In getting irritated with people who indirectly mock poor people?

(178 Posts)
dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 00:00:57

I have an acquaintance who constantly comments on how much she hates Iceland frozen food and how cheap it is and how disgusting it must be. It seems to be a running joke with her and all her friends. Acquaintance is well off and I can't help thinking her jokes are not funny and actually some people might need to buy the cheap food Iceland offers. AIBU?

SoleSource Wed 14-Nov-12 00:05:25

I do not shop there but the Christmas food advertised does not appeal to me either.

Poor people shop everywhere.

LucieMay Wed 14-Nov-12 00:06:10

Yanbu. Same way some people mock people buying the value ranges at supermarkets, with disgusted remarks and oh my gosh I only buy heinz/wouldn't feed my child that shit.

WorraLiberty Wed 14-Nov-12 00:07:24


Most people are just a redundancy away from much cheaper food that they wouldn't necessarily buy if they had more money.

Is she mocking though or just stating her disgust for it?

amarylisnightandday Wed 14-Nov-12 00:09:09

Yab a bit u. I don't think it's indirectly mocking poor people I think it's mocking a shop/marketing campaign. There were deprived groups before there were Iceland and primark etc (I mock primark - was looking for an equivalent example).

dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 00:10:15

I think a bit of both. I know lots of poor people don't shop there and are fabulous frugal cooks etc. But let's face it, they do not target the wealthy and well educated consumer.

Graciescotland Wed 14-Nov-12 00:10:40

They do have fairly crappy adverts, is it not just a reaction to the "all good mums go to iceland" bollocks that they come out with?

dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 00:12:35

I just think, mind your own. People buy it, so they must need it. She has posted things on FB before about people on benefits etc, so I think it's an extension of that.

Fozzleyplum Wed 14-Nov-12 00:16:33

She's probably just too concerned/impressed with her own comparative wealth. IME, people in that position often bang on about how they shop for food only at Waitrose and M&S. I find it vaguely pathetic, but I'd hope most people would see her snobbery for what it is.

dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 00:18:15

Yes, I know what you mean about the irritating ads. Maybe. But still, I hate that some people can't make ethical and healthy choices and might feel mocked for it.

I would mock Iceland because their advertising is just dreadful. That's not mocking poor people; it's mocking a brand image. And I don't shop there because I don't buy much frozen food; the food they usually feature in their ads looks pretty horrific generally.

I mock apple too, because their advertising/brand image is also ridiculous. I'm particularly amused by the current headphones one, where they point out that the headphones that they've been supplying for years (and charging a fortune for) are shit because they're the wrong shape for your ears. Good stuff apple. Despite this, I own far too many apple products.

MrsGrieves Wed 14-Nov-12 00:19:41

Is she mocking poor people? Or just those that buy ready made frozen food from Iceland? She sounds like a bit of a knob tbh, but some of the food they sell is minging and some delicious.

Tbf though the frozen ready made crap from Tesco and M&S, Waitrose is just as bad.

We used to do a full weeks shop in Iceland because I could never be farted with online shopping, I honestly wonder how we did it, because there isn't a great deal of choice.

Still buy stuff from there, the greggs stuff is marvellous as are the pizzas and frozen lasagne.

If she is just mocking the food and not people who shop there then I take back my knob comment, it's fair game. Also Iceland is not really that cheap tbh, some things are, but Tesco/Asda value is usually cheaper.

WorraLiberty Wed 14-Nov-12 00:20:43

Do you pull her up on it?

dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 00:21:59

I'm tempted to. It's mainly on FB she does it.

You can't really complain about people mocking a crappy brand image, just in case some people might feel bad about making poorer or less ethical food choices. You can buy equally poor and unethical food in sainsbos, and their advertising is all irritating nostalgia for the middle classes.

Has anyone noticed how similar sainsbos adverts are to Rice Krispies adverts at the moment?

WorraLiberty Wed 14-Nov-12 00:23:56

Well if she's only an acquaintance, you might as well.

If she blocks you, it doesn't sound as though it's going to be a particular loss.

dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 00:25:01

I just don't see how you can make such a fuss about the food without also casting aspersions on those who buy it. She is a dreadful snob.

dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 00:27:34

I have to see her everyday and it could be awkward for the dc(school) so not worth it. She has made comments to me before, like: 'a career isn't for everyone,' when I left my job to go self employed. She just isn't v nice.

Well she may be an arse, but there is still plenty of crap food featured in Iceland advertising that deserves to be mocked, purely for the amazingly crap way they present it. I always think, 'if a food stylist could only achieve that for an advert, imagine what it actually looks like when you take it out the box at home'.

I also think that about McD's advertising. The burgers look badly thrown together, which means it'll look like slop spread all over the box if you actually buy one. That said, the happy meal advertising is from the same irritating middle class nostalgia school of advertising that sainsbos and race krispies are so fond of right now. I think they all use the same filter in post-production.

Fozzleyplum Wed 14-Nov-12 00:38:15

I'd just leave her to it. No doubt if she starts spouting this sort of opinion outside of Facebook, someone will headbutt her put her right. Oh, and I'd unfriend her on Facebook.

