GROCERY STORE WARS TAKES FOODIE FIGHT TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL
Dealing with difficult customers is something that grocery store staff contend with every single day but when customers are dealing with irate customers things can get a bit messy.
There are people who love to grocery shop and other that despise it. Then we have people who don’t know how to deal with their emotions and anyone that steps in their way sets off a trigger that could turn deadly over something small in most cases.
This stuff really does happen
I remember a time in the UK while I was grocery shopping a woman turned the corner of an aisle with her shopping cart and her child was distracting her while sitting in the carrier seat of the cart. The woman wasn’t looking where she was going and smashed into another customer’s shopping cart knocking her purse to the ground.
Conveniently her purse was wide open and the contents fell out for everyone to see which upset the women who verbally got abusive with the lady. The situation was resolved quickly but not after an hot exchange of words that made the mother cry. The grocery store bully felt bad and explained she was having a rough day and didn’t mean to upset her and agreed that it was just an accident.
Sometimes it’s best to bite your tongue in such situations or chalk it up to an accident that didn’t cause any harm. She likely caused herself more embarrassment with the two other customers looking on than she figured from us seeing her lady things on the ground and other contents of her purse. (that can be a scary place- I know I steer clear of my wife’s purse at all costs, ha)
When you meet a situation at the grocery store whether it be inside or out in the parking lot that gets a bit heated the best advice is to turn around and walk away. You may remember the Costco fight over a parking spot that recently made headlines in Mississauga, Ontario and spread on the internet like wildfire. It was childish and dangerous to see couples fight the way they did especially in front of children.
In the amazing video you can see a brawl got out of hand which could have easily been avoided if people understood how to deal with their emotions. Road rage is a growing problem all over the world as is parking lot rage especially at the grocery store and malls where parking can be slim pickings at times.
Road rage is aggressive or angry behavior by a driver of an automobile or other road vehicle which includes rude gestures, verbal insults, physical threats or dangerous driving methods targeted toward another driver to intimidate or release frustration. Road rage can lead to altercations, assaults and collisions that result in serious physical injuries or even death. It can be thought of as an extreme case of aggressive driving.
Grocery Store road rage is a little less intimidating than automobile road rage but people can get seriously hurt in both situations if not diffused quickly. It doesn’t matter if you have a car or a grocery cart there are customers who thrive on confrontation and you need to steer clear of these situations.
Types of confrontation
There are different types of but the worst is when you get right up in someone’s face and then a fight breaks out. These two dudes below in the video are now internet stars as this video where the guy holding two grocery bags knocks the other guy out.
— Leah Rose (@Oh_leahS) July 15, 2016
— Leah Rose (@Oh_leahS) July 15, 2016
All couples argue so it’s no surprise when on occasion you hear them get bent out of shape in the aisle next to your or right in front of you. Some couples don’t care if there is an audience and they will full on battle it out with spectators hanging out to watch the action. The fact here is that it’s easy to see when couples get in fights by gestures and the tone of their voice.
If you find you and your partner are irritated with each other for grocery related concerns or home issues remember that privacy in a relationship is a bond that should be kept tight. The whole world doesn’t need to know that you are having problems unless they are serious and police need to be involved.
Keep your cool, hold hands and work together on finding what you need at the grocery store. A little kiss, squeeze and lots of laughs goes a long way too. Solve your relationship problems at home if you can and take time out to understand what the underlying issue is. You can’t take words back once you’ve said them.
Before heading to the grocery store a great way to get the family on board is to talk about the trip. If the parents and kids know what foods you’ll be buying and how to present themselves at the grocery store it may set some ground rules. A great way to get the family involved is to play grocery store games such as guess the price or find the product. Keeping the family occupied is a great way to keep confrontations at bay.
In the event a confrontation between family members arises remind them that the grocery store is not the place for that type of behaviour. Sometimes all you need is someone to step in to help settle a dispute.
This is probably a huge problem at the grocery store as I noted above but we’ve seen and experienced on many occasions just how rude some customers can be. I’ve been told to get out-of-the-way with no manners in sight and shoved aside to get the last sale product from a shelf.
These types of bully customers are not only asking for a fight they seem to think that they are above other customers and can do what they want when they want. Sadly, they may piss off the wrong customer and find out just how easy it is to send someone else off the deep end.
If you find you are in this type of confrontation, walk away. It’s not worth it. You don’t know them, they don’t know you and you should just smile and get on with your day. That will likely be enough to send them storming off in a tizzy.
Store Clerk Confrontation
Now these confrontations are what we see most often because the cashier is the last point of service where money exchanges hands. For those people who may be under financial stress and struggling to pay for their groceries, had a bad day at work, fight with their partner or family member or those who think that cashiers should be perfect things can get hurtful.
Whether it’s the cashier who starts the confrontation or the customer it’s important to remember that there are customers behind you, children may be present and it makes your character look awful. You never know if someone is in the grocery store that you know such as friends, family, your boss or future boss. Keep your cool and save your steam for a jog after work/grocery shopping or doing something that relaxes you.
