Not A Brilliant Idea!

The Christmas Train by LadyDuck
@LadyDuck (112851)
Switzerland
December 18, 2015 9:43am CST
I am back from my last shopping trip, the mall was crowded. As every year, the main floor of the mall hosts the Christmas village. A miniature train passes through the village and kids under the age of 13 can ride the train. The setting is nice, but I cannot understand why they have put the train stop just in front of the escalators. It is almost impossible to circulate! There are relatives taking pictures, shoppers who stop to have a look, children that scream to be the first on the train... a real mess! How is the crowd in the malls at your place?
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• Lakewood, Colorado
18 Dec 15
I have not been to a mall in years Anna, here it is way beyond my budget. I know it will be full of people anyways. I love malls and used to always work inside them.
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
18 Dec 15
Our supermarkets are inside the mall, that is quite practical when it snows. So I go to the mall once a week for my grocery shopping.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
18 Dec 15
@LadyDuck Thats nice Anna, such a good idea. The train is so nice but badly placed I agree.
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@Marcyaz (36138)
• United States
18 Dec 15
@LadyDuck Yes that would be practical for you since you go to the mall once a week to go shopping.
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@jaboUK (48843)
• United Kingdom
18 Dec 15
That doesn't seem a very sensible place for it. I haven't been in any malls lately thank goodness.
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
18 Dec 15
The two grocery stores and the Post Office are inside this mall. I had to send a urgent parcel, it has been exhausting!
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@jaboUK (48843)
• United Kingdom
18 Dec 15
@LadyDuck Fortunately our big supermarket stands alone, and so does the Post Office.
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
18 Dec 15
@jaboUK This is a small village, most of the shops are inside this quite big mall. It is true than when it snows it's more practical to have everything in the same place.
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@marlina (58287)
• Canada
18 Dec 15
It does sound like a "not well thought" plan.
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
18 Dec 15
I am going to send an email to the Mall manager and let him know that this new setting is creating a problem. I hope he will consider a change for the next year.
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@Marcyaz (36138)
• United States
18 Dec 15
@LadyDuck that is a good idea as it could cause someone to trip and fall and be injured.
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
18 Dec 15
@Marcyaz So true, people with the shopping carts stop to watch the train and you can go nowhere.
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@moffittjc (32670)
• Gainesville, Florida
20 Dec 15
I haven't been to our local mall yet this year, as I am avoiding it like the plague! I imagine it is a madhouse there with everybody scrambling to finish up their Christmas shopping. But I do remember from year's past that they would set up Santa's workshop right in front of the escalators, and the line of people waiting to get their kid's picture taken with Santa Claus would be so long it would end up blocking access to the escalators. However, I think that they couldn't move Santa's workshop to any other location in the mall, because in front of the escalators was the only place in the mall with enough room to set up the big display.
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
20 Dec 15
At least the Santa workshop is on the upper floor of the Mall, I never go there, because the two grocery stores are on the main floor.
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@1hopefulman (18516)
• Canada
18 Dec 15
I try to avoid the malls at certain times when they are really busy.
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
18 Dec 15
I try to avoid too, but all our shops and grocery stores are inside this Mall.
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@allknowing (54652)
• India
19 Dec 15
Malls are going out of hand these days We too have all kinds of features that attract children and mixing them up with the business area is not a good idea.
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
19 Dec 15
I have planned my visit to the grocery store for the 23rd, I am going during the lunch break, hoping that people are not around.
@allknowing (54652)
• India
19 Dec 15
@LadyDuck Most of my shopping is done online and the routine grocery shopping is done by our helpers. There is a Mall here that offers heavy discounts on Wednesdays I witnessed it only once and vouched never to go there again (lol)
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
19 Dec 15
@allknowing I know that you have helpers, unfortunately we have to buy grocery ourselves.
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@Fishmomma (11507)
• United States
21 Feb
I love trains! Malls are avoided, as the one in my city was so crowded at holiday time there was no way I would step out of the car and the chances of finding a parking spot weren't likely. This past year I did a lot of shopping online, as it was stress free and easy. I buy gift cards and use them to pay the bill, as receive points to save on gas when I buy them at the grocery store.
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@Fishmomma (11507)
• United States
22 Feb
@LadyDuck I think that is a smart move. Its likely to happen in my house when we start traveling, as my husband and I just buy it when its something that needs to be purchased.
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
22 Feb
@Fishmomma There is no reason to feel obliged to buy something because you know that you will receive something that possibly you do not even like.
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@Fishmomma (11507)
• United States
22 Feb
@LadyDuck That is true. The only reason gifts are purchased now is for my daughters boyfriends brother, as he is in 5th grade and a friend of the family, who has twin baby boys and a 3 year old. The babies won't remember their baby clothes; however, purchased books for the 3 year old and child in 5th grade. I enjoy visiting the book store and am glad the 5th grader is reading. He loves trains like me.
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@wiLLmaH (8156)
• Singapore, Singapore
21 Dec 15
It is more popular now here in Singapore to do an online shopping. :) When I went to a mall last Saturday, it is not as crowded as before.
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
21 Dec 15
I buy gifts online, but we do not have home delivery for grocery, I am obliged to go out to buy my food.
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@wiLLmaH (8156)
• Singapore, Singapore
21 Dec 15
@LadyDuck Really? Now here in Singapore groceries are for delivery too.
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
21 Dec 15
@wiLLmaH In small Swiss villages people do not care to have grocery delivered at home, they want to go to the shop and choose personally everything.
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@pgntwo (20311)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
19 Dec 15
Busy. Some will queue for hours, ignorant of the fact the children bore easily... Not sure that the escalator being blocked is good from an escape-route perspective either...
