Everywhere I go I keep seeing repeated posts about how to go about buying diapers in public. And everywhere I go I see a lot of people setting other people (unintentionally) up for embarassing and awkward situations based on their own perceptions of how this should be done.
The problem, especially among TBDL's is that there's very little experience out there among the groups trying to get a simple solution.
So here it is, and it may surprise you.
Step 0. Drive to the store. If you're worried about being recognized, drive a little farther.
Step 1. Walk into the store.
Step 2. Gather anything you may want, and then grab your diapers. (I say grab the diapers last because I remember how hard it was working up the nerve 11 years ago!)
Step 3. Proceed to checkout counter.
Step 4. Buy your things.
Step 5. Leave the store.
Wow! That was... pretty easy, huh?
You may notice there are quite a few things left out that you'd find in other such guides. The biggest one? Why in the Gods' names do you need a story to buy something at a store? Stores were made so people could buy stuff.
As a member of the retail world for most of my life, and as a diaper buyer for most of my teen-adult life, I can honestly say that no one is terribly concerned with what you're buying.
For example, a man goes to CVS and buys feminine deodorant and some pads. The clerk is not going to say, "Oh, this man is sick." They're going to say to themselves, "Oh how sweet, he's not ashamed to buy for his girlfiend."
Unless you make a great big deal out of it, no one's going to even remember your face five minutes after you leave. If you try and tell a story to break the tension (that in truth only exists on your side of the counter) it's going to draw attention to you.
If I come off as high-and-mighty, it's only because I've been there and am trying to save you guys and gals some trouble based on my own experiences.
I remember pretty early on in my adventures I went to walmart to get some depends samples since I was low on cash and the girl I was with said she'd try it... So I go in at 2am and I'm standing at the register feeling terribly self conscious, and the woman makes idle chat as she's ringing me up. Suddenly, I'm telling this huge story about a grandmother who doesn't exist having issues in the middle of the night. What could have been a 30 second transaction ended up being a five minute conversation (of TERROR in my mind) about what a sweet young man I was for doing this at this hour of the night.
Not only was the entire thing awkward and embarassing, but afterwards I felt a terrible guilt for having been praised for five minutes when really I was just a big kink.
The bottom line - stores were made so that people could buy things. Buying things in stores is thus a normal event, no matter what the purchase. If you don't have to make up a story to justify (to a clerk who doesn't know you) why you're buying tampons, or condoms, or candy, then why should you have to justify yourself for buying diapers?
Just play it cool and natural and you'll never have a problem.
I know this thread is a bit redundant, but I wanted it to be seen! Hope you enjoyed and maybe learned something! :3