The 2 meter metal pole

I have been onto Lidl before stating that some aggressive begging goes on within the realms of their local Hackney store. They duly addressed the issues and now the aggressive begging has ceased, at least when I shop there.

Yesterday I cam across a new menace. A large man with a huge metal pole (at least 2 meters long) approached shoppers who came out of the Lidl store and swore loudly at a couple of Asian women with prams.

Quite frightening. I can’t publish the picture that I took of that man, but I passed it onto police. So, why does a man need a large metal pole to beg? Is that metal pole a potential weapon? It certainly didn’t need to be used as walking stick as the man looked quite athletic and well groomed.

I just hope that the police monitor Well Street and look out for menacing people. The man hid at a bus stop opposite Lidl when he came back from one of his begging sprees.

decision-making process

Emotional dependance is often the cause of people getting themselves involved with criminal people, who manipulate a person to commit to wrong-doing systematically.

On the other hand, quick thinking and getting involved would have saved me £10 on the Lidl Christmas jumper.

Yesterday it was in the shelves for £7.99, I walked past and today it wasn’t there was I wanted it. So I had to spend £18.10 to get it from eBay.

Since I do a lot of shopping in Lidl, which is just across the road from me, I didn’t realise how much I needed to get this jumper to make my Christmas feel OK. That’s a form of emotional dependance.

Whilst I now watch a Panorama film about an American woman going to Syria with her husband and getting back – after he had been killed in Syria – to the US and being prosecuted for terrorism. Title: “return from Isis”.

I am grateful that my emotional dependance, at it’s worst, only ever got me to spend extra money for a Lidl Christmas jumper, whilst otherwise I am much to do about law and order in Britain.

If it was against the law to go shopping in Lidl, as a former EU trading partner, I probably woulnd’t do it, but is is lawful and so its’ OK to do it.

Unfortunately not all people think whether their actions are lawful and get themselves involved in wrong-doing, that becomes unravelled over time and leads to imprisonment or worst.

Unfortunately the BBC serial East Enders is much more positive about involvement with crime in Britain and doesn’t show the pitfalls of doing wrong as clearly as they show the pitfalls of getting involved with Isis, ending up in death and imprisonment.

I think that American woman could raise the funds to get back from Syria with her children, whilst Shamima Begum, currently can’t raise the money or facilitate her return and she is being prevented from coming baack and also her children had died in Syria.

If young people only tought advice from their peers prior to making life-changing decisions, that would save them a lot of problems and prevent loss of life.

Avoided a shop-lift

Lidl currently sells down winter jackets. As I know the colour is my daughter’s favourite and they had it in a size 8, I reluctantly put it in the basket at a price of £24.95. At the checkout, I put the item through the scanner and once put onto the packing area, the red light flashed up. Waiting for the assistant, I still pondered over the purchase, but when the shop assistant arrived, he allowed the jacket and cleared the content.

Just when I looked at the final price, I realised that the jacket cannot have been added to the bill. I told the assistant and he told me to check out what I had and do the jacket again afterwards.

After packing my other stuff, the jacket just would not scan, it came up as zero.

The assistant told me he could not sell me the jacket as it was not in the system, yet it was on the shelves and priced.

I thought, if I had packed the jacket, after the assistant had cleared it on my packing area, without it being added to the bill, I could have been arrested by shop security for shop lifting because I would have had the jacket in my bag without it being visible on the till receipt despite the shop assistant clearing the item on my checkout shelf.

I suppose I oculd not have proved that the assistant had cleared the item without referring to the security CCTV footage.

Having had a purse stolen previously at Lidl and police refused to look at CCTV for lack of time, I did not want to chance anything.

Unfortunately I could not purchase the item and I could not take it away for free without risking arrest.

So honesty has deprived us of a winter jacket we wanted.

The Amazon in various ways

What the Amazon rainforest is for the world, Amazon online is for shoppers. Just tried out Amazon fresh and the experience was definitely worth it.

Superb ordering, great logistics and the food is actually fresh and on time and as ordered.

I was very reluctant to even try Amazon fresh and kept on going on the established companies like Asda, Sainsbury’s Tesco and Ocado. But they are old-fashioned and out-dated compared to Amazon.

Must mention that Ocado is good and delivers fresh and on time but it is expensive.

I just love a bargain and the offers on Amazon fresh are unsurpassed and it is actually better value for money than going to a supermarket and get the bargains of the day.

From the selection process, the shopping experience at Amazon online is not much different from going to Lidl but Amazon has at all times a wider variety of products available.

What I love about going to Lidl is that they have some cheap products I love like German Rye bread or bakeware and German sausages but they also sell a mix of products and the food shelves are mixed with the general store shelves, so that I do not have to spend hours trodding through huge areas to find what I am looking for and their products are seasonally appropriate.

That is the big difference in this Lidl concept, that it offers seasonally selected items, whilst in other supermarkets, they store all the stuff all year round – with the exception for Christmas decorations perhaps – and occupy huge amounts of shelf space, and it takes ages to navigate the stores. Large Asda, Tesco or Sainsbury’s stores takes half a day to navigate. But Lidl doesn’t do online orders.

Amazon online offers all that at the touch of a button.

What I find especially ideal with Amazon fresh is that it is sooooooooooo easy to add on to an order and they immediately alert you if you can’t add something on and you can add things on much nearer to the delivery date.

All their goods are sent in paper bags and come without a bag charge and they have wicked special offers on top of all that good service.

Just thought I mention it. I just love it if I do not have to complain that fruit is off – as it sometimes happens with Sainsbury’s deliveries.

I want to mention that I am not sponsored by any company to advertise them, these are genuine personal experiences, which I want to share. I am not dependant on any company agreements.


Why do I spend more money in Lidl when the store is much smaller than other supermarkets like Asda or the big Sainsbury?

It all has to do with clutter; we just love it. The close proximity of stuff in Lidl reminds me of rummaging in a the loft of my ancestors house or in a cellar with hidden treasures. The fact that biscuits can be near cosy socks creates an association of a cosy evening in front of the fire place, having some bickies and lounging on the sofa with the cuddly socks on.

I just can’t help imagining that I have a garden when I see those amazing plants at the entrance of my store. I bought everything from a Mandarin to an Olive tree, bulbs and house plants.

It is much harder there not to spend any excess money than in a larger store where all the items are distributed neatly into different isles. The order of a big store already rationalises my mind and that brings with it an ease to not forget my budget. But when things are almost randomly distributed among the food stuff it feels like I come across treasures, which I need to take.

Whilst I just uncluttered my home, I am now vowing to stop to endulge in any more trinkets.

woman carrying bear plush toy inside store

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