To wonder if I'm allowed to shop in Waitrose?

(160 Posts)
ohmymimi Mon 18-Nov-13 14:30:47

One is opening nearby. I'm probably slightly lower middle class, I have ordered on-line from John Lewis, though, and I've never shopped in my pyjamas without a jumper and jeans on top.

CocacolaMum Mon 18-Nov-13 14:33:02

Absolutely (if not just because it keeps you out of Aldi so I can avoid the queues formed recently because some idiot said that all the posh people now shop there.. so now they do..)

TiggyD Mon 18-Nov-13 14:42:54

If you're upper lower middle class like me you are allowed to shop in Waitrose if it's nearby or just for a few special things. I'm afraid you can't main shop there. Sorry. Sainsburys or lower for the likes of us.

Do you value good food? Do you keep your children under control while shopping? If so, yes!

Punkatheart Mon 18-Nov-13 14:53:07

I have cancer, a runaway partner and a daughter with mental health issues. My life is awful. I go to Waitrose, have a free coffee and a paper - pick up a few bargains (yes, I am a VERY good shopper and can spot 'em a mile away), have the staff chat to me and then I go home, having food in the fridge - to sleep for some of the afternoon.

Waitrose makes me happy and I have very little else that does so yes, I would encourage you to shop there.

lookatmybutt Mon 18-Nov-13 15:05:32

Sorry, you can't. They have one of those things sort of like those trolley lock up devices you get at some supermarkets, except it's to prevent poorer people getting in rather than trollies getting out wink

What's up with Waitrose, anyway? A couple of Christmases ago you could buy an ostrich egg but no artichokes. Overrated in my opinion.

I'm poor, btw, and didn't want to spend £40 making the world's biggest omelette.

TiggyD Mon 18-Nov-13 15:08:14

I believe machines in the entrances scan you for polyester as you go in. Any trace and you get "dealt with".

Meerkatwhiskers Mon 18-Nov-13 15:21:09

They let me in on Saturday. I am 8% posh according to a Facebook quiz highly academic way of testing poshness grin

HoneyDragon Mon 18-Nov-13 15:24:12

My Waitrose must be broken. It's often cheaper than the Tesco.

DameDeepRedBetty Mon 18-Nov-13 15:27:06

Honey I have noticed this too!

And Morrisons is cheaper than the pair of them.

Absolutmum Mon 18-Nov-13 15:27:21

I like to alternate between Waitrose and Lidl's. I find this regime keeps me grounded.

MardyBra Mon 18-Nov-13 15:27:26

I've never seen a fake tan in Waitrose. Do they have an orange metre as you go in? Anything within a whiff of an Andre or Dickinson would be excluded.

MardyBra Mon 18-Nov-13 15:29:45

Loving the distinct category of "upper lower middle class" Tiggy.

I think I'm lower upper middle class and I mainly use Ocado with top ups from Waitrose, Sainsburys and the local co-op (where I happen to be in town). Is that OK?

oldgrandmama Mon 18-Nov-13 15:30:47

I used to shop in Budgens, until a young guy ran me over with a wheelchair (it contained his ancient grandmama). As I picked myself up off the floor he snarled 'you should have got out of my way ...'

As I was standing at the freezer cabinet at the time, looking down at the frozen peas, I was a bit bewildered as to how I was in his way.

You probably won't get run over in Waitrose.

ohmymimi Mon 18-Nov-13 15:33:28

Punk - Life is being tough for you, so you need all the TLC you can get - a big score for WR (and do they really give out free coffee to everyone?).

SorryCola I'll still be faithful to Aldi, but I do like a bit of supermarket promiscuity. I even pop into ASDA, sometimes.

MardyBra Mon 18-Nov-13 15:33:51


MardyBra Mon 18-Nov-13 15:34:38

Supermarket promiscuity is good if you use the loyalty cards. If you neglect one for long enough they sometimes send you more incentives to shop there.

Waitrose will take anyone's money, same as anywhere else. On the other hand if you have a problem with them don't go there.

MardyBra Mon 18-Nov-13 15:38:49

I think the thread is lighthearted worse.

Barbeasty Mon 18-Nov-13 15:40:27

If you have a my waitrose card, then you can have a free tea or coffee every day.

I was in there the other day wearing a witches hat, with my DD and another MNetter.

nancerama Mon 18-Nov-13 15:42:55

The women on the unwelcome desk in my town are awful, but the yummy food and lovely cake and wine ladies and fish man keep me going back.

Just steer clear of the overpriced Heston shite. The mince pies that taste of loo cleaner were an unforgettable "treat".

