Clive's Supermarket Sweep

Discussion in 'Taylor's Tittle-Tattle - General Banter' started by Clive_ofthe_Kremlin, Sep 14, 2023.

  1. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    A thread for all supermarket gripes, moans, odd things seen, badly dressed shoppers, self-checkout whinges, blatant shoplifting, arguments/fights, reduced to clear bargains spotted etc.

    I will start by questioning whether in this day and age, it's really necessary to have £1 coin in the slot trollies? If it were every supermarket I could accept it, but it's just some.

    All they're doing is taking some trolley-collecting lad (or lady's) job. Saving a few bob and making US pay instead. Cheeky gits.

    For those inclined to rob trollies and throw them in the river, or who wish to be pushed around by mates drunkenly of an evening whilst shouting and waving a can of beer, £1 is hardly going to put them off, is it? Not much entertainment you can buy for a quid these days.

    If they're really worried about trolley theft, then why not institute that brilliant system that slams on the trolley brakes automatically if you try to go outside the supermarket's compound?

    Love to see that in the carpark when someone goes wheeling a big loaded up trolley full of shopping at a good pace and then hits the invisible wall.
  2. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    I would also like to name and shame those supermarkets who have big fat rats running around their car park without a care in the world - e.g. Sainsburys Gloucester.
  3. Guy

    Guy Squad Player

    Doing shopping for lunch/afternoon tea blooming annoying as a single person that so many food items come in large packs

    Muffins, rolls, etc etc in packs of twos or fours
  4. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    Yes agree 100% What a contribution to food wastage that is! Want a bread roll? Nope you can only have a packet of 6 (plus points for Lidl here where they do let you have them singly).

    Fancy a burger for your tea? No, only a packet of 4. And going out of date in a few days too, so you're condemned to burger after burger night after night.

    In a moment of madness, I once bought a packet of 6 breaded chicken steaks because it was a bargain. Wow I was so sick of eating those chicken steaks by day 3 or 4..
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  5. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    I would also like to grizzle about poor shelf pricing. Quite often the price on the shelf is wrong, or is missing altogether. For those of us of very modest means, we need to know how much the thing costs before we can buy it.

    You can try asking the assistants, but they have no idea and it seems the little handheld computer gun things they have don't tell 'em either. You either have to get escorted to the customer services who can check for you, or you can go through the 'bing bong Maureen to aisle 5' business.

    I just go by the self checkouts and scan it to see how much it is. Sure way to find out. Of course the thing goes spare afterwards, beeping away about putting it in tbe packing area, but I'm long gone by the then.

    Let them sort that out.
  6. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    Wrong pricing I've caught them out on loads of times. Many many many. They must make millions that way. I don't see hardly anybody check their receipt. They even started asking now slyly "you want your receipt?".

    It says £1.50 on the shelf, but when you scan it, it comes up £1.80 or whatever. Always always in their favour.

    Another favourite is the 'deal' which doesn't appear at the checkout. Buy one get one or some other offer. I've had big discussions about this with them. I've left my shopping there while I've gone back and taken a photograph of the offer sign on the shelf and then showed it to them. "Oh well, that offer has expired." No it hasn't. It expires when you remove the sign advertising it.

    Mostly they grudgingly concede and allow the offer, but on occasions I've told them firmly and politely that they can keep their items then in that case and I bid them good day!
  7. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    Is that real? Always thought it was one of those phoney threats designed to put off the less committed trolley hijackers.
  8. K9 Hornet

    K9 Hornet Border Collie Dog

    I'd add all those stores that think Christmas has already begun.
    So far in Sainsbury's I've seen...

    • Mince pies (seen in late August).
    • An "all meat product" advent calendar for dogs (today).

    Shouldn't be surprised, it usually coincides with perfume adverts appearing on the telly
  9. luke_golden

    luke_golden Space Cadet

    Can confirm that approximately 15 years ago, trolleys at Tesco in Aylesbury certainly locked when taken beyond the car park at 3am on a Friday night, even when launched over the wall.
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  10. Robert Peel

    Robert Peel Squad Player

    There was a force field that stopped them going over a wall??
  11. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    They sell mince pies all year round.
  12. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    If the supermarket has a bakery and meat counter, these are available singly.
  13. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    Is the packaging Christmas-themed?
  14. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    Not the ones we buy, just that plain transparent plastic.

    I do make the point to Mrs K that it’s not Christmas yet…
  15. a19tgg

    a19tgg First Team

    In my very misguided youth we used to play a game called ‘trolley launching’ late at night in supermarket car parks.

    It involved positioning the designated drivers car behind a snake of about 10 or so trolleys, then accelerating across the car park, sending the snake of trolleys flying across the car park.

    Can confirm this also had the effect of disabling the trollies.
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  16. SkylaRose

    SkylaRose Administrator Staff Member

    Trolley with the "wonky wheel". Always a classic. Three of them go left the other wants to turn right. I do miss the old style chatty check-out gals though. Nowadays it's just bored looking teenagers on minimum wage who sound like they would rather be anywhere else. When I was in my twenty's and still doing my Computer Science Degree I worked at what was then "Safeway" and I loved it. Different horses for different courses I guess. Prices were a lot more reasonalble then as well. 50p for a bag of Walkers? Never happen again.
  17. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

    Good, it means I can get some panettone.
  18. a19tgg

    a19tgg First Team

    I’ve made my feelings clear about idiots not packing as they go at the self scan in the other thread.

    My local Asda, never, ever has baskets by the door. You have to fight through the people queuing at self scan to get one.

    Friends who bump into each other and then proceed to have a half hour catch up in the middle of an aisle.

    People who generally walk around like they own the place, there was a woman the other day who had her phone on loud speaker talking about her work problems while simultaneously getting in everyone’s way as she tried to find what she was looking for, but kept getting distracted by her phone call.

    People in supermarkets basically, not supermarkets themselves.
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