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Shopping in Germany...

Sometimes I forget where I live... >.>

I usually do my shopping (food and otherwise) in the afternoon, because I can combine that with a run to the post office. Today I'd been waiting to hear from Cilli as to when she'll get here, and totally missed my shopping 'window'. So I just ran out and drove over to the supermarket to get the stuff that I had run out of.

I walk into the place at 7:30 pm. Now mind you, the store closes at 8 pm (yes, that's normal closing time here). I go through the aisles fairly briskly since I have a list and know exactly what I need. Then I get to the vegetables and fruits aisle. And it's half empty! A young employee is standing there, packing crates upon crates of foodstuff onto a cart, preparatory to putting it away. I'm like... O.o It's not 8 pm yet. She just shrugs and continues. I just manage to grab what I need before she takes away *those* crates, too.

Then on to the meat, meat cuts and cheese counter. It's 7:40 now. The counters are almost empty, everything stacked neatly into carts in the back of the counter, again, preparatory for being taken away. Me: O.o Then the lady behind the counter says, "Well, since we don't get overtime, we make sure to be *finished* at exactly 8 pm. That means we clear everything away half an hour early."

I wander away in a daze...

Now I know why I don't shop in the evening... >.>


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Dec. 8th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
Toller Kundenservice >_< Das ist schon fast peinlich, ich frag mich immer wie das auf Leute aus dem Ausland wirken muss, wo man ja oft 24/7 einkaufen gehen kann.

Das ist einer der absoluten Vorteil des Großstadtlebens, spätabends ohne Probleme einkaufen. Die meisten Supermärkte in meiner Nachbarschaft haben bis 22.00 Uhr offen, Penny sogar bis 23.00 Uhr. Ich geh eigentlich fast nur abends einkaufen und okay, die Obst- und Gemüseabteilung ist manchmal ein bisschen spärlicher bestückt aber ansonten alles wunderbar. Das und das perefekte U-und S-Bahn Netz fehlen mir immer am meisten wenn ich in der "Provinz" bin.
Dec. 8th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
Das Problem ist nicht die Provinz, sondern dass Bayern immer noch das alte Ladenschlussgesetz hat das da besagt, von 6-20 Uhr. Nix ist mit länger... >.
Dec. 8th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
Ach so, dass wusste ich nicht, dass das mit den Ladenschlussgesetzen so verschieden ist von Bundesland zu Bundesland.
Dec. 8th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
Typisch Bayern halt... >.< Bayern und Saarland sind die einzigen zwei Bundesländer, die noch die alten Ladenschlusszeiten haben... Alle anderen haben schon die neuen übernommen. *seufz* Wir sind halt noch etwas... konservativ... in solchen Dingen. >.<
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Dec. 8th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
Lucky customers... here, on the dot of 8, you get a storewide anouncement telling you that "dear customers, we're closed now, please come to the cashier to pay for your choices". They more or less shoo you out. And Gods help you if you *dare* to walk into the store five minutes to closing! It might even happen that there's already a manager standing at the doors preventing you from entering...
Dec. 9th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
I used to have the same problem when I worked evenings and tried to shop on the way home.
Dec. 10th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
It drives me wild! It's just so... shortsighted!


Oh well... Have to live with it... But I don't have to *like* it.
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