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i had a strop today in a shop.

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misdee Mon 06-Jun-05 19:39:28

went to the post office/one stop shop today. to get to the post office part i had to move a cratew of beer out the way which had been left in the aisle. (the aisles are very narrow.) when i went to leave the post office i went up the middle aisle. got to the end and it was half blocked with a chcoclate display. i couldnt back up with the buggy due to the post office queue. i asked one of the assistants (psh!!) to move the display so i could get out, half way through he went to deal with somethign else. leaving half the stock on the floor. i could've ran over the lot, but i picked it up and threw it on the counter quite hard as i went out.

it just really pees me off in there./ the shop isnt accessable for buggies or wheelchair users. the aisles are narrow and always seem to be blocked.

jessicasmummy Mon 06-Jun-05 19:40:32

Well done you.... i would have done exaclt the same thing. I HATE SHOPS THAT ARE NOT ACCESSABLE.

LGJ Mon 06-Jun-05 19:42:03


Way to go girl...............

The stress you are under at the moment he is lucky he wasn't wearing it

nutcracker Mon 06-Jun-05 19:43:24

We have a one stop shop that is like that Misdee. Haven't come across completely blocked isles yet but they are soo narrow and they have far too much crammed in, you'd never get a buggy round there.

misdee Mon 06-Jun-05 19:44:54

its my local post office tho. grrrrrrrrrrr. want to boycott the place, but its the local shop and next door to the chemist where i am a lot.

PinkFluffPudding Mon 06-Jun-05 19:46:56

I'm always smacking into those wooden buggy-unfriendly display plinths in our local Oasis which are dotted around the shop in a stupid random fashion. And i don't feel any remorse, if they can't design a shop for mothers (who OBVIOUSLY haven't any interest in fashion once they've popped sprogs) to get around it ain;t my problem.

Anyway, i know how you feel... dreading getting a twin buggy later this year.

misdee Mon 06-Jun-05 19:48:37

mine is a double, fortunatly its a p_t so can just squeeze through. anything bigger has no chance.

cod Mon 06-Jun-05 19:49:20

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misdee Mon 06-Jun-05 19:49:57

no, istamped my foot in rage!

Miranda5 Mon 06-Jun-05 19:51:03

I had a strop in whsmiths a while back...the FHM and loaded mags had been put at childrens hight at the end of an ailse. My kids were loving it and giggling...I am broad minded but please.

The display was moved!

misdee Mon 06-Jun-05 19:53:40

my dd's for a full view of the sunday sport the other week. now that was interesting (mummy that lady has her bobbies showing, why?'

why do they put the 'dirty' papers at kiddies height, the sundays times was on the top rack.

Miaou Mon 06-Jun-05 19:55:09

Our local little shop isn't too bad for that, they're quite thoughtful, but our local some aisles there is barely room for one trolley to get through so you end up in a "contraflow", probably all designed to make you look at what's on the shelves....grrr

misdee if it had been me I would have driven over the stock, but then I was in a FOUL mood this afternoon

misdee Mon 06-Jun-05 20:10:39

i just wanted to throw something

zipzip Tue 07-Jun-05 11:20:44

I don't have a buggy anymore, but boy does this bring back memories!
I was known to say (quite loudly) "This is a fire hazzard...I wonder what Health and Safety would make of it?" a few times

I had a major strop in a shop a couple of weeks ago - but I dare not tell you about's still the talk of the neighbourhood hehe

Donbean Tue 07-Jun-05 11:23:36

go on zipzip, tell us, need cheering up!

zipzip Tue 07-Jun-05 11:26:25

I'll only tell if misdee says it's ok.
I don't like to steal threads, it's rude....

and so long as you promise not to shout at me because of the type of shop it was.... hehe

TracyK Tue 07-Jun-05 11:29:13

I was just going to say something bout health and safety too zipzip! what if you tripped over the stuff - you could sue!

suzywong Tue 07-Jun-05 11:29:34

yes quite agree with your original post misdee

those are the reasons I never went in to the postoffice in Highgate, if they want to flog the displays of chocolate/sink cleaners/tumeric then make them accessible to the customer, ffs

