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Shopping Etiquette, volume 1
Commenting on other peoples groceries
I recently grew a beard. I wanted to see how many strands of white hairs I'd have in it.
But, when I was shaving recently, I would pick up any kind of disposable razors I saw. I wasn't picky.
When I turned 13, my parents gave me a Norelco electric razor. To this day, they make fun of me for coming out of the bathroom saying it wasn't working. I couldn't figure out why they were laughing. I was told a few minutes later, "You don't use shaving cream with electric razors, fool."
But, shaving isn't the point of this story. I had razors, and a carton of milk. An old guy in front of me said, "You should buy the 3 blade razors. They work better." I smiled and said "I'm not picky. All the razors I end up getting do the job." He continues with "Well, with three blades, it'll get rid of the zits." I responded, "I'm in my mid 30s. I haven't had to worry about pimples for a long time." He then went into a big explanation on why he uses the 3 bladed razors. I said, "Are you going to tell me they were a nickle when you were a kid? Everyone over the age of 70, tells us everything was a nickle. Even automobiles." He said, "Oh no. Razors were more than that. But, I used to recycle bottles, and that would give me enough money to..."
My eyes glazed over at this point. And, it had me wondering...are you supposed to comment on other peoples groceries? I'm guessing Miss Manners would give that a big, fat, "NO!"
I don't even look at other peoples groceries. I look straight ahead. Hell, they have all those fun tabloids. I can look at the various nose Michael Jackson has purchased. Or, I can see what razors Britney Spears uses.
If you must look at someones groceries, do the move I make with girlfriends in the mall. If an attractive woman walks by, my head doesn't do an exorcist type of turn. My head stays straight ahead, and my eyes glance at her (if my date isn't able to see my eyes, of course). Do that move to glance at the other customers groceries, if you must.
Even if you think you're being nice, recommending a product, or telling them a product they got is great, it can be considered rude. After all, you wouldn't tell a fat dude, "I know that Dr. Pepper is good. But, try the Diet Dr. Pepper. It's almost the same taste, and a lot less calories."