Post by Nick Odell
On Sat, 20 Jun 2020 18:52:15 +0100, Jenny M Benson
Post by Jenny M Benson
I've realised (perhaps belatedly) that I must stop complaining about the
prevalence of Facebook because by refusing to use it I am, I now think,
putting myself in the same camp as those who refused to use telephones
or ranted about the presence of cars on the roads when cars and 'phones
were fairly new things.
There was a time when it would have been unreasonable to expect everyone
(or nearly everyone) to have access to a telephone and I think it's now
getting to the stage where it is more unreasonable of me to refuse to
use FB than it is for others to expect me to use it. I remember a time
in the late 1950's when my father ranted about one of my school teachers
not being on the telephone.
In my opinion it depends on the reasons.
Today, Liliana struggled, struggled, and struggled some more and
finally completed her first on-line grocery order and I realise that
if I ever get home again it is something I will have to learn to get
to grips with too. I shop in those places in real life, so why not?
But there are some places where I choose not shop, some businesses
whose practices I dislike, some organisations who behave in ways that
are unacceptable to me and I do not see why, just because they may be
popular with other people I should feel obliged to use them too.
I do not buy from Amazon, partly because the only time I did try to do
so, for a Christmas present, it took them from September to April to
admit that they had never actually had the item in stock. And partly
because I like looking in real shops, and I like supporting local
And I won't buy anything from any business that charges extra to deliver
to my postcode, claiming that it's not in 'mainland Scotland'. This is a
load of b*******, because I can actually walk, in about an hour, to a
house in another post code area where the surcharge is not levied, and
if I kept on walking like Felix I would eventually arrive at the
premises of the geographically challenged idiots who can't read a map
and don't understand what 'mainland' actually means. I wouldn't mind
waiting an extra day or two for things to arrive, but it is utterly
offensive to be charged extra, especially by businesses which are nearer
to here than they are to Land's End, where the surcharges don't apply.
The Royal Mail is obliged to deliver everywhere, including the islands,
at the same price. It is quite wrong of the government to allow couriers
to compete but not have to obey the same rules.