Eastwickwitch Mon 18-Nov-13 15:43:15

Surely if you plead your need for Pomegranite Molasses they will let you in just this once.?
Take the Fortnums bag for life, just in case.

UriGeller Mon 18-Nov-13 15:43:19

I love Waitrose. I sneak in in the afternoon, they always have their gluten free bread marked down.

out2lunch Mon 18-Nov-13 15:44:46

ahh if you have feelings of self doubt then no you can't because you may end up spoiling the experience for the rest of us. ;).

MardyBra Mon 18-Nov-13 15:45:26

What are the names of your DC OP? If you're prepared to shout "Come back and help me select some organic mozzarella, Tarquin" across the shop floor, you'll fit in fine.

If you holler, "Do you want a 10 or 15 pack of Monster Munch, Princess Kylie Brandy-Mai?" down the aisles, maybe less so.

Pigsmummy Mon 18-Nov-13 15:47:37

Practise saying "how now, brown cow" in your poshest voice before visiting, Don't use Facebook whilst in there or buy Fruitshoots. If your phone rings whilst in their, ignore it and give a person nearby a filthy look.

Their cherry tomatoes and peppers are 10p cheaper than the ones in Sainsburys btw.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Mon 18-Nov-13 15:47:48

Im lower lower middle class. Should I stick to Lidl?

harticus Mon 18-Nov-13 15:49:49

One is opening nearby

There goes the neighbourhood.

spiderlight Mon 18-Nov-13 15:49:50

oldgrandmama My son was run over in Waitrose! A horrible old lady knocked him absolutely flying with her trolley (he was 4, and was at my side behaving perfectly at the time) and then stood absolutely glaring at me as I picked him up and comforted him. Not a hint of an apology sad

MardyBra Mon 18-Nov-13 15:50:49

Is anyone middle middle middle class?

campion Mon 18-Nov-13 15:53:16

They have a child trap by the entrance which nabs screaming children before they get in the shop.

It's true. Must be because there are no screaming kiddies in my Waitrose.

Plenty of Jocastas and Tarquins, though, helping mummy ( see above)

And you can't beat the 3p off for using your My Waitrose card. Heaps better than Nectar (!)

TiggyD Mon 18-Nov-13 15:54:47

I went in a John Lewis once. It feels how Heaven must feel: All real solid wood, brushed aluminium gizmos, executive sportswear, cashmere, and stockings on ladies' legs sticking up in the air on the counters.

Snowflakepie Mon 18-Nov-13 15:56:16

Get them to deliver, then pjs are acceptable. Free coffee and newspaper only if you go in though, but the staff are so darn cheery you probably could wear a fleece onesie and they wouldn't say a word. On the plus side, the kiddy parking spaces are usually available, makes me happy. Trollies are still possessed by satan, however.

TiggyD Mon 18-Nov-13 15:56:40

Is anyone middle middle middle class?

Chris Packham.

TiggyD Mon 18-Nov-13 15:58:47

I'm lower lower middle class. Should I stick to Lidl?

No, Asda, Morrisons and Co-op are still acceptable. As are Tesco and Sainsburys, but not their 'Finest' or 'Taste the difference' ranges.

FortyDoorsToNowhere Mon 18-Nov-13 16:01:52

take the posh test 1st. I am 10% posh so i don't think i would be allowed in the car park, let alone the shop.

I feel safe in JL and Waitrose. I also feel young and stylishly dressed.

MardyBra Mon 18-Nov-13 16:03:55

I am 55% posh. Does that make me upper middle middle middle?

Nance, I had the loo cleaner mince pies too. Fucking MINGING! Too clever by seven eights. The only saving grace is that they were in the reduced section, so I didn't waste a whole three quid on them.

nancerama Mon 18-Nov-13 16:06:36

The flaky pastry was nice, but just left me longing wistfully for a sausage roll.

TiggyD Mon 18-Nov-13 16:07:10

I'm 19% posh. shock

nellieellie Mon 18-Nov-13 16:07:48

I am not posh but live in posh (ish) area with no Waitrose but a Sainsbury's. To get to a Waitrose I have to drive to a distinctly unposh area and negotiate no end of artificial fibre and pound shops.
Is it an attempt at social engineering?

Helpyourself Mon 18-Nov-13 16:10:16

Mrscakes grin

nancerama Mon 18-Nov-13 16:10:32

61%. How on earth is that possible?

volestair Mon 18-Nov-13 16:12:48

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IHadADreamThatWasNotAllADream Mon 18-Nov-13 16:12:54

I'm middle middle class. I shop at whichever supermarket makes it worth my while by sending me a decent voucher, or Lidl if it's not raining or Ocado if I'm feeling lazy. But Waitrose's free tea is a considerable incentive.

loveliesbleeding1 Mon 18-Nov-13 16:13:03

I am officially 56% posh,so I can go in, buy some carrier bags, then run round the corner to sainsburys to fill them up.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Mon 18-Nov-13 16:14:18

That means, Tiggy that I am considerably posher than yew!