If you find you are in this situation either escalate kindly to the next level of management in the store and move along. When a cashier is faced with this situation the best thing you can do is following training outlined by your employer and do your best to defuse the situation and come up with a reasonable solution with-in store guidelines or call a manager.
Customer vs. Management showdown is always a get the popcorn moment for onlookers because when an irate customer takes a complaint from store associate level to management things can get heated.
There are customers that expect the manager to solve their issue on the spot whether they are in the wrong or not. Belief that the customer is always right is rubbish in my opinion but it’s important to solve any concerns from a management perspective to keep the customer happy and not cause any further embarrassment for the store.
Managers should be trained to deal with confrontation because difficult people are a part of their job and likely he/she will be the person who sets the issue straight so everyone can go on with their day.
If you find you are in a war of words with management sometime it’s best to take a step back, regroup and call head office and explain to them. If the manager isn’t helping you then your store concern will go no further at that level.
I think just about everyone has heard children screaming in the grocery store and for various reasons. They may be hungry, not getting what they want or looking for attention. In some cases they could be having a crisis with their sibling or other children at the store. It happens.
Some of us have no choice but to bring our children to the grocery store and in some instances confrontation can spark a battle between siblings and strangers. If your child is allowed to roam free or beside you when grocery shopping always be alert to what they are doing. It’s easy as a parent to get distracted and before you know it someone is down on the ground or being pushed for one reason or another.
When we go grocery shopping we always bring snacks, drinks and to keep our son occupied books and cars for him to play with. It doesn’t always solve the problem of him having a melt-down but we are teaching him that patience and kindness is important. Whether he becomes a big brother one day or he happens to clash with another grocery store child over the last sample cookie he’ll know to walk away.
If you find your children in confrontation situations let your parenting 101 skills come into play and share with them why they should not treat each other in such a manner and how they should go about saying sorry to one another.
Choose Your Battles Wisely
Fighting never solves anything and getting banned from the grocery store is almost laughable. If the grocery store is a place you get a bit tee’d off think before you act especially if you are making a big deal out of nothing.
Remember we all have a minute to live and that includes patience to get to the next part of our day.
- Have you ever witnessed any grocery store confrontations?
- Have you been involved with a grocery store confrontation?
Comment below and explain what happened and the outcome.
July Grocery Game Challenge posts 2016
Join in the 2016 Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) fun and post your grocery shop in the comment section of each GGC blog post. Here are the rules to get you started and where you’ll also find a link for the updated 2016 GGC schedule. Please feel free to download, save and even print the schedule so it’s handy.
New monthly prize: $10 President’s Choice Gift Card for Canadian residents only BUT If you want to play from outside of Canada and have PayPal and you win I will pay you $10 Canadian. I use a random online generator to pick the winning ballot every month.
If you missed any grocery game posts for the month I will post the line-up each week below for you so you don’t have to go looking for past GGC posts for the month. Alternatively, just click on the “Grocery Game Challenge” tab on the blog side-bar to see past posts.
July Grocery Game Posts
- Picnic Food for a Summer of Good Eats (Last post for June)
- Costly Grocery Store Distractions You Should Avoid
- Summer Drinks Your Party Budget Can Handle
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Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide 2016
The Ultimate Grocery Shopping guide is ongoing with new informative money-saving posts added every month.
Even if you don’t live in Canada there are some amazing budget saving tips that will help put you on the path to more savings at the supermarket.
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The time is NOW to get started saving money on groceries so please enjoy the many money-saving posts in the The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.
2016 Grocery Shop Results
Yearly grocery budget for two + 1 Toddler 2016: $2820
(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $300/year or $25/month.
Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)
- Total Grocery Budget for the Month:$235.00-$52.57=$182.43
- Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $182.43
- Total Gift Cards used to date: $55
- Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
- Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
- PC Points Plus Earned to date: 243,000
- Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
- Shoppers Optimum: Just under 800,000 Optimum points (I will update this twice a year)
Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
- Zweet to cash out : $18.25
- Checkout51 to cash out : $17.00
Our Grocery Shop This Week
- 2 5-count Avocado bags Sale 2/$5.00
- 4 x Schneider’s bacon thick cut Sale $2.99 each
- Romaine lettuce $1.69
- 6 x Selection Cheese Blocks Sale $3.99 (stockpile ($23.94)
- 1 x Lactancia whipping cream 35% Sale $2.99 500mo
Total Out-of-pocket $21.64
- Almonds $11.38 and that was on sale…
- Pork rinds $2.29
- Coconut Flour Sale $7.52
Less $3.00 coupon when you spend $10 and $5 gift card from promo
Total Out-of-pocket: $13.49
- Bananas $1.45
- 2% Milk $4.27
- Red Onion $1.50
- Broccoli $0.88
- Astro Yogurt $1.99
Total Out-of-pocket $10.09
Shoppers Drug Mart
- 2 x Butter No Name $3.49
- 2 x Neilsen Cream Sale 2/$5
- Mr. Christie Chips Ahoy Mini cookie bags Sale $1.99
Total Out-of-pocket: $13.97
- Total to spend this month : $203.57
- Stockpile budget 2016 : $25.00
- Stockpile budget used this month: $23.94
- Total coupons used this week: $0
- Total coupons used to date: $15.36
- Total in-store discounts this week:$0
- Total in-store discounts to date: $335.30
- Total spent this week: $61.44+$42.63+$59.19
- Total spent so far this month: $163.26
- Total over/Under spend this shop: under
- Total over/Under spend for the month: $0
- Total left to spend for the month: $40.31
- Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $252.95+ Feb $249.46+March $211.11+April $248.11+May $279.07+June $231.96+July $
Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)
We didn’t need to get much this week although we are hoping to start finding some meat sales as we are getting low. In the meantime we are eating down our freezer so we can clean it out. The cheese was a great deal so we stocked up as well the avocado.
