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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 02:59 PM
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Just because you CAN pay for 8 items with 18 coupons...
...does not mean you SHOULD. :grr:

The one time I'm an a hurry, and I get stuck behind the people who insist on using every coupon they have. And better yet, they're non-traditional coupons and need a manager to clear them :nuke:

I fucking hate grocery shopping. Even when it's at the little corner co-op.
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Tektonik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:07 PM
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1. Yea it does not mean someone should try to save money
The horror :eyes:
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:10 PM
Response to Reply #1
3. Of course they should save money...
But maybe in the normal line instead of the quick check line...

Just sayin'...

:hi:
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Pale Blue Dot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:11 PM
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4. ...
:eyes:

I'm sorry, but this one thread enbodies everything that is wrong with America today and illustrates perfectly how and why we got into this mess.
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Tektonik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:15 PM
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6. I bet you're a dirty commie coupon user
Edited on Sat May-02-09 03:15 PM by Tektonik
God, can't you pay full price? How dare you take extra time in line punching in your phone number into the atm thingie at the local Kroger's so you get the club card discount. :mad:
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Pale Blue Dot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:18 PM
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7. I don't clip coupons currently, but I'm thinking about it.
Every little bit helps, especially for families that have experienced layoffs or health issues.
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Tektonik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:21 PM
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10. I was raised in a coupon cutting lower middle class family
If my mom didn't save 100 bucks every week from the coupons plus sale prices, she was doing something wrong; my brother and I were trained to spot good deals, find coupons on food items, and we damn well made sure we got food we liked.
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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:24 PM
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16. So was I. My ex-wife got us through both being unemployed with coupons
And I was raised by a single mother. I know all about coupons. However, I also know about respect and being considerate of other patrons, too.

But you don't go to a small grocery store and buy a bunch of bags of potato chips with 18 coupons all at once at the busiest time of the week.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:18 PM
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8. How's that?
You've lost me...

The quick check line is supposed to be just that: Quick.

I have no problem with coupons, but not when they hold other people up.

That's all I'm saying.

:shrug:
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Pale Blue Dot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:24 PM
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15. First of all, the OP said nothing about a quick checkout line.
Second of all, you would rather that a person, potentially cash-straped and with a family to feed, should spend more of his/her money then make YOU wait another few seconds? This attitude is selfish and cruel, and it's exactly this kind of "me first, don't hold me up" attitude that has cost this country so much.

Frankly, CP, I've always considered you a very compassionate person and I'm a little surprised to see you defending this - even going so far as to add things to the OP to help justify your opinion.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:29 PM
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21. Well, you know, you're right...
Somehow I just assumed that he was talking about a quick check line.

And I did say that I have NO problem with coupons. Just not in a quick check line, which is where I thought he was...

I would never say don't use them because they hold others up, NEVER.

I fully see and understand why people use them, and they have every right to do so.

Peace...

:hi:
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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:31 PM
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22. They were buying POTATO CHIPS. BAGS of them
THey were not feeding a strapped family-- at least healthily.

I maybe should have clarified. I would have felt differently if they were buying organic produce or meat, but there were at the natural food co-op buying junk food. WITH coupons.

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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:17 PM
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40. That reminds me of the walk-in clinic at the county hospital
Me ex broke his foot when he wiped out on the motorcycle. At the time we didn't know his foot was broken just that it was swollen and hurting. My ex put down on the triage sheet that he hurt his foot in a motorcycle accident.That was just enough to put him in front of the line.

They came out to get my ex in a wheelchair and this lady started hollering...EXCUSE ME!! EXCUSE ME!! BUT I WAS HERE BEFORE HIM!! The nurse stated her case and rolled off with my ex.

Most of the random violence and the road rage we see today all boils down to one thing...fucking people are in a damn hurry.......
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Tektonik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:13 PM
Response to Reply #3
5. Oh I understand that
However living in society, you just have to wait sometimes; that's life.
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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:50 PM
Response to Reply #5
43. yep
it's called "welcome to society"

or alternatively,

"tough shit, deal."
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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:20 PM
Response to Reply #1
9. Saving money = yes. But going to the store at the busiest time of the week
and using a bunch of non-standard (i.e., not manufacturer or store) coupons to pay for your purchase is a tad on the inconsiderate side, don't you think?

