The secret language of ‘supermarket dating’ at Coles and Woolworths in Australia
By Belinda Cleary for Daily Mail Australia
March 8, 2023 04:45, updated March 8, 2023 07:40
- Singles are encouraged to visit the fruit aisle
- Different fruits are different signs of intimacy
- Some show you’re looking for love, and some show you’re looking for sex
Young buyers claim that if you put a bunch of bananas in the bunch, with the end up towards the ceiling.
And that’s not the only secret message singles are sending each other in Australian supermarkets, with many believing adding a pineapple with a crown pointing to the ceiling means you’re actively looking for a relationship.
An upside-down pineapple, on the other hand, suggests that he likes “swinging and is looking for a new playmate.”
These are just a few of the items on the ‘sex shopping list’ that some people use to find a partner in public it first became popular in the early 2000s.
A woman from New Farm, Brisbane, said she knew people who used bananas to find lovers two decades ago and was not surprised the naughty trick had resurfaced.
“I saw a note in the local paper about this, a banana pointing at the ceiling means the customer is available,” he said.
“But it’s mostly used by members of the LGBTQI+ community around here,” he added.
Some admitted that they had heard of the banana technique but had never tried it and were not sure it would work.
“The urban myth 20 years ago was that a single banana clearly meant you were single. I’ve never noticed what other people do with their bananas, but I’ve never been flirted with in the supermarket either,” said one woman.
Others joked about the undertones of the sexualized fruit.
“I thought you had to eat the banana without biting,” said one man.
And some who had never heard of the urban myth began to overthink it.
“Questioning my decision to send my husband to get bananas for school lunch an hour ago this week,” laughed one woman in the Reddit thread.
Some have said that there are more obvious ways to let her know you’re looking for intimacy.
“Filling the basket with lube and condoms could catch someone’s eye,” they said.
Cut the banana and get to the point. Just go up to the cute guy and tell him he’s hot and you want his phone number, another said.
The idea of a sexually suggestive shopping cart excited former Bachelor star podcaster Brittany Hockley.
The 35-year-old single said there are a number of little-known signs people use when shopping to make it clear they’re looking for something more than just food.
“There’s this myth that you can pick it up at the supermarket and there are these signs and signals that you can pick up depending on what’s in the cart,” she explained on the Life Uncut podcast.
“And I have a little joke: it’s a singles club,” he added.
Brittany explained that the supermarket tour required the only customer to get a cart and go to the fruit aisle, where each item indicated a different meaning.
“If you pick up a bunch of bananas, if they’re straight, meaning the curve is facing up, that means they’re unique,” he said.
He added that if you just want to buy bananas but not sex, turn it the other way.
“If you have a pineapple and it’s upside down in the car, you’re showing everyone that you’re open to swinging,” he continued.
Supermarket “sex signs” explained
A vertical bunch of bananas: You are a man looking for a woman or a man
A pineapple the right way: You are a woman interested in finding a man
An upside down pineapple: You are a swinger looking for another partner
Putting a barack in a man’s car: Shows interest in a male customer
Banana tip side down: You are not looking for sex on this occasion
“If you want to show your interest in a man, put a peach in his car.”
An upside down pineapple is believed to be a universal sign for swingers to recognize each other in public.
According to the fact-checking website Snopes, in some parts of the United States, hanging a bunch of bananas from the wires of a shopping cart is sometimes a way for a male customer to signal that he wants to meet women.
A pineapple in a woman’s car is said to indicate that she is interested in meeting a man.