STEPS TAKEN TO ONLINE SHOPPING
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