I thought I'd join in on the ranting, since my wife says I'm so good at it anyway.
What really bothers me is when one has to search through older, less fresh produce to find the good stuff at the bottom. My most recent example was my search for Rosemary the other day. In the herb section, the store has a large basket of banded Rosemary and all of it was browning and brittle, but in the back of the large basket, and underneath the old stuff, was very fresh, brightly colored Rosermary. In my opinion, the older stuff should have been removed. I know "the bottom line" is what makes a store do this, but it does irritate me.
She (yes, most of the time it is a woman), stands there mezmerized and immobile for a full 10 minutes or so while the cashier is scanning the order. Finally the cashier finishes and say that will be $4,765.29. The customer finally awakes from their coma-like trance with a look of "Oh, I gotta pay?
Haha, this made me laugh, as it's what my wife does. Not quite the same way, but when we're together at the grocery store, she seems to completely zone out at the checkout. This wouldn't be so bad, but she pays with her credit card (She works and is putting me through law school, so we use her card) and I always have to wake her from her coma to pay the cashier...or worse...find her because she's wandered off.
Finally, though, to end on a positive note, I have to share a story that worked out in our favor the other day. We were in Whole Foods and they had their specialty salts on sale and available to taste, including Fleur de Sel. My wife and I are in our late 20s, relatively new to the hobby chef scene, and certainly still learning, so this would be our first purchase of Fluer de Sel. It was on sale for $14.99. As we were checking out, my wife just happened to say, "hmm, look at that," regarding the whole foods promise that if an item was scanned for a price more expensive than listed, the item is free. Seconds later, the Fleur de Sel rung up at $18.99. Our lucky day, free Fleur de Sel. Now I don't feel bad using it more liberally and often.