Column: Is it still March? Month crawls by during coronavirus

It’s been March for a long time and seemingly will always be March. I write about the strange, endless month in Sunday’s column. (And also solicit your stories about hand washing and about co-workers past who didn’t do it.)

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  • SAWZ

    I am a hand-washing expert right now so I don’t have any hand-washing stories. I do have a, “corona virus” shopping, horror story (complaint):. I had already determined with experimenting, that the special senior shopping hours (or 15 min as Stater’s provides seniors) at most stores which are still open for essential items are a complete waste of time–except for Trader Joe’s which has a line all the time but is doing an excellent job keeping its store stocked and handling the customers hygiene-wise.

    I have been trying to get the Bounty Paper Towels at Costco for the last two weeks–sale is over on April 5. (My life is based around paper towels and I have learned from experimenting that Bounty, dial-a-size, is the only brand to have.) The clerk at Costco yesterday suggested I try the senior shopping hour, 8:00-9:00 a.m. this morning, April 01, and the towels might or might not be in. So I thought, I might as well try. I got there at 8:00 a.m. thinking the line would be moving in at that time. Well, the line was not moving yet. I went to the end which was several snake trails long and around the building and patiently stood and crept until I got to the entrance 45 minutes later. When I was about 20 feet from the entrance I heard the clerk announcing that they were sold out of toilet paper, but paper towels were to the right. “Oh Goody”, I thought. When I got inside the entrance, there were the sales clerks standing with packets of paper towels–a brand of paper towels that were not the Bounty towels that are on salel–they then told me they were sold out of Bounty.
    What a slap in the face–I expect more from Costco. They could have saved me 40 minutes of time by making
    that announcement at the end of the line.

    Experience confirmed–go to the store at hours other than senior shopping hours–you will walk right in (unless its Trader Joes.).

    • davidallen909

      Boy, that’s disappointing about senior shopping hours. Perhaps not everyone at every store is having that experience, at least we can hope not.

      • SAWZ

        A good time to go to Walmart is 7:00 a,m, (Sunday)
        I walked right in and the store was not crowded–it has the taped distance-lines on the floor at the check-outs.. I I found the Egglands best eggs which Staters does not have now. The best time to go to Staters when you can keep a proper distance from other shoppers is 9:00 am and 8:45 p.m. Very few people in the store then.