June 28th, 2005


userinfo senji
2005/06/28 09:47:00 - Legal Loophole
I'm sure that "open for browsing 30 mins earlier on Sundays" at supermarkets is the kind of legal loophole of which we should not wot.
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userinfo emperor
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2005/06/28 09:39:49
"wot"?
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userinfo senji
2005/06/28 09:45:13
trans. and intr. To know.

As in things of which man should not wot
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userinfo edith_the_hutt
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2005/06/28 10:01:38
Do online stores have to abide by Sunday trading laws?
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userinfo ewx
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2005/06/28 12:08:55
Waterstones do the same. It seems like a good way of pointing out that the rules as stated are silly. (Which is orthogonal to whether the original intent behind the rules is good.)
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userinfo senji
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2005/06/28 12:15:04
I have slightly more sympathy for it in the case of a bookshop, where one will usually spend a while browsing, than a supermarket where one typically collects goods, pays, and departs.

But then, I'll agree that the rules as stated are silly.
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userinfo atreic
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2005/06/28 14:25:24
What is the difference between browsing books and browsing supermarket goods? If I lived on my own I wouldn't shop to a list, and even if you shop to a list, there is still a lot of choice involved...
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userinfo edith_the_hutt
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2005/06/28 14:50:55
Does "browsing" include "putting stuff into my trolley but not yet taking it to the checkout"?
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(Anonymous)
2005/06/28 14:53:31
I would imagine so, yes.

(S)
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userinfo ewx
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2005/06/28 18:22:52

That would be the point, in a supermarket. Given that there is presumably a lead time between the doors opening and significant numbers of people coming to the tills, it means they get to use their restricted opening hours more efficiently.

Unless you think that people will actually make extra shopping trips just because the supermarket is open a bit longer on Sunday then I don't think it actually adds to anyone's workload overall in and of itself, though obviously a supermarket could change other things at the same time.

In a bookshop it is much more likely that people will just browse, i.e. look at some books but leave without buying anything.


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userinfo sphyg
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2005/06/28 16:05:19
I saw one of those signs in the Virgin Megastore.
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