Let down by lo­cal su­per­mar­ket

Sunshine Coast Daily - - YOUR SAY -

RE­CENTLY I drove to my lo­cal su­per­mar­ket at 7.45pm, 15 min­utes be­fore close, for a cou­ple of items.

As I was putting them on my front seat I in­ad­ver­tently left my keys on the pas­sen­ger seat, the door shut and straight away I re­alised the door had locked,

Though not com­pletely shut and the win­dow was still open a few inches, it’s a VW so it was open along the side not across the top.

I was just inches away from be­ing able to get the keys and needed some­thing to just hook the key ring onto.

My phone was also on the seat but it would have been of no use to me to phone my hus­band as we don’t get mo­bile cov­er­age at home.

Luck­ily IGA was still open and I thought they would have some­thing, even in a bin, that I could use to reach the key ring.

I ap­proached the staff mem­ber avail­able and told them of my prob­lem but with­out miss­ing a beat or think­ing about it she said no they had noth­ing that could help me.

I ex­plained that I lived 4km away on a road with lit­er­ally barely any street lights, that my phone was also in the car along with the keys and my bag. She again said “no we can’t help you, we don’t have any­thing”.

I asked for the man­ager and he said the same thing, even with­out look­ing or think­ing about it. No. He too didn’t care that it was dark and I would have a long walk along se­cluded roads.

In des­per­a­tion I asked if he had any­thing in the store that I could use to just hook up the keys. Again no.

I should add that not once did any­one sug­gest they come and look at my car which was parked by the front doors.

I ended up hav­ing to buy a set of five coat hang­ers, one of which, did the job in 10 sec­onds.

The only thing I ap­pre­ci­ate about this en­counter is that af­ter a heart­beat of self de­lib­er­a­tion, they said they would trust me to pay for the coat hang­ers once I had un­locked the door and re­trieved my purse.

I have shopped lo­cal to sup­port lo­cal stores, but I’m not feel­ing ter­ri­bly sup­port­ive at the mo­ment. GILLY TOWNSEND Cooloolabin

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