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Shopping horrors and store etiquitte

Posted Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 2:59 PM

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It's only clothing girls..
I was in a clothing shop here locally and went to try on a shirt, in the dressing room was a sign "please do not poop or pee in our dressing room." WHAT? Someone would actually do something so gauche?

Yes, I was told by the clerk and people have done other things too like leave food, drinks spilled and clothing piled knee high in the rooms.

I was appalled.

I go shopping and I have observed terrible behavior out of people and their children too.

Running, throwing things, and public fights best left at home.

What happened to manners and courtesy?

My mother would have strung me up and blistered my bottom if I even thought about being disrespectful in a public place, running or "horrid thought" using the dressing area as a personal bathroom.

Fecal matter contains all kinds of heath hazards and I truly feel so sorry for the people working in these stores that have to be subjected to this kind of disrespectful behaviors.

I got to looking at store etiquette so I thought I'd pass these along to you.

1. Behave yourself. Be polite and try to understand clerks have had a lot of people come through their lines and they are tired. (You can tell a lot about a person and their lack of good breeding by how they act in a store waiting in line. )

2. Monitor your children: clerks are not your babysitters, or maids. If your children are tired, cranky, and hungry or poopy they need to be attended to before the store. Don't let your children run amuck or scream and act out. Eating/drinking is for the restaurants. They need to learn proper self control and manners. If they get something off the shelf they need to put it back where it came from. I can tell a lot about how a parents' house looks by how a child acts.

3. That goes for you too. If you are looking at a item, put it back where you found it, or hang it back up. DO NOT dump the item on the floor for someone else to clean up after you. You are not a princess and this ain't no Disney movie. Again, the clerks are not your nannies.

4. Use the bathroom facilities. Not the dressing rooms for your personal needs. I don't know if this is a cultural thing, but you are in America, we have toilets for that business.. use it.

5. You are not always right, don't be a jerk.

6. Reserve your cell phone conversations for somewhere other than the store or register. I could care less about Joe Bob and his latest escapade.

7. Have your mind made up before you get to the register, other people are in line also.

8. Have fun for Gods Sake it's a shopping trip not a torture chamber.. (unless aforementioned children are running amock and screaming.)

9. Always try to do the "Golden rule" Do unto others... yada yada..

10. Again , people are trying to do their jobs with a lot of other people too.. not just you. You are not Queen.. get over it and be polite.


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How country.

-- Posted by tatersue on Fri, Jun 17, 2011, at 2:05 PM

I raised 6 kids. I pretty much had control over all of them because they loved me and I was stern with them.

However, I did have one son who defied everyone and everything. It was impossible to control him when he got stubborn.

He had to go to the hospital when he was around 14 to have his arm sewed up. He would not let the doctor give him a shot to numb it and stood there while the doctor stitched his arm, cussing and swearing at the doctor.

Nothing you could do would stop him. He even defied death when he got cancer in the throat. He is still alive and stubborn as ever.

I hate to see unruly children, but sometimes the parents are just as rude and crude. I do know that there are some kids that no body can control. If they would just put that to good use.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 11:50 AM

So i am not the only one who has seen these horrid behaviours??

Good grief it is horrid.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 6:32 PM

I worked at a walmart-esque store years ago and one time someone did their business in the bedding section. It was awful. We also would catch a lot of people in the try on rooms doing what they should have been doing in their bedrooms.

That said, I hate unruly children. It irks me more now that I have kids as I don't want them acting that way in public.

-- Posted by cfrich on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 4:04 PM

I totally agree. I think another rule should be that parent need to understand that you cannot drop your kid off in the toy section or Wal-Mart in general and think that it's the daycare center. I have seen this too many times where people drop their kids off in the toy section and then go and get their hair done or leave them there while they are shopping. Also, do not allow your children to open products on the floor, mainly toys, and play with them and then put it back on the shelf.

I have had my kids with me every time I shopped when they were young, and I never had a problem with them. But they are also amazed to see all of the ,pardon the word but, brats who run around screaming because mommy and daddy won't buy them something. It's horrible.

Also, we went to Roses, here in town, a couple of times and the second time we went there were stacks of clothing in the dressing rooms. I don't understand what the problem is of putting things back where you got them. That was one of the important things that is taught to you as a child.

I think one of the main problems with society today is being L-A-Z-Y! Some people say they are too busy, but I say they are too lazy.

Some people just believe others will clean up for them, bring them whatever they need, etc. I remember in high school there was a poster in the main lobby that said "This is NOT Burger King, you cannot have it your way".

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 11:07 AM

All people, at some point in life, should either work in retail or as a bank teller. Those two jobs will sure teach you a lot about manners and courtesy, and you'll realize how important it is to smile and be nice... Whether you are the clerk or the customer.

-- Posted by onenamil on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 11:00 AM

Having good manners is for everyone, Not just the shoppers. I was in Kroger recently and had an employee of many years be very disrespectful of me. It upset me a lot because there was no reason for her to act the way she did in front of another customer. Put a smile on your face and be nice to people. It will come back to you in the long run. :)

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 10:29 AM

yep have worked retail before it is something else...

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 8:08 PM

Lesa,you hit the nail right on the head! I work at Kroger and I can't begin to tell you how rude and gross people can be.On a daily basis I have kids demand for me to give them a sticker or a sucker.It's extremely annoying.Some of the adults are just as awful.They take it out on me if their coupon won't scan and they act like I'm trying to rip them off.

-- Posted by tenthingsiloveaboutyou on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 7:37 PM

What happened to manners and courtesy?

My mother would have strung me up and blistered my bottom if I even thought about being disrespectful in a public place, running or "horrid thought" using the dressing area as a personal bathroom.

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You answered the question in the next sentence. Today,too many parents would rather be the child's friend or playmate instead of being a parent.

-- Posted by quietmike on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 7:23 PM


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Lesa Cox has owned a cleaning service and a bookstore; now, she repairs and maintains computers for the elderly and others on a fixed income. She enjoys animals, gardening, books and fixing old cars. She and her husband have one son, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.