A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Sunday, July 5, 2020


After my successful thrift shop experience I pressed my luck and went down the street to the 
BI-MART store which is like a baby Walmart.  The last two times I was there this shelf was empty.  Imagine my glee in seeing this.  It may not seem like much to you but I've been trying to buy disinfectant wipes since late LAST YEAR.  I just want them to clean house with, that's all.
I may go back and get another barrel of wipes for it may be 2021 before I ever see them again.

All the check-out clerks in BI-MART wear these face shields.  Those stocking shelves can wear cloth masks.  Ever notice how many store clerks wearing cloth masks have them pulled down below their nose?  I've seen some below the chin.  Anyway, there were lines with customers standing six feet apart from one another.  I picked register one which turned out to be a good choice.  The line backed up through the shoe department so I could sit on the wood stools you sit on while trying on shoes while I waited in line.  The check out counter had a thick sheet of Plexiglas installed adding further protection for the clerk I assume. 

While I was struggling with the debit card machine the check out lady was talking to me about something.  I had to tell her "I'm sorry, but I didn't understand a word you said.  I can't hear you past the face shield."  She leaned over the counter around the Plexiglas barrier, pulled her shield off to the side and repeated what she was saying now being only a foot away from me.  She completely negated the whole virus protection set-up.  I'm not criticizing the woman.  I could tell she liked her job and enjoyed interacting with her customers which now had become practically impossible.  
I felt sorry for her.

If all that wasn't enough, I had brought my own plastic bag to carry my few purchases in while shopping.  I unloaded it at the counter and the lady said to me "I'm not allowed to touch your bag."
This COVID-19 business is ABSURD! 
I'll apologize to you now in advance as you'll find me using that word a lot in the future.


John W. Wall said...

Apparently, reusable bags have been sketchy all along. Check this out:

"I classify them as pretty dirty things, like the bottom of your shoes," said Ryan Sinclair of the Loma Linda University School of Public Health, a co-author of the study.

He is finalizing another study he hopes to publish soon looking at how pathogens spread through grocery stores with the help of reusable bags. The study, conducted at a central California grocery store in early 2013, involved spraying bags with a bacteria not harmful to humans but transported in a similar way to norovirus, a leading cause of gastrointestinal disease linked to more than 19 million illnesses each year in the United States.

The tracer bacteria was detected in high concentrations on shopping carts, at the checkout counter and on food items shoppers had touched but kept on the shelf.

Sinclair said the contamination cycle often began right after shoppers entered the store and placed their bags in the bottom or the baby carrier of a shopping cart, two places notorious for germs.


Shammickite said...

It is taking quite a while for everyone to get used to all the rules and regulations that have appeared since the advent of Covid-19. I take reuseable shopping bags to the grocery store. Last week I wasn't allowed to use them. This week I can.