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 10 Sep 2010 10:09 AM
 15 Mar 2010
 Mississauga, ON
shaunagirl
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I definitely do check out what other people are buying. Mostly I try to see if it tells what kind of person they are (if they cook at home, or if they have kids, etc). I also like to see what they might be making for dinner, and how much they spent. I'm nosy. If they have a ton of junk, I definitely judge them, even unintentionally.

I always worry people are judging me based on my cart. I don't buy any produce because we get local/organic produce delivered to us. The rest of my cart would be just the basics, I usually pick up one or two "treats" for us. This week it was cream cheese and bagels. Last week I had pumpkin pie filling and cool whip. The week before it was a bag of chocolate chips. smile But I always worry that people judge me for not having any produce in my cart.

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 10 Sep 2010 10:33 AM
 29 Dec 2008
 Richmond, BC
kdkraftdinner
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I look but don't judge. I like to see what meals they are putting together like if they have ground beef, pasta sauce and garlic bread, i'm like it must be lasagna night. I get bored easily and need ways to entertain myself.

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 10 Sep 2010 10:54 AM
 7 Oct 2003
 Cobourg
Nickole
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I used to judge, but then my situation changed.

I used to have a cart full of healthy foods. Then my son got sick and now his doctors don't care what he eats, as long as he gets calories. And since all his foods taste different now and he can't bear to eat most things, I buy him whatever he wants. If he wants chocolate cake for breakfast, he gets it. If people judge me for that, I don't care until they've walked in my shoes.

Now I don't judge. I have no idea who's buying what for whom, and it makes no difference in my life.

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 10 Sep 2010 10:59 AM
 1 Sep 2008
Urban
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I don't judge unless it's a super skinny person with a ton of crap in their carts and I'm totally jealous that they get to eat ding dongs and ho ho's and still be considered healthy by the masses!!

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 10 Sep 2010 11:05 AM
 10 Mar 2003
 Mommyland
Kasey
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I know my measily cart last night I posted was over $230 but only filled 4 cloth bags...last night was a mini run for us. Money does not go far any more...I do find it interesting from store to store- here in my end of the woods a fruit smoothy drink goes for $4 but in other parts of the city(i.e. lower income) its close to $8. My dh asked the manager and he said rich people buy healthier food,so they can discount it...mind you my formula is $2-3 dollars more exspensive.
It used to be cheap to go to the farmer's market but they are now competeting against Metro, Superstore, GT and boutique shops...I'm still trying to figure out where the cheapest is over all without having to go over he!!'s half arce to get the best deal.

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 10 Sep 2010 11:25 AM
 4 Dec 2005
newyears
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I judge and especially if there are children. I know that it is expensive to eat well BUT there are simple choices you can make that don't cost that much more. WW bread instead of white, WW pasta with tomato sauce instead of KD, etc. I'm always so sad for the kids whose parents buy lunchables, fake fruit snacks and fake juice for them to eat/drink.



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 10 Sep 2010 11:34 AM
 24 Sep 2008
PrairieWinter
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Not going to lie, I TOTALLY do judge.

We adhere to the 'perimeter' rule at the grocery store--we try to stay out of the aisles and only go around the outside of the store (produce, meat, dairy, breads). While I think all the stuff we buy is relatively healthy, I am sure we still get judged!

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 10 Sep 2010 11:35 AM
 24 Sep 2008
PrairieWinter
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I wonder how much grocery clerks judge???

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 10 Sep 2010 11:46 AM
 2 Feb 2009
 Halifax,NS
Jen81
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I'll be honest,I judge. Mostly if it's a full grocery order as opposed to just a few things. I'm definitely more judgmental if there's kids and a cart full of crap...I'm not saying my kids never eat junk b/c for sure they do, but there's a fairly larger balance of healthy foods too. But yeah, pizza pops,chips,soda etc. do find their way into my cart too. On a bad day you might even find a box of Lucky Charms in there blush but we mix them with multi-grain cheerios at home.

