photo by Racineur
OK, this is a mini rant.
I had to make a quick run to the grocery store to buy a few items (ten or less!). There is only one (rather small) entrance into the store and it is automated. I grab a cart and head toward the door and find it open but entirely blocked by an older woman. She is clogging up the entrance by just standing still and leaning heavily on her shopping cart.
As she doesn’t appear to be actually doing anything (zombie shopper?), I say, “Excuse me, can I please get through?” No response. OK, maybe she’s a little hard of hearing. A bit louder I say, “Ma’am, can you move please?” Still nothing. I count to ten in my head (must not use fist of death…). Nada.
So, I roll right up to her bottom and lean up close and say, again, “Ma’am, you are blocking the entrance!” She casually glances back at me, harrumphs and then slooooowly rolls through the door and into the store. As I go through the door and then around her she yells, “Well, excuse me!” (but not like Steve Martin, because that might have been funny actually…)
I then encounter several more shoppers throughout the store who are, again, leaning hunched over on their carts and barely moving. What’s up with that?! It’s almost like they are fused with the cart in some sort of Borg assimilation (“resistance is futile…clean up on aisle three!”). It’s not like they are using the shopping carts as walkers but more like they would really like to just stretch out into the cart and just push themselves along with their hands. Very odd and very annoying.
In a somewhat related subject, I just saw a report on the local news that one of our grocery store chains will be installing in one of these huge machines which will probably create more long waits. It looks like something invented by Monk. What’s next…self-inflating, Purell human bubble shields? Good grief!
(You can see the machine in action here).
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