Friday, 16 October 2015

Embarrassing Shopping

When you go shopping at the supermarket and you are pushing your trolley along, putting something in every now and then according to your shopping list, do you cover up some items, the cheap ones perhaps, with more expensive ones until you get to the checkout?

I do hate to meet people in the supermarket when I am shopping, don't you? I mean, people I know, not just ordinary shoppers.

You have to stop and say hello and pretend to be interested when all you want to do is get your shopping done and get out of the shop as quickly as possible. And worse still when you see their eyes looking downwards at your trolley and noticing that you bought some cheap item or other instead of the best brand available on the shelf. And you're such a miser that you bought the "buy one get one free" offer of coffee which is no more than burnt horse manure and not one coffee bean has been used in its making.

Or even more worse still, when I get to meet the priest at the supermarket and he eyes the brand of whisky I have just bought, or the quality wines and beer; and I always pretend that I don't drink really. "It's just in case someone visits us at home, Father. Honestly! And don't take that as a hint of an invitation. This whisky is mine and mine alone. You can have the cheap one when you visit us. I always decant it into an empty bottle with an expensive label on!"

Anyway, where is all this leading to, I hear you ask. Yes ... I can hear you all right.

Well, the other day I was at the supermarket and I bumped into a lady friend from work. She's a lively young thing of about thirty or so, always bubbly and laughing. We stopped and talked, about work ... what else. As we're standing there chatting I notice that in her trolley there were no fewer than six packets of condoms of various types and quality/flavour (???)

She had made no effort whatsoever to hide them under the large packet of cornflakes or the super big box of energy drinks cans.

Six packets containing five condoms each equates to quite a lot of exercise for her and her husband or boyfriend, I thought.

As we were talking inanely about work she noticed from my eyes that I had noticed what was lying there on top of her trolley.

She picked up a packet and said "These are our favourite brand, if you were wondering! Which ones do you use?"

As I said ... I hate meeting people in the supermarket. Whether I know them or not.

Which supermarket do you go to and when, so I can avoid meeting you?

15 comments:

  1. Oh that's awkward for sure, Victor! Everyone runs into embarrassing situations while shopping. Did I ever tell you about the time my daughter filled the front of her "shopping truck" with her own bit of shopping (which I was completely unaware of)? I don't know if you have them in the UK: http://arc.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/shoppingcart4.jpg
    I was lucky that the bagger decided to peek into the front of the truck and noticed my daughter's "groceries" before we left the store. These carts are a menace...lol.

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    1. Hi Mary,

      Yes, some shops do have small shopping carts to encourage children to shop. Hopefully, your daughter did not have anything embarrassing in her truck; like bottles of whisky, gin, bourbon and the like !!! Sorry ... but the thought of our priest looking at the brands of drinks I buy keeps re-occuring. Well ... at least it's only drinks in my cart !!! That colleague of mine did not seem to mind what was in her cart.

      God bless.



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    2. Lol...I am snickering at the thought of your priest eyeing your cart filled with bottles :) And those cheap coffees do taste like "burnt horse manure". But some people like the taste of manure. Remember when we discussed the "gourmet coffee beans" processed through the intestines of monkeys (to put it politely) here? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_Luwak
      And it's very expensive! See:http://www.coffeeforless.com/kopi-luwak-coffee-beans-1lb-bag.html?gclid=CJyJiKTCx8gCFdcXgQodPiIFQg

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    3. That's true Mary, those coffee beans that go through the intestines of monkeys are quite a delicacy and are very expensive. I've never tried them personally, nor would want to. I mean ... how can I be sure the monkey used toilet paper properly when producing the beans?

      There was a TV program some months ago about expensive foods like these coffee beans, caviar and so on. I suspect the reason people buy such items is because when you're very very rich; you want to have something that you know the rest of the world can't afford. It satisfies an inner need or desire to know that one is "better" than anyone else.

      God bless you Mary and your family.


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    4. Just had a thought .... I wonder what items readers of this Blog would not want the priest to see in their shopping cart?

      "Hello Father !!! I bought this negligent for a friend of mine; for his wife's birthday. Honest! It's not for me ... I mean not for my wife. Eh ... Ehm ..."

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  2. Perhaps there is more to be said for living in annoymity in the city than I realized!
    Funny, Victor!

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    1. Good point Lulu. What I find sometimes embarrassing is when I meet people in the street, shops or wherever and they know me; but I can't tell who they are. Sometimes it turns out they know me from work, the church, places I frequent etc ... but I don't recall having met them or introduced to them.

      God bless.

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    2. I call that "out of place" memory lapse. We know them when they are in the correct place we have assigned them--it's when they dare to venture beyond that space that we have NO IDEA who they are!

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    3. That's right Lulu. What I find most embarrassing is that they know me and I don't know them. The other day I met a woman in the supermarket. Not only did she know me by name, but also named members of my family and asked how they were.

      I still don't know who she is. I described her to my family (who were not with me at the time) and no one knows who she is from my description. It's most annoying that she knew me and mine so well.

      God bless.

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  3. *still laughing* Too funny Victor! Hey at least the Preacher didn't see you buying the cereal that dispenses 'marital aids' or something equally horrifying ... *grin* ~:)

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, Sparky. Can you imagine? Here I am buying something very personal and there behind me is the priest watching me. I'll be paranoid every time I go to the chemist for my special toothpaste.

      By the way; here's an occasion when the priest caught me out shopping: http://timeforreflections.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/undress-in-haste.html

      God bless.

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    1. It's great to see you visiting again Tai. Thank you.

      God bless.

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  5. That's too funny! But of course, she'll need the energy drinks if she has that many condoms. And the corn flakes--well, depending on the ahem, strength...of her overnight guests, cornflakes gets them out the door quicker than bacon and eggs.

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    1. Thank you for visiting me here Mary. Hope you return soon.

      I'm glad you enjoyed this story. Plenty more to make you smile if you click the tab at the top "Giggles and Fun".

      God bless you.

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