Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

I REALLY don’t like shop­ping in the lead-up to Christ­mas. Rude sales staff, even ruder cus­tomers and long waits at the check­out. I went into a store to ask about a pair of shoes but had to wait while the sales as­sis­tant told her friend a dra­matic story about an is­sue at her chil­dren’s school. I de­cided to (po­litely) in­ter­rupt and ask if they had a pair in my size. She handed me the shoes and went back to her tale of angst. They did not suit and I wanted to ask about an­other style but she was half way through her mono­logue and her friend had set­tled in, park­ing her over­flow­ing shop­ping trol­ley and find­ing a com­fort­able seat. I just scowled at the shop as­sis­tant and walked out. On the way out of the shop­ping cen­tre, I was stopped by three ma­tronly women with over­flow­ing trol­leys who were in deep con­ver­sa­tion right in the mid­dle of the walk­way, block­ing most of the foot traf­fic. Next year, I will shop on­line.

Rick Lee - re­gional ed­i­tor

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