Just once in my life, I'd love to just go grocery shopping without being surrounded by the idiocy of other shoppers.

Whether you're working out at the gym, driving on the highway or lounging on the beach, etiquette should prevail. This also applies to grocery stores.

The other day, I drove to Shaw's in Dartmouth for some supermarket sushi. Before you judge where I buy my sushi, you should try it -- just as fresh and delicious as what you'd find at a fancy restaurant.

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As I made my way past the produce to the sushi, I noticed a customer browsing the selection. It's not a large area, so out of respect for his space, I let him take his time. He made his choice and moved on.

I was pumped the market had the sushi roll I was craving and snagged it, but as I kept looking at the selection, a woman came out of nowhere and decided to box me out.

How could she not see I was there first?

Newsflash, lady, you can wait a minute and be patient like everyone else.

It's not the first time I've noticed this. Even in the aisles, common courtesy gets left at home. Ever try and decide which flavor soup you'd like to buy and have someone stand right in front of you to make their own choice?

I get it, we all want to get in and out as quickly as possible, but being a good person is not that difficult. Shopping is stressful enough; adding a dash of cluelessness to the mix doesn't help.

Moral of the story: Respect the space of others and use common courtesy when you're food shopping. A little bit of patience goes a long way, so keep your rudeness and obliviousness at home, please.

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