Budget supermarkets bad for mental health

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Are budget supermarkets contributing to the rise in mental health problems?

Recently while shopping in a local budget supermarket, I had to contend with a young women seemingly in a race against the clock to scan my shopping.

She stacked my groceries as high as she could at the end of the check-out and I fumbled with my reusable bags trying to pack my shopping and get out as quickly as possible.

As the queue grew longer and longer behind me, the stress began to rise leading to squashed sausage rolls, bruised bananas and crushed croissants.

Glaring onlookers rightly judged my incompetency as my milk ended up on top of my bread. By the time I’d managed to pack my bags, find my bank card and pay the women I was ready to see a counsellor.

While I don’t blame the woman at the check-out for the increase in my stress levels, those managing her surely have questions to answer?

For me the evidence is clear, the increase in budget supermarkets over the past decade has led to an increase in mental health conditions.

10 years ago no one talked about mental health, now everyone’s either stressed, anxious or worse.

Weren’t we all better off when we had the choice of either Asda or Morrison’s (maybe GT news for a paper)?

You could get a doctor’s appointment in days rather than weeks, you didn’t have to remember to take carrier bags, you’d be served by a human and you didn’t need a quid for the trolley.

In recent times we’ve lost all of this, while mental health conditions have increased.

Over the past decade, our councillors have given out planning permission to these supermarkets without any thought of the consequences.

Isn’t it time that the authorities and the supermarkets involved took this seriously and did something about it?

Mr Ougle

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