Shopping Mall Etiquette 101
The time has come for a lesson in shopping mall etiquette. Do you get frustrated with the crowds at the mall? Are you annoyed with the unruly children? Do you cut down your time at the mall due to all the frustrations? You are not alone!
Many shoppers are tired of all the rude shoppers at the mall. There are a lot of inconsiderate (even if unintentional) people out there. Hopefully, some of those inconsiderate (yet clueless) people will read this etiquette lesson and they will learn to change. Even if they do not, there is no reason why we can't have a good laugh about them.
Guess what? Are your children bratty? Do they run all over the mall and won't listen? Do they get on your nerves? If you answered "yes" to these questions, your children are not only annoying you, but they are annoying everyone else at the mall. If you can't control your child, then don't take them to the mall. Maybe that sounds a little harsh, but it is what everyone is thinking (but won't tell you). Your kids are ruining what should be a peaceful day at the mall for everyone else.
Another really important thing to keep in mind while at the mall with your children is the Tot Lot (or whatever your mall calls the children's play area) is not on-site daycare. DO NOT leave your child playing with other children and walk away. Have you seen some of the shady characters at the mall? Some parents assume the play area is being monitored by a mall employee. I am here to tell you NO ONE is watching your kids if you are not - except maybe a creepy person looking for an opportunity to snatch a child. So do not leave your child unattended.
Keep Up the Pace
Are you a slow walker? Not a problem. Walk closer to the wall. Do not walk in the very center where everyone else is walking. Sadly, someone will be more inclined to bump you, especially if the mall is crowded.
Are you new to the mall and you want to stop frequently to look at stores? Once again, keep it to the side while walking. You see, there are people who know where they are going and they will run you over to get there.
Are you a stop and go kind of person? When you are walking along do you move quickly, but suddenly make a fast stop? You are just hoping someone will run into you, right? You have to realize you can't do that in a crowded mall. You have to keep up with the pace of those around you. If you are going to come to a sudden stop, you must check to make sure no one is behind you or just move to the side. It is just like driving a car. You keep making stops like that and someone is going to rear end you.
What's All the Yelling About?
Have you ever been in a mall and you see your pal from back in the day on the next level of the mall about 100 feet away? Do you just wish you could yell at him or do you actually yell at him? If you answered "yes" to that question, then this section of this etiquette lesson is specifically for you.
Don't scream all over the mall trying to get people's attention. You see, when you yell in a crowded area like that, sometimes people panic. No one is sure if someone is trying to communicate to their friend across the mall or if they are screaming because they are about to be mauled by a crazed bear that snuck in the mall. Please stop scaring people. You can run after your friend if you need to do so; sometimes you just have to let them go though. Destiny just did not put the two of you together.
The Mall Parking Lot (a.k.a. Hell on Earth)
I know everyone has a beautiful dream about getting that spot right next to the door. It is nice to dream, but it is unlikely it will happen unless you get to the mall at the crack of dawn. Do yourself and everyone else a favor by accepting your fate right now. If you have to park away from the door or on an upper level in the garage, just walk some. Walking is good for you! It gets your heart pumping and burns calories. Using the stairs really helps burn the calories, too. It will be OK; give it a try!
Here is something scary that people need to stop doing. Do not follow behind walkers with your car thinking you will get their parking spot. If you are doing that, I don't know if you want my parking space or you want to kidnap me to perform a satanic ritual that night. Stop creeping out pedestrians!
Just About Enough
I think this is just about enough shopping mall etiquette for one day. I was going to approach the topic of food court etiquette, but quite frankly, I think that is another whole hub. So goodbye for now and tune in next time for Mall Food Court Etiquette 101 .
I hope you've learned something about fellow mall shoppers today. Thanks for reading and see you next time!