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Tektonik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:22 PM
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13. Not at all if the person knew the store was going to end up accepting them
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Pool Hall Ace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:23 PM
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14. What exactly is a non-standard coupon?
All I am familiar with is either store or manufacturer's coupons. :shrug:
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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:27 PM
Response to Reply #14
19. They were vouchers issued by one of those "happenings" type books
that organizations sell to fundraise. Most of them have to be entered manually into the inventory system, as they don't have a typical barcode that can be scanned and reconciled against inventory.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:31 PM
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23. The store agreed to place the coupons in the booklet and probably paid to do so.
If they weren't prepared to process coupons they knew full well they would run, that's really not the customer's fault.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:28 PM
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20. I don't know that person's schedule.
Maybe that's when they weren't working, had a ride or were on their way someplace else.

I would suggest the problem, if this caused a serious delay, is more likely to be an insufficient number of cashiers, a lack of training in how to handle atypical coupons, or policies which prevent quick processing of coupons (such as having a manager inspect them, or a cumbersome process for inputting them in the register.)
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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:36 PM
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25. I wouldn't disagree with that. But these were white, upper- to upper-middle class ladies
in their 60s. Typical of much of the neighborhood, which runs to the well-off side of rich, for the most part (Garrison Keillor used to live a couple blocks away, and F. Scott Fitzgerald grew up around there, too). It's the old-money set of St Paul who oftentimes has more money than sense, it seems.

Every line was packed, which is why it was impossible to go elsewhere. There are only four regular lanes, and one express lane which does not have a scale (hard to do bulk purchases through there). It's run on a shoestring operation which is how they keep their prices low enough for residents of neighboring communities to shop there, too.
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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:50 PM
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44. what other coupons could there possibly be?
did they write them on cardboard with crayons?
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Pale Blue Dot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:09 PM
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2. Yeah! What's the point in people, in tough economic times, saving money,
when it may cost you a few extra minutes?

Since I don't want to get in trouble, I'm not going to say anymore except: :grr:
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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:22 PM
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11. They were buying dijon potato chips. SIX BAGS of them
with a handful of non-standard coupons.

Using a coupon is one thing. Using two is one thing too. But using nearly 20 to purchase a few items? :crazy:
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:38 PM
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26. Six? SIX?????
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Tektonik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:42 PM
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29. devilish
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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:48 PM
Response to Reply #11
42. what did you have to do that was so important
that you couldn't wait an additional 25 seconds?

plus, if it's a rush period, you can expect shit like that to happen.

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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:22 PM
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12. Peapod works great
for people who do not like lines. Not sure where you live though, it's not available everywhere.

I am sure there are other alternatives.
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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:25 PM
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17. It's the neighborhood food co-op. It's about the size of two corner stores.
It carries organic and local food that can't be ordered online or bought at the local chain grocery store. And that is why I shop there-- they carry local brands the grocer and the bigger co-ops don't carry.

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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:32 PM
Response to Reply #17
24. Well, then Peapod is out for you then!
:P

I hear ya. I'm like that with Lotto people when I'm just trying to buy a juice or a pack of smokes at the convenient store.

They probably should've went to a different checkout. Can't fault them for using coupons, though. Times are tough.
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:20 PM
Response to Reply #24
41. You SMOKE???????
:rofl:

That's another flame war in the making.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:21 PM
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47. Yes, I am a smoker.
:hide:
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960 Donating Member (676 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:26 PM
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18. Tell me about it. Last year I was in line at Walgreen's DYING to get out of there
with my allergy medicine.

2 elderly ladies with FAT STACKS of coupons were in front of me.
They each got 2 bags full of stuff. One owed a dollar something, the other GOT BACK over $2 for taking 2 bags loaded with stuff.

I don't know where they clip coupons, but if I hadn't have been near passing out I would've asked.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:38 PM
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27. Walgreens is great for coupons. A lot of people do the free with coupon/ free after rebate items
and donate them to a local shelter or food pantry. There's always more need for grooming items, especially, than those places can meet.

