Monday, November 24, 2008

Back from the Store....

People are animals!
OK, so I went to the local grocery store and while it was not as jam-packed as it will be later in the week, it was crowded and a nightmare.
People would stop in the middle of the aisle with their cart so I couldn't pass.
Another thing was "couples shopping".
This is annoying as the male of the species diligently pushes the cart to follow the alpha female.  The alpha female wants to discuss the products and ask for his input.  She wants to converse and have a shopping companion.
He, meanwhile, wants to get the hell out of the grocery store as fast as he can, so no talking, one word answers and never lets more than 4 inches get between him and his cart.  The female will often make dramatic gestures and step back 2-3 steps to take in a display of pumpkin or holiday cookies.  The man only puts together enough words to warn his wife that a shopper is trying to pass.

One senior citizen with a large electric type walker (had never seen one of those before) chose to venture to the grocery store today with her angry 50+ year old daughter.  The daughter thought they could "breeze through" the store, leaving the older woman to attempt to follow her much younger, much more active daughter.  So the daughter would push the cart as fast as she could, cutting off people left and right, tilt her cart and then "wait" for her elderly mother to catch up to her where she would run away from the woman again...
The poor older woman was apologetic to everyone that was caught in this game of cat and mouse and the other patrons were more than gracious... While I took that as a blessing, I secretly wanted to trip the daughter.  I am sympathetic to an elderly person wanting to get out of the house and be independent, but maybe Thanksgiving shopping isn't the time or place for that.... particularly when her angry daughter runs away from her causing more of a problem than the poor elderly woman would otherwise...
I have to give credit, other than the obnoxious shoppers, this store (Market Basket) was prepared for a full house.  The shelves were full, there were lots of cashiers and many employees.  So, while I have to complain about the animal-like behavior of the patrons, the store did all that they could to make it a pleasant shopping experience....



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