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I've never posted in this section before but dh doesn't understand why this sign irritates me so much!

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shandyleer · 01/05/2010 21:23

They have had this sign up in Sainsbury's for months, and every time I see it I tut. Next time I go I am taking a marker pen with me:

"Take caution when using the travelator"

Please tell me that some of you share my pain . Whenever we go shopping I mutter about the sign and dh mutters about me.

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withorwithoutyou · 01/05/2010 21:23

Why? Should it be use caution?

littlelapin · 01/05/2010 21:24

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Portofino · 01/05/2010 21:25

What TF is a travelator? I would say it should be Use caution, or take care....

CarGirl · 01/05/2010 21:26


shandyleer · 01/05/2010 21:27

Ooh, thanks littlelapin. Yes withorwithoutyou, it should be 'use caution' or 'take care'.

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CarGirl · 01/05/2010 21:27

Porto it's an escalator but for trolleys so no steps

bibbitybobbityhat · 01/05/2010 21:28

Roffle. I think you need to sit down and have a serious talk with dh ... really don't think you can survive this ... you'd be so much better off without him, etc.

shandyleer · 01/05/2010 21:31

I tell him as much on a regular basis bibbity Then he reminds me that he makes a lovely cup of tea, and I resign myself ....

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ruddynorah · 01/05/2010 21:34

i am trying to knock my dh out of saying 'neither' when he should be saying 'either.'

'i haven't got any neither' 'didn't you want any neither?'

his response...

'oh fgs nobody cares!!'

bibbitybobbityhat · 01/05/2010 21:34

But - just as an aside - you have a travelator in your Sainsburys!? How big is it?

I live quite near a Sainsbos Saver Centre, which is huuuuugggge, but we don't have a flippin travelator.

PrettyCandles · 01/05/2010 21:36

And is there a pot of the stuff by the travelator so that you can help yourself to some caution as you go? Presumably it's free.

CarGirl · 01/05/2010 21:37

All of the Tesco near us have them because they extended into the roof space! Quite handy though because now all the non-food is upstairs so I don't go up there and save lots and lots of ££££££££££££££££££££££s

PrettyCandles · 01/05/2010 21:42

Do you have that refinedly mad woman intoning "Please prepare to push the trolley off the end of the conveyor."?

Every conveyor (it's not a conveyor - it's a travelator, woman!), three up to the carpark and three down, for every oassenger. What a racket.

CarGirl · 01/05/2010 21:44

Yes PC we do and it's soooooooooooo loud!

NoahAndTheWhale · 01/05/2010 21:50

We have a travelator in our local Morrisons to take you into the basement where there is a car park.

The signs used to say "No Baby or Disabled Trolley's".

Imagine how happy I was when I realised the apostrophe had been removed. There is a little space where it was (I presume white paint was used) but now it says "No Baby or Disabled Trolley s".

No signs about Caution and no annoying woman telling us to prepare our trolleys - haven't noticed any crashes

shandyleer · 01/05/2010 21:58

We have the annoying automated travelator woman too.

Bibbity, our Sainsbury's is big but not Supasava big, if you know what I mean. And whilst we do have travelators (or as PC says, conveyors), they are supremely annoying and I wish they'd saved the money and installed more lifts.

And now I know that I am officially old, having a conversation about badly designed travelators/conveyors on a Saturday night

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bibbitybobbityhat · 01/05/2010 22:03

Waaaah, why don't we have travelators?

CarGirl · 01/05/2010 22:13

you don't want them they are so flippin slow and so narrow if you are walking with a hand basket you are still stuck behind the trollies, the trollies (or is it trolleys) have special wheels and stick into the travelator surface.

shandyleer · 01/05/2010 22:14

You're really not missing anything bibbity. If you don't approach them at precisely the right angle, you're stuck in the same position until you get off. This annoys the perfectionist in me because I can't straighten the trolley up or move to the side or whatever. And then, of course, there is the repetitive robotic woman to contend with.

I'm beginning to realise just how stressful my visits to Sainsbury's are. I'll have to persuade dh to do all the shopping on his own from now on ...

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bibbitybobbityhat · 01/05/2010 22:22

Well you know what I'm going to say - you should all shop at Waitrose you heifers .

cattj · 01/05/2010 22:32

It's an escalator if it takes you UP to another floor. Additionally, an escalator usually has steps, and these fold in and out at the extreme ends of the extent of usage, allowing for a short period of horizontal travel at the beginning and end of the journey.

I've always wondered if an escalator that takes you DOWN a floor level should be called a descalator though.

It's a travelator if it merely takes you ALONG. The most important difference is that a travelator does not have steps, it has a flat surface. Nowadays travelators can also take you from floor to floor on a slightly inclined journey with a long travel distance.

Shaz10 · 01/05/2010 22:34

Shouldn't it be travellator? We are British!

shandyleer · 01/05/2010 23:01

Gosh cattj, do you work in the travelator/conveyor/escalator/travellator industry? I'm very impressed.

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PrettyCandles · 01/05/2010 23:34

Tenuous link, but this reminds me of the American pedant who visited London. He wanted to travel by Tube but couldn't because the signs on the escalators said "Dogs must be carried" and he didn't have any.

Makes me smile every time I see the sign.

amicissima · 02/05/2010 21:02

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