CaliforniaLeaving Wed 14-Nov-12 01:36:14

She's an idiot and a snob. She may well find herself in need one day.
I used shop iceland once a month to stock up when I was living in UK. Not everything they sell is crap, I bought lots of frozen veg and Ds loved the Plaice when he was little, and was such a fussy eater I used to give him that fish a couple times a week. We never bought the frozen pizzas or any ready made meals/food as that is a bit crap for you no matter where it's from.

nokidshere Wed 14-Nov-12 02:25:35

I'm not poor and I buy stuff from Iceland (when I can be bothered to make the trek) frozen veg is frozen veg wherever you buy it from so it might as well be cheap! And my boys tell me that the pizzas are the best frozen ones they have had.... So £3.49 in the big chains and £1 in Iceland? No contest!

I'd ignore your friend to be honest If she wants to be a snob that's her prerogative.

nokidshere, i was just drooling thinking about their veggie £1 pizza smile

haven't had one in years as i no longer live beside an iceland

don't call me hon, can you just hide her news feed?

midseasonsale Wed 14-Nov-12 05:32:47

well I dislike all processed crap food! I don't care if it is from Iceland, Tescos or Waitrose.

Latara Wed 14-Nov-12 05:57:50


Some of Iceland's food is actually very nice & good value too. A lot of frozen food is healthy - especially fruit'n'veg as it's frozen when picked, therefore leaving the goodness in it.

maddening Wed 14-Nov-12 06:51:14

Are we allowed to mock Harrods or would rich folk be offended?

mrskeithrichards Wed 14-Nov-12 07:33:14

It was a magnificent day when I realised iceland sold Greggs sausage rolls.

mrskeithrichards Wed 14-Nov-12 07:34:11

I do think in general though the food is shit and don't understand how people can shop for the week there, poor or not!

usualsuspect3 Wed 14-Nov-12 07:37:53

If people want to pay more for their food because it's beneath them to shop in Iceland, that makes them a mug as well as a snob.

SoupDragon Wed 14-Nov-12 07:39:04

YABU. People get mocked for shopping at Waitrose too.

MotherfuckingMorrisMan Wed 14-Nov-12 07:40:31

I started a thread some time ago about Icealnd as, frankly, some of the food they sell is revolting looking. Kebab pizzas, big boxes of frozen sandwich platters, vagina looking canapes.

But - I go in there once a month or so to buy some stuff, as a lot is ridiculously cheap, especially basics like butter, bin bags, detergent etc.

Your friend sounds horrible, but I don't think it is necessarily snobby to take the piss out of nasty looking frozen food.

Iceland's adverts don't help.

lovebunny Wed 14-Nov-12 07:51:03

i use a pet forum where some contributors are able to provide accommodation for their animals that is better than a lot of people's homes! however, when anyone asks for money-saving tips, it becomes clear that the majority are on very tight budgets. no-one mocks at all. i think you just have an unpleasant person as a friend.

Whatnowffs Wed 14-Nov-12 07:56:03

I'm pretty hard up, broke in fact. I have TRIED to shop in iceland, but i just can't find anything in there we want to eat and the non-frozen stuff is more expensive than ASDA. I wonder if it is because there are only three of us, if i were catering for 6 i might find the place more useful.

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Wed 14-Nov-12 07:57:37

Anyone who 'constantly comments' on something that has no effect on their lives is dull and boring.

But I'd agree that Iceland (especially own brand) food is a bit crap.

Whatnowffs Wed 14-Nov-12 07:58:34

I would be more hmm about someone who did their weekly shop at waitrose though, i mean, who in their right mind goes and pays more for the SAME item just because its in NIACE shops.

Whatnowoffs - I get a lot of shopping from Waitrose (ocado) as they automatically price match Tesco so its no dearer.

usualsuspect3 Wed 14-Nov-12 08:03:58

It wasn't so long ago that people took the piss if you shopped in Aldi or Lidl,Now they seem to be the in place to shop

FellatioNelson Wed 14-Nov-12 08:08:51

She is not mocking poor people, she is mocking crap processed food for lazy people, and perhaps she is also mocking lazy people who refuse to learn to cook wholesome food from cheap ingredients.

If you make the link that people who can't/don't/won't cook are all poor then that's your problem - not hers.

OldMumsy Wed 14-Nov-12 08:10:36

dontcallmehon it sounds like you don't like her much so why not just defriend her rather than going into battle for a load of hypothetical 'mocked' poor people?

ihavenofuckingclue Wed 14-Nov-12 08:11:14

I don't shop at Iceland and their adverts piss me off and shock horror I make fun of it. Making fun of a brand is not making fun of the people who use it.

As an aside I do not like and will not buy any apple products. Doesn't mean I am mocking those who do.

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Wed 14-Nov-12 08:13:37

We have a Waitrose within walking distance. I realise that with some' not all, things that it is more expensive, but then if I shop there I save myself petrol money from driving the 15-25 minutes to any of the other stores.

usualsuspect3 Wed 14-Nov-12 08:13:39

Obviously all the WWaitrose shoppers never buy ready meals or frozen food...

fluffygal Wed 14-Nov-12 08:15:27

Hmm I live next to a Waitrose and find it ridiculously expensive, I never understand how or why anyone shops there. Even their value range is too expensive.

