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November 24, 2009 - Cheryl Clarke
With the holidays upon us and the hectic shopping season that goes with it, I felt it was time to lay out a few "rules of the road" so to speak for shoppers. After my last trip to Wal-Mart found me straightening up the shopping carts in the parking lot "cart lot," you know the place shoppers are supposed to leave their carts after loading their stuff into their vehicles, it seemed appropriate.
Another shopper looked at me making room in the overflowing space, which was full of carts just left any which way, taking up too much room, and commented "they ought to teach it in school." And this got me thinking about other things that annoy me when I shop, not just at Wal-Mart, but any large store.
Here are a few of my other pet peeves:
People who go out the in and in the out, and also people who go the wrong way down parking lanes that are clearly marked with arrows pointing which way they are supposed to go. What is so difficult about using the proper ingress and egress at the store, so you are not waiting for people to enter the exit when you have a cart load of groceries, or vice versa, waiting for someone with a cart load of groceries to exit the entrance?
How about those rude drivers who drive right down the middle of the lane, the wrong way, and going too fast to boot? Slow down, go the right way and you will make someone else's day, and even your own, a little better.
Then in the store, there should be traffic signals at the end of each aisle, because people obviously don't understand the unwritten law of the shopper, stop, look both ways before bolting out into the main aisles with your cart, kids, or both. I don't know how many times I have nearly been "t-boned" while shopping, thinking, (mistakenly) that I had the "right of way" just because I was in the main aisle. The same rules that apply on the street should also apply at the store.
A few others:
If you have crying/screaming/yelling children with you, either get them under control or take them out of the store. My aching head, and I am sure many others', will appreciate it.
Don't clog up the aisle to stop and chat with your friends/family/neighbors. If you really have that much to catch up on, take it to Subway, sit down and have a soda with them.
Don't take your fully loaded cart into the "20 items or less" checkout. Count your stuff, it it's more than 20, go to a regular lane.
Be prepared to pay for your items in a timely manner, and if you are still using checks, why?
WIth that, I will wish you all a lovely Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. No I am not politically correct, in case you didn't notice.
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