People are still going into supermarkets these days? How quaint.
Popped my Waitrose cherry
Waitrose - a range of crumpet, customers and staff, to suit all ages.
Our only proper supermarket is Waitrose and use it regularly
Some nice stuff and service is pretty good, prices are competitive especially when it would cost me petrol money to go anywhere else.
Free newspaper if you spend over a fiver with the loyalty card. shame its only the Mail, Telegraph or Guardian so just weigh in 30p for the I.
Don't know what all the fuss is about, just another shop and no better/worse than others I have been in
How the other half live.
Yak - Member
Properly awful place. Occasionally pop in as they stock a few things that I can't get elsewhere, but it puts me in bad mood.
The thing that grates me is the type of leisure shopper you find there - lets call them posh old biffers (POBs). Typically what will happen is that I've nipped in at lunchtime, razzed round the store to get my shopping, avoiding the POBs, then join a checkout behind a POB. When the POB gets to packing her shopping, a variety of wicker baskets come out and she then deliberates each shopping item for size, or type and then which basket it should go in...wtf!! The process couldn't get any slower if you tried. GET A MOVE ON.
You don't get this sort of thing in Aldi - its shopping, not an event..grrr!
Anyway rant over. Food's fine, just the POB problem. I'll take my impatience (and large chip) somewhere else.
Ha you have just described my step-mother, every time I visit her in Bristol she wants to visit Waitrose which turns into a living hell of indecision over every little thing to go in the trolley.
The final knife in my withering soul comes at the checkout as you perfectly describe the endless deliberating what bag/basket to put things in, followed by the painful search through the mega handbag for one of three purses that contain every bloody card she’s owned since about 1980 & then comes the 110 decibel Horse & Hound style conversation with the checkout girl as to what the PIN is & can’t she just sign like she used to.
By the time we are out I have an irrational hatred of any of the food now in the bags.
In many respects the Aldi way of scanning it back into the trolley & you sort it out away from the till would work much better for her.
The funny thing is I used to go to that very Waitrose store with my mother back in the 70’s and I have to say its looking a bit of a dump compared to my local Sainsbury’s!
the Aldi way of scanning it back into the trolley & you sort it out away from the tillIt that how it works? That'll explain the grumpy attitude from the checkout bint as we furiously tried to keep up with her packing at the till! Aldi passata, German dead pig product and olive oil for infusing stuff in, FTW!
I am a fan of Lidl and Aldi. The quality and price of most of their products is fantastic (don't go for the self brand beans and coffee-bloody awful). It's where I do most of my shopping. There is no Waitrose close to my house in North Wales.
When I lived in West Berkshire I regularly went to Waitrose in Thatcham. What seems to be the problem with it? It's a supermarket like Sainsbury, Tesco, wherever. It's not really that much more expensive than anywhere else that has a good choice of food.
M&S is where it's at
M&S is where it's at
Up until 5 yrs ago, maybe. Not now. Their range may look appetising but most of it just so devoid of flavour. Utterly utterly bland.
You queued (2 of you) for 20 mins to pay?
Are you angels?
I give them 2 minutes, then I'll be walking out. This is my biggest gripe with the local Waitrose, they invariably have 5 people queueing at the 2 of 6 open tills.
I ask the Manager if they'll open another till, pretty quick, and usually, they do. Why they cannot see the queues for themselves is beyond me, one time the assistant told me the staff were too busy to open more tills, yet 2 were adjacent filling the 'tempter' racks near the tills.
What are they doing then, "oh, they need to fill those now, they cannot stop".
So I left my basket there with 15 or so items in there, and made them busier as they had to put back all the stuff they hadnt sold me.
I had this argument with the Manager once, saying if they offered such good service, why arent all the tills open when they are busy etc. He wasnt interested, so Aldi, over the road gets most of my custom now.
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