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Old 02-07-2016, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I rode with a friend to help her with her aggressive dog at the vets and she stopped at Whole Foods on the way home. I opted to stay behind and walk her dog around the parking lot. She barked and growled at all the well dressed people going in and out of the store. I smiled as I thought about how much money they were spending at such a high rent location.

Rich people. I'll go to my really cheap grocery store in the rough part of a couple of towns over and takes home 3x the amount and cheaper still. Why pay more for less? I'll never go in one.
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Old 02-07-2016, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I've had unusual experiences with fellow shoppers in Whole Foods. Experiences that would never be had at regular grocery stores.

People are more likely to socialize at Whole Foods in order to meet [health nuts? food snobs? people with high incomes?]
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Old 02-07-2016, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Sunny South Florida
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That's the "looking around" part of the OP's statement. It's not nervousness as much as it is "Gosh, I hope I run into someone I know, because I can brag about how much I shop/spend here." They will buy 1-2 items they actually need, but if they run into a person they want to impress, they will start loading all kinds of overpriced stuff into their cart in an effort to impress others and make them think they actually like that kale and quinoa-type fad food. Conspicuous consumption is alive and well at living on aisle 5.


....and of course this epic article from a few years ago helps things along (if you can get past the language)


https://thsppl.com/americas-angriest...9be#.fqz7oa405
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Old 02-07-2016, 11:46 AM
 
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I never thought that the shoppers looked "weird." Some of them act weird, though. They see someone they know and then both of them stand there blabbing, blocking an entire isle. You can stand there and what for ten minutes or you can re-route your trip around the store.

Anyway, I usually go there when I'm hungry, don't want fast food, and I'm too lazy to cook anything. So I stop and buy a couple of slices of pizza, or maybe get some of the prepared food that they sell by weight.
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Old 02-07-2016, 12:26 PM
 
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I rode with a friend to help her with her aggressive dog at the vets and she stopped at Whole Foods on the way home. I opted to stay behind and walk her dog around the parking lot. She barked and growled at all the well dressed people going in and out of the store. I smiled as I thought about how much money they were spending at such a high rent location.

Rich people. I'll go to my really cheap grocery store in the rough part of a couple of towns over and takes home 3x the amount and cheaper still. Why pay more for less? I'll never go in one.

If they're that rich, spending an extra $500 on groceries won't make a dent in their budget. They don't care.
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Old 02-07-2016, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Have You Noticed Whole Foods Shoppers are Weird?

They're confused, they think they're in an upscale Wallyworld...
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Old 02-07-2016, 12:39 PM
 
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I rode with a friend to help her with her aggressive dog at the vets and she stopped at Whole Foods on the way home. I opted to stay behind and walk her dog around the parking lot. She barked and growled at all the well dressed people going in and out of the store. I smiled as I thought about how much money they were spending at such a high rent location.

Rich people. I'll go to my really cheap grocery store in the rough part of a couple of towns over and takes home 3x the amount and cheaper still. Why pay more for less? I'll never go in one.
And by not ever going in one you've shown yourself a silly, shallow person. In pretty much everywhere I've lived there has been something at whole foods which is better or cheaper than I can get it anywhere else. And because it's such a specialised store you don't fall into the trap of just grabbing some milk, a loaf of bread and some bananas while you're there for the thing which is cheap, like you can at some expensive supermarkets.
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Old 02-07-2016, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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They always give you weird looks. And they look super self-conscious, awkward and unsure of themselves. They don't know where they're going.
Nobody gives me weird looks at Whole Foods. It must be you.
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Old 02-07-2016, 12:48 PM
 
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When someone acts a bit holier than thou, it's fun to note their location at a shelf, go into the aisle next to it, and at the precise moment when they're reaching for the product -push a few boxes off the shelf and have them fall at their feet. *useful at the library as well. Hey, I lead a boring life!
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Old 02-07-2016, 01:43 PM
 
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I never thought that the shoppers looked "weird." Some of them act weird, though. They see someone they know and then both of them stand there blabbing, blocking an entire isle. You can stand there and what for ten minutes or you can re-route your trip around the store.

Anyway, I usually go there when I'm hungry, don't want fast food, and I'm too lazy to cook anything. So I stop and buy a couple of slices of pizza, or maybe get some of the prepared food that they sell by weight.

Yes, their salad bar, hot foods, deli prepared foods, and pizza bar are the best anywhere. I shop at Whole Foods often because I try to avoid eating foods with chemicals in them. Whole Foods is the only place that I go where people are not strange; it is an island of sanity in a weird world.

Aldi has a lot of good products and great prices on fruits and vegetables, but the people in their checkout lines look like they belong in line at a soup kitchen on skid row.
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