The Supermarket Cliche

Chilipepper Chilipepper
Yeah, I'm totally in a bad place. Between accepting that I no longer have a Master and my wild post-Moontime hormones, I am seeing my fantasy type.

It was at the supermarket, of all places. The type that gets me hot and bothered - tall, skinny, geeky, dark hair, stubbly, glasses, dressed professionally. Managed to get within five feet of him before he booked it. I like to think it was because he was preoccupied with his shopping and not the fact that I had my hair in a bathknot, was wearing clothes two sizes too big, and am lushly padded. I don't think I'll see him again, but it's haunting me. (I said I was in a bad place.)

But, seriously, I began to wonder about the cliche of meeting people at supermarkets. How do you really approach someone to talk to them in the middle of a store without seeming like a random loon? Has anyone ever met someone at a supermarket or know someone who has?
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Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
Yeah, I'm totally in a bad place. Between accepting that I no longer have a Master and my wild post-Moontime hormones, I am seeing my fantasy type.

It was at the supermarket, of all places. The type that gets me hot and bothered - tall, ... More
There's a cliché about meeting people in supermarkets? I did a ton of grocery shopping (before I married my husband) and all I got was leering workers.
06/08/2012
Chilipepper Chilipepper
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Originally posted by Petite Valentine
There's a cliché about meeting people in supermarkets? I did a ton of grocery shopping (before I married my husband) and all I got was leering workers.
Oh, yes. It was a "popular and acceptable" way of meeting singles back in the 1970's and 80's (I guess not being drunk and seeing people in florescent lighting makes it more legit than a bar). The theory is that you do your shopping after work on a weekday, on the premise that married people with families only go on weekends and single people pick stuff up on their way home because they don't need to plan much.

I once came across a reference in a spell book (of all places) of meeting people at the market, which involved getting someone's attention by enchanting a piece of ginger root, dropping it in their basket, and you'd be able to strike up a conversation without them thinking you're a weirdo (of course, the idea is to drop the ginger root in their basket without them noticing).

Leering workers, hm? Maybe the cliche simply doesn't apply anymore, us being in a different generation and all. Too bad ... if I ever see Sexy Geek again, I'll probably have to club him and drag him back home. Or toss enchanted ginger root in his basket and deliver a trite pick-up line.
06/09/2012
nanamondoute nanamondoute
I never knew this...I mean, you see it in the media sometimes, but I thought that was just TV. I guess it's because I never really go to the supermarket. But I remember when I went when I was younger, there wasn't really anyone worth looking at, lol. The large majority is female.
06/09/2012
CRAZYSEXYONE CRAZYSEXYONE
I have had someone start to flirt over the freezer section
06/09/2012
humblepie humblepie
I would probably ask them if they knew where something was/had a product to recommend from the section we were in, possibly something that could segue into an invitation to hang out.
06/09/2012
indiglo indiglo
I once had a guy try to flirt with me over cough drops in the grocery store. He told me which ones he liked the best. I just picked out the ones I wanted and left. Had I been single, it would have been a great opportunity. (Besides being spoken for, I was sick, so I wouldn't have been in the mood anyway.)

I don't think it's odd at all. Maybe ask him a question related to the section of the grocery store you're in.

Good on you for trying! I wouldn't take it too personally - I'm all business when I'm out running errands too. Especially certain days, if I'm in a rush, or not feeling well.
06/09/2012
ghalik ghalik
People have approached me in grocery stores. It's a bit strange. Funniest one was this guy who tried to use the "oh we both like the same kind of apple!" thing on me...

I do have to admit that there are lots of hot girls in the places I shop. I only check out (heh) because it just seems weird to talk to them.
06/09/2012
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Good suggestions on asking about things in the section (and, yeah, "same apple" does sound like he was trying too hard, ghalik). If I do see him again, I might try - if he doesn't dash off.

I just found it kinda hilariously sad that the universe was having a laugh riot at me ... "Oh, Chili, while you're at the store and looking like a mile of bad road, we'll drop your dream man in front of you in the produce section - grab the ginger root, honey, and make a wish!"
06/10/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
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Originally posted by Chilipepper
Good suggestions on asking about things in the section (and, yeah, "same apple" does sound like he was trying too hard, ghalik). If I do see him again, I might try - if he doesn't dash off.

I just found it kinda hilariously sad ... More
"Oh, Chili, while you're at the store and looking like a mile of bad road, we'll drop your dream man in front of you in the produce section - grab the ginger root, honey, and make a wish!"



Shine your sense of humor at him and I think he'll be immediately smitten.
06/11/2012
Khanner Khanner
I always feel rushed when I'm at the supermarket. Even if I were single, I wouldn't be in the right state of mind.
06/11/2012
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