Many pedestrians carry a backpack out of necessity. Those who walk need to have a bottle of water, umbrella, cell phone, billfold, bus ticket… some critical items. Some of these items are also used and needed by car drivers, but since they have a rolling storage closet at their disposal, no one notices.
So, what happens when a pedestrian walks to a store to purchase a few items? Some pedestrians are told they cannot take their backpack inside. Or, the store personnel offer to keep the backpack behind a cash register while the backpack owner shops. If one could be sure the backpack would be safe, this might work out… but are store owners going to be responsible if cellphones, wallets, Kindles, or other items disappear?
My latest backpack-unfriendly encounter was at Walgreens at NW 63rd and MacArthur. Though I have spent thousands of dollars at this store, they fear I will steal…what…lipstick?
So, we add a new category to the blog, and invite readers to email the locations of other backpack-unfriendly retailers. We all need a list of places we just should not go.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your backpack story.