If we can find great deals at Metro we don’t mind dropping in especially since their produce seems to be KING over the other grocery stores. We haven’t ventured out to the farmers market yet but we plan to when I take some holidays from work.
Coupons and Coupon Apps 2016
Here are some great places you can find Canadian Coupons! These are your latest Checkout 51 offers which you can use to help save money. We’re finding less and less coupons in the stores these days. What are your thoughts? Are coupon apps taking over the paper coupons?
Sign up for the Nielsen Canada Home Scan Program and you can earn rewards points fast to redeem for awesome products or gift cards. I did this in the UK and loved it!!
Plus check out these other hidden areas online to get more coupons!!
- Healthy Essentials Printable Coupons (Johnson and Johnson)
- Clorox Coupons Sign up to print coupons in the Clorox family which include Greenworks, Glad etc.
- Kraft Canada Sign up and receive recipes and coupons by email
- MySavings.com Printable Smart Source Coupons
- Walmart Canada Printable Coupons
- Proctor and Gamble PandG Sign up for printable coupons
- Hidden Coupon Portals You Should know about – I found this over at Save a Loonie and you’ll want to sign up for notifications and check out the site so you get notified every time a hidden coupon is available from Save.ca, Brandsaver, Smart Source etc.
Grocery Game Challenge 2016 FAQ’s
- Grocery Game Challenge RULES: Read the rules first and if you have any questions email me or comment on this post with your question and someone will answer you as soon as possible. The rules have been updated for the 2016 challenge year.
- Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop?: No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops. We have fans who post their grocery shop who live all over the world.
- What is the monthly prize and who can claim it?- The monthly prize is a $10 PC Loblaws Gift Card and for our out of country friends it’s $10 CDN via Paypal if they win. As more people join I will add more money to the gift card or I will split it up and offer 2 prizes every month.
- When does the Grocery Game close each month?: The Grocery Game Challenge closes at midnight of the last Sunday of the last post for the month but you will still get a ballot when you post your shops even if they are late but I encourage you to stay on schedule. If you choose to post monthly or bi-weekly you will only get 1 ballot for that shop. It’s a proven fact the minute we stop doing something that is scheduled that we end up forgetting to do it altogether. Don’t let that be you! You can post your shops all month-long.
- Does your Grocery Budget include health and beauty and laundry products?: No, our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. As of 2014-2015 we no longer include such items in our grocery budget so we can see actual food numbers at the end of the year in order to plan accordingly our budget.
- Do you stockpile food? We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be affected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates but not so much food any longer as we found we weren’t eating it fast enough. Stockpiling is still great and just one way to help cut your budget to save money if you do find items that you can buy in bulk at a sale price.
- Canadian Coupons:Where can I find Canadian Coupons?: Here are your latest Checkout 51 offers that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge. There are many great Canadian Couponing websites online that share weekly coupon match-ups so you can plan your grocery list.
- Best Coupon Apps: Coupons are slowly fading with mobile coupon apps being the big rave these days. Just recently the popular coupon site Save.ca that mailed coupons to households has gotten involved with the addition of a new mobile Save.ca app joining forces with the many other coupon apps available. If you find an app that I don’t talk about please let me know as they are always being added and I’d like to review them.
- What is the Best Flyer App- We use Flipp on our Iphone so if you wan to have all your flyers in one spot download Flipp from the Apple Store or get it on Google Play.
- What is an FPC?: An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.
- What is GGC?– The Grocery Game Challenge of course!
- How Do I Know what stores accept coupons?: If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.
- How Do I Grocery Shop?: I can tell you about grocery shopping and what we do in terms of shopping to save money and how it works for us. There are no wrong or right answers, just smart choices.
Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do. This is why the grocery game challenge was created back in 2012 and is one of the most popular hang out spots for people who want to save money on groceries in Canada.
If you’ve just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 get ready to look at your grocery budget by learning…
- Where you are spending money
- How much money you are spending
- How much money you are saving every month
If you want to learn everything I know about grocery shopping in Canada check out my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide! It’s FREE!
If you know a topic that should be discussed send me an email. If I use your topic I will put your name in a draw for a prize at the end of the year.
You’ve made a wise decision to take control of your grocery budget now show me your shops and let’s get saving!
Welcome to The Grocery Game Challenge 2016!
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