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Oh No! Not Walmart Again!

Posted in America, Britain, British Humour, Canada, England, European Union, Modern World, News, Obesity, UK with tags , , , , on 10/04/2016 by floroy1942

WalMart supermarkets in the States seem to be the shop that attracts every weirdo on the planet. See what you think of these:-

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The mind really boggles to think that these people actually walk among us every day. Life sure has changed since I was a child!

Anyway, I hope you had a good laugh, for there will be more coming very soon. Enjoy your day!

Roy.

African Plastic Ban – Something We Can All Learn From

Posted in America, Britain, England, Environment, European Union, Illegal Dumping, Nature, News, Oceans, Plastic with tags , , , , on 13/04/2015 by floroy1942

I watched with interest a news item on France 24 channel yesterday that should point the way for the whole world. The headline is: Plastic is banned in Rwanda.

Good Night Out Last Night - What Did You Do With Your McDonald's Hamburger Box?

Good Night Out Last Night – What Did You Do With Your McDonald’s Hamburger Box?

Non-biodegradable plastic has for years been a plague on our planet and it is without doubt time that its use is severely limited. Our towns, cities and countryside, and more important our oceans, are becoming clogged with the stuff. Everywhere you go these days you will find plastic bags, cartons, bottles, wrappers and the like littering our streets, our waterways and the seas.

It would seem that many manufacturers cannot think past plastic. If you buy even fruit or vegetables in a supermarket these days, chances are they will come in a plastic tray with a plastic film wrapper. WHY! If the goods need to be in a tray, which I don’t believe they do for these are purely for presentation, then why not a cardboard one as in the old days?

High Winds - Who Knows Where It Will End Up?

High Winds – Who Knows Where It Will End Up?

In Britain alone a total of eight billion plastic bags were handed out to customers by supermarkets and shops in 2012. Add that to the rest of Europe and it comes out at trillions per year. You should ask yourself how many of yours ended up in the wrong place because you didn’t care!

Up to the sixties everything came wrapped in paper, cardboard or a derivative, and everyone was happy. Today it all comes down to profit because plastic is cheaper.

Eventually To End Up In The Oceanic Gyre?

Eventually To End Up In The Oceanic Gyre?

Here in Marbella you do not need to walk far on the beaches before you come across a discarded plastic bag, water bottle or wrapper. We have become so careless with waste disposal these days that even though there may be a litter bin a few metres away, it is too much trouble for many to dispose of litter properly.

As I have reported in previous posts (https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/welcome-to-plastic-island/) plastic is steadily clogging up our oceans to the extent that there are country sized accumulations in all our oceans called gyres.

I NEVER Throw These Away Without Cutting Open All The Loops First!

I NEVER Throw These Away Without Cutting Open All The Loops First!

Plastic is breaking down in sunlight into micro-plastic that is eaten by fish and sea birds, and much of the fish ends up on our dinner table. What most people seem to forget is that normal plastic is non-biodegradable! It will still litter our planet in one thousand years after it is carelessly thrown away!

- And This Is Why!

– And This Is Why!

It was reported recently that even the Mediterranean Sea now has huge gyres of plastic that are steadily being eaten by the fish. If it continues, it will become a major problem for the extensive fishing industry in countries bordering the Mediterranean as in other parts of the world.

Says It All!

Rwanda – Says It All!

It is for these reasons that I applaud the actions taken by the Rwandan government to ban non-biodegradable  plastics in the country. Top of the list is plastic shopping bags, for these have received an outright ban. The people are now being forced to use paper bags to carry the shopping.

Passengers arriving at Kigali Airport are now searched for plastic, and any found is confiscated. If you have a package or suitcase wrapped in plastic it is cut off and confiscated before you can enter the country. The same goes for the country’s borders.

Refreshing To See A Nice Clean City

Refreshing To See A Nice Clean City

It has been reported by people travelling through Rwanda that now-a-days everything is a lot cleaner. No longer is there the spectacle of plastic bags blown around on the streets and in the countryside, and no longer are the trees festooned with plastic caught on branches. A lesson for us all in our supposedly ‘civilized’ world.

Europe vainly tried a couple of years ago to limit the use of supermarket plastic bags by charging for them, locally its ten cents, but that was a waste of time. You still see people leaving the supermarkets with a trolley full to the brim with shopping in a dozen or more plastic bags.

Litter On The Street -  A Regular Occurence In Europe

Litter On The Street – A Regular Occurence In Europe

In Europe as in most western countries it is a common sight to see shopping bags or other plastic items littering the streets, they are everywhere. In many cases these items find their way into rivers and streams and pollute our water supply, but who the hell cares, its only a plastic bag.

Few people realize the damage that is being done to our environment by discarded plastic, and sad to say, many don’t care anyway. Unfortunately it is not about the here and now, but what we are doing to future generations with our careless plastic pollution.

What Would You Think If This Ended Up On Your Dinner Table?

