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Coles does a cool thing now

Coles does a cool thing now

sillynamestuffhere

I love this! A grocery store in my area does a Sensory Sensitive Sunday Hour. I wish it was longer than an hour, but it's a great start :)


YesHaiAmOwO

:D


WhiskyRino

It's been done since 2019 in selected stores, and being rolled out across many stores. Just wish the warehouses would have this, but sadly I work in the Chilled shed and we have the motors running 24/7.


YesHaiAmOwO

Aw


WhiskyRino

My ears at work. * Brrrrrrrrrrr * My ears at home * Screeeeeeeee * It sucks! I wants some quiet time 🤣


oneiroiMoros

Even with earplugs? Are you allowed to have earplugs? Not for music, just the foam ones for noise buffering


WhiskyRino

Even with earplugs. Use of anything in ears is iffy at work, due to policies. Lots of guys wear beanies and hoodies who usually have earbuds playing music which is a WHS violation and instant dismissal on site if caught. I typically get glared at and spoken to for earplugs as I wear a set of Surefire Ep4 tripple flange as I can't wear foams (narrow ear canals). Outside noise is reduced some with certain freq, but most don't change, but my ears still go screeee with plugs. Yay for tinnitus.


oneiroiMoros

Yea, I asked because some places don't like for you to use plugs because you may miss something someone says, which is less of a problem than hearing loss. Tinnitus does suck quite a bit


WhiskyRino

I'm allowed to wear them outside with the gas forklifts, because we are on them all shift. Which is why I picked the surefire ones as they have filters that I can remove and put in depending on if I need to hear conversations or not. But the PA system is clearer with them in so missing a shout out is impossible (and they blast a crappy radio station which was the reason I hoped the plugs worked better) But person to person conversations I typically take them out. Hearing is hard enough with motors running let alone with tinnitus.


gomusic14

White noise helps me out a lot at night.


CallidoraBlack

Shouldn't you be able to get an accommodation since it's a medical condition?


WhiskyRino

Not work related sadly. They won't do anything about it.


CallidoraBlack

I'm not sure I understand. I guess my brain isn't working today. 😅 Still sorry about your tinnitus though, I hear it's awful.


WhiskyRino

Haha all good. It's a condition not caused by work so they won't do anything about it. At least I can hear screaming eternally


CallidoraBlack

Yeah, that's not what I meant. It's a disability, so no one should be yelling at you at work about it, but I guess that's not what you were talking about.


kamitsuruyoshi

We need this in my country.


Slothy1256

Applause to Coles. They've done well with that.


jb108822

One supermarket in the town where I live in the UK does this, and it’s great. Only disadvantage is it’s on a Saturday morning when I’m usually not awake. It’d be great if they could have more autism-friendly shopping hours in the evenings to try and cater to the needs of more autistic people.


Idujt

LIDL does it on I think Tuesday evening. This may only be my local one of course. I haven't actually used it, I do not normally go out twice in a day, and I can be into and out of a shop quickly enough to bear the noise.


jb108822

I work in retail, and tend to do most of my own shopping after I finish on a Saturday afternoon. I'm already there, so it saves time in that respect. It's a bit busy, but I can deal with it, and I'm not usually in there for more than 30 minutes. I do like going to supermarkets later at night, as it's so much quieter and easier to get things. Course, the trade-off is there's a slightly higher chance I won't be able to get everything I'm after, but there's not much I can do about that.


SuddenProfile

Nice. I wish they didn't assume unemployment though... before 8am or after 5pm would be nice.


YesHaiAmOwO

They do still need to cater to the majority of their customers, at least they're doing something :3


SuddenProfile

Before 8am then? I worked retail. Only people with support needs regularly come in before 8am....


YesHaiAmOwO

Wait is it even open at 8am?


SuddenProfile

Most clothing retailers I've been in open at 7, and have staff show up by 5am.


YesHaiAmOwO

Oh coo


YesHaiAmOwO

https://www.coles.com.au/about-coles/community/accessibility/quiet-hour


wisteria-willow

the "additional team members will be available" sounds unnecessary and more anxiety producing lol


BadAngel4Head

Definitely not unnecessary, at least for me.


FenaPugi

Autism spectrum australia needs to come to QLD already because Autism queensland is very antiquated compared to them. Unless I misunderstand... and it's just a partnership with every coles across australia regardless of autism queenslands presence.


UncookedFrenchFry

Hey! South Aussie here! I haven't seen them where I am but I do hope that I find one.


shapeshifter100

I’m in SA too and my local Coles had a sign up ages ago but I haven’t noticed it for a while.