Pagwatch Wed 14-Nov-12 08:16:23

So it's not 'people' mocking poor people at all. It is one person.

You have a friend who apparently is an arse.
You don't like her but can't block her. She talks about people who shop at Iceland all the time - which frankly sounds bizarre. If anyone I knew kept posting about frozen food and linking it to the poor people who buy it I would have concerns about them. But I would certainly hide her news feed.

But I think Iceland is shite simply because of the adverts. Z lists celebrities being presented as good mums because they can occasionally heat up a platter of food the colour of a runny bowel movement is irritating to me.

Your op is chippy nonsense.

Whatnowffs Wed 14-Nov-12 08:16:42

But outraged i bet Freddos are really expensive in waitrose! wink

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Wed 14-Nov-12 08:17:27

They are! They do bargain Freddos in Iceland!

KinkyDorito Wed 14-Nov-12 08:21:31

She is missing out on Baileys Profiterole Gateau.

I can't go in there now for fear I will buy a dozen of them.

SoupDragon Wed 14-Nov-12 08:23:34

I would be more about someone who did their weekly shop at waitrose though, i mean, who in their right mind goes and pays more for the SAME item just because its in NIACE shops.

That makes you just as mean and narrow minded as the person in the OP then doesn't it?

MrsDeVere Wed 14-Nov-12 08:24:28

Just file 'not buying in Iceland' under Weird Things to be Smug About.

And pity the fewl who needs to constantly boost their own self esteem by telling ransoms where they wouldnt shop.

dysfunctionalme Wed 14-Nov-12 08:38:35

I think the fact that she posts about Iceland on Facebook is quite tragic. Does she in fact have a life? Definitely not someone you would be wanting to spend time or energy on.

Mrsjay Wed 14-Nov-12 08:41:01

I find the whole food shop snobbery a bit confusing and amusing at the same time snooty people make me laugh cos they are really showing themselves up as being complete twats.

who cares who shops where I do think your friend is so far up her own bum and should be mocked for being such a loon, saying that i saw the iceland lasange squares advertised and thought ewwwww no that is just wrong.

I used to be piss poor and didnt shop at iceland poor people are everywhere and they shop everywhere,

Saski Wed 14-Nov-12 08:48:10

I don't think there's any "good" reason to make fun of people for what they eat, but certainly there's poor people who cook good, wholesome food for their kids. I think it's pretty shite to feed your kids a steady diet of frozen Iceland food. Buy a bag of frozen chicken breast, some lentils, some brown rice, a some herbs and spices and head to the market for fruit and veg.

dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 08:49:44

It is an odd thing to be smug about. I honestly don't care what other people feed their kids, bar neglect of course.

stubbornstains Wed 14-Nov-12 08:56:33

I'm poor. And I'd never shop at Iceland. Overprocessed shite. Much cheaper to buy staples and cook from scratch.

Mrsjay Wed 14-Nov-12 09:00:39

It is an odd thing to be smug about. I honestly don't care what other people feed their kids, bar neglect of course.

It is a strange one to be smug about eh, yet people do it all the time hmm

MotherfuckingMorrisMan Wed 14-Nov-12 09:09:30

I wonder if it is a UK thing.

I wonder if people in France look down on the plebs who shop in Casino, or whatever.

Mrsjay Wed 14-Nov-12 09:11:52

OH i dunno dont the french go to the markets daily and buy local kill their own pigs grin I am sure they don't the supermarkets when i go when on holiday are always packed with french people doing their weekly shop,

MotherfuckingMorrisMan Wed 14-Nov-12 09:14:35

And the French supermarkets have nearly as much processed shite as Uk supermarkets now, imo.

And bizarre jars of grey peas.

I love foreign supermarkets. It is the highlight of a holiday looking at all that unusual food. loser

MotherfuckingMorrisMan Wed 14-Nov-12 09:15:17

DD made me laugh when we went to a French rural market, she thought the cages of chickens and bunny rabbits were being sold as pets. grin

FreudiansSlipper Wed 14-Nov-12 09:19:07

you see and hear this all the time mn is full of it

best to remember it is about them wanting to impress others rather than looking down on others is laughable really who really cares where others get their shopping

IneedAsockamnesty Wed 14-Nov-12 09:26:46

Weren't Iceland the first food chain shop to go gm free on own brand food and used to only stock organic baby food jars?

MotherfuckingMorrisMan Wed 14-Nov-12 09:27:44

I don't judge those people who buy pre packaged shit either.

When I was young and skint I couldn't cook either, I lived on 'orrible stuff like 99p admiral pies and cauliflower cheese grills, because I couldn't cook anyway. Oh well I was 16.

MotherfuckingMorrisMan Wed 14-Nov-12 09:28:46

Yes iirc they were the first to do organic frozen veg, years ago and well before anyone else got on the bandwagon.

pictish Wed 14-Nov-12 09:31:26

Well...I'm skinto to the max, and I wouldn't shop there either.

