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One percent

Shopping with the desperate, a new meaning

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Oh dear. In our consumer society we're bombarded with all sorts of reasons to get out there and shop.....just buy it.....give us yer cash!.....oh you want it?....got no money?... no problem, sign here and pay monthly! Well that's ok if you can comfortably pay the monthly payments. Many these days don't think a month in advance!

I remember your account of armed police at a shopping centre. What a turn off! The chance of being attacked is another turnoff!

I haven't ever attended the daily event but I've heard that there can frequently be arguments at Tesco early evening reduction times.

My childhood memories are of having plenty and a decent upbringing in a rural area but I don't recall reading much about shopping violence until about say ten years ago.

If we're expected to go out and shop or at least browse for possible future purchases it has to be a pleasant experience! 

 

 

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My daughter dragged me to Westfield a couple of weeks ago. Now I don't like shopping at the best of times but this place was bloody horrible. Not surprised about this attack. Crowded, lots of "youths" hanging around in gangs, quite a threatening atmosphere, won't be going back.

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Unfortunately it is the natural habitat for fuckwit wannabe teen gangstas who inexplicably, despite their being no federal government in this country, call the police 'the feds' whilst calling everyone else 'blud' innit.

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7 hours ago, Dipsy said:

My daughter dragged me to Westfield a couple of weeks ago. Now I don't like shopping at the best of times but this place was bloody horrible. Not surprised about this attack. Crowded, lots of "youths" hanging around in gangs, quite a threatening atmosphere, won't be going back.

I've been to the Stratford one once when it first opened. Apart from everything else, I refuse to pay to park in a shopping centre. That really is taking this proverbial. 

Isit me or is it like shopping in a cave?  The lighting is really weird. 

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These shopping centres all sound dreadful even without the knife gangs.

 The nearest I've come to that is last Saturday where the availability of limited cheap Prosecco meant the world and his wife descended upon my local Lidl at my usual time, opening at 8am.

Not only have I not previously seen the carpark full but there were a dozen cars queueing to get in.  I turned around and came back that evening when it was quiet.

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2 minutes ago, Frank Hovis said:

These shopping centres all sound dreadful even without the knife gangs.

 The nearest I've come to that is last Saturday where the availability of limited cheap Prosecco meant the world and his wife descended upon my local Lidl at my usual time, opening at 8am.

Not only have I not previously seen the carpark full but there were a dozen cars queueing to get in.  I turned around and came back that evening when it was quiet.

They were fighting over it in my local Lidl apparently. 

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3 minutes ago, One percent said:

They were fighting over it in my local Lidl apparently. 

It wasn't even that great an offer compared to their usual selling price which is pretty low anyway; but I saw a couple of stories in the local press saying "Buy the summer's cheapest Prosecco" and it drew everyone in.

One pallet per store which went in minutes; bad idea which will have put off a lot of people who don't usually shop at Lidl by making it appear like a bear market.

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58 minutes ago, One percent said:

I've been to the Stratford one once when it first opened. Apart from everything else, I refuse to pay to park in a shopping centre. That really is taking this proverbial. 

Isit me or is it like shopping in a cave?  The lighting is really weird. 

It's not just you. I haven't been in a shopping centre for years and the lighting is partially responsible. River Island stores were particularly bad and they gave me a near migraine inducing feeling of sickness and being crushed by the ceiling - no matter how high. MrsLTS thought I was weird not following her in or if I had to I'd treat the time spent in there no differently to someone tackling the fire of a nuclear reactor meltdown - as a race against time.

Working behind a bar customers assume I live and breathe alcohol and quite a few excitedly regaled their colourful account of picking up some cheap Lidl prossecco as if they had some kind of magic superpower. I mean what's the point. 

Edited by longtomsilver

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3 minutes ago, longtomsilver said:

It's not just you. I haven't been in a shopping centre for years and the lighting is partially responsible. River Island stores were particularly bad and they gave me a near migraine inducing feeling of sickness and being crushed by the ceiling - no matter how high. MrsLTS thought I was weird not following her in or if I had to I'd treat the time spent in there no differently to someone tackling the fire of a nuclear reactor meltdown - as a race against time.

I don't do them much but when I do, then lakeside and blue water both seem to be well lit and bright and airy. Shopping with armed police makes me not want to go though. 

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4 minutes ago, One percent said:

I don't do them much but when I do, then lakeside and blue water both seem to be well lit and bright and airy. Shopping with armed police makes me not want to go though. 

I'm in the Midlands... do they all sport armed police nowadays? The Trafford centre made the news a while back when the police ran an exercise there and one of the officers playing the role of bad guy shouted 'Alan's snackbar' for a touch of authenticy and I remember there being an uproar with SJWs branding Manchester Police rascist - the police put out a press release apologising too wet fish.

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8 minutes ago, longtomsilver said:

I'm in the Midlands... do they all sport armed police nowadays? The Trafford centre made the news a while back when the police ran an exercise there and one of the officers playing the role of bad guy shouted 'Alan's snackbar' for a touch of authenticy and I remember there being an uproar with SJWs branding Manchester Police rascist - the police put out a press release apologising too wet fish.

xD

dunno but last time I was in lakeside which is Essex, there were armed police wandering round. Pairs of them. All in the full getup. 

Ive not been back. It is clearly not safe if they feel the need to police it with machine guns. 

 

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58 minutes ago, One percent said:

I don't do them much but when I do, then lakeside and blue water both seem to be well lit and bright and airy. Shopping with armed police makes me not want to go though. 

You are right, the lighting is oppressive, Bluewater is much brighter. To be honest daughter does most shopping online so we rarely have to venture to such places but when she needs shoes we do need to go to an actual shop - she has difficulty getting shoes to fit - very narrow so we need somewhere with lots of shops and we bulk buy shoes to last her!

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14 minutes ago, Dipsy said:

You are right, the lighting is oppressive, Bluewater is much brighter. To be honest daughter does most shopping online so we rarely have to venture to such places but when she needs shoes we do need to go to an actual shop - she has difficulty getting shoes to fit - very narrow so we need somewhere with lots of shops and we bulk buy shoes to last her!

Spanish feet? That's what my ex thought I had. Mind you she had Irish feet

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Town centre near me has money thrown at it continuously by the local council in a vain attempt to 'regerate' it. They fail to grasp the fact that most people who live in the town work outside it, don't shop there and don't socialise there. The only people who shop in the town are kids, pensioners and those who don't work during the day, needless to say that the big names including M&S have shut up shop and got out of town and all that is left are fat people, assorted lower life forms, poundland, wilko, cash converters and other small chains.

Sprinkle in a fair number of aggressive looking 'migrants' and its now a retail and social death spiral.

The local plan is calling for over 1000 houses to be built in and around the town every year for the next 20 years with most of the industrial land, even with current businesses on it earmarked for residential use.

Fuck knows where anyone is going to work in this brave new world, let alone earn enough to 'regenerate' the local economy. I'm assuming it will all be spent furnishing houses with tat from Argos 'n' B&Q on borrowed money.

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24 minutes ago, MrPin said:

I see you are a man of letters.

Borag Thungg!

Yeah I loved 2000 AD growing up.  D.R. & quinch and stronty dog were more of my faves.  plus of course nemesis and slaine a close second

Be pure!  be vigilant!  behave!

Edited by JFK
fuckin spellchecker

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