IHadADreamThatWasNotAllADream Mon 18-Nov-13 16:15:05

Some Heston stuff is great (though overpriced) though. The Christmas puddings are delicious, and the Black Forest Gateau thing was a real treat when Ocado had it on clearance..

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Mon 18-Nov-13 16:15:57

I might have to be promoted to upper lower middle class!

SPsIsAgainstCliffism Mon 18-Nov-13 16:17:25

I've actually never been in Waitrose.

I think a force field would shoot up around it if I tried

nellieellie Mon 18-Nov-13 16:18:52

Sainsbury's stocks Pomegranate molasses and dried porcini mushrooms. But just nouveau posh, rather than the real thing............

I'm 55% posh.

I only shop at Aldi and Ocado.

I sum this up as : born scum, like lobster

lookatmybutt Mon 18-Nov-13 16:21:57

MardyBra - I think the thread is lighthearted worse.

I was being completely serious. I once tried to get in wearing something from Matalan and I was shot by snipers wearing Armani suits.

ZombieMojaveWonderer Mon 18-Nov-13 16:23:45

I don't really like Waitrose. My mummy shops there and marks and Spencer's but I prefer Sainsbury's wink

Bubbles1066 Mon 18-Nov-13 16:24:45

Ah Waitrose is lovely. I've never seen one where I live now though (north west) so clearly we're not posh enough round here but I'm a southerner by birth and have been in them down south. It's like a whole other world. Couldn't buy anything obviously but lovely to look around!
When I was a student down south we had a patient wonder off on a home visit who had dementia and she was eventually found at Waitrose in her PJs doing her shopping. Someone had paid for her shopping and the staff had sat her down and given her a free lunch whilst waiting for someone to collect her. That's what you get at Waitrose!

ZombieMojaveWonderer Mon 18-Nov-13 16:25:04

Oh and I'm 76% posh so I should really love it but I love my bit of rough (Sainsbury's) wink

Taffeta Mon 18-Nov-13 16:25:32

Waitrose is for oiks.

ChrisTheSheep Mon 18-Nov-13 16:26:21

I'm fairly certain I'm not posh enough for Waitrose...


Who has been clapping the stereotypical trap to you?

Monetbyhimself Mon 18-Nov-13 16:29:40

When I lived in the Midlands, having moved there from London, the local Safeway was sold off. There was a rumour that it was to be taken over by Waitrose. When the Morrisons board went up instead I CRIED sad

Taffeta Mon 18-Nov-13 16:30:18

Exactly. Certainly near me the sharp elbowed upper middles are more likely to be seen in Aldi. Waitrose is full of OAPs looking at single chicken portions sadly.

NewBlueShoesToo Mon 18-Nov-13 16:32:05

I love the way in Waitrose if you ask where something is then they take you right to it almost holding your hand. If you ask in Morrisons they grunt and look at you like you are from another planet.

CrewElla Mon 18-Nov-13 16:32:52

Go for it, free coffee or tea with a little biscuit and a free newspaper if you send over £5 - the My Waitrose card rocks; they're just begging for the likes of me with those perks.

Bubbles1066 Mon 18-Nov-13 16:33:32

I do see some very posh people in Aldi. There are Land Rovers in the car park and Hunter wellies all around. We don't have a Waitrose or a Sainsburys near us but there is an M and S food nearby so I just assumed they got lost looking for M and S.

JuanPotatoTwo Mon 18-Nov-13 16:35:07

I have a self imposed lifetime ban from Waitrose following a little incident some sixteen years ago when ds stood up in the trolley and peed like a horse. I swear the silence was deafening and several old ladies keeled over. I haven't been within a five mile radius of the place since.

Although, by a strange twist of fate, the self same ds ended up working for them when he was in sixth form ...

Free coffee! Where?

whatareyoueventalkingabout Mon 18-Nov-13 16:36:40

I really liked the toilet freshened mince pies! like proper almost wet myself they were so tasty. what's wrong with me!!

Punkatheart Mon 18-Nov-13 16:36:52

You have a BISCUIT, Crew? I have never had a biscuit.

volestair Mon 18-Nov-13 16:37:06

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mrsrhodgilbert Mon 18-Nov-13 16:44:54

You will almost certainly be run over. If not by a trolley inside then rest assured the car park will have you dicing with death. I have seen more near misses and some direct hits than anywhere else in 30 years of driving. DH absolutely refuses to take his car in there now.

