Never Take a Hangry Person Grocery Shopping
November 2, 2017 1:54am CST
Never go grocery shopping with a hangry man (or woman.) My boyfriend embarrassed me by throwing a fit in the grocery store a while ago. He acted irritable the entire time we were in the store, but when it was time to checkout he was being downright mean. There had been three lanes open but right as we were walking up two turned off their lights, leaving only one lane, which had two ladies with two carts overflowing with stuff, piling their groceries on the conveyor belt. I suggested we do self checkout but we had too much stuff, which would make bagging it difficult. So we had no choice but to get behind the ladies with the two carts worth of groceries and wait. We had been waiting around 10 minutes and had just finished putting our groceries up on the conveyor belt when a cashier opened the lane next to us and came over and told the person behind us -- who had just walked up and hadn't been waiting at all -- that she could help him. That is when my boyfriend got mad. He announced very loudly that it was a bunch of B.S. that we had been there waiting in line for 10 minutes but she pulled the person who just walked up and hadn't been waiting at all. Which embarrassed me that he was ranting loudly like that. I was annoyed over her not offering to help us too, but I kept my mouth shut about it. Then the rest of the time we were in line he kept ranting and letting everyone within earshot know that he was pissed. The cashier working the lane next to us kept pulling everyone who came up behind us, but never once offered to check us out. I figured it was because our items were already loaded on the conveyor belt, but the people in front of us were taking forever and it would have taken maybe 5 seconds for us to toss our stuff back in our cart and move one lane over. The people in front of us had so much stuff, they took up both sides of the conveyor belts used for bagging their items, so when it was our turn to checkout the cashier had to hand our stuff back to us one at a time for us to put back in our cart. Then the two-cart ladies had to split their method of payment, which also took a while because one didn't know how much she had on her EBT card and she was chit-chatting with the cashier and the other lady she was with. At one point she started copping an attitude with the cashier because she thought something he said was directed at her, which it was not, but I honestly couldn't blame her for being agitated as my boyfriend was letting it be known how angry he was to be inconvenienced by being stuck behind them. I wanted the floor to open up and swallow me. I kept telling him to calm down and he wouldn't. He was slamming stuff around and basically throwing a temper tantrum. Then, when we were finally leaving the store, he started ranting loudly about the ordeal and was yelling about it in the parking lot. He screamed at me the entire way home over it, like it was somehow my fault. I just stayed quiet and let him get it out of his system. Now that we're home and he's eaten, he's calmed down, but geez. What was that all about? I'm ashamed to show my face in that store again. Yes it was an inconvenience being behind people with so much stuff and having to wait so long, but that happens sometimes, especially on the first of the month. It was rude of the other cashier to not check us out first, but like I said we already had our items on the conveyor belt so maybe that was why. Maybe she didn't realize how long we'd been waiting and then once my boyfriend started throwing a fit, maybe she didn't want to wait on him! Or who knows! Regardless, he could do well to learn some patience. I guess I should have fed him a Snickers bar or something before we went to the store. Normally he doesn't act like that, and when he does get like that, it's almost always because he's hangry. I know his blood sugar drops and he starts feeling shaky when he hasn't eaten, which happens to me sometimes too, but I don't appreciate being yelled at in hanger. So, yeah -- never take a hangry person grocery shopping!
16 people like this
• Riga, Latvia
Yes that is what we call totally over reacting. Perhaps you should have done what I have seen moms do for their little children. Give them something to eat while waiting. Your angry man could have been munching potato chips and perhaps he would not have gotten so angry just saying
• United States
Sorry as embarrassing as that had to be, I had to smile a time or two. Why you ask, well my husband has never gone that far but yep he gets hangry too. When he does he gets really super grumpy. When he is like that I just wanna kick him out of the vehicle.
• Jacksonville, Florida
My husband just opens something we are going to buy anyway and eats it if he's too hungry while waiting. I'm sorry you had to deal with that, I would have wanted to crawl under something or hide-I hate being embarrassed!
• United States
Later, once he was calmed down I asked him what was going on and he just said he was hungry and pissed off that the cashier in the lane next to ours kept pulling everyone else over and ignoring us. That happens to him a lot and he is just fed up with it.
• United States
Good idea, I don't know why we didn't think of that. I think it would have been easiest to just go through self checkout, but he was adamant about not doing that because it would be "too hard to bag things" (it ended up being hard to bag everything anyway.)