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Rude customers spoil the fun of shopping

SOME bargain hunters across the city are guilty of rude behavior while shopping.

Their unruly and inconsiderate actions often annoy other shoppers and make it difficult for store staff to serve customers.

Employees at grocery stores say their biggest complaint was in the vegetable section, where some shoppers ruin products, throw garbage on the floor and leave unwanted products in the wrong isles.

Store employees say these people should be more considerate.

Panic buying

Many people get caught up in a wave of panic buying if there are bargains to be found. Shoppers dangerously rush into a supermarket, usually as soon as the store opens, to snap up the discounted items.

The worst behavior usually takes place in the vegetable section from 7:30am as many goods are fresh and on sale. Shoppers, especially old men and women, can be very difficult.

"They remove the withered leaves and take only the hearts of Chinese cabbage." said Huang Xiaojing, who works in the security department at a supermarket. "They also peel off the outer layer of a cabbage to make it weigh less."

Supermarket security guards sometimes have to restore order and make shoppers form lines.

"It's a complete mess after a sale as they throw leaves everywhere on the floor and there are usually a lot of broken eggs, too," said Du Huiming, a staff member of a grocery store in Changning District. "When they leave it looks like a robbery scene."

Unwanted goods

It's not unusual to see frozen meat thawing at the check-out counter as some shoppers leave unwanted goods all over the store instead of returning them to their proper place.

According to tore staff, some shoppers even leave live fish at the check-out counter when they change their mind at the last minute, which smells awful.

"These type of shoppers are very irresponsible," said Bambura Christian, a French shopper. "It causes trouble for the staff and it also makes me dizzy when I see vegetables stuck in the aisle for chocolates."

Briton Philip Tsirtsonis, who has lived in China for about six months, said it was hard to understand the behavior of some shoppers.

"I once gave way to other shoppers in a narrow tunnel, but they just stared at me without saying a simple 'thanks,'" he said.

Huang said this needs to change.

"The shoppers may save some money with their rude behavior, but at the expense to the city's image."


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