MrsDeVere Mon 18-Nov-13 16:47:20

The aisles are far too narrow in Waitrose.

Sometimes that is ok but bottlenecks can occur if too many tousled haired moppets in fairy wings and wellies congregate in the artisan bread area.

I got stuck for two hours whilst they tried to sort out a particularly complex log jam once (no, log jam is not a new type of organic preserve from Quebec)

It was carnage. They couldn't untangle the Fleurs from the Finns and there was a huge pile of Avas right in front of the Quinoa and Kale Oatcakes.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Mon 18-Nov-13 16:54:50

grin "a huge pile of Avas"!! grin

lookatmybutt Mon 18-Nov-13 16:56:23

MrsRhod - you might go to my one. I swear sometimes they're trying to remake Bullitt or The French Connection.

ohmymimi Mon 18-Nov-13 16:59:54

Mardy - My (imaginary) DDs are Dora and Marta (sadly, didn't have any imaginary DSs as I couldn't decide on a name). Are these WR acceptable? I'm off to find out what lowly percentage of 'posh' I am - will report back.

CrewElla Mon 18-Nov-13 17:00:02

Punk I am pretty sure they give us biscuits to calm us down, the queue gets pretty long for daily free coffee. Either that or it is a MN conspiracy to take over the world.

GypsyFloss Mon 18-Nov-13 17:06:10

In my local one the queue for the tea and coffee is huge and they get stroppy if it runs out. I honestly don't know how the red trousered men and their tweedy wives managed without it .

ohmymimi Mon 18-Nov-13 17:08:55

45 percent posh - and 55 percent oik apparently, even though no tabloid had ever crossed the threshold of my home. Well, that explains why I used to love Gateway Basics range.

Meerkatwhiskers Mon 18-Nov-13 17:16:21

Result I'm 13% posh on that other posh test! I've gone up in the social classes innit.

D'ya reckon tesco is still too posh for me though? I do shop there and wondering if I have ideas above my station confused

Meerkatwhiskers Mon 18-Nov-13 17:17:11

Also wondering if I'm the least posh person here blush

Littleredsquirrel Mon 18-Nov-13 17:18:04

I am 68 percent posh. How did that happen? Where must I shop?

Littleredsquirrel Mon 18-Nov-13 17:18:24

Fk I hope they still let me into Home Bargains. I love that place.

FortyDoorsToNowhere Mon 18-Nov-13 17:22:38

meerkatwhiskers I had 10% so u Iz posher

TeaAddict235 Mon 18-Nov-13 17:30:55

littleredsquirrel now home bargains is where its at. Don't let others know. Honest shopping!

thebody Mon 18-Nov-13 17:31:35

god no I shop at ASDA.. there's an invisible barrier at our local Waitrose that stops me going in.

LadyLeah Mon 18-Nov-13 17:34:43

10% posh! How I have gone up in the world! Nonetheless, I do love love Waitrose. I sometimes sneak in just to wander around and it makes me all happy and smiley. But obvs not posh enough to shop grin. Sigh, best stick to Tesco with the other scallies!
What's the general consensus on Asda??? Or do I need to hang my head and leave by the back door?

Whistleblower0 Mon 18-Nov-13 17:36:15

I'm not remotely posh, but i love waitrose. Couldn't afford to do a full shop there,- well maybe once in a blue moon, but i love going for a few bits and pieces, having my free coffee with my free waitrose card, and generally chilling out, for an hour with the paper.

I always feel really calm shoppong in waitrose. It's unlike any other supermarket shopping experience.

Dh has a john lewis credit card, and every six months or so, he gets a voucher to spend in either j lewis, or waitrose. I always nab it, and go on a mini spending spree in waitrose. smile

cantbelievemyeyes Mon 18-Nov-13 17:41:14

29% posh- It would have been higher, had I included the knowledge of horse riding, Polo and Ruperts I gained from reading every single Jilly Cooper novel while eating Supernoodle sandwiches. Though I think a question on the pronunciation of the word 'Belvoir' should really have been included.

I like Waitrose though. They have tasty fancy things that make you feel all fancy just from looking at them. Quails eggs, blinis and pork rillettes are much nicer than sausage rolls in my opinion.

Meerkatwhiskers Mon 18-Nov-13 17:41:48

God I can't do asda. Please say tesco is ok. Plus it's nearer to my house. I will consider morrisons when it opens in my town lol.

