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Are You Buddies With the Staff at Your Local Grocery Store?

On average, I shop at Mollie Stone's on California Street in San Francisco twice a week. I've been picking up groceries there since I moved into my current apartment two years ago. Naturally, I've developed a relationship with everyone from the fishmonger to the spirits director to my favorite checkout guy, Travis, who always asks what I'm making. Being friendly with the supermarket's staff not only helps me get better service, but it also means I have a more enjoyable shopping trip. I have a feeling I'm not alone in the matter, so tell me, do you converse with the workers at your market?

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MsMO MsMO 7 years
I don't choose either of them. I'm not buddies but I don't prefer to not talk to them.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
Heck Yea - Everyone at Whole Foods Knows Who I Am!! :)
Advah Advah 7 years
Yep - I live around the corner from the shop and go there several times a week, for the last two years. It makes a bit difference. :)
Tabloid Tabloid 7 years
No but with my bus driver, yes.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I always shop at the same Aldi store every week and there's only like, 3 people that work there so they recognize me. I'm not as friendly with them as some of the other shoppers are, but one time I went there and my debit card had expired that day and I couldn't pay for my stuff. The cashier suggested that I go run to my bank and get my new card and she'd hold my groceries for me. I didn't have a lot of items, but she was very understanding and patient.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
Voting NO on this poll makes me sound like a snotty bitch. I am friendly but I don't stop to chit-chat or know any of them by name.
PinkUnicorn PinkUnicorn 7 years
I'm antisocial and all about the self-checkout....except when this one insanely lazy employee is working. If she doesn't know the sku for a fruit or veggie she either just shoots a side-eye around and chucks it in the bag, or uses one she does know. That means super cheap plantains and free exotic fruit for me!
Danni99 Danni99 7 years
Oh yes! I've been shopping at the supertarget by my house for more than a decade, so I've gotten to know all the long-term employees, and often get to know the young kids working there as well. As a result I get great service everywhere from the bakery where they go the extra mile for my kid's classroom birthday cupcakes, to the baby department, where employees will take the extra time to search for an item I'm looking for in the store room. Kindness ALWAYS counts!
akay akay 7 years
Not friends with, but friendly with and clearly recognized. I live a quick walk away from Whole Foods and transport all my groceries on foot. Heavy loads make for an unpleasant walk, but, even more importantly, I find that stocking up on food items does not mesh well with my total lack of snacking self-control. So, depending on the amount of cooking I do in a week -- and if my other errands take me past the further but cheaper Jewel -- it's common for me to stop in every other day. The guys at the fish counter clearly love my love of fish, and when I buy alcohol, many of the cashiers say that they've seen my ID before and not to bother getting it out.
ElleJay ElleJay 7 years
Hmm... I wouldn't say "yes" but I wouldn't say I "prefer to be unfriendly" either. I shop at a Walmart mostly for grocieries and there's no way you could really get to know any one cashier there....
CoconutPie CoconutPie 7 years
I live in Norway. People don't do small talk here. :(
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Sounds like you had your bacon saved, Chief!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
I once forgot my wallet and the checkout dude loaned me $20!!!!!!!
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
Gah! I couldn't imagine going to the grocery store twice a week!
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
Yes, but only because I worked in that store in college so I already know most of the staff.
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