Top 5 Customers You'll Meet At The Grocery Store

Top 5 Customers You'll Meet At The Grocery Store

Not every superhero wears a cape, but store clerks definitely should.

If you work at a grocery store or have worked at one, then you know the different types of people you will run into. Though working at a grocery store can seem fun and easy enough, it becomes ten times more entertaining (sometimes) and exhausting when you are greeted with certain people. Now for humor's sake, these people we typically run into are memorized that way we know exactly what to say and how to act around them. Some people you encounter are pleasant while others are not. In this article, I hope to bring some attention to just some of the customers myself and others have had the wonderful opportunity in a meeting.

1. The Fortunate One

This person always greets you with a smile and asks how your day is. They seem like they genuinely care and make you happy that there are customers out there like this. And if you just so happen to make a mistake during their transaction, no worries! They understand completely and are more than happy to wait while you fix the problem. Unlike some other customers, they realize that you too are just human and make mistakes. These customers are rare so be grateful when they come around. They can make your day, but it won't be long before another customer comes in to ruin that!

2. The Extreme Couponer

This person is famous among many stores. You know exactly who they are as soon as they walk into the store. They typically carry the "big box of hell" (what we cashier like to call them) filled with coupons galore with them to get their sales. Sometimes they take you by surprise and are completely disguised as a regular customer. You don't find out their true identity until they are getting ready to pay for their groceries and you think they are about to whip out some cash, but instead WABAMM! You're hit with a stack of coupons from out of nowhere. Either way, whether they choose to be sneaky or not, you always make sure to have a manager close by with this one. They will fight with you tooth and nail about what is supposed to be on sale and whether or not their coupon has expired. And with as many coupons as they have, it's safe to keep a manager close by in case the register freezes up, and that's never fun.

3. The Price Checker

This one, although similar to The Extreme Couponer (see description above), is not coupon savvy. They typically don't have coupons with them, but you know who they are as soon as they walk to your register. You attempt to greet them in your robotic greeting voice (because let's be honest, we're all fake here), but instead of greeting you back they immediately interrupt you by handing you their discount card or giving you the number linked to their card. Then they prance around the register and proceed to keep an eye on those prices. You're almost scared to bring anything up, but it's the only thing you can do at this point. As soon as something rings up wrong, be prepared for a throw down. These customers are vicious and will not hesitate to rip your heart out just to get their savings. Beware!

4. The Personal Person

These people seem nice enough - until you ask them how their day is and suddenly they feel the need to give you a play by play about how it's going and then decide to show you pictures of their grand-kids and their backstories. All in all, you basically just get a lot of information you didn't ask for. Well, I mean I guess you asked for it, but it's really just a courteous thing to ask, not that we actually care, right?

5. The Calm Younger Person vs. The Older Impatient Person

This scenario is pretty contradictory and ironic, but also very true. It seems to be that the younger generation is more calm and patient while in the grocery store. They are more times than not the most kind and understanding groups of people. This is a very different comparison to the older people, who are most of the time senile and very impatient. The older ones want to get in and get out as quick as possible, which is understandable, though I don't understand what complaining will do. I don't know, maybe that's the world's fault for turning people into impatient, anti-social humans. Maybe that's what we younger folks have to look forward to when we get up there in age. Yippee.

See, working at a grocery store is fun... when you don't have customers yelling at you. It's definitely an interesting experience while dealing with the various array of customers that come through. Although this didn't include all of the customers I've encountered, it definitely hit the most famous ones. Now the real question is, which customer are you more like?

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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11 Struggles Of Working Customer Service That Any Retail Employee Can Understand

3. Trying to explain our return policy is a nightmare.


If you are lucky enough to ever work in customer service then you know all the headaches that can come from the job. It's a job that can sometimes be rewarding but also makes you wonder why you put up with it. If you currently are working in or have ever worked in customer service you'll be able to relate to these things:

1. The customer is always right.

Even when they are 100% wrong and being completely rude to you.

2. The customer ALWAYS wants to talk to a manager.

Even though it's my job to handle these problems and my manager is just going to tell you the same thing I just did.

3. Trying to explain our return policy is a nightmare.

Sorry no, I cannot return your 2 year old shoes that look like they have been ran over by a car and thrown in the mud.

4. You are constantly getting yelled at about things you cannot control.

I'm sorry that I cannot control the inventory we have in the store, or that you cannot find your coupon, or that you think our prices are way to high.

5. Trying to help customer who cannot be bothered to get off their phone for 30 seconds...

It's okay, I'll just wait. Take your time, finish your call.

6. When someone complains about you doing your job and enforcing your company's policies...

I know it's my fault that I'm just trying to do my job. My bad.

7. When people think by arguing you'll just give them what they want...

If anything, maybe if you were nice to me I'd try and help you out.

8. Frequently getting ignored when you are speaking...

It's fine, I like talking to myself.

10. The moment of pure anxiety when you know their request is impossible.

And you know you're going to get the brunt of their anger. Yikes.

11. Dealing with entitled, snobby people who think they are more important than everyone...

My absolute favorite thing about working customer service.

Can you relate to any of these annoying things?

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