No-one HAS to shop at Iceland because they are poor. I don't. It mings.

TheREALPeachActiviaMinge Wed 14-Nov-12 09:33:51

She is a fool.

Their prawn ring is proper posh.

whiteandyelloworchid Wed 14-Nov-12 09:35:00


but how do iceland manage to mae there food look soooo badin the adverts.

IneedAsockamnesty Wed 14-Nov-12 09:38:32

Confession time but crappy admirals pie is a guilty pleasure of mine, I have no idea why but even when I was little I would pinch them from a friend ( with permission ) she would even burn a fish finger to make it hard enough to dip through the mash.

The woman was a genius and bloody wonderful with it.

Was married to a very interesting q type of chap who made spy gadgets during the war, I have very fond memories of sitting at her table whilst he thought me how to hide maps in sugared almonds that could be read when peed on whilst she gave me the pie. Obviously no pee was at the table.

MotherfuckingMorrisMan Wed 14-Nov-12 09:49:12

That is hilarious! I like the idea of the burnt fishfinger dipper.

Pissing on sugared almonds!

Mrsjay Wed 14-Nov-12 09:51:17

I do like their PLATTER food though just not lasange squares who thought that was a tasty nibble

MotherfuckingMorrisMan Wed 14-Nov-12 09:52:13

Those lasagne squares look ghastly. I can't imagine why anyone agreed that would be a good idea.

TheREALPeachActiviaMinge Wed 14-Nov-12 09:53:44
pictish Wed 14-Nov-12 09:56:29

peach - heh heh! grin

I think that about sums it up nicely.

IneedAsockamnesty Wed 14-Nov-12 09:57:12

They were possibly the most amazing people I ever met, the inventions he used to come up with we're brilliant, one of my most treasured possessions is the boxed set of signed books he wrote and a biography another author wrote about him.

She was even more brilliantly clever than him.the fish finger dippers are legendary in our family now.

MulledWineOnTheBusLady Wed 14-Nov-12 10:37:44

I mock a lot of crap, processed food that I nonetheless consume like a hog from time to time (Sara Lee's Double Chocolate Gateau, step forward). Crap, processed food deserves to be mocked, whether it's cheap or not (and it usually isn't, no matter where it's from).

If she's assuming all cheap food must be crap, then obviously she is missing out on, er, vegetables. But I don't know whether that really is her assumption, or yours about her.

ihavenofuckingclue Wed 14-Nov-12 10:40:12

But still, I hate that some people can't make ethical and healthy choices and might feel mocked for it.

Do you not think this is mocking them? They shop at Iceland so must be uneducated?

dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 11:19:07

I didn't say that Ihavenot. But I think if you were able to afford healthy food and educated about the benefits of good nutrition then you might well choose to shop elsewhere. I don't know. Whatever someone's reasons for shopping in a particular supermarket it is their choice. It is ridiculous to suggest that I am mocking anyone, as clearly that is not my intention.

dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 11:20:10

grin at posh prawn rings.

Nancy66 Wed 14-Nov-12 11:22:10

Their party food is shit though. By the time it's thawed out it's just tasteless mush....

I don't care, we have one 5 mins up the road from us and they sell boxes of wispa ice cream bars for a £1 (pg craving)

I buy their frozen veg and the occasional frozen pizza. They usually have good deals on their cheese too.

CalmingMiranda Wed 14-Nov-12 11:27:18

She is stupid and a snob.

Some Iceland stuff is excellent. I used to buy a particular ice cream that was much better (in a 'sophisticated' sense) than the M&S equivalent. meanwhile, look how often Waitrose and M&S products come out last or with few stars in those blind tastings in the Observer food supplement.

Iceland also treat their staff very well.

Shop there or not as you choose, but how insecure and desparate must you be to want to be snide about which checkout people queue at?

CalmingMiranda Wed 14-Nov-12 11:28:48

Weren't Iceland the first food chain shop to go gm free on own brand food and used to only stock organic baby food jars?


dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 11:42:59

I wouldn't say I was 'going into battle' OldMumsy. Just having a rant on Mumsnet. That's what Mumsnet is for wink.

SoleSource Wed 14-Nov-12 12:16:38

You and your friend are an excellent match.

OldMumsy Wed 14-Nov-12 12:19:04


*But still, I hate that some people can't make ethical and healthy choices and might feel mocked for it.*

Do you not think this is mocking them? They shop at Iceland so must be uneducated?

PMSL, recursive mocking!!!

OldMumsy Wed 14-Nov-12 12:20:34

dontcallmehon I was mocking the mocking of the mocking.

