Getting groceries without Britney.Posted: August 20, 2009
Back when I was much younger, a local grocery store took the step of having a few check out aisles where there were not tobacco products for sale. This was seen as a good thing, and I tend to agree. That seems quaint now that that stuff is now over in another section of most stores, but that was a big thing back then.
Around the time my son was born I remember groceries making it a point to have a special check out aisle where there was no candy. I appreciated that. My son was not big on making a big scene in stores, but it was nice not to have to run my shopping cart past a display of temptation for him.
Now, I am hoping for a new innovation for the grocery industry. Gossip free checkout aisles. Let me modify that. One gossip free check out aisle.
Let me speak right to you, supermarket people.
I am sure that selling gossip magazines is big money. You wouldn’t have them there at the check out aisle if they weren’t. I’m certainly not of the mindset of cutting off anyone’s revenue. That’s why I’m just asking for one aisle…no People Magazine, no Us, no teeny bopper “which boy is cutest” magazines. Follow me so far? Good.
Here is why that’s a good idea. Not everyone cares about that stuff. Some of us (by some of us I mean me) are sick of seeing the same faces and topics blaring at us all the time. Lets face it, you can change the picture, or change the subject, but the same crap is on the cover week after week.
The simplistic answer would be not to look at it. Next time you’re somewhere where there are words posted…signs, magazines, whatever, try to stop your brain from reading them. It can’t be done.
Let’s review what shows up on these magazines:
- Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. She is pregnant she is not pregnant. They are saving the world. They are getting a divorce. Doesn’t affect me.
- Octomom. Shoots out kids like a Pez. Is not altogether there. Sad for the kids, but thats no reason to feed her illness with attention. I’m not interested.
- Jon and Kate. See Pez reference above. See sad for kids reference above. See not rewarding with attention reference above. I don’t care.
- Madonna. Britney Spears. Never really talented. Careers circling the drain.
- Jennifer Aniston. Was with Brad Pitt. He moved on. According to magazines covers in the check out line, I should feel bad for her. Yeah, not so much.
- The Kardashians, Paris Hilton. Famous for no reason. That’s a good enough reason for me not to care.
Mr. Grocer, every week I buy lots of food. I wait patiently in line for my turn to give you money. I don’t think its too much to ask for one line to be left as a gossip free zone.
I’d gladly stand in that line, even if it were longer, just to avoid being bombarded with blaring headlines of these folks’ latest exploits. Think of the benefit of announcing that aisle 6 in each of your stores is a Jon and Kate free zone. Even if only two percent of shoppers think as I do, and all of us abandon your competitors in appreciation…I believe the term is cha-ching!
I get whacked with this stuff on the net, it’s all over the tv news. Please Mr. Grocer, let me buy my blueberries without having to read about Angelina Jolie.