Why men don’t shop

November 19, 2007

by Jennifer Gallus

The other day, I was walking down the sidewalk in Winsted. A man came out of a business, looked me in the eye, proceeded to turn and walk in front of me, and then spit on the sidewalk knowing full well I was right behind him.

This grosses me out a bit, but it’s such a common public practice that we’re somewhat immune to it. However, it begs the question as to why men feel the urge to frequently spit, and in public to boot!

I questioned my husband, but he couldn’t really put his finger on it. He thinks it’s more of a reflex or a habit.

I Googled the topic and there are loads of possible reasons, but nothing concrete that would explain why men do this.

Another good question would be why don’t women share in this phenomena?

I think I’ve figured it out. I thought if men spit, then what is it that women do a lot of? Well, that would be shopping.

While men will shop, they usually do it quickly and efficiently. They get in and get out.

Hmm, if we put all these ideas together we could ascertain that men spit to their hearts content right before entering a store. Then, they have to hold all that extra, umm, spit in their mouths while they shop. This makes them want to get out of the store so that the spitting frenzy can freely start again, thus they tear out of the store like no ones business.

Sense, or quite possibly non-sense, made of men and their quick shopping trips. The spitting thing, well, that’ll never be solved.


The other morning after I put my work clothes on my 8-year-old said to me with a scrunched up face, “What’s with those pants?”

I said, “What do you mean,” as I looked down at my pants. To which he responded, “Well, they don’t look good,” as he shoved another spoonful of Rice Krispies in his mouth.

Oh, there’s nothing like a good dose of “kid fashion police” in the morning!