Holly over at Club Thrifty recently wrote a post about how she hates shopping malls. I couldn't agree more!
Like Holly, I am always blown away by the huge crowds of people wandering through malls for lack of anything better to do. I especially hate crowds of people barging me out of the way so they can get 50% off a 'bargain' that they'll never use/need/wear again!
I quickly get sick of the strange consumerist mentality that comes out of people's mouths too. “I got paid yesterday (or worse, will be paid tomorrow!), let's spend, spend, spend!!” It's worst when there are parents and kids though. Child consumers are awful; they're easily influenced, ultra demanding, and if they don't get what they want they'll scream and they'll scream and they'll scream. I know kids can be difficult, but mall kids are sickening.
The worst thing about malls isn't the crowds, or the over-priced shops, or even the crap music they play; the worst thing is that they hide the exits. Have you been in a mall in a town you don't know lately? I've been through a couple in Bristol and once you're in there's no escape. They hide exits down little alleys so that you can't see them. People make a lot of money designing malls to wrestle every last penny from your clenched fist, and how will you spend if you manage to leave?