Over the last few years we have seen the huge escalation of people shopping on the internet rather than hitting the high street and there are several good reasons of that.
First off it’s a hell of a lot easier to find what you are looking for on the web. Ever made the trip to the shops only to find that they don’t have the thing you wanted. It’s even worse when you go out of your way to go all the way to London to buy a Celtic Frost t-shirt that they said they had on their website only to get there to find the place had shut down and was now an Egyptian knockoff leather bag shop.
Secondly, it’s so much easier to find yourself a bargain without having to really shop around. With the shopping tab on Google you get a list of prices at different retailers so you can get the best deals without having to do the leg work. Handy if you are a pure lazy shite.
This is why stores like HMV and Blockbuster have gone to pot because they refused to sell stuff at a reasonable price and what they actually stocked was exactly specialist. I remember once I wanted a copy of Tenebre on DVD and found a copy in HMV Oxford Street, it was fucking £17. I later found a box set of Dario Argento movies that had Tenebre in there online for £10… goodbye HMV, you will be sorely missed.
And the store they had at Bluewater was the worst, have you ever been in there? Their metal section was fucking depressing. Blink 182 is not fucking metal… do the people that work in there even listen to music? I don’t expect that they do because they wouldn’t be working in that rat hole.
I knew they were in trouble when they announced that they would no longer be employing people that had tattoos, piercings and coloured hair, in so doing forcing 75% of their staff to quit and alienating the people that would want to work for them and (more importantly) buy goods from them. I have tattoos so I took the standpoint of never going in there again. Low and behold these corporate music fascists went tits up… GOOD!
Now I have mates that work for them and for these people I feel a little sad for as there is little to no work out there at the moment for people that can only (and poorly may I add) alphabetise a world cinema DVD section on some shelving. I wish you all well.
But then we come back to what people think of you just by your appearance. Like I say I have plenty of tattoos all over the place and I’m not the most well-dressed of people if I’m honest. I’m more of your shorts and a t-shirt kind of guy. I constantly ware a trucker cap and you can guarantee that most of my trousers are some kind of camouflage. Just had a count up and I have 8 camos, 2 jeans and 2 pairs of black riggers… that’s not including my shorts.
But I have a full time job and money in my pocket yet I get constantly followed by security when I go shopping. The fact that I earn more money than the bloke stalking me down the aisles holds no weight with this div and while he is harassing me a well-dressed kid with a neat haircut has just walked out with two bottles of brandy in his coat.
I have (on occasion) confronted a security guard to ask him why he was following me, and stated that I didn’t appreciate that the man was staring at me while I shopped and he retorted that I “seemed like the type that would steal.” I pointed out that he looks like the type that would rape children to which the security guard became physically aggressive towards me and expected an apology, I told him to go fuck himself.
I never got an apology for his slanderous comment… I am no longer allowed in the Dartford branch of Waitrose.
I never go around and instantly judge a person by the way they look but then I have grown up as a bit of an outsider as I listened to death metal as a kid and grew up as a ‘grunger’ or when I was a kid ‘freak’! The amount of times that has been shouted at me in the street when I was a kid was unreal and it was usually followed by a bottle or a punch. Small town life, right?
I don’t like it when I get lumped in with those mindless head-banging types that take wrestling seriously and like bands like Machine Head. I really don’t have much to do with that side of ‘metal’ probably why I don’t listen to too much of it nowadays.
I don’t think that it is as bad today as it was when I was a teenager due to the influx of nu-metal being played on the mainstream music channels and the introduction of party drugs such as MDMA into the teenage consciousness. Trust me it doesn’t matter what you fucking listen to when you are full of that stuff, you just want to hug people and talk shit for a few hours.
So in conclusion… Drugs have united the yoof into a mass of jaw grinding, gurning ravers that will hopefully get everything in the big shopping centres shut down because they are too hanging to go to the shops and will do all their shopping online.
They are the future and that scares the shit out of you doesn’t it!?