What Would You Think If This Ended Up On Your Dinner Table?

It is time for the rest of the world, in particular the richer nations to follow this example set by Rwanda and enforce an outright ban on plastic carrier bags as a start, and then move to other plastic wrapping materials. It may cost a little more, but at least it will be a step in the right direction towards saving our planet.

Roy.

Aliens Are Real And Shop At Wal-Mart!

Posted in America, Immigrants, Insanity, Life in the Universe, Modern World, Obesity, Old Age Pensioner, UK, USA with tags , , , on 07/04/2013 by floroy1942

When someone tells me they believe in aliens I used to think they were mad, but after seeing the latest crop of photo’s of Wal-Mart customers I think I have changed my mind.

Mars Maybe?

Venus?
Venus?
Jupiter?
Jupiter?

It's Got To Be Uranus
It’s Got To Be Uranus!

 Neptune
Neptune
Mercury?
Mercury?
Titan
Must Be Titan Orbiting Saturn
Your Guess Is As Good As Mine!
Your Guess Is As Good As Mine!

Saturn?
Saturn?

Why do all the strange people shop at Wal-Mart? Is it something in the air or is that a regular meeting place for aliens living among us?

Roy

What Price the Annual ‘Sales’?

Posted in Britain, England, Europe, Germany, Government, Modern World, Spain, UK, USA with tags , , , , , on 26/12/2010 by floroy1942

I will be the first to admit that I am no economist, but it seems to me the word ‘Sale’ has lost it’s meaning in the retail business. With Christmas over, many people look forward to the January Sales as the next highlight in their lives, but is all as it appears?

Maybe They Are Having A Sale?

I doubt it, for as the ‘Sale’ and ‘Discount’ sign seem to be an everyday feature of shopping these days, it makes me wonder if they are true.

70% - Really?

Daily we see posters in shop windows lauding 25%, 50% and even 75% discounts on the goods displayed, and if that is the case, how do these retailers make a profit?

La Canada - Marbella

Here in Marbella on the Costa del Sol, (Some call it ‘Costa Plenty’) Spain, the local shopping centre stores have been full of discount posters of up to 75%, so if the retailer is selling an item to you for just 25% of the normal price, he won’t stay in business for long!

There is no way they are offering us goods at a loss for they would be bankrupt in no time flat, so that leaves us with the only alternative, the discount is not as high as we are led to believe. In other words, it’s a scam to get customers in the shops.

Me First!

There is nothing like a ‘Sale’ sign to get shoppers excited and falling over themselves to get in first for the best bargains. At some major stores in London for example, people queue all night to be the first through the door on January 1st.

Let Me In. Let Me In!

The big ‘50% Sale’ signs in the window are like a magnet to shoppers, and people enter in the hope of finding something they do not really need, just because they are getting the item at half price, or so they believe. Read the small print and you will always see the ‘Up To’ on every discount advertisement. In fact of law, retailers need only have a single item discounted in their stores, which then entitles them to put up the large ‘Sale’ posters. To me it smacks of a monumental scam that few people seem to recognise.

It is true that major stores do offer genuine bargains in the January sales, for the simple reason they wish to be rid of the stock left over from the pre-Christmas rush to make way for new lines. In this case they may drop the price to near ‘cost’ just to be rid of it, but sell items at a huge loss, never! The post-Christmas, or January sales are perhaps the one time a year when all, or most ‘Sales’ can be considered genuine, but the rest leave me with a huge doubt.

Amazing! If It Were True.

For the rest of the year I don’t put much faith in the signs. I believe the ‘original price’ is grossly marked up to give shoppers the impression they are getting a real bargain when paying 50%. It could be true that the retailer will drop his profit margin slightly and compensate by increasing his turn-over, but he will not sell to you at a loss to himself all year round.

The price of any item is set at the cost to the retailer, including staff salaries, site rental, utilities etc., plus a profit margin. A 50% or 75% discount would therefore mean he is selling at below cost price and not compensating for staff salaries and so forth. This is an economic impossibility.

Come Back Next Year and It's Still Closing Down

Another way shop keepers pull the wool over our eyes is the ‘Closing Down Sale’. Obviously some are genuine, especially in the current economic crisis, but how many times have you seen such signs and gone back a year later to see the shop still there, and probably with the same signs in the window? Other offers are ‘buy one get one free’ or ‘three for two’ , etc.

When I lived in Holland there was a furniture maker who had the ‘Everything Must Go’ and ‘Closing Down Sale’ signs up for more than five years. It must have taken him a long time to get rid of his stock, but I’ll bet he’s still there!

There is little doubt that all is not what it seems on the High Street these days, and it’s a question of shopper beware. I think it is high time governments stepped in with more regulation for the Retail Sector, for there is little doubt things have got well out of hand.

A Much Over-Used Word These Days

The words ‘Sale’ and “Discount’ have gone the same way as the word ‘Quality’, and have so little truth in them that they may as well be removed from the dictionary.

Roy.

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