Like me, Frippy is a carless wonder. She is chiefly a cyclist and a public transit-keteer.
As carless wonders in St. Louis, we often end up making less-than-ideal retail choices. I get shit from people about the fact that I frequent the White Castle in my neighborhood, but show me another walk-to-able place near my house where I can get a cup of coffee before 11am and I will gladly go there. (And because the White Castle is the only such place around, it’s actually a fantastic place to go hear people from the area discussing politics vocally and frankly.) Similarly, as a vegetarian and a food nerd both I often get told about the wonders available at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Wild Oats, but I have no idea how I would get to any of those places, let alone bring my heavy, perishable bags of groceries home once I got ’em. I know they’ve got great wares, but apparently they don’t want my business if they’re going to build out there in Carsonlyland–I couldn’t get there if I wanted to.
So, I very much enjoyed this lil’ thing Frippy wrote about the experience of regularly patronizing those I-don’t-have-a-choice chain stores that we carless waifs must frequent. I asked her if I could reprint it, and she generously said yes. Enjoy:
“Today at a unnamed drug store* near my house, I bought a large roll of duct tape, a box of Triscuits, a jar of hummus, and a bottle of Coke Zero. I paid for this with my debit card. The cashier gave me my receipt and an automatically generated coupon for tampons.
Now I know for sure that a certain Monolithic Retail Entity is keeping tabs on purchases I make there with my debit card. I’m not an expert on market demographics, but there’s no way my purchases obviously screamed “Woman of childbearing age!” What’s even scarier is that it’s almost that time of the month and I usually purchase my evil hygiene products here because it’s closest to the House of the Future.
So Monolithic Retail Entity apparently knows my menstral cycle, as well.
*If you live in Saint Louis, you do not win for guessing correctly, since there is only one correct answer.”