But that's the thing. It's really not my problem that you didn't budget enough time to buy groceries before work. I could further add that perhaps buying groceries before work is not the best time to do that, and perhaps you should be buying groceries on your day off when you don't have time constraints. Maybe you should plan an extra 10 minutes just in case you get stuck behind the coupon lady. The fact that you are now running late is not my problem. The woman helping her child was not unreasonable and was no more unreasonable than the extra time the coupon lady was taking.
Were you aiming this at me? In my case, I don't do a whole load of shopping, just something for my mid shift meal (Fresh food, no frozen, and not the kind of thing that could be bought in bulk and frozen for later),
and no I do NOT always have time to do those things on my off days. I'm a non driver in an area with transit service that's useless to anyone other than 9-5 office workers, and the nearest grocery store is not within reasonable walking distance. So I need a ride to the grocery store, but that doesn't always happen, due to scheduling conflicts and other issues. So it's usually buying my lunch before shift starts, which is NO more unreasonable than "normal" office workers buying their coffee and bagel on the way to work. And getting there earlier? I try, but this being the real world, it doesn't always work out. Traffic snarls and other things happen sometimes.
Buy a bunch of things in advance and make up lunches? Not always an option either, thanks to very limited fridge space, and other people working in the kitchen, who really don't want me in "their" space when they're doing something. (That, and I can't make sushi at home)
If you were ahead of me, holding up the line by explaining to your child what pennies, nickles, and dimes were, and how much each one was worth, while the child slowly did the math, all the while blocking the checkout lane so myself and anyone else behind me was now stuck waiting for your teachable moment to finish, then yes, I would politely say something. Perhaps "Excuse me, but I need to get back to work- could you step aside and let me check out, please?"
And yes, I did almost get stuck behind Miss Gift Card one night. As soon as I saw how many of the things she had, I hoofed it to another checkout, figuring a couple of college students with loaves of bread would be much faster. I was right.
Sorry, but it really frosts my asphalt when people who know nothing about my circumstances try to lecture me about how I should order my life.