Why are there so many people sitting in their cars in the grocery store parking lot?
So the closest grocery store to me is a Safeway. It is not in what I would call a ritzy part of town, but it isn't unsafe either. It's here
, for any Tacoma, WA residents if you're curious. I've been going there for over 10 years and have noticed almost every visit, somewhere between 20-50% of the cars parked have people sitting in them, usually in the passenger's seat.
Now, I've applied deductive reasoning and can account for some
of the activity:
- the driver is just running in to grab a few items, and the passenger doesn't want to go in.
- the passenger is accompanied by children and doesn't want the hassel of handling kids and shopping (a special type of hell if there ever was one).
- waiting for their dealer (it happens, I don't judge).
- protecting their 1986 Olds from thieves.
I've picked out some people sitting in cars alone for over 30 mins—as in, they are still sitting there after I have finished shopping and returned to my car—so I can't say they fit into the above scenarios. What is the deal? Can anyone provide a plausible explanation for why so many are car sitting for so long?