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I’m taking a break from posting about Australia today.  Instead you get a list of some of the most annoying and in some cases rude things I have run into while out and about over the last couple of days.

1.  Can we please not blast Christmas carols over the store’s stereo? Can we wait a couple of weeks until after Thanksgiving?  Please?  This has been a problem while out shopping at Old Navy, The Gap, and at a local outlet store mall.  And the music is LOUD.

2.  It seems as though people were either raised in a barn or they have forgotten their manners.  How about a simple “thank you” once in a while?  Today, as I was entering The Gap, I saw a woman pushing a stroller.  I was already two steps in the store with the door closed behind me.  I saw her with the stroller and a little one in her arms.  I went back outside, opened the door and held it open for her until she and her two children (one in arms) and the stroller (the older child was walking) got clear of the door.  I was rewarded with nothing.  Not a thank you.  The woman didn’t even make eye contact with me.  Unfortunately, she’s teaching her children to be just like her.  And my daughter, who is five months pregnant (and yes, she’s showing quite a bit), has had numerous instances of having the door close in her face at stores and at her apartment building when there were people around that could have held the door for an obviously pregnant woman carrying packages and a dripping umbrella.  Where are our manners?

3.  And how much sense does it take to know that when you are shopping with a group of people, you shouldn’t all congregate in one place to discuss the next store you’re going to.  People, you are blocking the aisle, or in some cases the entrance/exit to the store and no one can get around you!  (Think a group of 6 adults standing right inside the door to a store.)

4.  Now this one is just unbelievable to me, especially in this season of H1N1.  Today I visited a number of restrooms (okay we were out about 7 hours and I my bladder doesn’t work so well at my age) and was pretty shocked to see (and in some instances hear) no fewer than 8 people go into a restroom, use it, flush, and then leave the restroom without washing their hands!  I actually got into the habit of looking at their shoes and then avoiding going near them when I was out in the store!

Okay, no more ranting.  Tomorrow more Australia stuff!

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I just posted my Shoe Shopping Adventure in another place and someone left a comment that I should just shop online.

I have done that in the past but only when I am absolutely sure about the item and the size. I hate to pay for shipping and to buy something, pay for shipping, then have to either go through the hassle of returning it or end up keeping something I don’t like or something that doesn’t fit is just not for me. I haven’t had much luck with Internet shopping so for now, I will stick to shopping in person. No more ordering a size Medium for my daughter only to find out that it is too small for even the youngest who wears an extra small. Nope. Not for me.

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Shoe Shopping Adventure

Earlier this week, my daughter and I went to Macy’s to look for shoes for her to wear to work. She had a $25 credit on her charge account and a coupon for 20% off of any purchase so off we went. We took our time going from one department to the next. We took our time getting to the shoe department. When we made it to the department next to the shoe department, one of the sales people from the shoe department called out, “Can I help you find something?” We answered negatively and she said, “Okay. I’m Lindsey. Just ask for me when you’re ready.” Not two minutes later, she was back again asking if she could help find a size for us. We answered no. Then again, not a minute later, she was back expounding on the “cuteness” of the shoe I was looking at. By then, Tina and I were a bit annoyed with her. Tina had just found a pair of shoes she wanted to get but she needed to see it in her size. We asked Lindsey for the shoe in her size and she answered that she’d get it for her in just one minute. Ten minutes later we still had no shoe and Lindsey was ringing someone else up. There were three other sales people in the department but they couldn’t help anyone because Lindsey had buzzed around dropping her name to everyone within earshot of the department so everyone there was her customer. (more…)

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