Waitrose is in the town next door so def not a weekly shop kinda place and across the border in posh surrey, we have to show our poshness passports to get in ya know wink. Our town ain't posh enough to have one.

Notcontent Mon 18-Nov-13 17:42:15

I am not British so I don't understand the obsession with waitrose somehow being posh and that people might not shop there because they are working class. I just don't get it. I shop at lots of different places including waitrose. I don't buy any processed food or ready meals so the stuff I buy is not any more expensive than at waitrose. I often go to tesco for fruit and beg because my local one has a good selection and is cheap.

Chewbecca Mon 18-Nov-13 17:48:02

No biscuits with our free hot drink either, might have to have a word. Never a queue either though, ours is a tiny store and you help yourself to the tea/coffee.

ohmymimi Mon 18-Nov-13 17:55:06

Little red and Tea - Home Bargains and Super Savers, love them.

volestair Mon 18-Nov-13 17:58:06

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SueDoku Mon 18-Nov-13 18:10:47

I'm 35% Posh - I just can't work out which third (+ a bit) of me that is..grin

NoIHaventHadTheBabyYet Mon 18-Nov-13 18:17:01

I am only 39% posh according to that test but our nearest Waitrose is many miles away and I often drive there as I like it so I must be vair posh.
We have a huge, green and leafy park in our town, everyone petitioned against there being a supermarket build on it. There were even protests.
My mum suddenly changed her mind when we heard it was a Waitrose and supported it. I guess she thinks overpriced tiny coffee brownies are a great reason to rip up hundred year old trees.

Eastwickwitch Mon 18-Nov-13 18:31:28

I'm 75% posh & I luffs Waitrose. I also shop in Tesco too

Beastofburden Mon 18-Nov-13 18:39:13

I hate all shopping and don't go to any supermarkets. My shopping is delivered, either by Ocado or by a family member unable to find a good reason why I should do it.

Do I win?

thebody Mon 18-Nov-13 18:46:56

I have carnal knowledge of Netto. commen as fuck.

K8Middleton Mon 18-Nov-13 18:51:26

Let me look at you op <looks>

No. Sorry.

Here is something I barely ever admit, on here or in RL, unless I am very sure of my audience.

Our housekeeper does our food shopping.

I am 71% posh. If I was independently wealthy all of our food would come from Selfridges, Harrods and Fortnum & Masons food halls. With top ups from M&S and, yes, Waitrose.

70% posh

Crumbs. I do like waitrose though and a bit partial to John Lewis.

PearlArgyle Mon 18-Nov-13 18:56:01

I'm upper lower, or middle middle (not sure if the latter exists). I'm not a fan of Facebook generally, and haven't done quiz, so don't know my percentage.

I like Waitrose, though we only shop there occasionally in person as we prefer online deliveries. And then Ocado are more reliable (as regards substitutes) or Sainsbury's.

LadyLeah Mon 18-Nov-13 18:59:37

thebody Totally agree, massive high five! I nearly cried when our local Netto became a Co-Op. sad

thebody Mon 18-Nov-13 19:05:25

LadyLeahthank god there's someone as commen as me in mumsnet!! finally!! grin

Punkatheart Mon 18-Nov-13 19:08:26

I am 77% posh but I have clearly fallen from grace because I use the 'bus.

helzapoppin2 Mon 18-Nov-13 19:10:27

Of course you can. I say so!

helzapoppin2 Mon 18-Nov-13 19:14:15

Just took the test- 45 % posh!

PatTheHammer Mon 18-Nov-13 19:21:14

I shop in Aldi/Lidl but i am not a posh Aldi shopper, I go there out of necessity! I do however use the caff in Waitrose as it is proper nice and I have got one of those cards so I can get a free coffee.

Anyway, I popped into Waitrose in my lunchtime today to pick up 'birthday cake' for work ( that weird thing where you buy cakes for everyone else when it's your birthday). So I was expecting a quick in and out job as I only get 40minute lunch.

Oh my lord.........Waitrose tills are the SLOWEST in the world. Coupled with the large number of very slow old people shopping there, well I was lucky to get back to work on time.

So, you may be posh enough to shop there.......but are you slow enough?

ElfontheShelfIsWATCHINGYOUTOO Mon 18-Nov-13 19:26:27

I think you could probably shop in whatever attire you liked in waitrose I do not think they would ever be so rude as to turn you away for what you wear.

I do not think its a posh shop either.

Its just a shop thats loved and taken care of because all the staff have an investment in it.

