“Random idea: Road traffic rules in supermarkets. For clueless shopping cart drivers; no standing…(and chatting) no blocking aisles…keep moving…stay to one side…right of way…” ~ Anonymous
The Midweek Word-prompt over on our other site https://weeklyprompts.com is Nuisance and was chosen by GC. This week he has a little complaint (yes he has) about the handlers of supermarket carts. That would be supermarket trolleys if you’re at my side of the pond. Not sure what they are called in other parts of the world, so please do tell.
Unsurprisingly, I do have something to say on the subject.
Firstly: There I was minding my own business, pushing my trolley and browsing one of the supermarket aisles, I slowed to a halt as I spotted an item of interest. Suddenly I felt a sharp pain in the middle of my back as simultaneously I was jolted forward. Turning around, I expected to see someone offering an apology, instead, I found this chap, carrying a wire shopping basket ahead of his belly and wearing an angry expression.
He glared at me and demanded to know why I’d suddenly stopped. Well, me being me, I apologised, “I’m sorry I stopped, but this is what you do in the supermarket, and perhaps you shouldn’t walk so close to the person in front.” I stopped short of asking him if he was expecting hand signals! He gave a grunt and without another word he walked away. He may not have been pushing a trolley, but he was certainly an annoying nuisance!
Secondly: Which is the main aisle, which aisle takes precedent in the supermarket? I would assume it’s the centre aisle, for example, in my supermarket it’s the one running from West to East, whilst the others, the majority, the ones running from North to South, I tend to liken to minor roads, the ones leading to the main trunk road.
Thirdly: Back to supermarket trolleys and their handlers. Should the trolley users on other aisles give way to trolley users on the main aisle? My opinion is yes they should, if only because I’m tired of applying my body brakes each time some careless trolley driver comes shooting onto the main aisle like some reckless teenager on a joy ride! Some joy!
(c) SueW-nansfarm.net – in response to the word-prompt Nuisance from Weekly Prompts. http://weeklyprompts.com/2018/09/05/word-prompt-nuisance