Coles does a cool thing now
By - YesHaiAmOwO
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 :)
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.
My ears at work. * Brrrrrrrrrrr *
My ears at home * Screeeeeeeee *
It sucks! I wants some quiet time 🤣
Even with earplugs? Are you allowed to have earplugs? Not for music, just the foam ones for noise buffering
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.
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
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.
White noise helps me out a lot at night.
Shouldn't you be able to get an accommodation since it's a medical condition?
Not work related sadly. They won't do anything about it.
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.
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
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.
We need this in my country.
Applause to Coles. They've done well with that.
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.
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.
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.
Nice. I wish they didn't assume unemployment though... before 8am or after 5pm would be nice.
They do still need to cater to the majority of their customers, at least they're doing something :3
Before 8am then? I worked retail. Only people with support needs regularly come in before 8am....
Wait is it even open at 8am?
Most clothing retailers I've been in open at 7, and have staff show up by 5am.
the "additional team members will be available" sounds unnecessary and more anxiety producing lol
Definitely not unnecessary, at least for me.
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.
Hey! South Aussie here! I haven't seen them where I am but I do hope that I find one.
I’m in SA too and my local Coles had a sign up ages ago but I haven’t noticed it for a while.
Same here. I'm sure they did it previously but might have stopped during covid
Ims in Queensland
I’m in Queensland and my local Coles has this. ☺️
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
This is really cool
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.
They *do* still need to cater to the majority of their customers, at least they're doing something :3
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.
wow this would be an amazing thing to be able to experience, shopping for me is full of so many sensory overload causing things
this is all i need, honestly. i'm tired of going grocery shopping and coming back overloaded and ehxausted.
I mean... i don't think NTs would hate a quiet place for shopping either...
Who doesn't like quiet places???
Some people are just mean for no reason
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
They *do* still need to cater to the majority of they're customers, at least they're doing something
I agree it's better than nothing but I don't think it's enough. But I'm glad you can enjoy it!
Plus it only takes me an hour every week to do my shopping :3
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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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.
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.
very much appreciated
Wish more places would follow this, very cool.
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.
Hopefully this becomes more commonplace
It's starting to happen in some grocery stores in France too! Pretty cool
THIS IS AMAZING! An amazing program. 👍👍👍
More places should do this!
We’re making progress 👍👏
Wauw that's amazing
I demand quiet day....everyday...
Yeah my Coles does the same thing on tuesday
My local Westfield and one of my local Woolworths does this as well
To clarify, I'm talking about the Westfield Carindale and Woolworths Wynnum in Brisbane, Queensland
this is really amazing!
This is what I call epic
Some woolies do it too- pretty sure
Collingwood woolies has the same hours for their quiet time
Why can't more places do this. I would be less afraid of going shopping
Perhaps I treated you too harshly
It’s a relief this it isn’t attached to elderly shoppers. Sure it would be fine but just no
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?
Idk, maybe it costs more resources to do this?
I never thought id say this, but it looks like Australia finally has a leg up on the rest of civilization
Wdym Australia's great, our PM is just an asshole
And nobody knows how to vote