Every grocery store that I’ve ever been in – ever – has had automatic doors. You walk towards the door, it opens, you walk through the door, it closes. This is an unalienable right of shopping as far as I’m concerned. This is part of the reason that I was so shocked when I went shopping at Food Basics this evening.
The other reason is that my nose hurts.
For some reason, doors here don’t open automatically. I have been able to accept that for most stores (drug stores, liquor stores, mall entrances, etc) because you come across stores like these with doors like those in your day-to-day happenings. But, as I mentioned, I have never met a grocery store door that didn’t open automatically. I suppose that I still haven’t, it was actually only my nose that met the door, but I got the message all the same.
There are some things in Ontario that just aren’t the same back home. Most of them you get used to, but it’s the little things (like walking into a door) that get to you.
Other things that I’ve noticed:
There is no Nalley’s chip dip.
In fact, if you want chip dip, you have a choice of 8 brands of French Onion. No other flavours exist (unless you count Zest French Onion, Garden French Onion, and French Onion and Herb as different).
Tim Horton’s does not accept debit cards.
Cash only. Since I was in grade 8, I have not carried cash with me when I go out. There has never been a need to. In Ontario, only sit down restaurants have debit machines. This means that I spend an awful lot of time holding a useless piece of plastic rather than eating a tasty tasty sandwich.
Everyone smokes in Ontario.
Some people might lead you to believe that the environmental problems confronting Ontario and Quebec are due to high population density, and automobile usage. In actual fact, it’s because 90% of the people here are walking chimneys. In BC I know exactly three people that smoke, all of home live in Prince George. At Futureshop, I believe that there are no more than 15 non-smoking employees out of a pool of 120.
Extra Foods Reigns Supreme
I’ve always been led to believe that Extra foods is the lowest of the low when it comes to quality of food. Apparently I’ve been pampered by the Save-Ons and Thrifty Foods back home. In Ontario, there are about 10 grocery chains. 8 of which are owned and operated by Presidents Choice and carry the same products as Extra Foods. Of the remaining two, one is affiliated with Canadian Tire, and the other doesn’t believe in automatic doors.
It’s a very strange world here.