first, I think the traffic was worse than during Christmas shopping. The snow doesn't help either.
Was at the Kroger on Laskey this afternoon. I have never seen so many cars in the parking lot there, ever. And I shopped the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas. I took 3 carts to the door with me from my parking area and by the time I got near the front door, 2 of them had been scooped from me. I found out why soon enough. There wasn't a single cart inside the store. People were actually waiting for the cart people to return carts so they could use them.
There were no bananas, only 6 gallons of milk left, bottled water was scarce, and a pretty good dent was being put into the bread department.
The check out lines were across the aisle and up the adjoining aisles. Funny sites were the couple that had 2 full size carts filled from top to bottom with 2 liters of various soda. Under the cart, and under the seat was stuffed with soda. It was stacked in the cart and curved up like a mountain in both carts. Why? I do not know. It wasn't cheap enough to justify that. One older lady had 5 gallons of milk. 5 gallons? Sweet moses. The other funny thing was listening to people complain about shoppers. Things like, "They had all week to shop, why did they wait until today?" I guess they thought that they were the only ones that needed to be there.
The self checkout lines were the shortest. Be patient in and out of the store. As I was leaving 2 women were yelling at each other about a parking spot. One was even out of her car yelling and waving her arms. Most people were considerate about parking and stuff, but others were flying through the lot like they were going to a fire.
Overall, it was madness.