There are some items that cause a certain amount of embarrassment when purchased at a store. This type of shame is universal, and usually surrounds items of an "intimate" nature: condoms, tampons, pregnancy tests. Most people try to get around the humiliation by making several other purchases of normal, day to day items at the same time.
I have found, however, that as I get older, I care less and less about what people think, and finally came to the conclusion that if a_cashier00 has nothing better to do with their time than judge me by purchases, he or she can have at it.
Some people, however, retain this embarrassment, even as they get older, like my husband. But what, you ask, are the items that cause his ignominy? Toilet paper and paper towels. Yep. For some reason, he thinks the mere purchase of only these two items instantly signals to everyone in the store that somehow he has had some kind of shit accident all over the apartment and therefore needs these two items to clean up.
This, my friends, is what I have to live with on a daily basis. I wonder that I am still sane.