Imagine pushing your way through a hot, loud crowd of people, getting angry because your sore feet are being stepped on and someone has just tried to steal one of the many heavy bags that you are carrying. Imagine finally bursting out, arms cramping from the weight of the bags, wallet or purse several times lighter, only to discover that you have lost your children in that streaming throng of people who are, in many ways, just like you.
No, that is not the way most of us would like to spend an afternoon of what is supposed to be relaxation. Whoever had said that spending time in the mall is the modern way to relax, has obviously never been in one. What I described earlier was, admittedly, a bit of an extreme; however, for many people who live in large cities, that “extreme” is a weekly reality.
It is a well-known fact that malls are stuffy and overheated. So for a person who is perhaps suffering from claustrophobia (even a mild case) or was perhaps, sensitive to high temperatures, the sort of environment presented by a mall is definitely not relaxing at all. If the average person can manage to lose up to three children in a half-empty supermarket, where there is nothing more attractive than the lettuces ion the next aisle, how hard can it be to lose one or two or even more of your offspring in a building with several hundred (or even thousand) other people in it, which has toy stores, bookshops, gaming zones and “kiddie-corners”? Not to mention all the dodgy Michael Jackson copycats out there…
When the actual harassing, nerve-racking, experience of mall-shopping is over, people go home and at the end of the week, they go through all their receipts to dot the budgeting. It makes one wonder, how many of the heart attack victims that are brought in to hospital, were caused by the sum of money, that had been spent at that mall.
So the next time that anyone tries to persuade you that spending time at the mall is the modern way to relax, I would like to...
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