Random thoughts on American shopping

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This post continues my series on American culture. I have already dealt with American food, this post is on shopping, and TV is still to come.

This was the part of American culture that I didn't experience quite so much of. Walmart was my first taste. You can almost literally buy anything at Walmart. Where else could you go in and come out with ALL the following items:

  • An apple
  • Dried pasta
  • Shampoo
  • A pair of jeans
  • A 12 gauge shotgun
  • A cordless drill
  • Enough paint to paint your house
  • A television
  • A tyre

It was also very cool to walk around the malls and see shops that I've heard of on so many TV programs and on websites, even if I didn't really do much (or any) shopping in them.

Now, I know this isn't shopping exactly, but everywhere we went, we saw ads for lawyers saying things like this:
"Serious injury accident? You need a lawyer." "Poisoned by benzene? We'll get you a cash settlement". Every time I saw something like that I'd mentally scream 'no, you don't need a lawyer, you need a goddamn doctor'.