The nice thing about Walgreens is that they issue so many store coupons and they'll accept both a store and a manufacturer coupon on the same item. So if say, Reynolds wrap is normally $2.69 and they have a store coupon to get two rolls for the price of one, then you found coupons for $1.50 off each roll, you'd use three coupons for two items (one store, two manufacturer) and you'd wind up getting two rolls for free.

They also have a really easy to use rebate program, where you just submit the info once a month and they send one check (or store gift card, I forget which) for all of your items, rather than having to send in a million separate rebate forms and eventually get a bunch of tiny checks back.

They need more cashiers though. The one near me always has a long line.
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Tektonik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:41 PM
Response to Reply #18
28. If only pharmacies in the US weren't convenience stores as well
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:34 PM
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30. The grocery is lucky I don't have a concealed carry permit.
Not really, but you get my point.
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:37 PM
Response to Reply #30
31. Yup. The only thing that saves me from strafing that fucking place
is the one checker I want to introduce to TM.

:rofl:
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:00 PM
Response to Reply #31
37. If she's looking, I know a future Marine who's free.
:rofl:

LK's half sister is back on the market. Apparently she figured out that Frito wasn't much of a catch.
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:08 PM
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38. Thank GOD!!!! That entire thing was a recipe for disaster.
She comes home Saturday for the summer!! :woohoo:

I'm totally sending her to Food Lion to check this kid out. I think he thinks I want him for myself because I keep talking to him. :rofl:

He obviously doesn't know I'm pregnant. :eyes:
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:38 PM
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32. I don't clip coupons. Mainly because the items that are
coupon worthy are things I don't want to feed my family.

Cleaning products et al, I get at Costco.

I should probably do it, but God, it seems like such a lot of work.
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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:58 PM
Response to Reply #32
45. well, and you make so much money anyway
it probably doesn't matter.

plus i wouldn't think they had coupons for lobster, caviar, and champagne.

nice post, gatsby.
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BeachBaby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:45 PM
Response to Reply #45
49. Jesus. WTF is your problem?
Whose business is it of yours to judge someone's income and menu? :wtf:
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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:46 PM
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50. sweetie
99% of this humor for me.

don't take me so seriously.

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NightWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:53 PM
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33. there should be no coupons allowed in the express lane
oh great, now this asshole has to write a check.....
somebody get the key...
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:54 PM
Response to Reply #33
34. Hey, I took your advice the other day and got an external hard drive.
Thanks so much! Has made a huge difference in organizing my files.

:thumbsup:
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NightWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:58 PM
Response to Reply #34
35. glad it helped. when/if your computer crashes, it is so nice to not have to worry
plus when you have as much porn (aka Grateful Dead concerts) downloaded as I do, you have to put them somehwhere.
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:08 PM
Response to Reply #35
39. Ha! I've been downloading Supernatural episodes from graboid
and burning them to play in my DVD, but I need to put them somewhere when I'm done.

:rofl:
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mnhtnbb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:59 PM
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36. Today I was in line and a woman had a PILE of coupons. She reduced her bill
from $90 some to $8 some.

I used to save coupons, but gave it up because of the time demands to clip, organize, monitor
for expirations, etc. I may go back to it in retirement after hearing there will be no
social security COL increases.

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sohndrsmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:18 PM
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46. Hopefully you'll opt for shopping at 3AM then so you won't
have to tolerate other people - or determine what is or is not necessary for them based on your personal convenience.

Would you have been as angry if you had been told that this person had run out of money and food, their house had burned down and they just found out they had brain cancer or they had just returned from having to euthanize their cherished 15 year old dog?

Next time you find yourself making decisions about someone in your way or taking too long, realize you have a choice in how you absorb the situation. You can assume that they're careless, rude and personally determined to make your life as miserable as they can OR you can make an equally imaginary assumption full of compassion, patience and selflessness.

Either way, your guessing, so the decision is yours. Guess which choice is corrosive? Guess which one enriches you?

If you don't get it, please shop when others don't have to suffer any self-destructive aggression if that's what you're determined to generate.

Good luck. Your ability to make choices is a very cool part of existence. Very cool...
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3.14158675309 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:39 PM
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48. I usually shop late when the crowds have other things going on
Edited on Sat May-02-09 06:44 PM by 3.14158675309
It's nice to have a grocery store that is open 24/7.
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