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For most of my childhood life (from birth to age 11) I lived in the area. My family always went to the same grocery store(a Kroger), so until I was about 6, I thought that everyone in my city went to Kroger for grocery shopping, so I was shocked when I went to kindergarden and found kids who went other places for groceries!
Up until I was about ten, I used to think that supermarkets could choose whatever name they wanted, like pubs. So, where a pub could be 'The Crown', 'The Anchor', 'The Queen's Head' or whatever, supermarkets could open and pretty much choose what they wanted, like 'Waitrose', 'Sainsbury's', 'Tesco's'. I couldn't work out why they only chose the same three or four names...
When my younger sister was just beginning to read, she would try to read all the signs she came across. In one of our favorite stores were dressing rooms bearing the sign "no more than 2 garments in dressing room at one time". She thought it read "no more than 2 grandmas in dressing room at one time" and was very concerned about what would happen to the 3rd grandma.
When I was younger I used to beleive the word 'pharmacy' was pronounced 'pyrima-cy'.
When i was 7 my Mum would stop the car to go into the Royal Bank of Scotland. Even though I knew I was in Bolton, England I thought that the branch must be in Scotland. I never resolved that problem until I realised the truth.
I used to always wonder why my clothes gets shorter within an year of buying it.Finally I came to a conclusion that if you remove the price tag from the dress,it would start diminishing in size every day.I did't realize it was I who was growing and the size of my dress remained constant.
for some time I used to think that at a drug store people really sold drugs.
I used to belive that if you didn't step off the escalator in time you would be sucked into the mechanism.
I used to think a strip mall was a mall where people wold walk around the mall naked and then put they're clothes back on when they leave
I used to believe that the phrase "window shopping" actually referred to the act of shopping for new windows.
I spent much of my youth wondering why my mother wanted so many windows, as well as why she was finding it so hard to find any as she always came home empty handed.
When I was little(3-8ish) I used to believe that if you were under 21 you weren't allowed to walk through the aisles where there is alcohol in stores. Nobody told me that, but I just kinda made it up. I everytime I would walk down it with my parents I would always check to make sure that nobody that worked at the store was around because I didn't want to get into any trouble. The first time I walked down the alcohol aisle I thought I was being so risky.. I don't know how I found out that it wasn't illegal.
I used to believe that the overhead-pages on the loudspeaker in supermarkets was from lost children looking for their parents.
I used to belive that employees who worked at 24/7 shops lived there and never slept!(they worked 24/7)
I thought 'Miss Selfridge' was an actual person. When I questioned who it was that was giving my classmates all these lovely clothes, I was laughed to the ground.
At one time during my childhood I hated going shopping. That was because we couldn't buy everything in the store. I thought merchandise in a store would be sad every time someone passed by without buying it. I hated making all that merchandise sad.
As a small child, I believed that items sold in small sizes,
like, 1/2 dozen eggs, travel size shampoo, quart of milk etc. where only for "short people" and I told my mom I wanted to be a short person when I grew up so I can buy the cute stuff.....
when i was little we friends used to go for shopping. if the count is odd i.e. if there are odd number of people. we used to carry a stone along. Thats a belief that one should never go oddnumbered. quite a weird belief!!!! huh!!!!!!
The ink-filled plastic anti-theft tags on clothes in department stores would automatically explode if taken outside the store.
My little brother (two years younger, can you believe this?) had my sister and I convinced that the escalator would catch my feet if I did not use the correct procedure for getting off. Since my brother is MUCH smarter than I, I always jumped instead of stepping off. to this day (I'm seventeen) I cannot get off an escalator without jumping.
I had a recurring dream quite often when I was young, a nightmare that when I went shopping at the mall with my parents, in the clothing store the mannequins/dummies would somehow draw me away from them... and then never let me leave the mall. They would always keep me there with them and no matter what I did, I'd never get away.
Throughout my early elementary school years (up until grade 4), I would not accept clothing from a store that had mannequins in it (of any sort, even just body parts like arms or waists). I was terrified of them. The sight of one creeped me out and I would scream and cry to be removed from the store. My poor parents could not figure out what the hell was wrong with me because I never told anyone about the dream. I was terrified to stay in the store because I was afraid the mannequins would get me. It got to the point where I had to see a psychologist for my problem- and she worked out a solution where I no longer feared them (and stopped having the dream).
Yeah, I was a weird kid.