I did some last-minute grocery shopping Saturday evening so that I could prepare a rice salad. When I broke into a sweat bagging my groceries, I remembered that it’s different in the US.
Supermarkets and stores in Germany aren’t allowed to open 24/7. Usually, it’s from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. And the stores aren’t allowed to open on Sundays.
In German grocery stores, all carts are chained together and you have to put a one-Euro coin into the cart as a deposit. You get your coin back once you bring back the cart. That way, shoppers don’t leave the carts all over the place.
In some grocery stores, the people at checkout scan very fast. You almost have to throw your groceries into the cart to keep up. No one bags your groceries for you. Also, you have to pay for bags, so most Germans bring their own and you also see a lot of people with baskets.
Apparently, Germans go food shopping more often than Americans – probably because a lot of us just walk to the grocery store or use a bike, so we can’t buy enough for a week. Or maybe we need constant training to keep up with the Indy 500 cashiers. :-)