A new supermarket has opened in Swindon, and as we had to go to B&Q anyway, Himself thought it might be fun* to do our weekly shop in Lidl after buying our paint.
Now 'fun' is not a word I would use to describe any supermarket shopping, it's like the ironing and getting waxed - it's something that has to be done, so lets just get on with it.
So get on with it we did. We put our bags in one of the trolleys that required a pound coin to free it from the rest of the pack and went inside.
It was eerily quiet..... And fairly empty for a Friday evening.....
Meh, I thought we had entered the underworld - not in an exciting 'Pans Labyrinth' kind of way. Oh nooo, much more of a Mordor or 'Shaun of the Dead', 'zombie' kind of way, but without any of the charisma. Or colour.
Grey, careworn families dragged sullen children around, picking over the unrecognised labels to find bargain tins of vegetables. Washed out young men shuffled around the store, clutching baskets whilst trying to find something of sustenance to brighten their weekends. Himself and I looked at each other, gulped, then hastily aimed our trolley down the first aisle. To be fair the vegetables were pretty fresh and very keenly priced (they are all fine). Himself said he didn't like the look of any of the cold meats or cheeses, so we gave those a miss. They didn't sell free range large eggs. The bread looked pretty uninspiring. We didn't see milk, although it must have been there. I did pick up some Greek yoghurt (it's delicious), butter (it tastes fine) and sweeties (yum, although 'Percy Pigs' still win). We decided we'd had enough and headed for the checkouts, where a checkout girl with soulless eyes informed me they "don't take credit cards", or "give cashback" with debit cards. Hrrrumph. We swiftly packed our two bags of shopping in the boot, claimed the pound coin back from the trolley pack and drove off to Sainsbury's.
We both have decided Lidl will not be part of our shopping experience again. Unless we are desperate. Very, very desperate.
* I know what you are thinking, he needs to get a life right?
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