Smashley21

Same here. I'm sure they did it previously but might have stopped during covid


YesHaiAmOwO

Ims in Queensland


mydearivy

I’m in Queensland and my local Coles has this. ☺️


FenaPugi

brissy here but my local coles doesn't do this iirc but I haven't been to one in a while because I mainly do the woolies + aldi combo but I'll have to try a coles near me this coming tuesday haha


I_Am_Justin_Tyler

This is really cool


Asteroid-snake

This is indeed a cool thing but would be cooler if they could like idk... remove all the other people? I'm just kidding of course but I have had meltdowns over people walking too close in supermarkets.


YesHaiAmOwO

They *do* still need to cater to the majority of their customers, at least they're doing something :3


Asteroid-snake

oh yeah of course, I dont expect them to do anything unreasonable for my benefit which is why I just shop online. I think this whole thing is super rad of em.


janegayz

wow this would be an amazing thing to be able to experience, shopping for me is full of so many sensory overload causing things


shutupsami

this is all i need, honestly. i'm tired of going grocery shopping and coming back overloaded and ehxausted.


YesHaiAmOwO

Ikr


Adryzz_

I mean... i don't think NTs would hate a quiet place for shopping either... Who doesn't like quiet places???


YesHaiAmOwO

Some people are just mean for no reason


maelig7

Actually this makes me mad. People with sensory issues should have more time than one hour per WEEK to shop. People with sensory issues also have things to do in their week and this kinda feels performative


YesHaiAmOwO

They *do* still need to cater to the majority of they're customers, at least they're doing something


maelig7

I agree it's better than nothing but I don't think it's enough. But I'm glad you can enjoy it!


YesHaiAmOwO

Plus it only takes me an hour every week to do my shopping :3


Jt-NotFromNsync

And at 1030am.. I personally don't leave the house before noon unless it's just to have a smoke or something. I always thought if stores wanted to do an autism hour it would be better to do it in the last hour of the store being open. In that range from 8-11pm You know what though - maybe 1030am is perfect for coles autism hour. The type of autist that is that hyped on coles probably would show up at 8am if there was the option


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Bah_Meh_238

Love this. My least favorite store is Home Depot. They just do not give a crap about sounds, lights, obstructions, and general disarray. It is not my happy place. The people seems so busy with the store itself moving to things around. And older male employees can be intimidating and judgmental. I’m a high functioning adult working for years in a corporate setting and I’ve had serious meltdowns in there.


fatmama923

Grocery delivery has been a godsend for me. Keeping my family fed is enough of a pain without having to try to deal with actually going to the store too.


Capable_Foundation20

very much appreciated


NimbusTO

Wish more places would follow this, very cool.


pingsorb12

My partner has CPTSD and sensory issues too. If we had this here, we probably wouldn't need to order from Amazon and Walmart since those are the only places that deliver to our house.


YesHaiAmOwO

Hopefully this becomes more commonplace


fakeforsureYT

Pog!


sellittothecrowd

It's starting to happen in some grocery stores in France too! Pretty cool


BrownSugarBank

THIS IS AMAZING! An amazing program. 👍👍👍


boobconsumer

nice


BrightLilyYT

More places should do this!


blissful-bunny

We’re making progress 👍👏


DiosaCordilia

Wauw that's amazing


Diaperlover1995

I demand quiet day....everyday...


Interesting-Mouse120

Yeah my Coles does the same thing on tuesday


radaxianherald

My local Westfield and one of my local Woolworths does this as well


YesHaiAmOwO

Epic


radaxianherald

To clarify, I'm talking about the Westfield Carindale and Woolworths Wynnum in Brisbane, Queensland


Dry_Language8070

this is really amazing!


Most_Raisin_9020

This is what I call epic


No_Journalist_323

Goodbye Woolworths


StephBets

Some woolies do it too- pretty sure Collingwood woolies has the same hours for their quiet time


DakkaRaptor

Why can't more places do this. I would be less afraid of going shopping


orphan_oblitorator

Perhaps I treated you too harshly


realenuff

It’s a relief this it isn’t attached to elderly shoppers. Sure it would be fine but just no


unicornman5d

Why not just make these all the time? I get that child crying is unavoidable, but who really enjoys people talking on speaker phone in the store, or somebody blasting music from their pocket?


YesHaiAmOwO

Idk, maybe it costs more resources to do this?


illegally_alive

I never thought id say this, but it looks like Australia finally has a leg up on the rest of civilization


YesHaiAmOwO

Wdym Australia's great, our PM is just an asshole


YesHaiAmOwO

And nobody knows how to vote