Last night, I passed by Dunnes Stores to pick up few items for dinner and I noticed that the clothing section was open which was a nice surprise. I ventured in that part of the shop , picked an item from the sportswear and on my way to the till I stopped looking in astonishment at the wall created out of packs of nappies, kitchen towers, toilet paper and mineral water. What on earth, I thought?
I moved along it checking if the bizarre storage creation is broken somewhere because behind it there was some more of the ladies clothing section. The fancy one. The collections.
I quickly realised that the storage is indeed a barrier to stop people from entering the more exclusive part of the Dunnes Stores clothing range. The wall was clearly created after the introduction of the lockdown as it was not there on Wednesday before the restrictions were about to kick in. 2 days ago the shop was looking normal with all the spaces organised in a regular manner. I stood there looking at that new and strange creation and all those garments behind it trying to wrap my head around the curiosity in front of me. Eventually, I could not stop myself from bursting into a laud laughter. What a joke, so the COVID must have some proclivity for fancy dresses! Or are they trying to stop us from buying outfits for social occasions since we are not supposed to be taking part in any?
A lady in a hoodie on and fully masked up stopped perplexed with my noisy response to the oddity. Oh, but one must laugh to sustain the sanity in all this!
She understood what I was reacting to, smiled as well and we had a short exchange about the craziness of the world surrounding us and fashion preferences of the almighty but very particular virus.
After she moved on, I decided to check what else have become ring-fenced against COVID19. I found that Paul Costelloe’s range of menswear was pushed into a tiny space in between some shelves and blocked in much less effective way. Clearly some toilet paper or water bottles must have been kept for the actual customers. Then there was a small section of handbags also kept in a corner with some shelving and shoe section seats used as a rather week barrier.
In vain one could find any logic in all those arrangements. What would be the purpose of the described fencing if not a plain annoyance coming from the gaslighting government producing restrictions out of the thin air without any reasoning behind them? Why some clothing would be available to buy and the other not? Is the lockdown not a miserable and grim enough event on its own? Does its severity have to be highlighted by banning purchases of elegant garments in the same supermarket where the food happens to be?
Oh, but Dunnes Stores should act in solidarity with other clothing shops closed at the minute, is it? Oh, but the everyday garments are available for sale in Dannes, right? What is the principle for decision making as to what is an essential purchase for people? Is it the place where one can buy things or is it the kind of things one can buy? Which rule apply to Dunnes in respect of other shops: solidarity in pain or privileged exception? What a carousel of mad confusions!
One needs to call those ridiculous obstacles thrown at us for what they are. A complete and utter nonsense which exceeded by far what I had witnessed in the communistic times back in my youth in Poland.
The only question which keeps bothering me is: when do the people finally see through that COVID masquerade and stop taking part in it for their own good and self-respect? It’s about time.