Aaargh!! You beat me to this.
The DM uses this in almost every article. 'So-and-so steps out to buy a coffee', 'So-and-so seen stepping out despite recent heartbreak' etc., etc.
I have never, in my whole life, heard anybody ever use this expression!
Well- in today's sidebar of shame we have Carol Vorderman stepping out in torn leather leggings, Tara Palmer-Tompkinson stepping out in attention grabbing pink jeans and Nikki Read (
) stepping out in a pretty polka dot dress. Plus the daily updates on the lives of the offspring of Gwen Stefani, Hilary Duff, Jennifer Garner and (of course) Katie Holmes. And Kim Kardashian has drunk a milkshake.