Shopping can be a therapeutic pleasure or a stressful nightmare, depending on your point of view.
I love browsing when the shops are quiet and shop assistants leave me in peace. But everywhere is so crowded these days, and people are always in such a hurry. When the shops are packed, and you can’t turn around without bumping into someone, and you can’t get to the aisle you need – aaaaaaaarrrgh.
Quite often people do things, usually unwittingly, that cause obstruction and add to the frustration. So here are a few light hearted tips on how to make busy shops and shopping centres more stress-free for everyone.
Don’t congregate in shop doorways
Sometimes you come across someone you know and just have to stop and chat – but please don’t do it in the shop doorway. People are trying to get in and out!
Don’t suddenly stop when you get off an escalator
Remember there are people still on the moving escalator behind you – they cannot stop.
If you must chat on your phone, find somewhere to stand aside
It is amazing how many people are completely oblivious to the world around them when they are on their phones. For your own safety and in consideration of other people, just find a quiet spot to stand aside.
Parents, coffee shops are not playgrounds
Don’t let your kids run rampant while you enjoy your coffee and chat to your friends. Apart from the annoyance to other customers who just want to read the newspaper in peace, it is dangerous for your kids. People, who are already loaded up with bags, are trying to carry trays with hot drinks. If they trip over your kids, it could be your kids who get scalded.
Don’t keep the staff at the tills chatting
Of course it is nice to be friendly and polite to the person who is serving you. But if you want to tell them your life story, please check first that there isn’t a queue of people waiting to pay.
Give space to people who are obviously frail
Elderly people are so vulnerable in crowds of pushing people. They can’t keep up with the flow or dodge out of the way, so be mindful and give them space. After all, you too will be old one day.
Don’t block the aisles
I know sometimes there is no option, but just think where you are leaving your shopping cart/pushchair/wheelchair before you stop to browse the goods. It is amazing how often you see a couple of trolleys carelessly abandoned in such a way that they are completely blocking an aisle, when they could easily have been pushed to one side.
Don’t bump into people with your trolley or basket
If you are pushing a shopping cart, or carrying a hard wire basket, just think before you squeeze between people – they can really hurt!
It’s just common sense, really. If everyone just slowed down a little, relaxed and was more considerate towards the people around them, shopping would be so much more pleasurable for everybody.
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