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The local Vancouver TV news ran a story tonight about a campaign a group of mothers in one of our suburban communities had started.

 

They are trying to get their local supermarkets to have what they call "Family Friendly Check-out Lines"

 

Their problem? (apart from being mental) They are objecting to the magazines that the supermarkets display on the racks at the check-out counters, hoping to get the attention of impulse buyers.

 

They state that they don't want their children being exposed to the latest headlines about Britney Spears or Hilton or whoever and think the pictures on the covers are far to risque for their tender little eyes to see. One of the mags they cited was Cosmopolitan.

 

Where will this crap end? It's 2008 and they should be told that's the way the world is today and the sooner their kids learn about it the more normal they will be.

 

If they left their little brats in the car we wouldn't have to listen to them screaming everytime the mothers told them to put the chocolate bars back.

 

Am I the only one who has had it up to here with parents who think the entire world should bow to their progeny?

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Sounds like I'm alone in my opinion on this one. Oh well, not the first time and probably not the last time either.

 

Hope you all enjoy the checkout lines at your local supermarket when they replace the National Inquirer with Reader's Digests. ;-)

 

Give those mamas enough power and they will get the KY removed from the pharmacy aisles too.

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One of my local supermarkets has had "family friendly" checkout lines for years. (Every three or four lines has nothing that would attact wondering hands -- no candy, no gum, no magazines, no toys, etc, etc.) When their children were younger, a friend (who has twin sons) and my sister (who has two young children who are close in age) both told me that grocery shopping with their children was very stressful and that they appreciated the family friendly checkout lines because it was one less thing that they had to stress about. (My friend's husband and my brother-in-law did most of the grocery shopping when their children were younger. Unfortunately, that wasn't always possible.)

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Zip those are minor issues.

 

What I wish they demand from supermarkets would be check free checkouts, especially when they have to dig in a bag big enough to carry a 20 lb dog, they do not start looking until the last item is rung through and then start to fill it out, with the usual "What day is it?" Of course Date of Death is going through my mind.

 

How about cigarette free checkouts at the stores where the cigarettes are kept in a vault with triple locks and the checkout person takes 15 mins to get one pack of cigarettes.

 

Liquor free checkouts where the checker is under 21 and you have to wait for someone over 21 to come pass the item over the scanner and the only person over 21 is on break.

 

How about if it is on the belt you have to buy it, not lets check some stuff and see how much I can afford. I feel like I am at a Price Is Right gameshow, "Cant go over $50" game then pick chose at the check out what you will keep or not keep.

 

Another favorite is looking through the bag with the check book for your car keys while standing in front of the door blocking it for anyone to leave.

 

But my favorite is . . . Lets play I am over 80 and did not know it was 10 items or less line and turn and look at you with "Oh I did not see that, I am so sorry," with the grand mother smile while you stare with the "what a Bitch" look and say "Oh sure I have nothing better to do.". These people should be asked into the office and have to pay full price no coupons or senior discounts for a month, have their picture taken and posted in the store this person has violated the over 10 item policy.

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>Zip those are minor issues.

 

I think that most of you who replied to my original post have missed the main point I was trying to make. Although screaming brats in supermarkets do piss me off bigtime (and even moreso in restaurants)

the issue I was getting at is how a bunch of narrow minded women who think that their status as women give them the right to decide that magazines that most of North America read on a daily basis can be displayed in checkout lanes.

 

We're not talking porn here. No "Tits & Ass" publications, just normal reading material like Cosmopolitan and the weekly tabloids.

 

To me this is a form of censorship which I am against in all it's forms, let alone from a bunch of hysterical housewives.

 

And if we accept it, what will they be empowered to tackle next?

 

And as for the gentleman who opined that I need to get laid - truer words were never said - but not for the reason he was implying!

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Zip, sorry if I seemed to sidestep your original thought, but in reality I was not. You are right at first view, whenever people want something done for "The Children" go to government first.

 

But this is one time when this helps the rest of us. Why because how many lines at a store will be like this two tops. That leaves the rest of the lines that much less because these are the carts that are the fullest. Guess what when a person comes up to check out and the line for "Save the children" is four five deep and the rest are one or two, where do you think the person is going to go, "Save the Children" or get out of the store.

 

Second the mark up on the impulse items at the check out are too high and profitable for the supermarkets to abandon.

 

So Zip I do agree with you, but these women are not thinking this through but most of these people live in their own world anyway, they just want to make the rest of us live there too.

 

However, I had to get out the rest of my supermarket frustrations out as well. And like you I need to get laid as well but I sort of like the idea of a big burly dad . . .

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>"Magazines that most of North America read on a Daily

>Basis."

>

>I have to challenge that assertion. Last time I looked rags

>like the National Enquirer have a circulation of around 2 or 3

>million. There are around 500 plus million people in North

>America. Do the math.

>

>Mark

 

God but I love uptight little queens who like to nit-pic every detail to fucking death in order to show their superiority - this time in the field of mathematics. You forgot to factor in the millions that read the headlines while waiting in line, but don't buy - and - how about the millions of your fellow countrymen who are functionally illiterate?

 

Hopefully you know the point I was trying to make and you just decided to be "cute" or obstinate. Otherwise you should have stayed in that oh so rosy straight life you waxed poetic about in another thread.

 

And YOU think I need to get laid? Lordy, Lordy.

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