OldMumsy Wed 14-Nov-12 12:20:41

I think.

dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 12:23:01

Ok SoleSource - not sure what you mean. I'm not trying to be offensive but nevermind.

dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 12:24:00

Maybe I'm coming across badly in text.

ihavenofuckingclue Wed 14-Nov-12 12:54:10

I am really confused now mumsy. grin

ihavenofuckingclue Wed 14-Nov-12 12:57:00

so do you feel they are being mocked because they are poor or uneducated?

laughtergoodmedicine Wed 14-Nov-12 13:01:15

Some people do feel uncomfortable with poor people. And will mock them.
I think the poor need a better deal. And the rich have got too good a deal.

shesariver Wed 14-Nov-12 13:08:03

mothermorrisman I love foreign supermarkets to, a highlight is going into all thedifferent French ones to bring different reusuable bags home, yep well sad!
I wonder what the hierarchy there is, because yes there is definately one in this country. Thought Casino would be up near the top, Intermarche not so much grin

boomting Wed 14-Nov-12 13:11:37

On the flip side, I've been on the receiving end of jokes about being "posh".

The irony is that I know for a fact the people making those jokes have families who are in a much better position than mine.

Ragwort Wed 14-Nov-12 13:17:44

There is huge snobbish at wherever we shop, and even on Mumsnet there are lots of smug PA comments about all sorts of brands.

Your friend just doesn't sound very nice at all.

Personally I like to go to both Waitrose and Iceland, both have good products on sale grin and are near to each other locally !

Fakebook Wed 14-Nov-12 13:21:33

What the hell is wrong with Iceland? I don't buy frozen meaty food from there but their frozen vegetables and chips are great. I also buy kingsmill bread from there because its cheapest. Hmm...they have excellent deals on fruit, and I once bought a 48 pack of weetabix for £1.50. That's flipping cheap. Infact a lot of branded goods are much cheaper in iceland than some other shops.

EuroShagmore Wed 14-Nov-12 13:22:46

I have been known to make disparaging comments about cr@p processed food. It's not snobbery against poor people. It's dislike of nasty processed cr@p, wherever it is bought. I have been extremely hard up and managed to feed myself with cheap, fresh, ingredients.

Fakebook Wed 14-Nov-12 13:28:40

Oh I just remembered how snobby people can get about supermarkets.

We used to a have a Friday cake day at my last job and the rich big shots who worked in sales used to bring in about 2 packets of biscuits and a cake from waitrose for £10 for 20 people in the company. When someone used to go to tesco or sainsburys, we'd have cakes and biscuits that lasted until the following Friday

The company accountant used to pay us back the £10. Once I went to asda instead of waitrose or m&s and she actually said to me "oh ASDA, that's a cheap shop isn't it"

I felt so humiliated!

Furoshika Wed 14-Nov-12 13:31:16

Food is always up for mockery. It's a very emotional subject.
But objectively, Iceland prawn rings do look kind of crap (have never eaten a posh prawn ring either).

FunnysInLaJardin Wed 14-Nov-12 13:34:36

sounds like an appaling snob to me

LucilleBluth Wed 14-Nov-12 13:40:58

I haven't stepped foot in an Iceland store for years, only because I'm lazy and get pretty much everything from Sainsbury's......that's also because I'm lazy and can't be arsed to fight the traffic across town to get to Asda.

I did laugh last year though when DH and DS's 1 & 2 returned from a trip to the cinema ladened with Iceland bags full of those Shrimp and Chip party cones......the advertising had obviously worked on them big time.

MotherfuckingMorrisMan Wed 14-Nov-12 14:22:04

I am glad I am not the only foreign supermarket geek. There isn't much variety in the bit of France I go to (middle of nowhere in a non-touritsy spot) - it is either Casino or a bizarre place called Shopi.

And now I want a great big bag of dijon flavoured crisps, sold in bags as big as a santa sack. [Grin]

Pagwatch Wed 14-Nov-12 14:26:56

I love shopi!

They used to have a song ' c'est le shop-shop-shopi'
I fell out with mil massively once when she got irritated about my I going along noisily. The last line is 'Moins cher' and you have to sing it really low..

IsabelleRinging Wed 14-Nov-12 14:31:02

That horrible party food on the Iceland adverts looks horrid.

Being poor wouldn't make me buy it.

It is not exclusive to being poor either- my MIL buys it and thinks it's great and she's not poor.

Some people just haven't got taste.

ihavenofuckingclue Wed 14-Nov-12 14:50:17

oh ASDA, that's a cheap shop isn't it" I felt so humiliated!


Whatnowffs Wed 14-Nov-12 14:56:58

LMAO at ASDA humiliation smile Tis full of chavs and students, but i shop there every week (i have enough chav and student credentials to get past the friendly scary greeter who stands in the doorway trying to flog me four muffins for a quid). It is regularly £30-£40 cheaper than tesco on my weekly shop to feed three. So Tesco shop tends to be between £80 and £100 with me being careful. ASDA never more than £60, even with alcohol and cleaning products which always push the price up. The only thing i find irritating about ASDA is having to search out the own brand stuff.

CogitoErgoSometimes Wed 14-Nov-12 15:04:52

YANBU but the word you're looking for is 'snob'.... very common <looks left and right quickly> even on MN.....

drivinmecrazy Wed 14-Nov-12 15:11:36

My Mum is, ir used to be, the biggest shopping snob ever to walk the earth. Now she lives in Spain, her and friends have afternoons out to visit Iceland, likewise Lidl. It transpires there are many things she can only buy there, such as CoffeeMate (she got into it when it was nigh on impossible to but fresh milk in her rural area) Also Branston Pickle. I could NEVER envisage her shopping at these places in the UK but her freezer is full of their stuff.
Just goes to show it's not only the poor who shop at these places (she's certainly not in the 'poor' category by any stretch of the imagination).
I, on the other hand, loathe the place and can never understand how their stuff is so cheap. Wish I could get over my 'snobbish' attitude to such places cos am sure we would be significantly better off!!

