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Elsa
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Sunday, I went into a chain store with a sign on the door, requiring mask. I put one on but when I got inside, no one was wearing a mask, including the employees.  I took mine off, a yard from the door and that was it.

They can't take down the sign, see? But they can ignore it.

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@elsa That’s wild. I saw a whole family, including young elementary-aged children without masks going into a Lowe’s. I thought, Hm...interesting (I actually thought it was kind of cool).

But I kept that thought to myself because my husband was all sputtering and aghast. I was glad we were leaving so I didn’t have to hear more about it.

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I'm sick of the masks.  You have to wear one everywhere in NJ or you could be fined or, I guess, refused service in a store.  I went to my doctor's office the other day and was the only one in the waiting room.  They had a sign there that said "Even though you are the only one in the room, please keep your mask on".

Its just ridiculous.  The only place I have freedom anymore is in my home.

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@jofrance That sucks. This is one of those things I wonder about here. If it ever got that bad here, with no apparent end in sight - because let’s face it, it has now turned into waiting for complete eradication and a fool-proof virus - would we remain in this state? It would take a lot more for my husband to move away from the kids. I understand this but it makes me wonder...

I also feel I should add that I don’t think the virus is not real. It is. But the death count is padded and being wielded.

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The grocery and drugstore near my house have changed the cash registers to self check-outs. At the drugstore they only have 1 cashier left and it's only for returns or those paying cash. At the grocery store they left 2 cashier's and they put the rest all self checkout. Both these stores didn't offer any self check out prior to this and now it's almost exclusively or majoritarily self-check out/A.I. robots telling me to have a nice day lol. I mean I could see this coming but... It is a little sad, it's an end of an era for sure because I think we will be seeing more and more AI takeover in a big way. 

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@strawb, Its kind of sad that they're getting rid of the cashiers because a lot of young people and older people work in those jobs.  I'm getting used to self-scanning under the watchful eye of security people, but then I have to pack up everything myself which is kind of a pain if I'm doing a big shop or buying things like glassware that aren't self-contained.  It really isn't a good customer service experience in many cases.

I understand its the wave of the future for brick and mortar stores and maybe cost effective, but its just going to push more people to shop online for the convenience.  How much money could they be saving if they have to pay security people to watch you check out and pack your own stuff?

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There are hundreds of layoffs coming to Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, which is near my town. They’ve shut down much of the commercial engine operations in one location and moved some of those people up here. This location is military engine, which had been doing ok. There is also an aerospace division, which was expanding, according to a neighbor, whose husband still works there (she retired from there). As you can tell, many people around here work there, as welders, QC, assembly, accounting...The ripple effect is profound. Pratt is owned by Raytheon.

 

My husband used to travel often. Hop on a plane to go to Texas for a conference or visit a customer. He’s won’t do that again until he gets a vaccine.

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jana
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We have started going out to eat again. Second time since March. Had fun. 

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