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When I was 5 years old I used to think that the people at the A and P grocery store gave us money to do our shopping. It used to make me so happy because we didn't have a lot of money and I knew that getting our groceries paid for would mean less stress for my mom. At the time I did not understand the concept of cashing a check, which was what was really happening.
I used to believe that the people who worked at the mall lived there. I thought that they slept on the display beds, wore the clothes that were being sold, and ate at the food court. I wanted to work and live there too. I was disappointed when I found out the truth.
I knew it was wrong to talk to strangers so I would yell at my mom and get worried when she chatted with people in the grocery store line.
Before i knew how to read, my sister told me that the grocery store "grand union" was pronounced "grand onion" because she was not actually that good at reading. i figured that they must be well-known for their onions...
I use to buy a lot of used cd's at a store where they had a large selection of cd's with the initials "VS" on them. I thought that "VS" was a person who had sold back his old cd's. I can remember thinking that i would like to meet the guy who is selling back hundreds of cd's. As it turned out, "VS" stood for "very scratched". Doh!
when I was about 10 and saw "sundries" advertised on stores I thought they sold raisins, prunes, etc.--"sun dries", things dried in the sun.
Back in the 70s there was a retail stor at every mall called Korvette's. Imagine my disappointment to find out that they sold clothes and not cars! :(
I used to think that the change from giving money of greater value than the total purchase was a profit for the buyer.
My sister and I used to dig up the yard because we would think that if we dig deep enough, we will get to Toys 'R' Us and get all the free toys we want.
When I was little, my dad used to always take me to this McDonald's that was right next to a Sears. The Sears sign must have been really big or something because I would always refer to McDonald's as Sears.
As a 7 year old, out shopping with my parents, my two elder brothers told me about this place they called children's world. they told me that it was a place where they punished children like myself , locking them in for life where they could be kept away from everybody, especially other children. As you will have guessed,but as i didn't realise at the time and could only see the place from outside, children's world was actually a kids' entertainment store and there were giant
slides on display that could be used.my brothers said this was a trick so that i could be locked in as soon as i got in, and that like it or not, mum was going in there to look next and i had to go in with her, and i wasn't coming out.
I used to beleive in stores that were open 24/7 , that the people that worked there worked 24/7 nonstop.
When I was a kid, typical grocery stores in my town had slanted mirrors in places, like behind the produce bins. For a long time, I didn't realize that they were mirrors. I thought they were windows allowing a view into a different part of the store, a part that wasn't level but steeply slanted. It seemed almost a magical part of the store. Shoppers there seemed to effortlessly walk up the steep floor with no danger of sliding down. And they could leave their shopping carts in place without them rolling downhill. I figured that it was only a matter of time until my parents would have occasion to shop in that other strange and wonderful part of the store, and they would take me there with them. Eventually I was very disappointed to learn that no such thing would ever happen.
When I was a kid, we still had Woolworth's five-and-ten cent stores, which have since gone out of business. I thought back then that their name was "Wool Worse". So I thought they were the last place anyone would want to buy anything made of wool, as their wool, I thought, was worse than anyone else's.
On Main St. in the town where I grew up, there was an unfinished furniture store. I was well into my 20's when I finally realized that "unfinished furniture" meant that there was no paint or stain on the wood, NOT that it was missing legs or tops.... I wish I had known that before I bought that set of dining-room chairs that I had to strip and repaint myself.....
For a while until I now(I'm 15!) I misunderstood when expensive looking jewelery was called"paste"(fake) I thought that it was literally made out of glue. Though I always wondered how they made the gem stones out of glue...
I used to think everytime my mom took my to the supermarket, she was willing to trade me for another son and I kept asking myself who would be my new parents, how much I would cost and stuff
When i was younger i thought that when you go to the grocery store, you couldn't go down an isle that somebody was already in. I thought this because whenever my mom and i went shopping, we would start walking down an isle and then we would turn around right away and go to the next isle. (we turned around because the item she wanted wasn't down that isle) I realized that you could go down an isle that somebody was in when i was about 9 or 10.
My mom told my little brother that we were going to the antique shop(he is only 6) and he looked confused but said ok anyway. when we got the he ran up to the lady and hugged her and yelled imso happy to see you Aunt Tik. We died laughing and had to explain it to him
I remember thinking that the "Nude Furniture" store was some sort of naughty place.