Dawn to Dusk


How supermarkets defy probability

Posted in Uncategorized by acuthbert on August 26, 2006

My wife got lost again today. I went to find some raison toast (which sadly Tesco do not seem to stock. Shame on you Tesco) whereupon my wife disappeared into the mysts of aisle 11. According to her it was I who got lost, however the general point is – How can we get lost in Tesco!? Well it seems it’s all down to probability and the supermarkets strange effect on it. You would think that when trying to find someone in a supermarket the best thing to do would be to walk past the end of each aisle and look down them one by one. The odds are that given the much greater length of floor space down the length of the aisles as compared to the length across them the person you seek will be present down one of the aisles. But no, not in supermarkets. In supermarkets probability is cast asunder. I’ve tested this on numerous occassions. You can scan past every aisle as many times as you like – it won’t help. The person is always at the end of an aisle somewhere hidden from view of the aisle scanners. Perhaps it’s because the other person has had the same bright idea you did and is also scanning aisles from the other side of the store. But more likely is the unnatural power supermarkets have over us…. discuss.

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  1. Andy said,

    Bert… It is so true!!! Supermarkets have tardis like properties and as for losing people in them…

  2. alison said,

    Today I was stacking catfood when I heard the announcement “Could the parent or guardian of a young boy called ‘joe bloggs’ come to the customer service desk please”. Looks like it’s not just adults that get lost in tesco. Perhaps Tesco should start using an attachment method of customer control. It would work as follows…each trolley would have two (or more for the larger family) straps attached to the bars, which would also clip around your waste. This way customers would stay together and also stay with their trolley rather than abandoning it for some employee to trip over.

  3. acuthbert said,

    A child called ‘joe bloggs’! Brilliant! 😉


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