Grocery-Cart Shaming Is a Thing that Exists Now, Because People Are Bored and Mean

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I have an abiding fear of being judged based on the contents of my shopping cart at the grocery store. I told myself that was totally irrational. It was just my way of being paranoid and neurotic. Nobody would ever really look in my grocery cart and judge my purchases! That’d be ridiculous, right?

Well, it looks like my paranoia was real after all. People are looking into other people’s shopping carts and judging them. Writer and blogger Constance Hall posted a photo of her cute kid at the grocery store this week, and the photo was immediately and inexplicably overrun by people judging her groceries.

Hall wasn’t even buying weird groceries! If she had 800 bottles of Smirnoff Ice in the cart it would be one thing–because Smirnoff Ice is awful–but people were attacking her for loading up on “processed crap,” “junk food,” and .. butter and eggs.

Me "going to Woolies, got a lot to buy so no kids are coming" Snow "cool story"

Posted by Constance Hall on Sunday, October 8, 2017

I don’t know what they’re talking about. I can’t even tell what’s in there. If I peer really closely into this woman’s shopping cart–which makes me feel like an utter nutjob, but I have to do it for the purpose of this article–I see Rice Krispies, yogurt, eggs, beef noodles … maybe some juice? I’m not sure what I’m supposed to be getting mad about. It looks like she’s buying in bulk and stocking up on staples and pantry goods.

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