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 10 Sep 2010 11:49 AM
 22 Sep 2008
 Alberta
muggins
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I look. Not sure if I judge though- I don't really care... but sometimes if I see the person in front of me has 2 cases of pop, chips, frozen pizzas, candies, microwave meals and ONE small bag of oranges I think "why bother?"

Other times I'll see such an odd combo of items I want to ask what they hell they're making... like 7 bottles of prune juice and 8 cans of coconut milk and 7 packages of frozen calamari.

But that being said, sometimes when my items are being rung in I'll think "ohhh the people in line behind me prob think I'm so healthy!." orrrr I hope I'm not being judged for buying a box of KD.... haha

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 10 Sep 2010 12:02 PM
 15 Jun 2009
Mrs.SL
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I don't judge - I really don't care what other people are buying, but I do look at what other people are buying out of curiosity and there isn't much to do while waiting in line.

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 10 Sep 2010 1:02 PM
 20 Oct 2009
kahicpep
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haaahahahhaha noo.. i never judge, i don't even usually notice (it's the only chance i get to read trashy magazine covers!).. the only time i did notice was when two firefighters were in front of me buying about 20 steaks. i think i said something like "dinner time?" to one ff, and he was like "yep." and then he looked at my one bag of ginger and was like "i think it will be significantly better than yours."

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 10 Sep 2010 1:24 PM
 1 Jan 2010
vlahopg
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i must be in the wrong store or maybe i just dont' see them but do they sell condoms at loblaws? really? i never knew that..

guess the bottom line is you never know what goes on behind closed doors and why people buy what they do or it is a one-off or what...

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 10 Sep 2010 2:07 PM
 19 Jan 2005
 Ottawa
Baileys
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Never judge, just always speculate, in a fun way. "Oooh, I'll bet he has a date tonight and is going to cook speghetti, ceasar salad and garlic bread for her." or "Oooh, her kid just told her at the last minute that she needs to make 4 dozen cupcakes for tomorrow" or "wow. She likes cocoa puffs."

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 10 Sep 2010 2:32 PM
 21 Feb 2007
 near Edmonton, Alberta
sweetnothings123
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I totally scope out others grocercy cart. I don't have any creative imagination when it comes to making meals, so I can usually find idea by looking into other's carts (believe it or not..lol). I don't judge it though.. gosh...

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 10 Sep 2010 3:17 PM
 3 Jan 2009
zoobaby
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Nope, I don't judge. I'm practically perfect in every way.

Okay, okay... I do. It's embarrassing. But I do.

That said, I don't make blanket judgments. I don't judge for a bit of crap. I don't judge when it is painfully obvious that it is a shopping list for a party. But sometimes I'm pretty sure I can tell what's going on, for better or worse.

THEN I do one of two things: I feel smug about my own cart, or panicky about my own cart. Good times, I tell you.

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 10 Sep 2010 3:21 PM
 17 Feb 2008
maimou
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No, I don't even notice what other people have, let alone judge the healthiness of it! I usually space out in the grocery line or entertain my DD. Then again, DH does 90% of our grocery shopping, so I dont go a lot. I'm 99% sure he doesn't notice or judge what other people buy either.

As for cashiers judging...

I worked in a grocery store for 5 years both as a cashier and in the deli. As a cashier, I rarely judged anyone, except regular customers who bought weird stuff. Like one lady always bought 32 x 1L cartons of Milk and 50 boxes of kleenex but never any toilet paper. I always thought that was weird and she had her groceries delivered, so I don't think she was getting toilet paper from anywhere else, but I could be wrong. In the deli I was always grossed out when people bought head cheese, mock chicken or mac and cheese loaf. That was about it!

Steph

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 10 Sep 2010 3:26 PM
 26 Oct 2005
 TO
Gingy
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Never, unless someone is buying a cake from the supermarket bakery. Then I'm thinking "MMMMMMMM..." and feeling envious.

