Spotted: Local folks ignoring “senior shopping hours” at Safeway Sharon Heights

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on March 19, 2020

An InMenlo reader inquired what age “qualified” for senior shopping hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Safeway stores, asking because she was 61.

Well, this morning the Safeway in Sharon Heights did have lots of seniors (not surprising given Menlo Park’s demographics). But about half the shoppers between 8:15 and 8:45 am were clearly not seniors.

And alas, the hoarding continues. There were no paper products of any kind, and no eggs. And a 40-something man ahead of me in line was buying a dozen large pizzas.  Unlikely that he was having a party!

Replied the very nice checker to my question about senior hours: “We can’t enforce it. We can only hope people are decent.”

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

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Kieran March 21, 2020 at 7:47 pm

This is similar to those well-meaning people who say “they don’t LOOK disabled” about someone who parks in a handicapped zone. (Of course, if they *also* don’t have the proper placard, that’s different). Sometimes people get handicapped parking placards OKd because they have a condition that affects their ability to walk far from their parked car. The agencies that approve these placards review applications carefully. Just because you can’t see their disability doesn’t mean they don’t have one. For instance, people with heart or lung conditions or epilepsy may look “normal” most of the time, but may still need that consideration.

The same is true of people with conditions that are high-risk for severe COVID19. Hypertension, diabetes, asthma, HIV probably aren’t visible to passers by, but they are all valid reasons for someone to shop at the special time along with the seniors.

Maybe the 40-year-old man really likes pizza, has a big freezer, and doesn’t want to risk contact with delivery pizza drivers because he has one or more of these medical conditions.

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