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Old 01-01-2014, 02:25 AM
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brucetiki's post reminded me of my own dramas on Boxing Day.

To sum up, here are the trading hours on Boxing Day.

What's open:
-City shopping precinct and a number of shops near said precinct.
-Outlet mall near airport along with nearby furniture store known for delicious meatballs.
-coastal strip popular with tourists for god knows what reason.

In addition, MOST country towns also had shops open albeit with restricted hours and/or services (for instance, up at the country town I was in at the time, the supermarket was open from 8am, the remaining shops weren't open until 11am).

A friend of mine and I figured what the hey, we'll brave the city precinct.

And cue the suck!

-Finding a parking space was tough enough as it was...we wound up parking near a discount department store and going through said store. Along the way, we discovered that people will try and reverse into a park...in a multi-story carpark when there are several cars following close behind. My friend almost did the same, but upon several cars telling her otherwise, she wisely moved on.

-Walking into a tea shop, we were greeted and told to "look for the DOT." The DOT indicated prices for reduced products. Sadly their tea hadn't been reduced, but mostly their cups and whatnot were. Unfortunately the whole thing was VERY poorly marked. Yes, we read the signs, but we couldn't work out which cups and accessories were what price. After browsing for about 1/2 an hour, we gave up and left, agreeing to try their sister store closer to home. (On a side note, why would you have chocolate tea and choc-chip chai?!)

-Lunch was thankfully smooth, although some idiot decided that hey, it's Boxing Day and thus we don't need to clean up after ourselves! Cue several tables COVERED in trash and because the crowd was so thick, the cleaners had trouble getting in.

-After lunch, we split off as friend wanted to hit one store and I wanted to hit another. I went up to a very nice clothing store that not only caters for plus-size women, but doesn't carry clothing designed for women 20 years older than me! Luckily they were having a sale-goodie, I found the dress I liked! The suck however, came from the other women browsing the store who were quite happy to let their children run riot around the store. The store manager nearly lost it and was ready to kick them out but couldn't identify the mother. I got my dress but left before I could see what happened.

-Going back down from the carpark, we encountered several instances of people trying to reverse park AGAIN. Then we had the idiot who tried to reverse park his girlfriends car, failed and put a nice big dent in his bumper in the process.
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:32 AM
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(On a side note, why would you have chocolate tea and choc-chip chai?!)
Because it's 100% yummy!

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Old 01-01-2014, 02:33 AM
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Because it's 100% yummy!
Too bad the tea store doesn't do samples of them!

(their samples are nice though: they do both hot and cold samples.)
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-After lunch, we split off as friend wanted to hit one store and I wanted to hit another. I went up to a very nice clothing store that not only caters for plus-size women, but doesn't carry clothing designed for women 20 years older than me!
Shop name please! I'm always looking for this sort of thing. Either here or in a PM.
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Now I want to go to one of their stores and eat meatballs *drool* they are sooooo good.
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Wait, what??
This, maybe?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY_Yf4zz-yo
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:57 AM
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Shop name please! I'm always looking for this sort of thing. Either here or in a PM.
There's two actually:

City Chic: They're pricey, but they cater for sizes 16 and up. Just take note that they tend to vanity size somewhat, so their Size 14's are more like a Size 16. These guys are better for more "party" stuff, but they have some nice day-to-day stuff.

Crossroads: The store in question, these guys cater up to Size 22. They cover pretty much EVERYTHING.

Millers tends to be a mixed bag. I've found some great clothes from them before, but lately their dresses have trended towards the older market. They're better off for separate items (tops, skirts, shorts etc.) and bathing suits (seriously-I've had issues finding supportive bathing tops)

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Wait, what??
IKEA does meatballs.
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There's two actually:

City Chic: They're pricey, but they cater for sizes 16 and up. Just take note that they tend to vanity size somewhat, so their Size 14's are more like a Size 16. These guys are better for more "party" stuff, but they have some nice day-to-day stuff.

Crossroads: The store in question, these guys cater up to Size 22. They cover pretty much EVERYTHING.

Millers tends to be a mixed bag. I've found some great clothes from them before, but lately their dresses have trended towards the older market. They're better off for separate items (tops, skirts, shorts etc.) and bathing suits (seriously-I've had issues finding supportive bathing tops)
Ah, yes, thanks. Millers is definitely older market, or at least used to target itself that way. Only in the past few years has it tried to target younger people, but without changing much in their way of styles, sadly.

I haven't found much at City Chic, but will keep looking, and I will give Crossroads a try. Cheers!
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Cue several tables COVERED in trash and because the crowd was so thick, the cleaners had trouble getting in.
And if the crowd hadn't been so "thick", there would have been no need for the cleaners to get in, since the tables wouldn't have been covered in trash in the first place.

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The suck however, came from the other women browsing the store who were quite happy to let their children run riot around the store. The store manager nearly lost it and was ready to kick them out but couldn't identify the mother.
Why did the manager need to identify the mother? The kids were causing the problem, they were the ones who needed to be kicked out. The mother can discover, after she finishes her shopping, that the kids are no longer in the store.

As an aside, if the crowds "down under" behave the same way they do here, why is it called "Boxing Day"? "MMA Day" would be more appropriate.
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