POPSUGAR Food Poll Do You Talk on the Phone While Grocery Shopping? by partysugar 6/11/09 0 Shares Like us on Facebook For some reason, I can't talk on the phone while I'm at the supermarket. If I'm on the phone, I will walk around aimlessly and not get what I need. How about you? Read More GroceriesCellphonesGrocery ShoppingPoll Get inspired with our daily newsletter Vegetarian Love and Sex Home Tech Food DIY Sign up with By signing up, I agree to the Terms and to receive emails from POPSUGAR. 5 years OMG, people that talk on the phone while shopping is my biggest pet peeve! Why should I have to be subjected to their 1-sided conversations while I am trying to enjoy shopping? It's rude and if there are any stores out there that kindly ask their patrons to step outside if you must converse -- please drop me a note, I'll only shop there from now on! (from Austin, Texas) Food 5 years Try to do it, but fail every time. Also can't chat on the phone while I'm cooking! eshellmoyer 5 years mamasitamalit, I'm the same. I hate it when I'm trying to help someone at my store and they're on the phone, so I would NEVER do that to someone else. While I'm choosing what bread to buy on the other hand, I sometimes chat on the phone. Grocery shopping is not rocket science. I can do two simple tasks at once. In my opinion, it's kind of a personal problem if you find talking while shopping annoying. If someone is talking quietly on a cell phone, it's really no different than if they were talking to someone with them, so I don't think it's that rude. My whole family lives 3,000 miles away, so I will often talk to them in public places, just to say hi before or after I go to work or school. I also find it relaxing to chat while doing errands. I don't wander aimlessly or stop in front of products needlessly. The people who do that while on the phone are most likely people who would do that regardless. I'm sure the culture where y'all live is different, but in New York, if someone's behavior is not hurting you, or rude to you individually, it's none of your business. AbbyHintz 5 years I don't like to talk on my cell phone in public or, really, anywhere. I don't like to talk on the phone. But it doesn't bother me if other people enjoy talking on the phone while they're shopping. It's really pretty harmless. Why do we feel the need to make people feel guilty about their simple pleasures? Rancher'sGirl 5 years I try to keep my phone calls short and pertaining to what I am purchasing, and definitely no talking while checking out. medenginer 5 years If I do talk on the phone in the store it's usually important and I try to find a somewhat deserted part of the store to hold my conversation. pharm_chick 5 years i usually have a list so i can stay focused if i need to take a call. i dont usually take calls, but i can if i need to without buying the wrong stuff. sometimes i end up wandering the gocery stores forever anyway lol, i always find new and cool foods there! sparklemeetspop 5 years I do, and my conversations go like this. "I'm at the store, do you want anything?" "Yes." "Okay, what?" "Um...." "Well?" "Hold on." It doesn't make me popular with the Safeway shoppers. Spectra 5 years Ha, this is one of my biggest pet peeves about going to the grocery store! It seems like every other person is wandering around on their stupid cell phone talking to people (and most of the conversations are NOT grocery-related...most of the time I get way TMI!) and they get in your way and block the aisles. I can't shop and talk at the same time because I get distracted. And it REALLY bugs me when people talk on their phones in the checkout...that is beyond rude. The ONLY time I ever talk on my phone when shopping is to call my husband to see what our "inventory" is for certain things. Sometimes he'll call me to remind me that we need TP or paper towels or mouthwash, but the conversation always lasts about 2 seconds. Fashion 5 years Just another unnecessary place to use our phones! Only allowed if you're researching, ie. forgot an ingredient. xo Liss1 5 years I don't talk while shopping unless i need to call home and see if we need something. Also, i find i never have good reception at any of the grocery stores near me. CanadianAlissa 5 years I don't talk... but I do text. brownsugamama 5 years No, I like to read the labels and my shopping list . I love Trader Joe's because the people shopping are actually talking to each other. Sometimes I shop at like 6am..... duh that I never thought of taking my ipod. Thanks limelindsey. limelindsey 5 years I have a few times...sometimes to clarify something on the list, other times if someone calls me that I really want to talk to. I'll chat for a bit, never in the checkout line though. Usually I listen to my ipod whilst shopping. Makes the job go by faster! CaterpillarGirl 5 years I think its rude to do it, therefore I abstain. I can understand a quick "is this the product i am supposed to get" and get off just as quick but to walk around the store talking loudly about how trashed you were the previous night, or to gossip about things I shouldnt be privvy to, please....dont.... LesleyP825 5 years Nope...I think it's ignorant. Sorry! darc5204 5 years I've been guilty of this on occasion, but it feels kind of awkward and I only have so many hands. Chouette4u 5 years I only use the phone if I need to call someone regarding what I need to buy. Otherwise, I think it's kind of rude to walk around the grocery store on your phone. It makes people not pay attention and get in everyone's way sometimes. partysugar 5 years I actually came up with this poll idea because my girlfriend called me on my walk to the grocery store. Since I had not talked to her in a long time, I stood outside the store, cart in hand for ten minutes chatting. Then when our conversation was over, I went in to get my groceries. sonya-ina 5 years Not unless I need to call my husband and ask what he wants. Otherwise, it's no go for me! ilanac13 5 years i usually try not to talk on my cell when i'm grocery shopping. i'm just not very good at doing it all one handed ya know? dclsweetspot 5 years I never talk on the cell phone in stores, it is completely rude. It drives me crazy listening to people gossip loudly or talk about nothing while walking around getting people's way. When you are talking to someone else you tend to become oblivious to others and rudely get in their way. I feel worse for the poor bored kids who are along shopping, stuck in a cart with a parent supposedly shopping, while talking to someone else, not them. Somehow we survived until the last couple years without constant communication. I really believe cell phone's have no use in stores or while driving on the road. Are we all so important that we have to be in constant contact with everyone we know? margokhal 5 years I hate talking on the phone in public in general, and I hate it when other people do it, too. So I don't talk while I'm shopping or checking out - only when I'm going in the store, if I need some information ["what kind of cereal do you want again?"], and when I'm exiting. People who talk while checking out are really rude. Your conversation is NOT that important that you can't at least give your attention to a cashier for 2 or 3 minutes! Jinx 5 years I have talked on the phone in the grocery to try and verify what someone wants, but I find the reception sucks, so no. Plus I hate talking on the cell in public. weffie 5 years i talk on the phone (quietly) all thru the store, but i hang up before i check out.