is generally considered customary for shoppers to
park their cars prior to going shopping. Surveys
reveal that those shoppers who remained in their
vehicles tend to be either (a) ram raiders or (b)
Macdonald's customers. Social scientists have still
not established whether either of these practices
are socially acceptable, but have concluded that
the 10 minutes unassisted travel into centres from
parking areas (if they really must) might at least
prove beneficial to the latter group.
the opportunity to be run over or poisoned whilst
attempting to cross a street is not an incentive
to spend more (apart from in the pharmacy/off license).
being packed onto a busy narrow pavement with large
metal boxes hurtling past detracts from the enjoyment
of architecture and scenery. For example, the stampeding
buses on Edinburgh’s Princes Street tended
to have the effect of focussing shoppers’
attention on (a) not being trampled to death, (b)
run over at the next crossing (because the council
had yet again randomly switched the traffic flows),
or (c) the hideous buildings (rather than the majestic
views on the other side of the traffic hazard).