YOU’RE strolling through the supermarket aisles doing your weekly shop when all of a sudden your path is blocked by a group of people catching up on what seems like 10 years’ worth of conversation.
YOU’RE strolling through the supermarket aisles doing your weekly shop when all of a sudden your path is blocked by a group of people catching up on what seems like 10 years’ worth of conversation. Amanda Balmer

Bundy's biggest grocery store annoyances revealed

YOU'RE strolling through the supermarket aisles doing your weekly shop when all of a sudden your path is blocked by a group of people catching up on what seems like 10 years' worth of conversation.

Your polite "excuse me" goes unnoticed and as you begin to edge your way through their gathering, you're met with icy stares like you're the one in the wrong.

We've all been there - and it seems this particular grocery store faux pas tops the list of Bundy folks' pet peeves when it comes to shopping but you can rest assured it's not the only thing that grinds our gears.

The NewsMail put together a list of the 32 biggest grocery store bugbears with readers invited to vote on their five top peeves.

Facebook liker Tyrone Clarey was one of the 12% who were fed up with people clogging the aisles for a chat.

"Mine is people having a CWA meeting at the end of aisles and holding people up," he said.

"If you (want a) chat get a coffee."

After aisle-wide conversations, the next biggest concern of our readers was parents not keeping their children under control.

"Parents of screaming children, ignoring them running around, like it's a playground because they are too busy texting or talking on the mobile phones," Facebook liker Jacqui Ridge said in response to our question of what annoys people most.

The third most annoying habit was people panic-buying before and after a public holiday.

But some readers said it was hard to choose just five bugbears.

"Hmm, if the poll had a vote button for all of the above, that's what I would have voted for," online commenter Newsance from Bundaberg North said. "Online shopping for the win."

Another online commenter Maelstron from Childers said manners were sorely lacking in the Bundaberg region's grocery store aisles.

"Other areas are more thoughtful, well mannered and courteous, even capital cities," they said

"I am surprised when someone actually uses the words 'excuse me' now.

"Thoughtfulness, manners and consideration make life so much easier and can actually make someone's day so much better."


SHOP SURVEY

The NewsMail put together a list of the 32 biggest grocery store bugbears with readers invited to vote on their five top peeves. These were the winners:

  • People clogging aisles by standing around and having a chat 12%
  • Parents not controlling loud or crying children 8%
  • People panic buying before one-day public holidays 8%
  • Shoppers ignoring grocery item limits at express check-outs 7%
  • Staff packing shelves during peak times 6%
  • Shoppers and staff chatting at the check-out when you're in a hurry 5%
  • Not being able to find shop assistants 4%


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