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Snacking on one's own groceries at the supermarket...

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Snacking on one's own groceries at the supermarket...

silence9 | Sep 6, 2006 04:53 PM

Why oh why do people do this so frequently? I am not referring to the 'grape tasters' in the produce section or the folks who feel compelled to reach into the gummy bear bin in the bag-your-own candy aisle. I'm talking about the supermarket shoppers who open the the bag of doritos that they fully intend on purchasing and snack on them while toting their carts around, or the people standing in the express lane who've already begun working on their deli-case prepared foods. Or patrons who are apparently so thirsty that they've nearly finished their pomegranite juice before they make it back to their car in the parking lot. Who are these people walking around THAT hungry and thirsty?? OK, if one grows one's own veggies or fishes for one's own trout, sure, the instant the tomato comes off the vine or the trout jumps into the buttered skillet next to the stream, would seem to catch the foodstuffs at their peak freshness. But does it seem that so many people find it perfectly acceptable to seriously graze while shopping? I once half-jokingly suggested a new fad diet, wherein one might eat anything one desires, so long as one must run to and from the store to purchase it, and then one must also consume the food while also running. But for the folks who eat their own groceries at the supermarket, I wonder just how enjoyable can that consumption be? I ask this not to bait or flame; I genuinely want to understand why people eat and shop simultaneously...

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