Dear Grocery Store:
The following is a list of things that annoy me and keep me from returing to your store:
I hate long receipts for just two or three items. I don’t need a doctoral dissertation length receipt. I don’t need to know how many Store Card or gas points I have. I don’t need a phone number telling me I can win a $100 off my next visit if I answer an insipid customer service satisfaction questionnaire.
A receipt should be just a receipt. I tells me what I purchased, the cost, the total amount due and cash or check or card tendered and the change due back me. Two-three inches at most.
Anything more is stupid, unnecessary and a waste of paper and trees.
Isn’t that ridiculus? The two items purchased are on the top one-sixth of this receipt!!!
You don’t really think I believe I am getting gasoline cheaper at your grocery store than anywhere else do you? I wasn’t born yesterday. If you want to be a grocery store, be the best that you can be. If you want to sell gasoline, but a gas station.
Clothes and Furniture
Decide what you want your focus to be and be the best at that. Stop trying to sell everything in the grocery store. Again, you charge me five to ten times more than I would pay at an actual clothes or furniture store. Money always trumps convenience.
The quality of grocery stores, employees, and cashiers goes down for every non-grocery store item you sell. Don’t think I don’t notice.
I will only use these atrocities if and when you pay me the same hourly rate you pay your most senior cashier, or unless you give me a considerable reduction in the price of my groceries. You save money on these lanes without passing the savings on to me. Get serious!
Gargantuan Kiddie Carts
These carts designed to keep children happy while parents shop are a colossal failure. They do not make young children any happier or quieter in the store. They do not even keep the little ankle biters in the cart. Most of the time I see them pushing the cart or out of the cart and terrorizing anyone in their way why mommy and daddy look on proudly.
All the while these humongous monstrosities block the aisles and make navigating past them far worse than driving an interstate through Los Angles look tame by comparison.
Displays in the Middle of the Aisle
Even when there is not a Gargantuan Kiddie Cart or two in the aisle these displays are a hazard. And they are always infront of the item I want to purchase. I refuse to buy anything in one of these displays.
Rough Cashiers Who Do Not Know How To Pack
Does anyone train cashiers any more? I was a grocery store cashier for many years. I loved it. It was a great job. But before I was allowed to go into a store I was provided with five days, eight hours a day, of training.
I was trained on how to great customers, I was trained that the customer came first and I was not to talk with other employees while I was ringing up an order, unless it was about that customer or order.
I was taught how to correctly put money in a customers hand – change first and then paper money.
I was taught how to handle bread and fruits and vegetables. I was taught how to pack tender vegetables by not putting cans on top of asparagus as happened to me recently.
We were not permitted to chew gum while on the cash register either.
And the store employed Secret Shoppers to come through our lanes three times every six months. Part of my evaluation was how well I followed all of the policies we were taught in training.
I once went through an entire grocery store transaction without any one speaking to me while the cashier and a bagger held a conversation with each other. They didn’t even say thanks at the end.
Plastic bags are the bane of grocery stores. Bring back paper. Cans tear through them. Eggs overturn in them. Vegetables and fruits get tossed around and bruised and dented in them. They fly all over my neighborhood for some reason.
These are getting old. I have hated them sine they were first introduced. I only get them to get sale prices. But I am tired of being tracked. But that genie is already out of the bottle. But I hate them anyway.
They are too often a distraction. It is hard to watch the computer screen and what I am being charged for my groceries while fumbling to get this card in and out of my purse. Twice in the last two weeks the amount the computer scan charged me was not the correct price. And it was not just a few cents off; it amounted to more than $5.
Too Many Shelve Tags
Used to be that the only shelf tags were price tags and sale tags. Now we have super daily sale tags and supper savings tags to name just a few hanging down from the shelves. With so many tags all of them end up being meaningless. It looks junky too!
Non-Private Pin Pads
Anyone behind me can see the numbers I press, or my password, on the pad provided at the checkout lane if I use my debit card at the grocery store. For that reason I never use any debit card at the grocery store. I use cash or credit only.
All these gripes take my mind off my biggest problem with grocery stores: Higher Prices!
What bugs you about grocery stores?
Featured Recipe Mini Corn Dog Muffins
When I first saw these mini-muffins I knew I had to share them with you. These are so cool. The coking blog I found them on, Iowa Girl Eats, billed them as a Super Bowl recipe. But I saw them as more than just Super Bowl fare.
Kids would love these cute little bites. I also see them as a great Halloween party treat. Served with a salad, fruit, and/or a bowl of soup they could also be lunch or super quick and fun week night dish your children would love. They could even participate in making them.
I don’t make my own muffins from scratch, as Iowa Girl does, preferring to use a corn muffin mix. It’s that baking and lazy issue thingie, you know.
But I do everything else the same. If you want to make the muffin mix from scratch, just go to Iowa Girl Eats website by clicking the previous link.
They whip up in a jif too.
Iowa Girl said they are wonderful dipped in catsup. I like catsup. However, I tried catsup and they were good. But they did not sing to me.
So next time I tried regular mustard cause I always like mustard on my hot dogs. They were good too, but no celestial choirs.
Please Your Inner Child
However you serve and eat these delectable little bites they you will be sure to please your inner child. Your kids will love them too.
This is what you will need for 48 Mini Muffins
2 packages corn muffin mix
2/3 cup milk
1 package beef franks
Spray on oil
Here is what you do:
Pre heat oven according to package directions.
Prepare the muffins according to package directions.
Spray the mini muffin tins with non-stick spray.
Cut each beef frank into 6 small pieces.
Spoon a tablespoon of batter into each mini muffin cup.
Place one piece of beef frank into the middle of each cup.
Bake according to package directions or until the cornbread is golden brown.
My kitchen smells SO divine right now. Heavenly.
NOTE: Since you will be using only a tablespoon of batter, these things bake up really quick. I check every five minutes or there-abouts so the bottoms do not get too brown and crisp.
Cool for about 5 minutes before serving.
These are best served piping out straight from the oven.
Iowa Girl says that if there are any mini muffins left over to store them in the refrigerator and re-heat for 20-30 seconds before serving. You can do that, but I find them less than satisfactory once stored in the fridge.
However, I don’t think you will have to worry about that over much. These go like hot cakes.
2 packages corn muffin mix $1.00
2 eggs $0.22
2/3 cup milk $0.30
1 package beef franks $3.00
Spray on oil $0.06
Total cost = $4.58
Cost per muffin = $0.10
PLUS the cost of any dip you may use.
Quote of the Day
I went down the street to the 24-hour grocery. When I got there, the guy was locking the front door. I said, ‘Hey, the sign says you’re open 24 hours.’ He said, ‘Yes, but not in a row.’