Dear Heloise: I work in a GROCERY STORE in Little Rock, Ark. I enjoy my job most days, and have worked here for several years.

My problem is customers! So many people seem to think the store is their playground. People put fresh produce in the freezer; they put frozen products on shelves, where they melt all over the shelves. Women who are shopping with children are talking on their phones or reading a magazine, and their children are destroying the area.

We all pick up things we realize we don’t need, but PLEASE, take them to the front to be put away. I cannot tell you how many products are ruined because of customers’ actions.

Store clerks do not set prices. We get yelled at by people about pricing. We put the product on the shelf and help you find it. We don’t make it. How old do you have to be when you get to stop being courteous?

I am writing this in hopes that it will make things better for customers and clerks. -- A Reader, Little Rock, Ark.

Your letter is not the first time this complaint has been voiced through the years. What are people thinking? It’s not your fault about prices or products.

So, my dear readers, please try to be civil, courteous and kind. Put any unwanted item back where you found it, or give it to a store employee. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: Those of us who are nearsighted have a challenge in choosing new eyeglass frames: We cannot really tell how they look on our faces. My solution is to take my digital camera with me and take a photo of myself in the mirror at the optician’s office. I also can capture a side view. Then I can tell how the frames will look on me. -- Angie in McDonough, Ga.

Brilliant! Trying to pick out frames can be a challenge for anyone! -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: My husband is colorblind, and it is hard for him to distinguish among black, brown and navy-blue socks. I separated the socks according to color and placed each group into a gallon freezer bag. I printed a picture of something black, brown and blue, plus typed the color under each picture.

Now when my husband or I look for a particular color of sock, it is easy to go to the correct bag and pull out the desired color of socks. -- Mrs. J. Pope in North Carolina


Dear Heloise: Here is what I do when making salad for one. I put all the ingredients except the dressing into a container. When I am ready to have salad, I take out what I want and put the dressing on that portion. That way, the rest of it doesn’t weep. It keeps much longer. -- A Texas Reader, via e-mail

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