ElfontheShelfIsWATCHINGYOUTOO Mon 18-Nov-13 19:27:49

Oh my lord.........Waitrose tills are the SLOWEST in the world. Coupled with the large number of very slow old people shopping there, well I was lucky to get back to work on time

never ever been subject to this, have always found managers shit hot at getting people on tills to sort queues out.

you must be at a really bad one or just un lucky, however if you complain about this you can be pretty sure they will sort it out.

PatTheHammer Mon 18-Nov-13 19:32:17

Elf the girl on the till apologised. There were not that many tills open and they were making no effort to open new ones.the basket check out was rammed.

When it was finally my turn, The scanner was slow to react ( she said it was always like that) and the amount took ages to come through to the chip and pin machine.

Don't think I was unlucky, it looked pretty standard to me but ,then I am used to the speed of Lidl.

HerlockSholmes Mon 18-Nov-13 19:33:34

26% posh. i have never been to waitrose but they did let me into sainsbury's last week. i bought wine and a hat-wearing smoothie. grin

slalomsuki Mon 18-Nov-13 19:50:48

Not posh at all and definitely not in a posh area (think coal mining and pound shops)but my local waitrose is great. Free coffee, free biscuit, free papers and prices the same as Tesco with great bargains in a Friday am just before their delivery.

Latest great addition is free wifi which along with the free parking makes me question why I should hack in to work, joining the great car park rush every morning. Waitrose seems so much more appealing than work.

hmc Mon 18-Nov-13 19:55:14

I'm only 22% posh according to that facebook quiz (on account of not liking horses, never having attended a polo match, being state educated and enjoying football) - I am delighted and bemused in equal parts. Anyways, I mostly but not exclusively shop in Waitrose because some of their products are undeniably better (compare Waitrose picnic eggs with Tesco's - the former are tasty the latter are gritty) - so I am sure if that if Waitrose will admit a gnarly old chav like me then you will have no trouble at all.

I am actually thinking about defecting to Tesco though because when I have recently nipped in the staff on the tills and the other customers were all jolly friendly and we enjoyed a lovely bit of banter - whereas in Waitrose, whilst everyone is impeccably polite. it is all rather reserved and aloof

chinley Mon 18-Nov-13 20:06:20

23% grin

annieorangutan Mon 18-Nov-13 20:08:27

All the chavvy teens hang around outside our waitrose. Its in a housing association estate nothing posh about it so yes.

Eastwickwitch Mon 18-Nov-13 20:16:30

Annie my chivvy teen works in Waitrose blush

Eastwickwitch Mon 18-Nov-13 20:16:42

err, chavvy.

DameDeepRedBetty Mon 18-Nov-13 20:18:02

I'm 61% posh, however re question 27 'Do you know anyone called Rupert or Phillippa?' I know two Ruperts and three Phillippas, therefore should have got extra points and am clearly super super posh.

Caitlin17 Mon 18-Nov-13 20:22:52

nancerama you are so spot on about the mincemeat pies tasting of loo cleaners.

But I'm a terrific snob. Waitrose all the way unless it's Marks & Sparks.

I do a lot of home baking and I was surprised that home baking basics are no cheaper in Sainsburys than Waitrose.

KittensoftPuppydog Mon 18-Nov-13 20:38:42

So where do Marks and spencer fit?
I shop at aldi for the basics and then wait until m&s have a 'dine in for 2' then I go in and get 2 or 3 of them.
The key is to look nonchalent when the bill comes to exactly 30 quid and not get suckered into buying anything else.
I am not posh at all.

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Mon 18-Nov-13 21:26:29

I live less than 100 metres from a Waitrose, so it's the supermarket of choice simply because it's so near. We also use Sainsburys, Co-op and Budgens. They all have good points and bad points. The staff in Waitrose are polite and helpful, often noticeably more so than in other shops.

It's possible to go to Waitrose and not spend a fortune, simply by ignoring all the posher foods and buying the basics.

TeacupDrama Mon 18-Nov-13 21:43:27

i'm 52% posh I do shop at waitrose for some things got raspberries for 99p today

the free tea/coffee everyday is real no need to spend a penny get a mywaitrose card turn up get regular tea/ coffee/cappuccino/latte/mocha sit in cafe with free papers and leave one drink per card per day
babychinos are just 50p much cheaper than juice/smoothies for kids

if you spend £5 you can get free guardian/telegraph or daily mail in a whisper observer on sundays

but I get asda online for washing powder crisps bulk buys once a fortnight
aldi for some stuff and farmfoods for my DH's VIMTO addiction

have to agree that their staff are friendly and helpful; last year apparently everyone got a bonus the equivalent of either 9 or 11 weeks wages (can't remember which)

justmyview Mon 18-Nov-13 21:51:28

Remember to go shopping with a man in rhubarb cords & you'll be fine

TiggyD Mon 18-Nov-13 22:09:07


0-20% posh: Aldi, Lidl, Poundshops.
20-35% posh: Morrisons, Co-op, Asda.
35-45% posh: Sainsburys, Tesco, but not Finest or Taste The Difference ranges.
45-55% posh: Sainsburys, Tesco, Full range, and Booths (Up North).
55-70% posh: Waitrose, M&S.
70-85% posh: Farmers' markets, organic farm shops/boxes, anywhere with a philosophy.
85% + posh: You have staff for that kind of thing.

