38 Thoughts You Have While Grocery Shopping

38 Thoughts You Have While Grocery Shopping

"Produce is so complicated."

Unless you're brave enough to go grocery shopping in the middle of the night or at the break of dawn like some people you know, you dread going more than almost anything else. It is stressful, overwhelming, and leaves you feeling exhausted and annoyed. For me, walking into the grocery store- falling into line with all the people shuffling in- makes me feel somewhat like a cow being herded into a slaughterhouse. (Yeah, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but I hate it, okay?) You find yourself getting aggravated at every little thing, taking deep breaths, and wondering why you did this to yourself.

1. "Wow, none of these idiots know how to park."

You say to yourself after circling two or three times only to still have to park half a mile away.

2. "People are purposely walking slowly in front of me. I'm sure of it."

You know this sounds weird and paranoid but what other reason would people have for moving in such slow motion?!

3. "Okay, I have a list, so I should be out of here in no time, right?"

4. "Why are there so many different kinds of apples?"

5. "Produce is so complicated."

It looks so inviting to pick up, but it's a trap.

6. "What even is a rutabaga?"

7. "Why is healthy food so expensive?"

I could pay $6 for these bananas, but for $6 I could also get like 3 bags of chips, soo...

8. "Yes, thank you, stop and have a conversation in the middle of the aisle."

Then when I say the obligatory, "Excuse me, sorry," you can respond with "That's okay."

9. "I actually need nothing in the frozen section, but I see ice cream."

Blue Bell just came back into my life. You can't expect me to just ignore it.

10. "I need to get some Lean Cuisines... Oh look, pizza rolls."

11. "Shouldn't all the canned goods be in one place instead of spread out over four different aisles?"

Seriously, I shouldn't have to walk to a different side of the store to get a can of tomato sauce.

12. "The bread aisle always smells weird."

Why do I even buy bread? I'm never able to eat it all before it goes bad.

13. "Is it socially acceptable for me to buy Spaghetti O's? What about pudding cups?"

14. "Actually I'm never having children because they cry."

I know you can't just shut your kid up that easily but I don't want to hear them screaming because you won't buy them Gogurt.

15. "I forgot to check and see if I have milk."

I know I have milk, but is it still good? Do I even need milk to begin with?

16. "I can't believe I can be trusted to navigate this place on my own."

Adulting can be so hard sometimes. I don't belong here.

17. "Oreos aren't actually on my list, but only I know that."

18. "They have 300 different kinds of cereal but not the one I'm looking for. Oh, okay."

19. "Just kidding, there it is. I just passed it up twice."


20. "Oh crap, I forgot butter and it's on the other side of the store."

Is it worth it to go back? Nah.

21. "Ew, I see someone I know."

I didn't brush my hair today and I'm not really feeling a friendly conversation. *walks in the other direction*

22. "I was going to go down this aisle but there are too many people so I can just do without."

23. "MOVE!"

24. "Hahaha only one check out lane is open."

Smiling through the pain.

25. "*%&#&@"

I'd elaborate but I have family reading this.

26. "Why is this happening?"

At this point, you don't even know what that question is directed at.

27. "Yes, cashier, I did buy pudding cups. Stop judging me. "

I just came here to get groceries and I'm honestly feeling so attacked right now.

28. "Soooo close."

29. "OMG I just spent enough money to feed a small family in Africa."

30. "Aaaaand I've been in here for over an hour."

I'm actually surprised it's still daylight outside.

31. "Still, I feel so accomplished."

I won't have to come back to this place for a while now.

32. Walking out: "Crap, I forgot ketchup."

Again, my list has failed me. Or I've failed myself, I'm not sure which.

33. Loading your car: "I also forgot printer ink."

Why did I even make a list?

34. Driving home: "And light bulbs."

Stupid list.

35. Pulling into your driveway: "Oh, I needed eggs too."

*tears up list*

36: Putting groceries away: "I'm too tired, so I'll just put the refrigerated ones away and take a break, then do the others later."

After a quick nap, maybe.

37. "I'm never going back to the grocery store."

You couldn't pay me to go back there.

38. "Oh, I have to go back tomorrow."

You realize you forgot something you actually have to have, and all you can do is sigh.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:” Line Matters,

I want to start off by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can’t afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you’re just lazy and you “don’t feel like it”? Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you’re unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the US Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck.” stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:” line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can’t seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to ten people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!”

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the seventeen other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there’s a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 dollar bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of ten times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession - whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food, and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a forty dollar bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes - as if you’re better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you’ll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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The Best Summer Job And Lobster Roll In Connecticut

It's truly the coolest summer job.


I work at a restaurant on the Connecticut Shoreline called Lobster Landing. Lobster landing is located on the water in Clinton, CT. I work every day in the kitchen helping to serve food, take orders, and cook food. Having a summer job can be really boring at times, but not when you work at a place like this because there's always something going on. Deciding to apply and work at Lobster Landing was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Lobster Landing is owned by two amazing people, Enea and Cathie Bacci. The two of them have worked incredibly hard by devoting much of their time and energy into getting their business to be as successful as it is today. They always welcome their customers with a warm smile or even sometimes a big hug. Cathie and Enea make it an unforgettable and happy experience for everyone that comes to their restaurant. Lobster Landing is a home away from home for not only the customers but also for the staff. They have a very small staff of about 13 people who act like a close-knit family.

Lobster Landing is a very simple restaurant. There are only three things on the menu. Lobster Landing is most famous for their Lobster Rolls. Their Lobster Rolls could be considered to be the best in the state of Connecticut. Because I'm a little biased, I would say they're the best in the world. They also offer a sweet Italian sausage with peppers, onions, and a spicy mustard vinaigrette sauce and lastly, they offer all-beef hot dogs with cheese or sauerkraut. They are also BYO (bring your own.) You can bring anything they don't serve including wine, beer, French fries, side salads etc. For side's, they offer coleslaw, bags of potato chips and at the end, they have cups of gelato! I am definitely guilty of eating lots of gelato at work, but don't tell anybody!

So what makes the Lobster roll so amazing? Lobster Landing serves only hot lobster, not cold. They serve their lobster rolls European style, which means they don't have mayo on them. They use fresh lobster meat, steamed and cut that day in their roles. Each roll contains a quarter of a pound of heated lobster meat. After the lobster is put in the roll, fresh lemon is squeezed on it. Then, warm melted butter is poured over the top of the roll. Lobster Landing also offers a gluten-free option for those who need it!

Not only are the Lobster rolls the greatest of all time, the environment and view is also incredible. They have ocean side seating. The upper deck next to their famous building is built over the water. You can sit anywhere at the restaurant and have a beautiful view of Connecticut oceans. The breeze that comes off the water is perfect for a hot summer day. Lobster Landing is built right next to a marina so there's always boats passing by with eager people waving to their wonderful customers.

One of the main attractions of Lobster Landing is the building itself. The building has been here for a very long time and has survived large storms, hurricanes, floods etc. This rustic building is very beautiful and you'll often see people taking pictures of it or in front of it. I've even seen prom pictures, wedding pictures, and special occasion photos being taken in front of the building.

Lobster Landing offers such a nice environment for its employees and it is always so much fun to work there. The customers are always so nice and talkative, and it is always wonderful to see the regulars that are there almost every week! If you haven't tried a lobster roll here, you seriously need to, it's worth it!
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