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The 15 brilliantly middle-class things we overheard while shopping in a Cheshunt Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer is known for being one of the more upmarket shops that you can find on UK high streets.

As well as its high-quality clothing range, it also has a delicious food hall that provides us with the ultimate fine dining experience.

It’s become known over the years for being a middle-class shop and with that, you expect some very sophisticated people to be shopping in there.

We decided to take a visit to the branch in Cheshunt at the Brookfield Centre to see what hilarious and middle-class things people were saying while out shopping.

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Here’s what we heard during our MS visit:

I headed down to the shop at around 10.30am on a grey and miserable Monday and was excited to head inside and hear what people were chatting about.

The branch in Cheshunt is huge, so I had plenty of opportunities to loiter around.

As I started to walk around and pretend to browse the items, I was very disappointed that there weren’t too many people around.

Of those that were actually shopping at the time, I also was probably the youngest person inside.

I stayed positive and I was rewarded with absolute gold.

1. “Is this 100 per cent cotton? I need it to be 100 per cent”

Some of the pyjamas in the store

A woman, who was roughly in her late 50s, was taking a look at the pyjama section along with her friend and said: “Is this 100 per cent cotton? I need it to be 100 per cent.”

I can only assume that the pyjama set she was looking at wasn’t actually 100 per cent cotton and she carried on rummaging through the shelves.

We can all totally appreciate wanting soft pyjamas. You’ve got to be comfortable in bed.

2. “Oh look! Pyjamas, pyjamas, pyjamas

Also in the pyjama section was a young mother who was almost running towards the clothes as she “Oh look! Pyjamas, pyjamas, pyjamas“.

I wasn’t sure if she was just really excited about the Marks and Spencer pyjamas or if she was trying to entertain her child and keep him awake.

He just smiled and was mumbling incoherent words to himself as his mother started to have a look at the rack.

There’s a lot to choose from in that section and after hearing her, I was starting to get a little bit excited myself.

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  3. “Oh thank you darling, thank you so very much”

As I walked past one of the tills near the women‘s bra and underwear section, I was lucky enough to hear a very posh elderly lady paying for her shopping.

As the worker behind the till handed her the bag, the woman really went for it when annunciated the ‘darling’.

I’m not sure if it was her as a person, or if it’s a ‘posh-people thing’, but she said it quite loudly.

Sometimes I think posh people want you to know that they’re posh so they seem to speak louder.

I started to think perhaps my midlands accent did not belong here and perhaps she would not approve, but she seemed like a lovely woman and was dressed very well.

4. “I like these now but I didn’t before, I thought they were hideous”

As a woman in her 40s or 50s was taking a look at the dresses, she showed one to her partner and said “I like these not but I didn’t before, I thought they were hideous”.

In response, he simply said “hmm yes” as he gazed into the open. I’m not sure he even looked at them in the end. Is shopping that boring for men?

I looked at the dresses myself once they had moved on and they all seemed quite nice so I’m glad she changed her mind on them in the end.

She didn’t pick one up though, so maybe she didn’t like them that much.

5. “See, this is the shape of dress I like but you don’t think it looks good on me do you?”

The dresses the woman was talking about

This comment was also made by a female shopper to her partner while browsing the clothes.

She said to him: “See, this is the shape of dress I like but you don’t think it looks good on me do you?”

He didn’t reply and it was probably a smart move – happy wife, happy life right?

They both just simply carried on walking round the shop looking at all the other clothes.

But wouldn’t it be nice having this as your biggest issue when shopping?

To just have your partner’s disagreement instead of whether you can actually afford this and if he’d kill you for buying it?

Looking back, I also wish I told her that she should buy the dress despite what the man thought because us girls need to stick together regardless of where we shop.

6. “There’s nothing worse than screaming children”

A group of two women and two men, probably in their late 50s, were walking around the shop.

As the women stopped to look at some of the clothes, a poor mother with a screaming child walked past them.

One of the women proceeded to say to the other: “God that baby is loud.

“There was a young baby on my plane yesterday and it screamed and screamed. There’s nothing worse than screaming children.”

The other woman agreed and the conversation changed to the coats that were on sale in front of them.

The two men were standing away from them talking to each other and not taking too much notice of the crying children.

7. “The chocolate puddings here are much much better”

In the food hall, I came across an elderly couple bickering over their food shop.

The woman said to the man: “Let’s just get some from Tesco later, they’re too expensive.”

