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walmart only selling essential Ontario Stay home order Apr 2021

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PointsHubby wrote: Ok so alcohol ain’t healthy ... I think we all know that

But truth is pretty much everyone has one OVER INDULGENCE (crutch) they rely on as a stress reliever

Can be a mild obsession, all the way thru to a full on addiction ... but everyone has something

Be it alcohol, smoking / vaping, pot, chocolate, junk food, overeating, sex, porn, tv, gaming, internet, shopping, etc

There’s even too much exercise

The key to good health is BALANCE & MODERATION ... plain & simple

But it’s one thing to say it, and another thing to do it for everything in your life

Most humans fail somewhere along the spectrum

So what ya gonna do ... feel sorry for everyone and their so called “vice”
Good point on the "everyone has a vice" part...and you are right. I don't feel sorry for everyone because everyone has a vice. I feel saddened for those whose vice can ruin their lives if they get too deep into it.

Alcoholism and drug use...those damage their physical bodies and can also strain relationships around them.

Ever exercising might get a muscle pulled or they trip and fall and break some bone...but in general, exercising too much does not really do the same damage as drugs and alcohol.

I won't go into all the vices...but some vices are more damaging than others and some aren't that bad...some are downright positive...like those who like to do gardening.

I am saddened because people go down a deep hole and it only gets worse.
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toram23901 wrote: Good point on the "everyone has a vice" part...and you are right. I don't feel sorry for everyone because everyone has a vice. I feel saddened for those whose vice can ruin their lives if they get too deep into it.

Alcoholism and drug use...those damage their physical bodies and can also strain relationships around them.

Ever exercising might get a muscle pulled or they trip and fall and break some bone...but in general, exercising too much does not really do the same damage as drugs and alcohol.

I won't go into all the vices...but some vices are more damaging than others and some aren't that bad...some are downright positive...like those who like to do gardening.

I am saddened because people go down a deep hole and it only gets worse.
Ok so what you are really saying is you are JUDGEMENTAL of what others do intentionally or non intentionally with their lives

I was pretty sure your OP sounded that way ... condescending

And now here you are CONFIRMING THAT

Listen bud... take a good look at your own life before you post all this petty pity crap!
:rolleyes:

And you have NO IDEA what you are talking about re: exercise .. clearly never met anyone who’s anorexic and has an exercise addiction
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liquor stores are open because its one of the last remaining cash cows for the province, not because of the risk to people who drink.
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PointsHubby wrote: And you have NO IDEA what you are talking about re: exercise .. clearly never met anyone who’s anorexic and has an exercise addiction
Yes unfortunately it is a body image issue with a lot of people. The need to fall into made up societal norms of attractiveness, or they are people who lean toward being narcissistic. It is as harmful as alcoholism, both mentally and physically. Especially if they start taking PE drugs and such.
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rocking23nf wrote: liquor stores are open because its one of the last remaining cash cows for the province, not because of the risk to people who drink.
CAMH and hospitals that deal with addiction would disagree.
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rb wrote: Kids shoes should be essential...see how fast they grow out of shoes??
No kidding!!! My thought exactly. You can buy nail polish and lipstick but you can't buy shoes? Shoes seem to me to be an essential item. Some people might only have one pair of shoes. What if those shoes rip or something?

Sure you could order them online. I only wear one brand of shoes so know their fit. But, most people have to try on shoes to get a good fit.

You can also buy a birthday cake, but the candle display is taped off. Kind of says it all, no parties for us!!! No more wild days of blowing all over a birthday cake. Lol.
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bonterra wrote: No kidding!!! My thought exactly. You can buy nail polish and lipstick but you can't buy shoes? Shoes seem to me to be an essential item. Some people might only have one pair of shoes. What if those shoes rip or something?

Sure you could order them online. I only wear one brand of shoes so know their fit. But, most people have to try on shoes to get a good fit.

You can also buy a birthday cake, but the candle display is taped off. Kind of says it all, no parties for us!!! No more wild days of blowing all over a birthday cake. Lol.
True enough
You make a very good argument

There are indeed people who only have ... or can only afford one pair of shoes

But as I said, I think most Retailers would be understanding regarding curbside pick up ... and try & buy in this scenario
(or buy, try, return / exchange)

As to Birthday Cake & Candles ...

“No Parties 4 Us” (attempt at humour here) may be closed
But Cdn Tire’s own Party Mart is open for curbside pick up

Candles, Balloons, and every other party item you can think of
Including this one that’s made its debut during Covid
https://www.epartymart.ca/en/LAWN-YARD- ... E-BIRTHDAY

If you’ve got kids, or Elderly Parents ... I understand Drive By Birthday Salutes are very popular
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My brother found out today that car batteries are not essential. Luckily for him, it's for his summer car which isn't on the road yet, so it's actually not essential, but I did find it a bit funny.

As for the shoe debate above, especially when it comes to kids, I don't personally see the issue with ordering them online.

We've had to order rain boots, snow boots and shoes on-line for my kid this year. Snow boots were the only one that we needed rushed because we noticed a hole in the bottom of his boot but it was near the end of winter and no one had them stocked anyways.