TiggyD Mon 18-Nov-13 22:42:04

I miss out on Morrisons by just 1%. sad

Oldraver Mon 18-Nov-13 22:45:38

If you usually shop in Aldi then make sure you take your Aldi bags to Waitrose grin

daisychain01 Mon 18-Nov-13 22:54:44

Good offer on at the moment. If you do 4 shops on different days and swipe your Waitrose card, they send you a voucher to spend on gorgeous bits in January. So we split the shopping £50 each and put it on two cards to get 2 vouchers.

The checkout lady rumbled us the other day but smiled sweetly and said Good for you. Well she isn't just any old checkout lady, she a Partnership checkout lady, wouldn't you know....

daisychain01 Mon 18-Nov-13 22:56:09

Absolutely, go for it.

Good offer on at the moment. If you do 4 shops on different days and swipe your Waitrose card, they send you a voucher to spend on gorgeous bits in January. So we split the shopping £50 each and put it on two cards to get 2 vouchers.

The checkout lady rumbled us the other day but smiled sweetly and said Good for you. Well she isn't just any old checkout lady, she a Partnership checkout lady, wouldn't you know....

purplewithred Mon 18-Nov-13 22:57:17

I'm 83% posh. blush.

What's tesco?

hmc Mon 18-Nov-13 23:00:32

Just did the test on the link here (rather than the Facebook one) and I am 58% posh on this test rather than the 22% scored on fb - not sure whether I am relieved or dismayed confused, I was enjoying being disreputable....

oldclothcat Mon 18-Nov-13 23:13:20

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FraidyCat Mon 18-Nov-13 23:15:59

As you go through the door, a trapdoor will give way beneath your feet, and you will slide down a chute to be deposited in a corner of the underground car park. A video screen will explain that facial recognition software combined with on-line access to your grocery spending history had made it possible to determine that you care how much food costs, and with that in mind they thought it would be kinder to direct you to one of their competitors. You are invited to help yourself to a brochure beneath the screen with a map highlighting the locations of the nearest Tesco, Sainsbury and Asda.

(Inspired by a scene in "Bill, The Galactic Hero", by Harry Harrison. The funniest science fiction story ever written.)

oldclothcat Mon 18-Nov-13 23:17:11

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SignoraStronza Mon 18-Nov-13 23:19:22

I do my big shop in Aldi then go straight to Waitrose for a free coffee, a few bits I couldn't find beforehand and a free Guardian there are usually plenty left but few Waily Fails of course Invariably the baby disgraces me by standing up in the trolley seat, shouting at the deli staff (one of whom happens to be its auntie) and requiring full use of the changing facilities. wink

I receive plenty of tuts on account of my orange hair, odd dress sense, spirited bloody noisy 1 year old and occasional loud parenting slip ups along the lines of 'Ooh, gin! Mummy needs gin!'.

But then I sound quite posh -- no idea why-- so might just get away with it.

Fannydabbydozey Mon 18-Nov-13 23:27:23

I live in a small town which has a Tesco metro, a large sainsburys, a large ish Asda and a beautiful, spacious, stress free waitrose. It is a thing of wonder. The only time I ever saw it horribly busy was just before Xmas last year when there was a middle aged, middle class revolt following a run on the organic sprouts.

I nip in after school pick up to buy reduced spatchcock poussin - just so my kids can say poussin in an affected twang at school the following day.

I find overly muddy muck boots and a diesel parka to be the perfect attire for shopping there: half media hore/half horsey posh bint.

In other news, I once saw a pfb actually SLAPPING her mother at the tills in waitrose. On the face. I dropped my poussin I was so horrified. The mum then gave her vile little shite daughter a biscuit to appease her. I think hope she was zapped by the old ladies with a neverknowinglyundersold gun on the way out.

ladydepp Mon 18-Nov-13 23:34:58

When our local Safeway closed and became a Waitrose I cried......tears of joy. DH cried tears of joy too, when he realised that our house had just rocketed in value as a result grin.