{can we still say ffs on here or is that banned?}

Donbean Tue 07-Jun-05 11:29:53

pleeeease, what shop, what shop.......was it Anne summers, or or or a camping shop, or or or a sweetie shop, what did you do, what did you do, did you get arrested???/
OMG i spend FAR too much time with toddlers and small children!
Misdee pleeease can she ????

sparklymieow Tue 07-Jun-05 11:30:07

tell us, misdee wouldn't mind

zipzip Tue 07-Jun-05 11:47:11

I'll try and tell the tale...and hope misdee doesn't mind...
If I don't post it straight away it's cos I'm expecting KitchenMan anytime now.

heh - will probably end up posted right in the middle of other posts and make no sense whatsoever...and after the build up be a right ol' disappointment

Donbean Tue 07-Jun-05 11:47:46

come on, tell.....

zipzip Tue 07-Jun-05 12:52:52

To start off with, I must state I am a very quiet, unassuming person - no honest.

A charity shop opened up around here a few months ago (see! you're shouting at me already...)
It claims to be a community charity shop, and they preach this to customers all the time.
I go in charity shops *a lot* mainly to buy books, lots and lots of them.
They soon learned I would be a regular.
They had a sign up by the books - hardbacks 50p paperbacks 25p and childrens books 10p. Simple enough, so I would go in, knowing I had a pound in my pocket and choose 10 childrens books - only to be told at the counter "that will be £5 please" - very embarrassing as I wouldn't have the extra money and I feel awful complaining in a charity shop.
This went on each and everytime I went in. |I saw it happen to others too.
Now, apart from this issue, I was getting wound up by the fact that although they claim to be *for the community* and state if a person is cold they will give them a coat of the rails...they refused to reduce the price of some PJs that an elderly lady I do errends for, pleaded week after week if she could have them cheaper. They were tatty and far too expensive. On two occasion I picked up DVDs only to find there was no disc inside and all too often curtains and duvets etc are measured wrongly. The main thing though was their attitude to customers. They are simply rude and ignorant. They would sit at the door (blocking it) smoking, which just isn't good when you have children with you.
One particular member of staff - I'm leading up to the incident now, is extremely rude, ignorant and quite nasty. She's elderly, but hey, since when does being elderly give you the right to have no manners or respect for people?

One the day in question (M'lud) I bought some books. I worked out that they totalled £1.15. That's £2.80 elderly lady hissed.
"Oh for goodness sake" I sighed " How on earth have you got to that price?"
"That's how much it is!"
I put the books into piles and pointed out the costs.
"Yeah, but that's in good condition so I'm charging 80p" she wittered on.
"You do this everytime I come in. You have a sign there with the prices on. You can't just make it up as you go along. Do you realise how embarrassing it is for me everytime you do this?"
At this point the manageress came through from the back. She was interested in what I was saying.
But elderley lady..."Well, you're not going to buy cheaper anywhere else!!"
"That's not the point I'm making, but as a matter of fact I do go somewhere regularly that is cheaper."
"Oh really!! she snapped menacingly.
"Really" I said, AND, you cannot talk to your customers like that!"
Manageress walked towards the books and said to me "Customers expect to pay 10p for this (she picked up a small childrens book) and 10p for this (she picked up a bigger, shinier childrens book)
"I'll tell you why your customers expect to pay 10p for that. It's NOT because your customers want to rip off a charity, It's NOT because your customers are tight-fisted scum, It's because YOU have a sign there that tells them it's 10p!"

She took the sign down, she emptied the shelves of books and over the next few days they priced each book individually.

Word was going going around the area...who was it? people asked. hehe

I have since had an apology from head office and the manageress has asked me how else the shop could be improved

am I a bad person?

GeorginaA Tue 07-Jun-05 19:49:08

* cheer * zipzip. Why shouldn't charity shops abide to the same rules as any other retail premises re: pricing. Good for you!

"I am a very quiet, unassuming person - no honest."

Yeah right

Pruni Tue 07-Jun-05 20:23:21

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