I think I ended up getting them off Facebook Marketplace.
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PointsHubby wrote:
Happened before ... example PC Express got rid of Pick Up Fees
Superstore is offering free pick up on non-essential items. Has to be arranged in store or by phone.
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Either let the store remain open entirely or closed. There is no half way this late in the pandemic.
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Evil Baby wrote: My brother found out today that car batteries are not essential. Luckily for him, it's for his summer car which isn't on the road yet, so it's actually not essential, but I did find it a bit funny.
Which is stupid because (for example) you can bring your car to a dealership for repairs but you can't buy anything from their parts counter.
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Evil Baby wrote: My brother found out today that car batteries are not essential. Luckily for him, it's for his summer car which isn't on the road yet, so it's actually not essential, but I did find it a bit funny.

As for the shoe debate above, especially when it comes to kids, I don't personally see the issue with ordering them online.

We've had to order rain boots, snow boots and shoes on-line for my kid this year. Snow boots were the only one that we needed rushed because we noticed a hole in the bottom of his boot but it was near the end of winter and no one had them stocked anyways.

I think I ended up getting them off Facebook Marketplace.
Dealerships and auto repair centers are open though. But I guess walking in store to purchase isn't, which does seem a bit odd. Kind of a weird time because this is when people would be putting cars and bikes back on the road. But curbside would work for that, usually a car battery fits only certain models, so the need to walk in and pick it up yourself seems unnecessary.
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mrweather wrote: Which is stupid because (for example) you can bring your car to a dealership for repairs but you can't buy anything from their parts counter.
Yeah, that is weird too. Maybe to keep staff from dealing with the public in general, like walk-ins? If not for that reason, then it seems a bit weird. Almost forces you to buy a CT Motomaster battery.
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BernardRyder wrote: Dealerships and auto repair centers are open though. But I guess walking in store to purchase isn't, which does seem a bit odd. Kind of a weird time because this is when people would be putting cars and bikes back on the road. But curbside would work for that, usually a car battery fits only certain models, so the need to walk in and pick it up yourself seems unnecessary.
Most shops were already closed. He went around 3pm today. He's going to order the battery on-line, assuming Costco will allow him. I'm sure if it was a real emergency we could have used my CT road-side assistance to get a battery.
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carmaster wrote: Either let the store remain open entirely or closed. There is no half way this late in the pandemic.
Well every store CLOSED ENTIRELY wouldn’t work ...
Folks do need to have easy access to Groceries & Pharmacies

Every store WIDE OPEN
Is just a recipe for disaster
Cuz too many people don’t get the seriousness of Covid
(PROOF ... open a mall, and see what happens)

Mall flocking before Christmas & Easter is what has motivated at least 2 of the subsequent lockdowns in Ontario

We could stay with the previous status quo ...

But letting Big Box Stores open without any restrictions
When smaller NON NATIONAL = local retailers were forced into only 2 choices ...
CLOSED for in person shopping
Or offer online shopping ... with home delivery
Or curbside pick up

It’s pretty clear that “the little guy” bore the brunt of this in the past Lockdowns
Hence the pressure on the Govt to make a change
And determine what’s ESSENTIAL vs NON ESSENTIAL

A similar model to what happened in other provinces during their lockdowns

I get it ... I think it’s the most fair thing the Govt could do
So I have no huge issue with it

With STAY AT HOME ORDERS
That’s primarily what we are doing
Only really going out to get groceries (and most often with curbside pick up)
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Re - Car Dealerships

I went thru this in a previous lockdown ..
They are OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
So YES, you can buy a car
Get service
Or purchase parts

Just no walk ins

By appointment means the Dealership can function ... but with a limited staff
Which in turn limits exposure to how many people are in the Dealership at any one time ... or any day of the week
Or total face to face encounters for the folks working
Appointments also mean there can be Contact Tracing if need be

CAA Battery Service

This should work too.
I had a dead battery awhile back
It was an easy process
CAA first tried a boost, and when that didn’t work
They sold me a battery & installed it right there
Price was competitive
And ... I earned CAA Points on the purchase too

Overall, good experience
Like every other one I’ve had with CAA
As expected

That call out alone, and the attention I received
And how smoothly it all ran
Makes me still happy with CAA as a Customer
Well worth my membership

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smartie wrote: Then why LCBO is still open? Vodka is not essential
TRUE, But rum is
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what about the idiots returning there amazon crap to shoppers drugmart, is that essential, dont see that being roped off
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Not sure how beauty products are essential but school supplies are not? Makes no sense. Also why are Hardware stores allowed to stay open?
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your best bet wrote: what about the idiots returning there amazon crap to shoppers drugmart, is that essential, dont see that being roped off
Believe that Drugstores as a whole are considered essential
Same as Grocery Stores

Vs Big Box “Sell Everything Under the Sun” Stores

But then, I’ve not been inside any store since the STAY AT HOME ORDER began

Can someone who has, update us ...
what is happening inside Groceries & Pharmacies now
Are they still wide open ... or have they been hit by the “police tape” too ?
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