Walmart Freeport So Packed Sunday, Couldn’t Find Place To Park

REEPORT, ILLINOIS — One of the more fun benefits of social media in the age of technology today is that everyone who uses it has the chance to peer into everyone else’s lives as they scroll by their news feeds.

We like to do that as people for some reason too, don’t we. We all do it.

For example, if you are ever out on a walk some evening with the Mrs. or Mr., and see someone’s front window open as you walk by, we all have a tendency to slightly take a peek inside as we pass by. “Is that a 65 inch big screen they have”, we think to ourselves.

Along that same line, we noticed someone mention that Walmart was so packed yesterday on Sunday, that the person said they couldn’t even find a place to park so they just left. While we didn’t head to the store to confirm how packed they may have been, the person is a local business owner who is a pretty reliable and sound source for what they see and observe.

From our own observations around town since the extension of the stay-at-home order on May 1, and the requirement of people to wear masks when going to a store, it seems that more people are out now then ever before.

In a way, it feels like everyone feels rather safe out there today. More safe as the COVID situation is said to be worse.

Aside from millions of small businesses still forced to be closed, or being limited in their operations, things seem pretty normal. Even Restaurants who have really been hurt by all this, today have long lines at their drive-thru windows all over town.

As of yesterday, the Stephenson County Health Department reports a total of 109 cases of COVID-19 in our county of 45,000 plus people, with 25 people who have already recovered, and another 73 who are recovering at home. Those seem like great numbers if you just think about it.

Out of over 45,000 people, 109 cases have been found, with 98 who are recovering or who already have recovered. Those are better odds than playing government controlled gaming machines.

Even more strange than that though, last week a friend of mine told me a co-worker of his was informed that my neighbor down the street had contracted the Cornovirus. He told me this on Thursday.

Saturday I saw my neighbor outside putting groceries away from his car, and the next day him and his family had a cookout. No mask, no hazmat suit, and there weren’t more than 10 people there, but he certainly was quarantined either. I have no idea if he has Cornovirus or not, but that’s what I was told, and that’s what I saw.

In an odd way, seemingly against the national grain of thought, all of the above seems rather encouraging of how we as people can, and will, move forward through this with good results for all in the end. We seem to have a natural ability to care for one another, and look out for each other, without the need for Mommy and Daddy always having to tell us what to do.

But as always, we’d love to hear your thoughts.


3 thoughts on “Walmart Freeport So Packed Sunday, Couldn’t Find Place To Park

  • May 11, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Being at Walmart is an excursion bordering I believe between the line of heaven and hell. Yes, they meter people going in to 6 ft, but still, they are all packed to the gills just like before the outbreak. Some people are more cautious I think, most observe the directional on the floors for one way traffic. But (there’s always a but) a lot not wearing masking properly, stop in middle of aisle to visit and hug, nothing new. I used to wear gloves, don’t anymore as referenced to an article I read in the NY Times of cross contamination with or without gloves. Sanitizer is the absolute answer there IMO. No children in stores, hmmm, that policy went by the wayside real quick. It has become a social event again as we are restricted from any other up close and personal other than the safety of our homes. My fears: how much are we dragging home as it is evidenced by more than usual touching of people and product in the store. Still keeping the requisite 3 registers open in hopes of those in too much of a hurry to use the self checkout. I’ll pass. There’s another breeding ground. The keypads on the POS when scanning your card is a popular breeding ground. The best tip I’ve heard is to take a Q-tip with ya and put in your codes in without touching the keypad. Do I feel safe at Wally’s? Absolutely not. As a rule, I avoid at all costs based on what is happening there. Wally might be metering those going in, but if you take the time to look around, it comes down to the almighty ruler of Wally retail model. Quantity of buyers in the store over quality of their claims in their ads on TV as of late. Bottom line: The dollar rules, don’t be confused by the lines at the entrance to the store.

  • May 12, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    I sure hope you didnt get paid to contribute this garbage article.

    This an absolute disgrace to REAL journalism, you know, that thing that requires investigative work and verifying facts not spreading propaganda.

    Very sad excuse for a “news” network.

    • May 21, 2020 at 8:11 pm

      Happy to see my thoughts articulated here in the comments!! This was wild to read: lazy unverified observations leading to conclusions based on absolutely feverish logic. I saw my neighbor have a cookout so COVID is over?? This is not journalism, this is a blog post that made its way into a newspaper somehow.

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