I went into a shopping mall for the first time since February. I had visited one sometime before my vacation, but I arrived back just in time for things to be locked down. I heard the malls were open, but I really didn’t even think about entering one. Even going to the grocery store is less appealing in these circumstances.
I went to the mall because my “new” cable box wasn’t working and unlike the last time they replaced it (2 weeks ago) the latest technician told me that I had to take it back to the Bell store. He was wrong. I get so much conflicting information from these people. They just got me back as a customer after a 6 year absence and I am going to leave them again as soon as I can–but I digress.
Parking in the parking lot, I really felt like I was going back to the mall. There were a large number of cars, and I braced myself for crowds. The entrance I took was next to the food court. What struck me as I crossed through those doors was how completely empty it was. There wasn’t even a lineup at the Tim Hortons. Of course, the eating area was devoid of chairs and the area was roped off, but there weren’t any people buying food, or snacks, or indulgences. No kids were extorting their parents with promises to behave if only they could have some sugar laden or greasy snack. It was a bit unreal.
Despite the abundance of cars, there were very few people in the mall. I did manage to spot a small crowd at the dollar store–including someone with an interesting yin-yang tattoo on their neck–but that is only if four is a crowd.
I checked out a couple of places (including a wild goose chase to send back the cable box–as long as I was willing to fork out 5 bucks for an envelope) but everything was empty. It was like going to one of those dying malls except the regular stores hadn’t been replaced by weird catchall stores and even weirder niche shops. The store muzak hadn’t been replaced by a stack of cds in the security office. Then again, maybe it is only a matter of time.
Frustrated at my lack of success with the cable box and anticipating a lengthy call with customer service (more than one hour and the problem is still not resolved), I headed home. I am not a big shopper at the best of times, but this sad mall picture just didn’t do it for me. I didn’t even bother to check out the bookstore.