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Leave Your Animals at Home.

When people's love of their pets infringes on others.

I like blogging.  It's fun but I have been struggling with exactly what I should blog about. Then it hit me. I am going to catalog the stupidity that I see on a daily basis and report it to all the good folks on the Patch.

Last week, I ran into the supermarket to get hot dog rolls and a gallon of milk, and what do I see but a woman and her husband about 45 years old shopping with their little Bichon Frise in the upper child seat of the shopping cart. Um yeah, that is pretty disgusting. I fail to see the necessity of bringing an animal into a food establishment when I am sure it would be perfectly content at home. And I guess I wasn't the only one who found fault with this as I observed the manager on duty speaking with the couple. The worst part of all is the indignant attitude displayed by the woman. Although, I didn't hear the whole exchange I absolutely saw wild gesticulations from the woman and heard her utter the phrase "well you just lost a customer" Really? Good! Too bad that she didn't start her boycott before she checked out (with the dog still in the cart mind you).

In what world would it be ok to bring an animal into a business where food for human consumption is prepared and sold? Just another example of the self entitlement that is running rampant these days.

Remember, before you put your cantaloupes in the cart a dog's butt may have been resting comfortably there just minutes before.

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Yvonne Kleine August 31, 2012 at 08:45 PM
This was a a great post! I agree that dogs have no place in food establishments, except for service dogs. But I have to ask, have you ever seen some of the children in those seats? Mucus running down their faces, little hands depositing all manner of sticky goo on the cart handles, not ot mention the occasional over-filled diaper! And as for the cantaloupe, who is to say what the person picking it might also have been picking? Who are the folks handling the fruits and veggies as they shop? Ever wonder where their hands have been? We live in a microbe infested world, sort of like an enormous Petri Dish offering up every pathogen you could desire, or not. The good news is that you have an immune system which diligently protects you from most of these infectious bugs. Dr. Oz once took a group of obsessive germophobes on a field trip where he gleefully forced them to touch dumpster drek and then made them lick their hands. No one got sick, except to their stomachs. There is a strange little edge to Dr. Oz, I think. So whilst you are worried about the doggy's butt, I am more concerned about the guy ahead of me, sneezing and coughing without covering his mouth and nose. And remember, most markets now provide sanitizing wipes at the entrances. A quick wipedown on that seat and push bar and problem solved!
Steven Feldini September 05, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Thanks for your interest Yvonne. Don't worry, I am not a germophobe or anything close. I just like to point out the inconsiderate behavior of some of our fellow citizens. It is the new culture these days for many to ignore or break longstanding written and unwritten rules because they place their own interests above all others. This attitude is more and more evident in daily life and I am shocked at how many people are so self absorbed that they don't give a second thought to anybody else's well being or comfort.
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