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 10 Sep 2010 6:47 PM
 28 Mar 2010
sym
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I shop SUPER healthy and I was raised that way so I am always amazed at the junk in other people's carts.

I hate it when I see people buying boxes of bottled water too - what's wrong with the tap? It's perfectly drinkable, they're advertising it all over the city for goodness sakes, even using celebrities!

I also can never understand when people go to the grocery store for like 3 random things, like a carton of milk, bottled water, and tomato sauce. Like, are you planning on making dinner with that tonight?? Who even buys a carton of milk?? Whenever I go to the grocery store my cart is STACKED. I keep a list on the fridge of things we need, there's only two of us, and still I'm constantly adding to it. If someone goes to the grocery store they need to bring THE LIST and get everything on it too. We both work - there HAS to be something for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.

I also don't get how people don't buy lots of fruits and vegetables. Doesn't everybody know you're supposed to get at least six a day?

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 10 Sep 2010 6:50 PM
 28 Mar 2010
sym
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I also have never seen ANYBODY on my street come home with groceries. EVER. How is this possible? I came home with several bags of groceries once before a long weekend and a neighbour jokingly asked me if I was stocking up for the holiday....and he has three kids! Out loud I said "HA HA", meanwhile I'm thinking, this a normal shopping trip...and we're thin people....

/rant

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 10 Sep 2010 8:24 PM
 30 Sep 2006
LF4e
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I said no to both, but I think I lied. When I see fat people with their carts full of crap food, I sometimes think "Are you happy with yourself?" and so I guess I do judge.

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 10 Sep 2010 8:50 PM
 11 Nov 2009
 Ottawa, ON
MrsMonkey
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While in university, I saw an elderly lady in line with tons of wet cat food on the belt.

The cashier actually asked her if she had a cat, what colour it was and its name!

When it was our turn to run our food through, my roommate asked why she would ask that to the customer. The cashier said because they'll buy the cat food and eat it themselves because it's cheaper. When we got home we asked our other roommate if this was true - she worked at a grocery store in university and she said yeah they always kept an eye out for it.

I try very hard not to judge but probably still do.

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 11 Sep 2010 2:14 PM
 15 Aug 2004
 Langley
jfichter
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While I may "look" at someones cart I don't judge. Sorry but I have too many things going on in my own life and too many things on my to-do list I really don't have time to care what other people buy.

The only time I really look is to see if I can pass a coupon to them for one or more of their items.

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 11 Sep 2010 2:58 PM
 23 Feb 2008
 Kelowna, BC
FrostyPink
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I don't think I judge.. sometimes i "notice" things.. but it basically ends there.

However, after reading this thread, I'm definitly going to be more selfconcious about my cart!! haha


I often make trips for the most random little odds and ends. Like Toothpaste, Chocolate Milk, an Avocado, one Bell Pepper, Applejuice, Spices and a bag of Chips.

Or If I'm having family over I'll get, some pasta noodles, lettuce, Lots of Cream cheese (for cheesecake), Chocolate chips, Sugar, and any other random baking ingredient that I know I'm out of and will need in the future!! haha

We buy nearly all our fruits and veggies at Quality Greens, and stock up on all our meats, tomato paste and canned tomatoes every couple weeks at Costco.

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 11 Sep 2010 4:20 PM
 17 Feb 2008
maimou
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DH and I went grocery shopping this morning and I told him about this thread. We had DD with us, I was teasing him saying "let's load the cart up with Coke, Kraft Dinner, cookie and chips and then make a few laps around the store and see if we can get some people all worked up about our food choices!" laugh

Steph

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 11 Sep 2010 4:25 PM
 21 Jul 2006
Rain_City_Girl
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Yesterday I went grocery shopping again and man oh man I looked in everyone carts because of this thread...

I can usually drop $100 in 20 mins time in a grocery store. Yesterday while looking in everyones carts it took me 90mins to spend $70. It was like a bigger bang for my buck LOL.