Mrsjay Wed 14-Nov-12 15:21:28

love foreign supermarkets. It is the highlight of a holiday looking at all that unusual food

first time in france and int he supermarket my then 4yr old was watching the lobsters for ages I think she thought she was at an aquarium grin

Fakebook Wed 14-Nov-12 15:44:40

Yes, really! She was a very abrupt and rude woman.

MrsDeVere Wed 14-Nov-12 15:51:17

When I was skinter than I am now I used to go to Iceland because they didnt charge extra for their organic veg.
As well as the orocessed crap (btw even waitrose sells processed crap) they sell all the usual frozen veg.

If I am honest, it was Kerry K who put me right off shopping there.

ihavenofuckingclue Wed 14-Nov-12 15:51:57

She sounds like a bitch.

I love getting stuff cheap. I got a compliment on some earrings the other night. I was really happy. They cost me $1.50 when I was in the US last year.

Do these people realise that the brandes companies make the branded own brands as well?

I would have told her that as well. I can't believe how rude some people are.

I have never come across supermarket snobbery.

dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 15:53:20

I shop at ASDA every week. Have never noticed any difference - other than the price.

Ephiny Wed 14-Nov-12 15:55:18

I probably would find it a bit annoying and snobbish if someone kept going on about it.

How does hating Iceland even come up in conversation on a regular basis though? confused

cantspel Wed 14-Nov-12 15:58:37

A new asda opened last week just up the road from me.

For years the local residents have fought against it but it has been packed out everyday since opening.

I went late on saturday and it was still heaving with shoppers. I managed to get 5 packs of chicken breasts , a pack of 2 beef wellington and a pack of salmon fish cakes all reduced to 20p each.

usualsuspect3 Wed 14-Nov-12 16:11:12

Asda is full of ordinary folk doing their shopping, not chavs and student.

usualsuspect3 Wed 14-Nov-12 16:12:07


cantspel Wed 14-Nov-12 16:17:19

I am neither a chav or a student but i dont care if the terminally stuck up think that asda is beneath them as it leaves more bargains for me.

usualsuspect3 Wed 14-Nov-12 16:22:48

True, cantspel

No skin of my nose if they want to buy their processed crap from Waitrose grin

IneedAsockamnesty Wed 14-Nov-12 16:29:31

They used to have a song ' c'est le shop-shop-shopi'
I fell out with mil massively once when she got irritated about my I going along noisily. The last line is 'Moins cher' and you have to sing it really low..

This has with out a doubt got to be the best post ever

Whatnowffs Wed 14-Nov-12 16:33:01

Errr, i was joking, i am probably he chavviest person i know, and i am an eternal student!

Saying that, in the past month i have twice seen people shopping in asda in their PJs! I love asda

joanbyers Wed 14-Nov-12 16:46:08

Some of the Iceland snobbery is horrendous, just look at this for example:

Do people really give a bendy fuck where other people shop?

usualsuspect3 Wed 14-Nov-12 16:52:14

On MN they do, yes

Whatnowffs Wed 14-Nov-12 16:52:45

oh dear joan - i did try not to laugh, but you know that embarrasin laugh you do when its totally inappropriate to do so, i just did that - right out loud!! There were a couple of aspects of it that were totally out of order though, so am berating myself for laughing!

usualsuspect3 Wed 14-Nov-12 16:53:33

That clip was racist as well as not funny.

Whatnowffs Wed 14-Nov-12 16:55:08

not sure about racist, i know the bit you mean unsual and that did cause a sharp intake of breath and a hmm face but i think its more like it is saying "if you shop at iceland you are racist" which i am not sure is any better tbh.

Crinkle77 Wed 14-Nov-12 16:58:01

The problem is that some peopledon't seem to realise that you can cook food from scratch relatively cheaply even if you are on a budget. The frozen stuff that is available in any store is poor quality rubbish. It may be cheap but often the portion sizes are really small and don't have any nutritional value. Someone I knows gets the family size frozen lasagna and there is hardly any meat or veg in it. It's just all sauce and pasts

Marzipanface Wed 14-Nov-12 17:01:33

* Worra - Most people are just a redundancy away from much cheaper food that they wouldn't necessarily buy if they had more money.*

Me - I buy value ranges now because I don't have a choice now. Some of them are nice, some not that nice.

I get this snobbery from friends and family. A relative came to stay with us recently and was amazed and disparaging at all the value brands in the cupboard, however by the end of the week, he was practically converted.

Whatnowffs Wed 14-Nov-12 17:04:09

Marzi - i had this with a woman at the school once, i was raving on about tesco tomato ketchup 23p! Bargain, and i now prefer it tot heinz which is too twangy, the same for their beans, if i win the lottery i still wont buy it, i dont like it! She actually said wiht a cats bum face "oh, i don't think i could possibly give that to my children" righto then!

