This is part of probably quite a long running series of blog posts about where you’ll find my passive aggressive rants about what fucking idiots the human race can be. I apologise now for the swears, you have been warned!

Thankfully owing to the wonder of  the Tesco Home Delivery service, I rarely need to step foot in a supermarket, the nice man or lady taps on the door with all our stuff, and bosh – we’re set for the week. Recently though I’ve found myself traipsing around the local Morrisons, Sainsburys or Tesco, usually picking up a few bits, or just to get J out of the house and giving Loz a break. I don’t know why I head to the supermarket, I hate them, I really do. People seem to switch off and leave their brains at the door, or maybe even the car park as I’ve discussed here.

I find navigating around supermarkets very stressful, I generally know where everything is, I know where I need to go, my voyage around the aisles is planned. Quite quickly though, it’s spoilt by some bell end with no trolley etiquette. Pushing a trolley around is very much like driving a car, if someone has stopped and you need to get past, you give way to the oncoming traffic and then pass. You look before pulling out from one aisle to the next. You need to be aware of those around you, if you’re stopping be aware of those behind you. Gently move in and stop. It’s really not hard.

Unfortunately though, a lot of people don’t really think about their surroundings, they charge round like the trolley wielding cunts they are and give little thought for anyone or anything else. Here is a list of my supermarket / human being bugbears – If you do any of this, I really can’t forgive you – you’re off the Christmas card list.

1 – The Deserter 

This person will abandon their trolley / buggy in the aisle, usually in the way of others. They tend to magically appear and tut loudly if you try to nudge their trolley out-of-the-way. Probably the best / worse example of this was a few weeks ago, I walked round to the next aisle to find the aisle blocked by a buggy and a trolley parallel to each other, the chavvy parents were off down the other end of the aisle blissfully unaware of their aisle blockade.

2 – The Stand Backer

These cretins like to look at the goods on the shelf, but from the opposite side of the aisle, usually leaving their trolley next to where they are looking, and themselves blocking the rest of the aisle.

3 – The Feeder

I really hate these people, walking around the supermarket, stuffing their faces with items they haven’t paid for, are you THAT hungry you have to tear open the packaging and snuffle around like a pig looking for truffles. It’s even worse when you see them feeding their kids in the same way, that REALLY narks me. Two bits of advice for this, first, feed your children at home before you come out, secondly, tell them NO! If they are moaning that they ‘want’ or ‘neeeeeeed’ the food, what kind of example are you setting by giving it to them now? Let them wait!

4 – The Emergency Stopper

These are the kind of people who will walk down a busy street and grind to a halt without warning. Next time someone does this to you, drive the trolley into their arse and pretend you didn’t see them stop.

5 – The Space Invader

Ever been waiting at the till and you’ve had a trolley right in your arse cheeks because the person behind is too eager? Or similarly when you’re queuing with a basket, someone so close to you you can judge their bra size with your back? These are Space Invaders, I’ve no idea what they are upto! No spacial awareness maybe? No depth perception or maybe they are just in a hurry, which leads  on to..

6 – The Russ(h)ia

We’ve all needed to whiz around the supermarket at some point, but you still need to be aware of others. Don’t charge round clattering your trolley into others and huffing your way round, by all means be efficient but never aggressive.

7 – The Shouters

This is usually a scummy, chavvy drunk couple shouting to each other down the aisles. Recently as I was walking a dozy J around the Supermarket this bellowing voice screamed..


Poor little J jumped with a start, my hackles instantly went up, the red mist started to descend. NO ONE UPSETS MY CHILDREN!!! I shot a glare to my left, I could feel the words ‘You fucking cunt’ brewing in my mouth, I looked up, and up and met the gaze of a man double in size to me in probably every dimension. He was built like a fucking house, his face looked shocked, I don’t imagine many people look at him the way I was looking at him right then. ‘Ah sorry mate, I didn’t see..’ he mustered. Realising I should pick my fights carefully I just huffed, and called him a cock under my breath.

