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People eating food they haven't paid for....

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maddiemookins16mum Sat 24-Sep-16 23:02:36

....It just really bugs me. To the point of utter revulsion.
In a supermarket, grown adults opening a pack of 4 pork pies and happily munching their way around the shop, only to toss the empty pack to be scanned as their shopping goes through. Why do people do that, have you ever, and why??? (DD had to wait until the car for her gingerbreadman biscuit from Waitrose).

SuburbanRhonda Sat 24-Sep-16 23:03:26

They paid for it - what's the problem?

LyndaNotLinda Sat 24-Sep-16 23:04:36

I don't tend to eat but I've opened a bottle of water. And will give DS something if he's starving. So what?

maddiemookins16mum Sat 24-Sep-16 23:04:55

They've not paid for it before it's eaten.

AdaLovelacesCat Sat 24-Sep-16 23:05:47

i have never seen anyone 'munching 4 pork pies' and certainly not in Waitrose darling!

Sparklesilverglitter Sat 24-Sep-16 23:05:54

They pay at the till, I don't see a problem and supermarkets don't appear to care

I often see Parents giving DC a bit of French stick or a breadstick while pushing the trolley round.

NeedsAsockamnesty Sat 24-Sep-16 23:06:01

Do you only eat out at pay up front places?

TaggySits Sat 24-Sep-16 23:06:12

That's what you call an impulse buy.

hownottofuckup Sat 24-Sep-16 23:06:16


Tartsamazeballs Sat 24-Sep-16 23:06:17

As long as they're going to pay I don't see what the problem is?

AppleJac Sat 24-Sep-16 23:06:20

I do this every week. Dd is a pain for pestering for food in the supermarket so i get her a sandwich from the kiosk and she walks round eating it and the empty packaging gets put in the trolley.

As long as i have the money to pay for it before you eat it and you dont leave the shop without paying its not theft.

maddiemookins16mum Sat 24-Sep-16 23:06:21

Your kid is not "starving" on a supermarket shop.

AdaLovelacesCat Sat 24-Sep-16 23:06:36

whats it to you anyway Maddie? I have done this when really hungry in the supermarket - who cares?

fakenamefornow Sat 24-Sep-16 23:07:16

I agree op. I think the only exception to this, for me, would be water if I was really desperate.

I suspect this thread will be one to watch and you'll be worn out for mentioning Waitress. smile

Eatthecake Sat 24-Sep-16 23:07:43

I often give my little ds a gingerbread or something when pushing him round, it keeps him quiet and I've never been told off in any supermarket for doing it. I pay for it with my big trolley of shopping so what is there to get worked up about?

maddiemookins16mum Sat 24-Sep-16 23:07:50

Disgusting, you can't wait until you've paid.

CointreauVersial Sat 24-Sep-16 23:07:52

The only time I ever did this was while pregnant. Supermarket shopping, for some reason, made me want to pass out, so I'd sip a smoothie (or similar) as I walked around, then put it through the checkout.

I also used to pull a piece off a baguette/loaf for the DCs to munch if they were threatening to kick off.

I don't think it's a major problem, is it? As long as you pay for it.

chattygranny Sat 24-Sep-16 23:09:14

Do you mean it's bad manners? I don't see that paying for it is an issue if they're paying upon leaving. I've given toddlers bananas or drunk water like PP. Manners wise, surely it depends if they're eating loudly and being selfish, eating smelly things or generally behaving badly, like eating in the street or on a train.

PaulAnkaTheDog Sat 24-Sep-16 23:09:16

It bugs you to the point of revulsion? Wow, talk about an overreaction.

Eatthecake Sat 24-Sep-16 23:09:18

disgusting you can't wait until you've paid

Christ chill the fuck out!

I gave my ds a gingerbread in waitrose before I paid shock so fucking hang me!

Katinkka Sat 24-Sep-16 23:09:25

I also think it's terrible behaviour. My kids have asd they've always known food needs to be paid for first. The only time I've had something before paying was when I was heavily pregnant on a hot day. I had some of the water I was queuing up to pay for.

Oblomov16 Sat 24-Sep-16 23:10:02

I do it all the time. I can't see what the problem is. How does it affect anyone else? What is the problem?
Is it that someone is eating? They could be eating their own food bought from home. And even if they are, how does that directly affect you?

thecolonelbumminganugget Sat 24-Sep-16 23:10:03

YANBU it really annoys me (Although it's really nothing to do with me, I'm not the one doing it or a Tesco shareholder).

What if you get to the checkout and haven't got your wallet, or your card is declined, or there's a fire alarm, or you're suddenly taken ill, or aliens attack? In all those scenarios you're a tealeaf.

Who's that hungry that they can't wait until they've paid?

MerchantofVenice Sat 24-Sep-16 23:10:03

It's pretty normal in lots of contexts to pay after you've consumed something. Why the 'revulsion' (if we're going to take issue with hyperbole) in a supermarket setting?

Trickie03 Sat 24-Sep-16 23:10:05

Does it matter where you got your gingerbread man from? hmm

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