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Why are some shoppers so indecisive and dump items in random spots or at the cash?

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Why are some shoppers so indecisive and dump items in random spots or at the cash?

I don't know about other RFDers but I tend to be very precise in what I want when I enter the store and inspect the items from top to bottom before I buy and use a price scanner to verify. But I often see shoppers fill up their carts with tons of items and then suddenly decide they don't want something and throw it on the floor or leave it at the cash. It does not personally affect me but I was just wondering about their mentality because a lot of these items like produce, meat, dairy, and other merchandise end up being thrown away for no reason due to damage and/or health safety issues. Seems like a big waste and I am sure stores pass the cost down to us.
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Giving it to the cashier is better than leaving it all over. At least the cashier can call someone to put it back or put it back during downtime. Pffft and people seem to love hiding meat behind merchandise. And then it gets all stinky and smelly and people wonder why the store stinks and rant at the staff. >_> Maybe if people didn't hide meat behind non perishable merchandise the store wouldn't stink.
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Ice-cream, all melted....eww

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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Cheapo-Findo wrote: Ice-cream, all melted....eww
When I worked at a grocery store many years ago, people loved to leave ice cream and meat in the magazine racks. Back then, most ice cream came in the cardboard packaging so not only was the ice cream ruined but so were the magazines. For those wondering, anything that was left out like this was not to be put back on the shelf.
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Lol is this stemming from that shoplifting thread?

Yes, I hate those fools that leave their returns, especially perishables out or put them in the freezer section.
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Some misunderstanding on the price could cause this.

Also, it might be someone who discretely wants to ditch an item that their kid wanted to get without causing a temper tantrum.
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Non-perishable = lazy. Just give it to the cashier.

Perishable = practically vandalism. They can't put that stuff back, it's a loss for the store. You might as well have stolen it, the damage is the same.

Then again I see people who wouldn't dream of stealing their $50 worth of groceries from the store walk blocks and blocks away with the $500 cart and leave it in a ditch with no intention of ever returning it.
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Jucius Maximus wrote: Some misunderstanding on the price could cause this.

Also, it might be someone who discretely wants to ditch an item that their kid wanted to get without causing a temper tantrum.
If it was a misunderstanding about the price that means that it was probably scanned. I doubt that someone would demand the product back at that point just to put it with the magazines.

This seems to happen a lot with 45 year old white women who aren't shopping with their kids at the time but you may have a point with that one. I doubt many kids are demanding a t-bone though so it probably wouldn't explain too many cases.
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Honestly why do you even care
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jarko wrote: Honestly why do you even care
It's part of retail "shrink" (loss) and causes prices to go up.
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Cue the thread about customers who abandon shopping carts in parking spots and sidewalks.
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wserib wrote: I don't know about other RFDers but I tend to be very precise in what I want when I enter the store and inspect the items from top to bottom before I buy and use a price scanner to verify. But I often see shoppers fill up their carts with tons of items and then suddenly decide they don't want something and throw it on the floor or leave it at the cash. It does not personally affect me but I was just wondering about their mentality because a lot of these items like produce, meat, dairy, and other merchandise end up being thrown away for no reason due to damage and/or health safety issues. Seems like a big waste and I am sure stores pass the cost down to us.
Laziness or not enough $$ to pay for it
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Latest I saw was someone leaving a container of cashews in the cold cuts/cheese freezer.

ALways see people leave frozen stuff including pizza, meat ice cream in the baskets at the cashier etc.

You really gots to wonder how some people think, if they think at all etc
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Maybe some people do it to "stick it to the man". They don't understand that everyone pays for the wanton destruction of perfectly good food. It doesn't surprise me to learn that some 30-40% of all food produced never makes it on the kitchen table.
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