And the man replied: “No, I refuse to eat their food and the chocolate puddings here are much much better.”

Now, I’ve had the chocolate melt in the middle puddings from Sparks and they really are that good.

I’m not so sure about Tesco’s though as I’ve never had the opportunity to try them.

In the end, the woman caved and alas, two chocolate pudding packets were put in their trolley.

Good on the man for standing up for what he believed in.

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8. “These boots are all the same. I wanted something in between and stylish instead”

The boots that were “all the same”

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One middle aged woman wasn’t particularly happy about the range of boots the shop had on offer.

She said: “These boots are all the same. I wanted something in between and stylish instead.”

There were a lot of boots that looked the same in her defence, but I had a look and they all seemed to be of great quality.

I wasn’t too sure what she meant when she said ‘in between’ though.

Are boots really that different from one another? She was mumbling to herself as she looked around the selection and I’m glad she did.

There were also a huge range of other shoes available – far more than I’ve ever seen in actual shoe shops.

9. “Just get three packets, I don’t care how much they are”

I came across a young teenager with her mum looking at the multi-packs of ladies underwear.

Then, all of a sudden, the mum just snapped and said: “Just get three packets, I don’t care how much they are.”

I’m not sure why she got so angry so fast. I can only presume the girl just really wanted that specific type.

I think a lot of us would like to be able to buy three packets of anything and not care much about the cost.

Is this the stage when you know you’re wealthy? Is this when you know you’ve made it?

I think I’m a long way off until I can do this.

10. “No point getting the legs out is there?”

This quote really made me giggle.

A little old lady who was maybe in her 70s was looking at the trousers and skirt section and said to her friend: “Once the winter comes in, I’ll just keep wearing trousers.

“No point in getting the legs out is there?”

Her friend agreed: “Oh yes, you’d just freeze wouldn’t you?”

I liked that an elderly lady was still confident enough to get her legs out, but that she was also being reserved in the winter. It’s quite sensible when you think about it. 

11. “I’ve grown bigger pumpkins than that”

In the shop there were large boxes of pumpkins that were ready for Halloween.

As I walked past them, I saw a middle-aged gentleman taking a good look at them.

As I had a look at them myself, he said to himself: “I’ve grown bigger pumpkins that that” and walked away.

I wasn’t too sure if he was being serious or just mocking the size of them, but you’ve got to have a fairly big vegetable patch to be growing something like that.

In fact, you’ve got to have a garden to even begin to think about doing that, something I don’t have myself.

I should add though, the ones in the box were pretty big.

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  12. “Oh look they’re starting to put out Christmas decorations in bloody October”

The Christmas decorations are starting to come out

Yes, it’s true. The Christmas decorations are starting to come out, leaving one young woman pretty unhappy as she showed them to her partner.

She said: “Oh look they’re starting to put out Christmas decorations in bloody October.

“September has only just finished!”

The young man with her laughed and agreed, but they still both had a good look at them all.

I do understand that perhaps it is still early but who doesn’t look forward to Christmas?

13. “I just wanted to try the eight but it’s a bit too roomy for my liking so I’ll order the six”

A woman was trying on jumpers at one point and was getting help from one of the employees.

The woman said: “I just wanted to try the eight but it’s a bit too roomy for my liking so I’ll order in the six.”

The employee agreed and ran off to, I presume, go and order the six.

This is somewhat a relatable situation. We all know the pain of when you’re size isn’t on the rack.

It must be nice shopping in MS though where you can order in a different size!

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  14. “Is that coat dearer? I don’t mind paying the difference if it means I’m comfier and look the best”

As a lady was trying on a coat, another woman she was with held up a similar looking one to her.

The lady trying on the coat eyes lit up and said: “Is that coat dearer? I don’t mind paying the difference if it means I’m comfier and look the best.”

I love the level of confidence she has and her lack of care over how much the coats cost. The price tag doesn’t matter if you look good right?

I also didn’t realise that coats are imperative to making you look ‘the best’ in a group of people.

15. “No Deborah I’m not a short, for goodness sake”

In the mens section, I came across a couple looking at mens trousers.

As they sorted through them, the woman said to the man: “Are you a short?” to which he replied “No Deborah, I’m not a short – goodness sake!”

Although he sounded quite angry that his partner would even suggest he was short, I think this was a very polite and middle-class way to show his anger.

The woman didn’t say anything in reply and just carried on looking through the trousers. She clearly had touched a nerve!