9.11.09

MOAN OF THE
DAY

Question: do people really not realise how much space
they actually physically take? Or do they simply not
care? It's probably the latter knowing how
thick most of the general public
in this country is!

I am sick of people saying "sorry" to me all day long
when I go, for instance, to the supermarket. There
they are, trolleys plonked right in the middle of
the travelator (in our local supermarket the only
way down from the shop floor is down two
travelators) so nobody can get past. Or
standing side by side (the etiquette is a
single file, a bit like on the escalators
at a tube station) creating a block.

They may have all the time in the world to stand
gawping into the distance while inching down on
this slower-than-slow travel marvel but some
people might actually want to get on with it!

So here it comes: "Oh- sorry!" when you say
"Excuse me" to get past. Then they look at you
like you've just asked them to give
you their first born.

Or they have their trolley plonked right in the middle of
the aisle, sideways or course, when they've stopped
to chat on their mobile phone. Or their trolley is in
front of the shelf which you're trying to get to, while
they chat away with someone they've bumped
into, usually with a double buggy or two
and a screaming toddler running riot
thrown in for good measure.

I usually just stand there staring at them to see how
long it takes for them to move. "Oh- sorry!" If there
is no reaction after about 30 seconds I just crab the
trolley out of the way and say "EXCUSE ME!" very
loudly. Again the look is one of horror. Well, YOU
ARE IN THE WAY YOU IDIOTS, don't look
at me like I'm in the wrong.


My motto is "don't do something worth a
"sorry" in the first place", then there
is no need to say it, is there?

Why is it so difficult to move to a bit of the area where
you would not be in anyone's way if you really have
to go into a marathon chat session in the middle of
your shop? It's the same when people meet on a
busy pavement. Move to one side? Oh no, they'll
stand right in the middle so people have to
literally walk on the road to get past!

Another scenario I see on a weekly basis is two or three
people with buggies going into, for instance, a tiny
newsagent and only one of them is buying something.
Why can't one of them stay outside the shop with the
kids (tied down in the buggies so they're not going
to run off)? But again, oh no, they all have to go
in there so nobody in the shop can move!

Last week I was in a local newsagent and in front of me
at the till was a girl with a buggy and her friend. It
wasn't quite clear what they were doing as there was
no interaction with the person manning the till so
I asked "Are you in the queue?" and
they said they weren't.

The 3 people behind me all asked them the same
question, yet being asked are you in the shop for
anything other than a chat right in the front of
the till, FOUR times within three minutes, still
didn't promt them to move outside. Instead they
carried on casually gossiping while people were
scrambling past them in the narrowest bit of
the shop to get to the till and of course
the staff didn't say anything!

Also, why is it that whole families have to go to the
supermarket? When a group consists clearly of
the parents, grandparents and several teenage
kids that leaves only one question: why?

Why can't the kids, who are old enough, stay at home?
And if they're not old enough why can't one or several
of the adults stay home with them? Why does
the WHOLE family HAVE TO GO SHOPPING?
Especially during school breaks? (When are the
kids actually IN school?! They seem to be
on holiday every two weeks!)

They just walk around getting in everyone's way with
their mouths open behind the mother who's in
charge of the shop and would be capable of doing
it on her own. Nobody is helping her choose or
pick things anyway! She doesn't drive? The
person who drives could pick her up when
she's done. But oh no, they ALL
have to be there. In the way.
For no reason whatsoever.


This seems to be a UK phenomenon by the way. I never
see any kids in the supermarkets or other shops in the
countries I go to regularly. Not even at the weekends
or after school. The people over there seem to
have the good sense to leave the kids at home.

Again, the childcare in this country is not as organised
as elsewhere (in several countries the grandparents
or other relatives look after the kids) but there is no
excuse to bring the kids when the shopping party
consists of several other adults who could
plainly stay at home with them.

If a trip to the supermarket in this country nowadays
constitutes a family day out...well, that is
a really really sad state of affairs.

But then what else is new in the me-me-me society
where people have no regard to anyone else
apart from their selfish fat asses.

Rant over. Phew!
That's better!


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