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
19 Dec 15
I sent an email to the manager, I do not know who placed the rails this year, but it does not sound a very intelligent project.
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@pgntwo (20311)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
19 Dec 15
@LadyDuck Very wise.
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@MALUSE (29994)
• Denmark
19 Dec 15
@LadyDuck If a panic starts, people will have problems getting out or hurt themselves falling over the railway.
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• United States
18 Dec 15
I have not been to a 'real' mall in 14 years and sure would not go to one now. I don't like crowds of any kind.
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
18 Dec 15
I have no choice, our grocery stores are inside the Mall. When they have built this Mall (40 years ago) most of the shops around the village decided to move there. It's not a big mall, but with one stop I can buy everything I need.
• United States
18 Dec 15
@LadyDuck We don't have grocery stores inside of malls, but that is a good idea except for this time of year.
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
19 Dec 15
@AbbyGreenhill Yes, this is the worst time of the year, but I appreciate to have one place where to go and find everything, we had covered parking, connected to the mall, so not too hot in summer and not cold in winter.
@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
19 Dec 15
I don't go anywhere near them Anna although last week when I went to the supermarket it looked like people were shopping for armageddon and the end of the world. For goodness sake the bloody shops are only closed for one day and some shops even open on Christmas day. It is quite sickening really. It sounds a bit of a hazard placing the ride so close to the escalators.
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
19 Dec 15
It is becoming dangerous even to approach the shops. I had only to buy a few things at the grocery store, but I had to cross the mall, it was horrible. I came back home with a headache. It's incredible how noisy people can be.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
19 Dec 15
@LadyDuck Oh dear poor you. I hope you are feeling better now and you do not have to go again. I shall be going to the shop tomorrow.
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
19 Dec 15
@garymarsh6 I have everything I need now. Today I make the tortellini, it's a pretty long process and I do not want to procrastinate.
@sueznewz2 (8899)
• Alicante, Spain
18 Dec 15
It does sound a bit daft putting it there...., but perhaps that is where the most of the people pass by ....?
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
18 Dec 15
The other years they had put the train stop in another location and it was much better. I do not know who had this brilliant idea this year, but I am going to send an email to the Manager.
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@sueznewz2 (8899)
• Alicante, Spain
18 Dec 15
@LadyDuck good idea....and if enough people do the same they may think more carefully about where they put it next time....
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
19 Dec 15
@sueznewz2 I am tempted to go there and ask people to sign a petition, the more signatures I get the more they should listen.
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@sugartoes (32324)
• Greencastle, Indiana
31 Dec 15
we don't have that problem in our area I can't say in the BIGGER ciities & towns but where we are we're in a small town
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
31 Dec 15
I also live in a small town, more a village than a town, we are only 4,000 people here.
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@sugartoes (32324)
• Greencastle, Indiana
1 Jan 16
@LadyDuck we don't have them things here in our neck of the woods
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@simone10 (22271)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Dec 15
I really couldn't say as I haven't been to a mall in a long time. When I was younger, I enjoyed the mall during Christmas but now, I don't want to fight the crowds.
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
20 Dec 15
I go to the mall because the two grocery stores are inside the mall, so I am obliged to go for my weekly grocery shopping.
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@simone10 (22271)
• Louisville, Kentucky
25 Dec 15
@LadyDuck I could see how you would have to go inside. Here, we don't have grocery stores inside malls.
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@HazySue (15856)
• United States
19 Dec 15
@LadyDuck I think they put the trains there so you can't miss them. Our malls are so crowded this time of year that it is almost impossible to get a parking space. I love to go to the mall this time of year to look at the decorations but not to shop.
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
20 Dec 15
The kids do not miss the train anyway, putting the stop in front of the escalators is dangerous, imagine if there is an emergency, the manager should think at this, because if something happens he will be held responsible.
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@HazySue (15856)
• United States
20 Dec 15
@LadyDuck what I mean is, it's all involved in the commercialism of Christmas. They don't want to miss making even one penny. I do agree, it's a horrible spot to put it. They seem to do it though in every mall I've been in.
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@Marcyaz (36138)
• United States
18 Dec 15
I haven't been to any of the large malls lately so I don't know as my last shopping trip was online. It sounds like someone needs to inform security at the mall that this being so close to the escalator is a hazard to people.
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
18 Dec 15
I do not know who and why placed the train station so close to the escalator, they never did this the past years. I informed the Manager.
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@Marcyaz (36138)
• United States
18 Dec 15
@LadyDuck Good you informed the Manager of how close this train station is to the elevator so now maybe he will check it out and move it somewhere else.
@allen0187 (24313)
• Philippines
24 Jan
Filipinos are the penultimate mall rats and with a sale ongoing almost every day, malls are packed to the brim even on ordinary days!
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
24 Jan
This year it was very quiet compared to last years. The kids were there to ride the small Christmas train, but very few customers.
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@JudyEv (91810)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Dec 15
People don't think things through sometimes do they? Fancy putting the train stop in such a ridiculous place.
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
28 Dec 15
I do not know who decided to put the stop there this year, but I hope that this will be the last year.
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@PainsOnSlate (18654)
• Canada
21 Dec 15
I avoid mall like a snake , I did visit our last week and I couldn't wait to get out of there. I prefer smaller stores and rarely got to the mall.
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
21 Dec 15
I also prefer smaller stores, but in our little village we have the mall or nothing.
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• Preston, England
21 Dec 15
our malls have been chaotic - nothing as crazy as this train ride set up though - fortunately I have no more big shopping left to do
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@LadyDuck (112851)
• Switzerland
21 Dec 15
I believe that even the idea of a small train inside a Mall, it's not a great one. Too many people, too dangerous.
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