Note - I am foreign and therefore utterly classless, I can shop ANYWHERE

LCHammer Mon 18-Nov-13 23:39:54

I'm concerned that OP hasn't updated. Has she tried access and was denied it? Or maybe worse?

Caitlin17 Mon 18-Nov-13 23:44:46

Fortnums is lovely. It'd be "Breakfast at Fortnums" not Tiffanys for me.

helzapoppin2 Mon 18-Nov-13 23:53:26

Been reading back a few pages. What the frickety frick do you do with pomegranate molasses?

LCHammer Mon 18-Nov-13 23:58:14

Helza - what can I say? I feel sad for you.

volestair Tue 19-Nov-13 00:07:29

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dappledawn Tue 19-Nov-13 00:28:03

52% posh, me - (so just squeaked in) shock

EBearhug Tue 19-Nov-13 00:34:23

Waitrose aren't that posh. They're at Fleet Services. That's where you stop for the loo on the way to London.

BadLad Tue 19-Nov-13 03:47:33

As long as you aren't an oik, they will probably let you in on a week-long trial.

arfishy Tue 19-Nov-13 05:15:17

I wish I'd known about the mince pies. They have inexplicably started to sell some of the Waitrose Heston stuff in Coles (like Tesco). I grabbed some ($10 I think ffs) and produced them with a triumphant flourish during drinks with some English friends. We were SO excited, sighed wistfully about Waitrose and saved them for the end of the evening. They were vile. Completely undid all of the plaudits I got for my Heston Chilli.

MummyMegatron Tue 19-Nov-13 05:30:29

I am not sure where I can shop. I am working class and have a northern accent. Some of my clothes are a bit bling and I have a fancy car. I live in a big house and my DH is a bit posh and works in banking. I have been to Uni, but am now a SAHM.

I like hummus and I like sun dried tomatoes from the deli.

Help me find a suitable shop before I starve to death.

Mushypeasandchipstogo Tue 19-Nov-13 07:29:14

I always put my YSL lipstick on before I go to Waitrose. grin I find if you go on Monday afternoon you get all the good stuff marked down and a free coffee helps calm me down before the school run. Would not be seen dead in our local Tesco!

grumpyoldbat Tue 19-Nov-13 08:27:03

Never been to Waitrose. Our nearest is about 30miles away. I'll stick to Lidl, being underclass I'll not be welcome.

Inglori0us Tue 19-Nov-13 09:30:09

I love Waitrose but my DH says we're not Waitrose People. As a result I hide my delicious contraband and eat it in secret while he has the Tesco stuff.

ProfPlumSpeaking Tue 19-Nov-13 09:31:57

Yes, but only their Essentials range wink

ohmymimi Tue 19-Nov-13 09:57:59

Justmyview - where can I get a man with rhubarb cords? I live v near the Cotswolds, so have seen a few about - can you rent one by the hour?

Melonbreath Tue 19-Nov-13 09:59:38

You are clearly an oik. It drives me mad the riff raff that's cluttering up my favourite naice supermarket. Now if you'll excuse me I need to stock up on diamond studded potatoes and swan burgers.

hoity toitelly walks away from thread with snooty nose in air and haughty face

ohmymimi Tue 19-Nov-13 10:13:43

Melon - Excuse me, I'm 55 percent oik, I've done the test and I'm posh from the waist up ( true because my fanjolina has been around and once had an encounter with a manual worker).

nancerama Tue 19-Nov-13 11:27:42

Nothing wrong with the essentials range. Any shop that defines chocolate eclair as an essential is the shop for me.

Punkatheart Tue 19-Nov-13 13:10:37

I love the idea of Waitrose as a dirty little secret. wink

gotthemoononastick Tue 19-Nov-13 13:29:51

I am a slow classless(because I am forrin ) old lady who can do whatever I want, whenever I want!

I go specially to see the little fairies in tutus,wings and wellies that Mrs de Vere describes so well.Love the little boys with dirty knees in the above.They speak beautifully and help!

And the baked cheesecake!

GhostsInSnow Tue 19-Nov-13 13:54:44

Ooh I love Waitrose. Our city is classed as 'not fitting their demographic' though so the nearest one is 20 miles away and I have to make do with Ocado.

DH took me out for the day last year for my birthday, he asked me if there was anywhere specific I wanted to go, I replied 'Waitrose!'. He thought I was joking....I wasn't. Had a great time fact finding for naice foods to order from Ocado including the amazing essentials mandarin cheesecake which is a little slice of heaven.

I'm 39% Posh, I fear my Barbour Jacket (donkeys years old) and Hunter Wellies (won in a competition) let me down.

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