Never Take a Hangry Person Grocery Shopping

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United States
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!
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@LadyDuck (122596)
• Switzerland
2 Nov
Oh goodness, I know how you felt, because this happened to me with my husband and I was so embarrassed.
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• United States
2 Nov
I have seen my dad act that way in the store before too. I guess sometimes it is just hard for them to hold their anger in.
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@LadyDuck (122596)
• Switzerland
2 Nov
@Srbageldog Men cannot stand to wait in line, we are more tolerant.
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• United States
2 Nov
@LadyDuck That is the truth!
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@1creekgirl (8809)
• United States
2 Nov
I know that was embarrassing for you. Since he was throwing a 2 year old tantrum, either feed him before you go, or better yet, don't take him at all.
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• United States
2 Nov
I think I need to start carrying snacks in my purse to throw at him when he acts like that, like you would with a toddler.
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• United States
2 Nov
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@TRBRocks420 (62431)
• Banks, Oregon
2 Nov
I don't blame him for getting angry, but you got to keep your composure.
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• United States
2 Nov
I agree. I understand where he was coming from (and definitely understand being extra angry when you're hungry,) but it's not good making a scene over it. It just makes you look bad.
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@TRBRocks420 (62431)
• Banks, Oregon
2 Nov
@Srbageldog It happens to the best of us.
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@RasmaSandra (13424)
• Riga, Latvia
2 Nov
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
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• United States
2 Nov
Haha, I'll keep that in mind if it happens again. Maybe I should start carrying snacks in my purse just in case.
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@Ithink (6795)
• United States
7 Nov
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.
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• United States
7 Nov
I can laugh at it now. Hangry people are a force to be reckoned with! It's like those Snickers commercials, "you're not you when you're hungry."
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@Ithink (6795)
• United States
7 Nov
@Srbageldog Maybe we should buy some and hide them in the vehicles! lol
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@Ithink (6795)
• United States
9 Nov
@Srbageldog Maybe we need to get a bag and fill it with stuff and just put it in the back seat or something. lol
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@Corbin5 (82191)
• United States
2 Nov
That had to be embarrassing for you, but now you know that your boyfriend should not be hungry when he goes grocery shopping with you.
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@Corbin5 (82191)
• United States
3 Nov
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• Jacksonville, Florida
2 Nov
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!
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• United States
3 Nov
I was tempted to just walk out of there, or tell him to go wait in the car!
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• Jacksonville, Florida
3 Nov
@Srbageldog I don't blame you!
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@AmbiePam (46240)
• United States
3 Nov
Wow! That is pretty amazing. Did he say if anything else happened that day? I know low blood sugar affects me dramatically, but I feel too sick to throw a fit. You poor girl! That would embarrass me too.
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• United States
3 Nov
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.
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@LoriAMoore (10171)
• United States
2 Nov
Oh gosh, I could almost see myself throwing that tantrum too sometimes, but I haven't yet. Yes, feed him next time before you go.
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• United States
3 Nov
I have come close to throwing tantrums too, but I at least wait until we get home.
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@andriaperry (33376)
• Anniston, Alabama
2 Nov
Mext time do what me and Tony has done, have one stand it the new opened line while the other puts the stuff back into the cart, that way no one else can get ahead of you.
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• United States
3 Nov
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.)
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@tzwrites (3820)
• Romania
2 Nov
I am always hangry when I go to the grocery store and it's true...I get irritated
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• United States
2 Nov
I get irritated when I am hangry and have to shop, too. But I typically don't rant and rave. I just glare and stomp around.
@zaki975 (57)
2 Nov
Really very embarrassed situation for you. I wish that you will not face it again on coming days.
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• United States
2 Nov
Thanks, hopefully it won't happen again.
@Lertka (346)
• Ukraine
2 Nov
What an unpleasant situation
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• United States
2 Nov
Yes, it was very unpleasant. I hope it doesn't happen again.
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@UncleJoe (8640)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
2 Nov
Hunger is no excuse for that kind of behavior. Perhaps you should start dating an adult.
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@fishtiger58 (30715)
• Momence, Illinois
3 Nov
There were a few times I found a situation very much like that happening. I said one thing and then shut up. Now a days I am retired and usually have nothing better to do so now I just don't care and will stand there waiting for my turn.