Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Early closing craziness

Is it just me, or is the fact that you can't go to a supermarket in Perth on a Sunday a total pain in the arse? Just as bad are those supermarkets that still open from nine to five, giving people who work no chance of getting to the shops unless it's in their lunch break.

Wake up and smell the coffee WA - our state just lost millions in Federal Government funding because we didn't meet trading requirement specifications - we refused to open our doors and we paid the price. Where the hell else in Australia can't you go to a bottle shop on a Sunday???

I thought this strange way of doing business would have gone the way of roster petrol stations and 24 hour convenience shops that charge three times the normal price for everything on their shelves. But no, just like daylight savings, this appears to be another Perthism that's here to stay.

6 comments:

Blandwagon said...

I didn't get to the supermarket on Saturday, so apparently I just have to starve until Thursday night.

Or eat all the weird things in the back of the pantry, like almond essence, tinned tomato juice, breadcrumbs and grenadine.

DAMN YOU PERTH!

Cookster said...

I spent a week over the Christmas period living on glace cherries, flaked almonds and apricot nectar...

Cookie said...

Welcome to the world of blogs, it must be a real pain to have inflexible shopping. For the past decade our opening times have got longer and longer upto a few year ago when 24 hours became the common place. I vaguely remember the days from my youth before sunday trading was allowed when the UK was more like Perth.

Cookster said...

Cheers my fellow John Cooke, yep, I lived in the UK for a while and had a Tesco in the backyard... quite literally. It was at the time of salmonela eggs and just before the mad cow outbreak - I still can't donate blood in Australia today!

dave said...

lol.. forgot all about the shopping hours in perth. our tesco up the road is open to midnight on weeknights and 10pm on saturdays. we find it so inconvenient that it closes at 4pm on a sunday!! still, i spose it's better for the families of those who work in the supermarkets that they close at a reasonable time

Cookster said...

I think it can be hard on the owners of 'delis', 'milkbars' and small supermarkets, who are forced to stay open longer and work longer hours, but the bigger stores probably just provide more employment opportunities for young people. In Melbourne we had a Coles that was open 24/7 - I know people who shopped on Sunday mornings after a night out!