Fakebook Wed 14-Nov-12 17:05:09

Our "local" asda is in a village on the outskirts of our city. There is a university campus about a mile up the road, so there are loads of students and generally old people in there all the time.

joanbyers Wed 14-Nov-12 17:07:08
usualsuspect3 Wed 14-Nov-12 17:07:30

I'm in the old person category grin

Marzipanface Wed 14-Nov-12 17:12:23

I think you just need to pick your brands. To be honest, even when we had a lot more money, I used to buy Tesco value baby wipes and peanut butter. If it tastes nice, what is the problem?

(9p for a packet of Tesco Baby Wipes? I was only going to use them to wipe off bogies and food from DD's face! Sadly they are not 9p anymore but at the time I used to laugh at the other mummies spending nearly 3 quid on wipes)

Marzipanface Wed 14-Nov-12 17:15:00

And while I am at it...

I only started shopping at Asda a year ago, simply because it was the nearest supermarket. Prior to that it was Tesco and Waitrose.

I had no idea it has a 'reputation', and have only heard about this on Mumsnet!

usualsuspect3 Wed 14-Nov-12 17:16:22

It hasn't got a reputation in RL.

Well no one I know in RL gives a toss where any one shops TBH.

Whatnowffs Wed 14-Nov-12 17:24:04

wonders if fakebook lives near me! Does this particular ASDA have dreadful accoustics? i coudlnt shop there for years as you can hear EVERY single screaming child over the piped music, and there was a mental mooing cow thing - it literally frayed my nerves! I can shop there now, but i have to be in the right frame of mind. I now cannot abide tesco as it is too big and you have to look at loads of expensive shite before you get to the stuff you like. I have never stepped foot in waitrose, hate morrisons.

Whatnowffs Wed 14-Nov-12 17:26:12

Joan that vile McKeith woman bought her "doctorate" off the internet! just saying - as you were!

germyrabbit Wed 14-Nov-12 17:26:47

blimey this subject appears on mn at least once every fortnight now.

usualsuspect3 Wed 14-Nov-12 17:27:42

My kids used to love the mooing cow thing in Asda. There was a chicken one as well and a free coffee machine.

Ragwort Wed 14-Nov-12 17:30:21

Cantspel - that always amuses me whenever there is a campaign against a new supermarket opening, all the locals say 'no one will ever use it', 'we don't need it' - yet inevtably they are always packed out grin.

It was only a few years ago that everyone turned their noses up at Aldi and Lidl - now they are practically the new Waitrose wink.

OwlLady Wed 14-Nov-12 17:31:40

I might get this deleted afterwards, but I worked as a manager for iceland in retail and I served someone, very recently in the one I was working at who is actually a presenter on a bbc program grin you gets all sorts of people shopping in there

MotherfuckingMorrisMan Wed 14-Nov-12 17:32:15

I think most people in life are just normal and go to the nearest supermarket to them.

I am fortunate that I live in a city with all the supermarkets within spitting distance (apart from Waitrose, but who cares). So I just go to the one nearest me, or one which is convenient on my way to somewhere a fucking lot more interesting! The only one I avoid is Morrisons because I irrationally get annoyed by the STUPID pretend market theme, we are not kids, we are adults, we know we are not in a farmer's market, don't dress the shop up like Play School.

I too love pag's post about the MIL fall out and the French jingle. grin

Marzipanface Wed 14-Nov-12 17:35:26

Ah so the reputation only exists on here then.

OwlLady Wed 14-Nov-12 17:36:30

oh I like the Morrisons market theme blush The one at festival park in Stoke on Trent used to be an ABSOLUTE favourite of mine (we are going back over a decade ago though) but I used to look forward to going shopping shock and I used to nearly wet myself with excitement

joanbyers Wed 14-Nov-12 17:47:02

I love the Morrisons market theme, and more to the point that they sell so many things you can't buy in Asda, Tesco or indeed Waitrose

OwlLady Wed 14-Nov-12 17:49:12

like game pie and venison meatbals wink

joanbyers Wed 14-Nov-12 17:57:47

I was thinking things like fresh turmeric, fresh yeast, galangal, baby pineapples, and so on.

OwlLady Wed 14-Nov-12 18:07:29

ohh I have never seen baby pineapples before

joanbyers Wed 14-Nov-12 18:08:12

I saw them in Selfridges priced at £5.

£1.99 in Morrisons.

Exact same thing.

OwlLady Wed 14-Nov-12 18:13:07

The fruit, veg and meat is amazing value in there for the quality I find. I like the bakery too but try to avoid it <lardy>

MotherfuckingMorrisMan Wed 14-Nov-12 18:16:16

Round here the treasure trove for unusual food is Asda, it also has a brilliant ethnic food section which is as cheap as anything. It's great. I don't really like a lot of Asda brand food, but they sell a wide range of all sorts and it is as cheap as anything.

MotherfuckingMorrisMan Wed 14-Nov-12 18:16:47

Cheap as anything twice?

