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]

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Wa Wa Wee Wa: The Origin of Borat's Favorite Catchphrase

Wa wa wee wa! Sacha Baron Cohen is back in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020).
Wa wa wee wa! Sacha Baron Cohen is back in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020).
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When Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was released in 2006, a new audience was exposed to Borat Sagdiyev, a “journalist” portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen who had made frequent appearances on the comedian’s Da Ali G Show.

Soon, in our country there was problem: People mimicked Borat’s catchphrases, "very nice" and “wa wa wee wa,” incessantly. The latter phrase was used to denote surprise or happiness on Borat’s part. While some may have assumed it was made up, it turns out that it actually means something.

Wa wa wee wa is Hebrew, which Cohen speaks throughout the film and which helped make Borat a hit in Israel. (Cohen is himself Jewish.) It was taken from an Israeli comedy show and is the equivalent of the word wow. Reportedly, the expression was popular among Israelis, and they appreciated Cohen’s use of it.

The original Borat also sees Cohen singing a popular Hebrew folk song, “Koom Bachur Atzel,” or “get up lazy boy,” among other Hebrew mentions. It remains to be seen how much of it he’ll be speaking in the sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. It premieres on Amazon Prime Friday, October 23.

[h/t The Los Angeles Times]