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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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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5 Things You Should Know Before Using Poshmark

Here is my Poshmark experience from hell, and how we can all learn from it.


Have you ever thought of buying or selling things on Poshmark? You may want to reconsider.

Maybe you are wanting to buy a designer bag for cheap, or sell some old clothes for a little extra cash. Whatever the reason, this app has serious issues that many people are unaware of.

Macklemore - Thrift Shop Thrift Shop (feat. Wanz) by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist (2012)

1. Poshmark Takes Forever To Respond To Customer Service Issues, If At All.

Chances are high that if you are experiencing problems with Poshmark, everyone else is too.

Every time I tried contacting their customer service, I only received automated replies and no solutions. For a company that has made millions of dollars in sales commissions, you would think they would hire more customer service agents to help their users.

Go ahead and try emailing them, tweeting at them, or reaching them on Facebook. They will still give you a robotic response without actually fixing the problem.

Dog Gif on Imgur An inside look at Poshmark's customer service center.

2. Poshmark Takes Strict To The Extreme and In All Of The Wrong Ways.

When selling on Poshmark, one of my buyers asked me if I could sell her a sweater at a discount on Mercari. Mercari is an app that works the same way as Poshmark, except it takes a lower commission fee out of seller's earnings at 10% instead of Poshmark's 20%. After seeing that Mercari is noticeably better for sellers, I agreed to sell my sweater on there for free shipping.

Within two days, my account was permanently restricted. I was banned from creating listings or selling anything else on the app. I had numerous pending sales, and my buyers were concerned they would not receive their items. Poshmark is literally so money hungry, they had to ban my account for using their competition. I'm sure you can guess what happened when I emailed customer service... Nothing.

To add insult to injury, they also restricted all other accounts that were linked to my original one. Poshmark has a strict "one account per person" policy, which makes them big Nazi's about chain banning and deleting people. It doesn't even matter how much money you have made them or potentially will make them.

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3. Scamming Is Rampant On Poshmark.

Whether you are a buyer or a seller, there are many ways people can get scammed on Poshmark.

First of all, there is no rating system in place to separate legitimate users from scammers. On Mercari for example, buyers are able to rate sellers, and sellers are able to rate buyers out of five stars. On Poshmark, there is barely any user protection measures put in place at all.

Poshmark has a policy that items cannot be returned if they don't fit, but can be returned if the item was not as described. As a loophole, some buyers will purposely damage the item if it doesn't fit just so it can be refunded. It leaves the seller with no earnings, a damaged item, and a bad reputation. The worst part is that you can't even give them a bad rating, and Poshmark always sides with buyers over sellers.

If you are a buyer looking for authentic designer items, steer clear of Poshmark. Many sellers try to trick you into buying replica pieces for the full amount, so beware. Also realize that many Poshmark sellers aren't the most reliable, and may take a long time to actually ship out items. They might not even be active, so be sure to check the reviews left on their closet before buying from them.

4. Poshmark Is Full Of Creepers.

My weirdest Poshmark experience was also my first Poshmark experience. I sold a pair of pants to a buyer under the name of "Karen." It seemed pretty normal at first until I saw the name listed on Karen's shipping address was "Joseph." Luckily, I read an article on Business Insider by Hayley Peterson beforehand, which warned about creepy men trying to get the addresses of unsuspecting women on Poshmark for potentially sinister reasons.

I looked into Karen's previous purchases and saw she bought a lot of used lingerie! Not even kidding, I was horrified. I immediately changed the information on my return label to a male name with a different address from my own.

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5. Poshmark is Outdated.

Poshmark is so outdated, they didn't even have a working website up until 2017. It's full of glitches, just like the app version. The FAQ isn't helpful most of the time, and there is no appeal system in place for people like me, who would like to reinstate their accounts.

Never Say No To Panda 2010 Egyptian commercial for Panda cheese by A. Dairy.

After everything I have been through, I don't see myself using Poshmark anymore. There are better alternatives out there, including Mercari, threadUP, Swap, Wish, Letgo, and more.

I encourage everyone reading this to please share it with your friends. Inform everyone about the dangers and issues associated with using Poshmark.

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