March 22, 2020

A Couple Observations as I Ventured Into Society

I live right next to a mall where there’s a GameStop inside, where I’ve had a preorder I’ve been neglecting to pick up. I had heard rumors GameStop had gone to delivery only, but I decided to stop in anyway.

I can’t say I’ve ever seen the parking lot as empty as it was on a Sunday afternoon during lunch time. As I neared the door, “Everybody” by the Backstreet Boys was playing over the mall’s speaker system, so this will clearly be playing for the actual apocalypse. Upon entering the side where the GameStop is, I passed the food court where only a cheesesteak joint and the Panda Express were open. I get to GameStop and the rumors were true, they are only doing deliveries.

On to the local grocery store, where I just wanted to get a bag of frozen breaded chicken breasts and some ice cream. This place was a zoo. I think about four people tried to run me over in the five minutes I was in there. I could feel everyone’s panicky tension and I honestly couldn’t get out of there fast enough.

That said, I wonder why store point of sale systems still ask for my PIN number when I use Apple Pay. Seriously, stop it. I’ve already authorized it’s me by the device being unlocked in the first place, don’t make me touch your potentially virus ridden buttons needlessly.

Anyway, I’m home now and I frankly don’t have any need to be around people for the rest of the day.