You’re a horrible dog hater!
Last week’s column on grocery store shopping sins generated a lot of mail, and not all of it was nice.
My complaints about rude customer behavior included talking on speakerphone while shopping, chowing down on food that hasn’t been purchased and line jumpers. But the item on dogs in the supermarket, and especially the video I shared of a white poodle wandering around Publix without a leash, prompted an avalanche of angry comments from readers. Many mistakenly believed the dog was lost.
Dear Doreen: Maybe something happened to the owner and the poor thing was lost? Or he or she wandered into the store? Maybe try to ask for help or bring it to someone’s attention rather than assume with a nasty comment? — T.S.
Dear T.S.: That a lost dog would wander into a supermarket and hang out in the dairy aisle defies logic. As I said more than once, the owner was nearby shopping.
Dear Doreen: I don’t believe you. Owners don’t do this. It’s clear this dog was on its own. No tags and kinda dirty. No one would agree with you, if this dog was abandoned in the store, so you say the owner was walking around. Not buying it. — L.L.
Dear L.L.: My point, that you totally missed: Owners do this. I was at J. Marks for lunch recently and a dog in a stroller started barking its head off. The woman finally wheeled it out. Later at Aldi, a woman had a small dog strapped to her chest in a weird contraption I had never seen before. In the same aisle, a woman rolled by with a Yorkie in the front seat of the buggy. Pets in stores and restaurants is out of control.
Dear Doreen: We see this all the time at our Publix. But we don’t stay silent. Four times we have made the managers take the owner and their dog out of the store. Our daughter is allergic to dogs. — C.A.
Dear. C.A.: You raise an excellent point. Those who are allergic to cat and dog saliva and dander suffer watery eyes, rashes, hives and worse.
Dear Doreen: Shame on you, dog hater. If you don’t like to see dogs on the patio eat inside or better yet, stay home and enjoy one of your bargain meal deals. I agree grocery stores should be off limits and many people purport to have
“service dogs” which is totally unacceptable. And excessive coupon clippers ARE extremely annoying, it’s no fun having someone with 20 plus coupons in front of you being painstakingly verified, especially when some of these dimwits have expired or ineligible coupons to begin with. Just because you do it does not mean most others are on board. A good suggestion would be to have specific lines for excessive coupon clippers so the rest of us can move on about our business. — A.G.
Dear A.G.: I’m not a dog hater (our Skip is now 8 months old) and love animals, but not while I’m dining or shopping. Instead of chastising me, why don’t you call out selfish dog owners who are the offenders?
Dear Doreen: Iwasata restaurant were they let dogs on the patio and the dog did a No. 2 and the waitress almost stepped in it and had to tell owner to clean it up. — S.B.
Dear Doreen: All the comments about how heartless you are...smh [shaking my head]. I see the people with dogs in the mall, markets, restaurants too. To most it’s a sense of entitlement. I love my dogs too but I respect others rights to do their shopping and not deal with the many selfish behaviors of the owner of this “lost” dog. It was left alone by its owner, that is not right. — K.P.B.
Dear Doreen: Personally I hate when the restaurant staff plays with people’s dogs and then serves my food. — A.K.
Dear Doreen: I have two dogs, a cat and several chickens. I am an animal lover. But I do not want to bring them out with me and I do not get why so many others feel the need to bring their pets everywhere with them. — K.B.
Dear K.B.: I’m glad you don’t bring your chickens to the grocery store, but read on.
Dear Doreen: In the Publix that I shop there is often a women with a cockatiel perched on the handle of her shopping cart! The bird is beautiful, but I don’t think it’s sanitary. — G.B.
Dear G.B.: Animals weren’t the only things that made shoppers mad as wet hens.
Dear Doreen: People who open bags of grapes to eat one or two or three: That is disgusting! And don’t give me your logic about how you have to taste it to make sure it’s good before you buy it. You don’t get to try any other fruit! It’s not like you get to take a bite out an apple or cut open a cantaloupe. They are dusty and dirty. You might as well be eating something off the floor. — J.O.
Dear Doreen: I am reluctant to pay $4 for raspberries or blueberries at Publix without tasting one. I always open the plastic box and taste a single berry. I do the same with grapes. Perhaps the alternative is to purchase the fruit without tasting it and returning it if it is inedible. Even though Publix is excellent with regard to returns, this is more effort than I wish to go through. — S.W.
Dear S.W.: I thought that container of blueberries I bought last week was a little light. I realize it’s inconvenient to return the item, but doing it your way is basically stealing.
Dear Doreen: Can’t stand when a busy market opens a new line and shouts “next in line!” and the person on the very end waltzes up to the register when they are clearly not the next in line. — L.G.
Dear L.G.: As a former cashier, this irritates me! I would always step out and pick the person to go next. Because I agree, the person that didn’t wait at all thinks they should go first... not in my line! — A.B.S.
Dear Doreen: My pet peeve is those people with a FULL shopping cart who go to the self checkout and then EXPECT the store employee to be their personal cashier. That’s what regular checkout lanes are for! — K.H.
Dear K.H.: I detest selfcheckout lanes. Stores such as Walmart and Home Depot that don’t have enough clerks and expect customers to act as their own cashiers (for free) is not right.