Maybe it’s just me, okay? I mean it’s possible.
This morning I am writing this late, because I had to go to the thrift store. The thrift store because I’m the world’s cheapest human being and — sigh — I gained weight through 2020-to 2020 Won. Not because I — particularly — stopped moving around or working out, but because when I stress and the autoimmune goes nuts, I gain weight. I have no explanation for this, it’s just a thing.
Anyway, we JUST got to the point I need short sleeves. Unfortunately what this means is that most of my blouses and shirts are either exposing my mid-riff or …. stained, and have holes because I was doing a bunch of house stuff last year.
Anyway, our favorite thrift store (ARC) is never…. great at hanging things in the right places or…. Other things. We used to have so much fun laughing at weird-placed things…
But now? Seriously? They had more employees out than I’ve ever seen, but ….
Okay, let’s put it this way: If the isle is marked Short Sleeve, Knit Tops, size XL…. I expect it be mostly correct. I don’t expect that 50% will hit one of those attributes, but none of the others, and the rest will hit none of those.
Again, they’ve always had some issues, and some of them might or might not have been customer re-hanging. But this was next level.
And while yes, I do understand that visually making sense of the difference between L and Xl is difficult, and I often browse both isles, these shirts had tags saying S or M. I found more XLs in the M isle than any of the others. And as for knit… well, it shouldn’t be an arcane concept….
Anyway, again, it’s always been sort of like that, but today it took me an hour, much to younger son’s exasperation, because I had to walk every isle including children.
And yes, I know, people are having trouble getting employees to come in and work but they actually had more employees, or perhaps volunteers than before.
So, what gives?
I don’t know. Search me.
This is not the only place I found this. Some of the mistakes in grocery stores, I assumed were “making the gaps less obvious” but seriously? Since when isn’t Spaghetti sauce under Italian, but two isles away under Mexican? Or why is the paper goods isle stacked with…. bleach. Or–
Meanwhile my friends who work retail are being pulled about by crazy bosses who make their time at work living hell.
Frankly, though of course, my boss is me (and she’s a bitch) all bosses seem to have lost their minds.
Why the heck?
Well…. we’ve all gone a little crazy.
This is something never talked about in stuff like 1984, where humans behave like good robots, and just do whatevs, but ….
There is a price to pay for irrational fear mongering and non-stop propaganda, compounded by contradictory orders, compounded by demanding we do things that make no sense, compounded by demanding we swear allegiance to “totally not stolen” election, compounded by unequal application of laws and demanding — literal — genuflection to their crazy priorities.
The price is that even for those humans who nod and go along, and don’t want to make waves is that your back brain knows something isn’t quite right. And you can get angry. And then they keep wanking you around and the anger keeps growing.
And then you don’t perform to spec. You become obsessed with stupid things, like “But what color should my shoes be?” or —
Anyway, humans don’t behave well under extreme stress. I’ve seen more people I’ve known for years suddenly and bizarrely go from zero to ree over nothing than I’ve ever seen in my life before. Or people who declare a ridiculous position and then stick to it buckle and tongues. Like the guy on a friend’s wall who kept repeating “But the news are supposed to be the truth” over and over and over again. In this time. In this place. And calling names to everyone who refused to knuckle under.
We’ve all gone a little mad.
And it’s only going to get worse. To the stuff the government locusts destroyed, just so they could steal the election, add in the fact that even people trying their best are working while their back brain screams “RUN. You’re getting contradictory signals. You’re in danger. RUN.” And so things will get…. weird.
What do you do about it? I don’t know. Other than remember we’ve all gone a little mad.
Like the other things in this crazy time line, we’ll have to endure. Until the other side.