Dollar General Is Dedicating the First Hour After Opening to Senior Shopping

Dollar General is giving seniors a chance to avoid large crowds.
Dollar General is giving seniors a chance to avoid large crowds.
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While there is still much to be understood about the novel coronavirus (which causes the disease COVID-19) and its effects on the body, older members of the population appear to be at increased risk of complications from infection. That could make shopping at busy stores stressful for seniors. Now, one dollar store chain is doing something about it.

Effective Tuesday, 16,000 Dollar General locations across the United States will devote their first hour of operation to senior shoppers, USA Today reports. The policy is intended to give older customers a window of time to pick up supplies before the store gets too busy and the chance of exposure to the virus increases.

Dollar General has not specified how they will confirm older shoppers are the only ones present, or what the age minimum might be. In a news release, the company is asking younger consumers to plan their shopping trips for later in the day. The stores will also close an hour earlier than normal in order to give employees an opportunity to clean and restock shelves.

The Stop & Shop grocery store franchise is also implementing a seniors-only policy beginning March 19, opening its doors from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. for shoppers over the age of 60.

Seniors can also see if relatives or neighbors are able to go shopping for them and leave groceries near their door. If you are that relative or neighbor, it would be helpful to inquire whether local seniors could use your assistance.

[h/t USA Today]

Make Your Own Ship in a Bottle With This LEGO Set

This particular design was based off an idea from a long-time LEGO fan.
This particular design was based off an idea from a long-time LEGO fan.

Building a ship in a bottle doesn’t need to be a stodgy affair—especially when you’re doing it with LEGO bricks.

The 962-piece set ($70 on Amazon) is based on a design from Jake Sadovich, a longtime LEGO fan from Idaho. Sadovich spent three weeks designing his own version of a ship in a bottle using 1400 LEGO bricks before uploading images of the finished result to the LEGO Ideas site in November 2016. His project received the 10,000 supporters it needed to garner a review from the LEGO team in less than two months, and in August 2017, the company green-lit plans to build and sell an official set based on his design.

A LEGO ship in the bottle with the box.
Despite the ship's small size it has a lot of features.

Placed inside a bottle made of transparent bricks, the miniature ship boasts plenty of detailed features for its 5-inch-long size, including sails, six cannons, a crow’s nest, a compass (sorry, it isn’t a working one), and a flag. There's even a wax-sealed cork built out of LEGO bricks, too, as well as small LEGO pieces designed to serve as the water beneath the ship.

Some of the other fan-submitted LEGO Ideas projects the company has brought to life include the NASA Apollo Saturn V ($200) and a replica of the Central Perk set from Friends ($60).

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Watch John Krasinski Interview Steve Carell About The Office's 15th Anniversary

John Krasinski and Steve Carell in The Office.
John Krasinski and Steve Carell in The Office.
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The Office just passed a major milestone: It has been 15 years since the American adaptation of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's hit British sitcom made its way to NBC, where it ran for nine seasons. To celebrate the show's big anniversary, former co-stars John Krasinski and Steve Carell reunited in the best way possible: Carell appeared as a guest on Krasinski's new YouTube show, where the two decided to spread some positivity.

Krasinski just launched his very own news show titled Some Good News, and it's exactly what we've all been needing. During this segment, he interviewed Carell via video call, and the two shared their favorite memories of working on the beloved workplace comedy.

"It's such a happy surprise," Carell said of The Office's continued success. "After all these years people are still tuning in and finding it." The two also addressed the question that's been on every fan's mind: is there a chance that we'll see the Dunder Mifflin crew reunite in some way?

"Listen, I know everyone's talking about a reunion," Krasinski said. "Hopefully one day we'll just all get to reunite as people."

You can watch the full episode below. (Carell joins the video around the 5:50 minute mark.)