8 – The Receipt Checkers

Similar in some ways to No. 4 but this is a very specific type of person and place. You’ve finished your shopping, packed your bags, paid and are on your way out of the store following the flow of the trolleys. If you’re paying attention you can usually spot the receipt checker up ahead, but sometimes they catch you off guard, they’ll slowly plod along, staring athe receipt, trying to push the trolley, notice a mistake on their receipt and do an almost instant ‘about turn’ with a Columbo-esque ‘Just one more thing..’ and plow into the oncoming trolleys.

That’s all I can think of about now.. I’ll add more as I think of them. I think overall the problem is that people are just so blindly in their own little worlds, they just forget about everyone around them. No one REALLY likes going round the supermarket, but perhaps if we’re all a bit more aware of each other, maybe it won’t be so bad.

Update – Thanks to @MunkiMatt

9 – Self Service Hoggers

Those idiots who put a whole trolley of shopping through the self service tills, whilst a massive queue builds up behind, fucktards.

8 thoughts on “People are f**king idiots – Part 1. The Supermarket (Updated)

  1. Matt says:

    You’ve missed the key one, the sub human scum that put a week’s worth of shopping through the self service tills. Fuck those people.

  2. Stuart says:

    So re the Stand backer. I must admit to standing on one side of the aisle looking at the goods on the other to find the best priced one etc when there is a wide array. Might sound odd but prices fluctuate here quite a lot and sometimes there is no choice if you want to keep your costs down. But then I would not do this with the shopping cart on the other side so as to block the route, thats just plain stoopid. However what generally happens then is some dickhead comes along 3 or 6 screaming kids in tow and stands right in front of you even though it is clear that you are perusing the products then stays there for ages doing exactly the same. Like I said earlier where I live in Canada the stores are half empty, can’t they wait 30 seconds til you have made a choice

  3. Misty says:

    You do have to wonder whether the idiots that carry these actions out are ever pissed off by other people at the super market. I refuse to go if I don’t know what I’m buying because I cannot stand the way other people shop! I’d rather be in and out in a matter of minutes!

    Couldn’t agree more with this post, look forward to reading more!

  4. croftybaby says:

    Well said, ‘The Feeder’ is the lowest of the low, it’s normally always women I find for some reason. They should be given a telling off in the aisles, how embarrassing! There is one exception to the grazing rule however; testing the Grapes for sweetness is totally acceptable.

    • Kim says:

      I can’t stand people who feed their kids; it is like parents are actually afraid of their own kids! Your logic about the grapes is fair enough, but if they are the grapes that need to be weighed to calculate the price, then technically it is stealing. If someone is caught eating any produce that has to weighed, they are treated as thieves in the store by security, particularly if they are a repeat offender.

  5. Kim says:

    The people who have this mindset that they can leave trolleys where they like, for instance in an empty parking space, because the supermarket employs someone to clear the trolleys. No, the supermarket employs someone to clear trolleys from the trolley bays and move them to the front of the store, where customers can access them easily. Just yesterday I saw this man with his kids dump his trolley about a foot away from his car, I looked to my left and saw a near empty trolley bay about a foot from his car. I thought to myself, what a douche.

    I also work in a supermarket and we have recently introduced this customer feedback form at customer services. We have also recently undergone a massive refurbishment and have introduced new trolleys, of which all of them require a £1 deposit or token. Shortly after, we received feedback from some idiot customer complaining about feeling criminalised by having to put a £1 in his trolley, saying that he shouldn’t be punished for other people’s laziness or theft. What this guy fails to realise is that he offered no other solution to this frankly annoying problem, and is also completely unaware of the actual consequences of a dumped trolley.

  6. Ralf says:

    What about the half awake brainless sloths that let their small kids screech and scream continously without stopping them or barely acknowledging they are annoying the shit out of everyone else.

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