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Talk Back: Biggest Food Shopping Pet Peeve

Everyone has to grocery shop and everyone hates something about it.

Food shopping is a necessity, unless you literally eat every meal outside of your home. For some it's fun and a break from the kids and a time to indulge culinary interests by perusing new shelf products and developing interesting meal menus.

For others, such as Patch, it is a mix. Shopping early on a Sunday morning when few others are crowding the aisles or shouting into cell phones or leaving carts in the middle of aisles as they wander to another aisle can be relaxing. It can be fun to discover some new fruit being imported or contemplate why there are literally dozens of salad dressings and why some cost as much as a pizza pie.

Shopping at 4 p.m. as mothers drag screaming, tired school children around food but don't seem to realize the kids need to eat something after a long day, can make Patch want to scream.

So Patch wants to know: What's your biggest pet peeve or the reason you love food shopping so much and where's your favorite market? Do you use several? Are you one of those specials people who does hit a few markets each week just to buy what's on sale?

Select an option in our poll or add your own peeve in the comments box.

Open up and share and we'll post the results early next week.

be June 01, 2012 at 12:31 PM
How about the people that bring their stupid little dogs to the supermarket and put them in the shopping cart? Leave them at home they are not children!!
NotWhoYouThinkIAm June 01, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I can't take the ladies who squeeze, poke, prod and strip the produce. They ruin it. I laugh every summer at the local farmstand when the proprietess rips those ladies a new one for stripping her corn and squeezing her tomoatoes and peaches.
Patricia Mizzi June 01, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I can't think of the last time a fellow shopper annoyed me. I almost always run into someone I know so it's a sociable pursuit. I wish the store would quit moving the locations of things and have more registers open at busy times but that's about it. I usually shop at the Sayville Stop & Shop and have been happy with their steady increase in quality and variety of fresh vegetables & fruit.
Vito June 01, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Glad to see this list as it tells me I am not alone! While most of these are irritants, the dog in the cart is really just plain offensive. I am at a loss to understand how anyone can think it appropriate to bring a dog to a food shop, much less sit it in a cart where others will place their food. Amazingly self absorbed is how I would describe such people.
Bayport Mom June 01, 2012 at 11:44 PM
OMG!! She is the best! I wish I could take her with me to Stop n Shop to yell at the idiots who molest the vegies and fruit there lol :)

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