Grocery Store Interrogations

Have you ever been in the grocery store and had the cashier say to you something like, “Don’t you want to get mustard or mayonnaise for your sandwiches?” or “Jesus! Is that all you eat is steak and Hamburger Helper?”

I haven’t had an encounter like that recently, but there were times in the past when I did. Is it because there’s something about me that makes them suspicious about my mental stability? Why should I have to tell them that, believe it or not, I actually have other stuff at home?

This was on my mind because I just got a supply of meat from the Brower Farms. Ground beef, brat links, brat patties, burger patties, chicken, steak and pork chops. I’m going to Kroger today to get pasta,, pasta sauce, brat buns, hamburger buns and barbecue sauce. I keep thinking a cashier is going to assume I’ll be making meals out of buns and barbecue sauce alone.

If a cashier feels the need to interrogate me, I’ll try to remember to say something clever and smartassed, but chances are I’ll give a lame answer or I’ll say “Huh?”

I don’t really expect to be questioned, just that I have been before. So, you never know.

What’s the strangest thing a cashier has ever said to you?

2 thoughts on “Grocery Store Interrogations”

  1. Yes. As someone who spent most of my adult life working in grocery stores, I am familiar with this. Cashiers are trained to help you not forget things and to encourage you to go back out and by more. They will ask “did you find everything you needed?”, If they noticed you only got one bag of Doritos when they are on sale 2 for $5, they will suggest that you go get another bag. Big stores like Kroger especially do this type of training because it helps reduce costs when a customer realizes they ere entitled to another bag and come back to complain, and it increases profits when they remind people to go get something else that they should have with the rest of their items.

  2. I guess that explains “Don’t you want to get mustard or mayonnaise for your sandwiches?”

    But what about “Jesus! Is that all you eat is steak and Hamburger Helper?”

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