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 11 Sep 2010 4:44 PM
 29 Jan 2007
 Nova Scotia
ChloeBelle
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I feel so self concious grocery shopping now because it's becoming more obvious that I'm pregnant. I'm sure I'm being judged!

I always want to ask when people have weird orders. Like 1/2 a cart of hamburger. Or 3 cartloads... I'm a curious person I guess.

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 11 Sep 2010 4:53 PM
 16 May 2005
 Surrey, BC
Avaell
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I'm not going to lie. I do judge somewhat when adults are alone being tons of junk. I'll think to myself how unhealthy their choices are and keeps me in check.

If they have children with them and are buying a bunch of crap I definitely judge.


Also if I am in line buying a bunch of junk for someone, I get judgmental of myself although its not for me! I feel people are looking at me thinking I am buying tons of crap LOL.

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 12 Sep 2010 1:44 PM
 28 Mar 2010
sym
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See I disagree that fruits and vegetables are expensive. I often hear people say this, and I just don't get it. Fruits and vegetables (esp. vegetables) are some of the cheapest things in the store, unless you're buying exotic stuff (at stores like Food Basics, anyway). A bunch of celery is only like a dollar. A bag of apples is like two dollars, a bag of baby carrots $2, onions, lettuce, tomatoes - that stuff is all really cheap. It's the PACKAGED stuff that's more expensive - cereal ($3-7), cookies, granola bars (it can work out to like 75 cents per tiny granola bar), etc. Or meat - meat can be expensive. Frozen dinners are expensive. But you can buy a big bag of frozen corn for a few dollars that can last for weeks, depending how often you eat it.

I hadn't thought of the local farmer's thing (living in the city I guess). That's a definite possibility.

Oops that was supposed to be a response to somebody else, don't know what happened to the quote.

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 12 Sep 2010 2:20 PM
 27 Apr 2006
 Kitchener
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I judge, but not the person, more the life.

Based on what I see going through the cash, I wonder about their life.

If I see a man or woman with 2-3 bags of buns and hot dogs on a weekend (or Friday), I think birthday party! If I see it on a weekday, I think that it is too bad that they can't afford better food followed by I wonder if it is for an event.

If I see an elderly man with pre-packaged microwaveable frozen food, I think that it is too bad that he never learned how to cook healthily. Then I wonder if he still has his wife around and if she's healthy.

If I see a young(ish) guy with a cart full of meat and nothing else, I think about how much fun it must have been for his mother cooking when he was a kid. If he's very muscled, I wonder if he's also taking steroids.

As you can see, I get bored in the grocery line and start making up stories about the people around me based on what is in their cart.

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 13 Sep 2010 1:20 PM
 23 Feb 2008
 Kelowna, BC
FrostyPink
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Hahaha, Thanks to you guys I totally judged in the grocery line yesterday!! (eventhough it was just the express line)

And then I looked at my cart, and was like: "aw man.. I'm no better" tongueold

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 13 Sep 2010 8:30 PM
 3 Sep 2009
 Port Coquitlam, BC
short_bride
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I only judged once. There was a woman, and ALL she bought was diet coke and frozen weight watchers meals. That is soo not the way to lose weight!

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 13 Sep 2010 9:29 PM
 1 Jan 2010
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I judged a little today, but in a nice way. The girl behind me in line was buying bulk chocolate, yogurt, bananas and an avocado. She was also red-eyed, coughing, and in her sweatpants. I offered to let her go in front of us since she was clearly ill. She thought I was being nice, when mostly I just wanted her germs to get away from me ASAP! :S

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 14 Sep 2010 12:47 PM
 1 Sep 2008
springplant
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Nope I don't, and I don't because I buy all my veggies and fruit at the local farmers market so when I go do my actual grocery shopping there usually isn't any of that stuff. I would hate for people to judge me and think I don't eat any fruits or veggies so I try not to judge. You never know the different situations people are in.

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