Those are a great observations. And it's clearly a problem right now. Same thing with stores that keep the toilet paper in the very back of the store, knowing customers must go ALL THE WAY TO THE BACK to pick any up, contaminating any surfaces through the whole store, rather than being able to pick it up from a pallet outide with a ticket, or at least from the very front of the store near the registers.Ultra1974 wrote: ↑Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:22 amOf course, Walmart is still open and I am seeing on social media friends that typically do not go to Walmart often posting pictures inside there. I feel this may be due to the social nature of most humans. If they cannot socialize in their normal places they will go wherever it is allowed.
Can someone please explain to me how shutting down restaurants that have an average of about 1,000 square feet space that can hold about 40 people is more effective than funneling everyone into Walmart that has 100,000 square and has thousands of people pass through it every day touching shelves and product and possibly leaving the virus where it has proven it can survive for up to days?
If people are only allowed to go to a few certain places it stands to reason more people will go there.
It would be more comfortable for customers, I think, if grocery stores at least could use the tickets from their deli counters, and simply repurpose them so that customers can drive into the parking lot, accept a ticket while still in their vehicle (perhaps placed on their windshield wiper), be assigned to a designated parking space/area related to the ticket number order, and then be allowed to remain in their car until it's their turn to shop (or their turn to provide an order of what they want to buy to the staff.) If the lot becomes full due to a long line or great demand, then customers looking to shop can take a drive and come back a little later rather than being subjected to an hour long wait in the store crammed together with other tense people.
The long lines with this situation are unavoidable until individual stores themselves organize a simple-to-follow alternative, since people are there to buy essentials, not to try and get sick.
(Though this way if anyone IS coming to socialize, rather than for essential purchases, if they won't be rewarded with physical socializing or capturing videos to put on youtube, it might reduce coming back unnecessarily for the short term until the emergency is calmed down somewhat.)
I'd also like to see- though it's less simple and requires bandwidth and a camera or maybe a drone if you want to be super cool- essential stores like the the local grocery, just putting a daily video walkthrough of their shelves and the merchandise that is in stock on them directly onto their websites for the use of customers. I don't want to shop anyways if I can help it, but if I DO need to go get something, and I could use that tool to avoid going to the store by knowing for sure in advance whether it's in stock or maybe not so much, it'd be pretty helpful. Calling and asking an employee is a drain on resources and they usually do not know because the call center is manned by stockers.
Seeing grocery store interiors without having to go in is cathartic in its own way all on its own anyhow. We've been seeing plenty of empty shelf porn the last few weeks, but what about what shelves AREN'T empty. That'd be way more helpful to individuals.
**edited for a mispelling. "Daily" is not spelled with an F