Episode 36: Holiday Shopping Rant
Updated: Sep 4, 2019
Stop acting like an idiot and remember the reason for the season.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And everywhere I go, I see . . . atrocities.
There’s nothing like the promise of saving a few bucks to bring out the cave man in all of us. A recent shopping trip to pick up a few, final stocking stuffers, inspired this post. My hope is that it will remind everyone to think twice before they put consumerism before grace.
Here are three things to remember while shopping this Holiday season.
1.) Drive like the intelligent person you are
Leave a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Use your blinker. Stop at stop signs. Do not let your emotions get the best of you.
Sounds simple right?
Go to any Target parking lot and you’ll find 90% of people behaving in the opposite way.
No matter how important your errands are, remember that you have the ability to both positively and negatively affect those around you. Instead of running stop signs, zipping into stolen parking spots and flipping people off, try driving carefully, letting others go in front of you and sharing a smile.
2.) Remember shopping cart etiquette
Those metal railings that create a straight line for shopping carts to be stored in are there for a reason – use them!
Don’t just leave your cart in the middle of traffic as if a UFO sighting has just occurred. Have some dignity and think of others. Remove your trash from the cart, gather any orphaned carts around you, and return them to the proper storage area like the adult you are.
Don’t yell at the nice person behind the counter
In a recent shopping trip, I overheard a patron yelling at the woman cashing her out. The cashier was only doing her job in offering details on the store’s credit card and applicable rewards programs. The customer barley let her get two sentences in before yelling and demanding she stop her speech and get on with the check out so that she could continue shopping.
Come on everyone. We raise our kids to either say something nice or not say anything at all, and this is how we act?
Instead of being the worst, remind people of the best we can be. Greet people with a smile, ask them about their day, clean up after yourself, stack all the carts - not just your own - and quite literally remember what Christmas is about.