The Shopping List Compendium:
a collection of abandoned shopping and grocery lists




167 - Frantic TEA BAGS and Indulgences

Just a scrap of a list, but still with some space at the bottom for any extra items. This space, of course, being particularly confusing when we notice "TEA BAGS" squeezed between "Crabsticks", "Salad" and "Paper/Magazine". Nothing else is written with the same sense of urgency as the tea bags scrawled into this space, nor are any others in capital letters. I can only assume that someone needed their daily tea-fix. And I'm convinced it says "Prayers" at the end of line 4. I'm pretty sure that the Catholic Church stopped selling indulgences in the 15th Century when Martin Luther kicked up his stink...so how this shopper hopes to buy "prayers" now is beyond me.

UPDATE: Numerous people have emailed me (or posted on the forum) to point out that "prayers" actually says "razors". Pam even goes into such detail as to point out that the middle section of the list is for toiletries. They're all probably right, of course, but I'm not aware of the church ever having been criticised by a German monk for selling personal hygiene equipment...
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This site is made possible by the kind people who abandon their shopping list at the end of a trip to the supermarket. I collect those shopping lists. You might refer to these as grocery lists, which strikes me as a bit strange because not all the items on the lists are groceries. Anyhow, I won't worry myself about it if you won't.

For those of you who have asked why I do this, please just be content with the fact that I do. I saw a list lying abandoned in a trolley once, and thought, "I'll have that". So I did.

Each shopping list I find is added to my collection along with comments about each list, which usually consist of me spouting on about the possible personality of the person who wrote it. I'm quite harsh at times, at others I feel a pang of compassion. Sometimes I just don't know what items are. Hopefully it will aid your procrastination.

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