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Also, shopping trollies

I find myself thinking of my friend gfrancie while in grocery stores around here - namely, her descriptions of some of the ludicrous grocery-shopping experiences she goes through in the UK, where apparently many people just don't know how to manage their grocery traffic.

There seems to be a similar problem in the East Bay. I think it arises in good part from this being a densely populated area, but it also seems there are some cultural clashes that happen in the grocery aisles. In theory, the whole idea of parking one's shopping cart in an out-of-the-way place is a good one, but in practice, that doesn't work so well when there are four carts piled up and suddenly there's no way to get through at all.

I can tell that holiday grocery shopping has picked up, based on how crowded Monterey Market was this morning. One woman in particular seemed to be applying the "in a hurry, ram everything" method, to some success but to the consternation of fellow shoppers.

There are clear parallels between the grocery traffic and traffic out on the roadways.


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Dec. 23rd, 2015 03:39 am (UTC)
I think that depends on the grocery store and its demographic.
In the big King Soopers near our house, people move pretty quickly and in an organized manner even though there are a ton of them.
In contrast, the Vitamin Cottage, even though it only has about 2/3 the people in it, has people standing in the middle of the aisle staring at tea, people walking backwards down the aisles and then looking totally surprised when they back into my cart, or a display, or a pole. It is a significantly longer process to get through the store there.
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