Why is it that a shopping trip for me becomes a guilt trip?
First of all I parked in Tesco's car park. I am going to do some shopping there but first I have to go to the post office. So I feel guilty about using the car park. Even though I'm going to be shopping there.
Then I pass a Big Issue salesman and I feel guilty even when I've already bought a copy of the magazine.
Then two teenage girls walk directly across my path yet I'm the one who veers away and apologises.
It's not easy being me.
Much later after I've returned home and written a letter of complaint to Tesco's about the attitude of a security guard (I'll explain later on) during the follow-up phone call the helpful young man on the other end suggests that 'the guard may be removed from his position' and I feel guilty again. (By the way he didn't mean sack him but send him to work somewhere else.)
It's definitely not easy.
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So ... I used a token to release the trolley in Tesco's, did my shopping and then returned the trolley to the trolley park. I clicked it into the next trolley and went to retrieve my token but it wasn't there.
An elderly gentleman was on trolley parking duty so i explained to him. He was a little puzzled and said he'd ask a security guard.
A big burly guard came out, looked at the lock and said, 'There isn't a coin there.'
'No,' I said, 'but I put one in.'
'It's not there now,' he said. 'It must have jumped out.'
Then he walked off.
Another lady helped me have a thorough look around on the floor under the trollies but there was no sign of my token. Fortunately the elderly gentleman came back and gave me a replacement token.
When I said to the lady, who I think might have been an employee just going off duty, that I didn't like the attitude of the security guard she said, 'Aw, you've got to take it on the chin, say, whatever.'
But I thought, no, I haven't. So as soon as I got home I emailed a letter of complaint to Tesco. And had a very prompt and polite phone call in return.