Ah, won't necessarily, solve the problem...But still carried on with his wireless, conversation, whilst casually looking around, instead of getting on with the job & f***ing off.
F*ck me, the number of aisles blocked by mini-meetings in my local store is ridiculous. "Excuse me - can I get passed?" [Receives glance of annoyance]
I think it's a question of context. The (predominantly) older ladies who do the stop and chat whilst serving are probably holding onto a sense of the local shop/store being part of a community rather than somewhere you dash into. It's social as well as commercial. Same with the dude on his phone - casually doing his shop, mingling the commercial with a bit of social.
I get all that, but these places are NOT designed to hang about in. They are not designed for browsing. They are designed to herd us in, weave us through aisles, maximise our spending, and get us out of the door as quickly as possible. Who wants to hang about in that? Even the lighting does my head in.
I didn't realise how much this bugged me. I think I am just yearning for the old independent grocery stores and bakeries which engendered a more relaxed approach to food shopping and a sense that you are going to make something rather than merely consume something. And you mingle outside
these stores. All in all, a less convenient and efficient way to shop, but infinitely more pleasurable.
"Got some lovely fresh radishes and green beans in this morning squire"
"Nah sod that, I'm off to Tescies for a glow in the dark lettuce