How articulate I am. grin

OwlLady Wed 14-Nov-12 18:18:54

ours closest asda is quite overwhelming (milton keynes) and you lose about half a stone walking from end to the other

amothersplaceisinthewrong Wed 14-Nov-12 18:20:39

I go to Waitrose mainly because it is the nearest supermarket to me - although I do love it! . Asda is 9 miles away and a Tesco of any size is also 8 miles away. There is a Sainsburies but the parking is such a nightmare I can't be bothered.

I did last year try out some Iceland Xmas nibbles as an experiment. It is not one I will be repeating.

cantspel Wed 14-Nov-12 18:23:15

christmas wouldn't be christmas without some icelands mini pavlovas

usualsuspect3 Wed 14-Nov-12 18:33:18

I always go in Iceland on Christmas eve to buy the stuff I forgot to buy in Asda. Its a tradition. I usually end up buying a massive trifle and a yule log grin

MotherfuckingMorrisMan Wed 14-Nov-12 18:37:31

Has anyone eaten a whole one of those family trifles out of the plastic container whilst sitting on the sofa and mindlessly watching terrible telly?

Or is that just me?

IneedAsockamnesty Wed 14-Nov-12 18:44:50

Motherfucking I have no idea what your talking about

MotherfuckingMorrisMan Wed 14-Nov-12 18:50:05


Whatnowffs Wed 14-Nov-12 19:04:03

Do people actually DO that? i thought it was just me

IneedAsockamnesty Wed 14-Nov-12 19:05:40

Shussss it's just urban legend

Whatnowffs Wed 14-Nov-12 19:08:41

Some people, so i've been told, go to ASDA and buy one of those value packs of creme caramels (four in a pack) for 45p, then stand at the fridge and trough the whole pack! Can you imagine!!!!!

Fakebook Wed 14-Nov-12 19:13:01

I've never noticed the cow mooing thing, as these days I only go in there once a year before Dd's birthday to buy home baking things. The village name begins with W if that means anything to you!

Motherfucking, I've eaten half of one. It was a Co-Op one. It's the only shop bought dessert DH will eat.

usualsuspect3 Wed 14-Nov-12 19:23:57

The cow mooing thing is no more sad

MotherfuckingMorrisMan Wed 14-Nov-12 19:25:02

Those small individual trifles are just too paltry and pathetic to bother with.

It's like pringles. You start eating a few and then you look down and, bugger, it's all gone.

IneedAsockamnesty Wed 14-Nov-12 19:32:10

No they don't stop telling lies grin

Adversecamber Wed 14-Nov-12 19:33:32

Havering read this thread the thing I am taking away is that you can buy baileys profiteroles gateaux in Iceland.

Your friend just doesn't sound very interesting or nice.

usualsuspect3 Wed 14-Nov-12 19:37:50

Those individual trifles are a waste of time,but you can get 3 for a quid in Iceland so it's all good.

Mrsjay Wed 14-Nov-12 19:44:18

Has anyone eaten a whole one of those family trifles out of the plastic container whilst sitting on the sofa and mindlessly watching terrible telly?

no never ever ever blush

Morrisons trifle is to die for I run into the corner like gollum and scoff it

dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 20:32:33

I love Morrisons. I'm not a fan of trifle unless it is homemade and laced with copious alcohol though.

MrsDeVere Wed 14-Nov-12 20:35:50

I just ate a whole tub of ben and jerrys

But it was from the Co op.

dontcallmehon Wed 14-Nov-12 20:37:57

That's very ethical of you MrsDeVere. And delicious, I expect.

MrsDeVere Wed 14-Nov-12 21:03:23

I feel a bit sick...

stephrick Wed 14-Nov-12 21:22:20

Well i'm poor, but I won't shop at Iceland, it's crap, and small portions, just because you don't have much money does not mean you have to buy processed rubbish. I don't think your'e friend was making a big statement on the less fortunate more on the quality.

Mousefunk Thu 15-Nov-12 00:18:09

I'm a shameless food snob. People saying 'whats the difference between own brand&big brand', well a lot of the time big brands have less sugar&salt content than own brand not to mention the fact big brands taste 10x better.

I'm a super picky eater, always have been. I have to have food cooked to a certain level otherwise I can't eat it.. I'm just peculiar like that. I'm honestly yet to find something own brand that tastes as good, or better, than big brand... Just isn't the same, and no that isn't my own snobbery it just genuinely isn't as good.

Iceland was good when I first left home unable to cook but now none of it would really appeal to me. We don't really do frozen stuff, bit of quorn here and there I guess (Do Iceland do Quorn now?!). Imo cooking from scratch doesn't have to be expensive and probably works out cheaper than frozen stuff anyway.

IneedAsockamnesty Thu 15-Nov-12 00:27:55

Mouse but what about the none branded stuff that is made by the same company that's making the brands in the same place and the only difference is the package?

joanbyers Thu 15-Nov-12 01:10:25

Surely if you were a food snob you'd make your own? confused

What products are we talking about here?

Loveweekends10 Thu 15-Nov-12 04:48:32

Just tell her she is coming across as a twat. End of!

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