I plucked up the courage not long ago and decided to shop in a supermarket that is cheaper for a majority of things and where I usually go quite a lot, with my anxiety levels improving.
I went in mainly for my fruit and vegetables.
I avoided this place for many reasons and as I expected, I was right. A majority of the shoppers in there did not respect their 2 meter distance, while shopping! Only when I was at the till, was 2 meter followed by the general public.
I prepped some of the vegetables I bought, for the freezer.
Will I go in there again, knowing I was right on my suspicions?
I don’t want to, but budget-wise I am going to have to, if I would like to stick to my budget from this month. But if I can avoid, I will. I’m not in a hurry, even with my face covered, I will not go in and I will avoid, if I can.
I let the council know about this, so it was forwarded to the appropriate department.
I think the store needs to start putting on security at their door, given our current situation.
From reading about this store, it’s happening in other areas too, as well as at another retailer I have not and will not shop in, while it’s like this.
The council got back to me on Monday, to let me know they were dealing with my complaint and to inform me what they will be doing, which was to pay a visit and take a look then adivise where needed. Apparently they have had previous discussions with them.
I still don’t go in another supermarket since all the changes came in due to Coronavirus. This is because I know they have arrows on their floor for particular direction they want you to walk down, in their aisles. This for me visually and mentally is too much to contend with; observing the 2 meter distance, observing where others are that follow, or don’t, the anxiety I can still get at times, which is worse when others are not observing their distance, to predict their next move. And especially when I am only picking up a few bits, as I have not used it as my main shop for years. So as long as it remains like that, when another supermarket doesn’t do that and while I feel as I do, I will avoid the place.
There is no need for that. Two meter markings is enough, just like the other store does. You don’t need arrows on top. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s ignored by some. Maybe one day, I will feel I can mentally do this and go in. But I don’t see it happening anytime soon. I’m in no hurry.
As I have a loyalty card with them, they will see I don’t shop there at the moment. I was in there often before, including their cafe where I’d go in just before work, for a cuppa. When things lift even further one day, I won’t be in any hurry to go there for shopping, or for the cafe, when they can open.
I still haven’t walked through my town centre, since lockdown came in. That’s why I have ordered some things from Holland and Barrett, as well as Boots that I needed, or wanted, as they are in the town centre. I have no intentions walking in the town centre anytime soon.
I have not walked through the park, or nature reserve either, since all this and its not something I plan doing anytime soon. I’m in no hurry.
As much as I would like to support restaurants and cafes I went in before Coronavirus. I am in no hurry to return. The only chance I may go to a cafe and only, would be just for a drink, but only if I am sitting outside with it.
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