I live in New England where, for most of this Winter, I've been snowbound. And icebound. I was so excited to get out of the house on Thursday that I could barely contain myself. I put my snow tire stud thingys (technical term) over the soles of my boots, backed the car out of the garage and prepared to see the outside world. When the supermarket looked exciting to me, I knew I was probably in deep trouble.
And then came my personal reality check. The stores are crowded, with everyone restocking their house between blizzards. That's common. It's also common to see the snack food aisle about as empty as the milk and bread shelves before a storm. People may be dieting all year but when they're going to be locked in their homes for days on end, all bets are off. But those shoppers aren't always polite. You see it all year round; the people who leave their shopping basket in the middle of the aisle, or in front of a case you want to get at, while they run around gathering things and bringing them back to the cart. The rest of us are stuck waiting until they get back. Try moving the cart. They'll be back in a heartbeat to shoot you a dirty look as if you were the offender.
Crowded aisles are hard enough to get through and what you want is blocked by some rude, selfish person. Sometimes I just look at them blankly and say with some awe, "I didn't know you owned the supermarket!!! Oh, my!!" Actually, the sarcasm is usually lost on them but getting them to move is really the objective. Telling them what they can do with their basket would be sinking to their level.
What do you do with those people? Has anyone come up with a good response to them? A "cure?" Seriously. I'm all ears. And eyes.
Causes Darlene Arden Supports
The Marcia Polimer Abrams Fund for Canine Behavior Studies at the AKC Canine Health Foundation