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Naka
07-06-2004, 09:25 PM
There are so many massive shopping centres in KL Metro.

You can look and look, walk and walk, shop and shop.

But how long can your legs hold?

When you are feel like sitting down, there is no a single bench around.

Shop till you drop?

I see a lot of elderly ppl sitting on the floor of shopping centres and even in Federal Hotel.

However I have also noted there are some benches in Times Square.

How about other shopping centres??

When are they going to be more friendly to elderly customers?

achee
07-06-2004, 10:58 PM
Whatever said and done, achee hate midvalley megamall most, reasons :-

1. achee got lost more than twice the few times achee been there. The mall was designed symetrically and there isn't enough nodes for one to grasp on the their whereabouts. Achee lost sense of direction and it sent achee walking up and down, left and right, front and back, "north and south"............

2. parking? terrible experience too. Can't find car in one of achee's visit

3. the crowd..........phew!!! Achee have to take leave if there is a need to go there.

BTW, when naka brought up the issue on benches, achee cannot recall any one mall that has a lot of them. Unlike the malls in Australia, US and Europe, malls in klang valley are mostly built on small land plots and they hardly want to waste areas for free seating...:p

KH EE
08-06-2004, 12:07 PM
achee, how was the holiday in pantai timur? :)

don't 4get that there were reports of cars being stolen at a certain parking area there.

isarahim
10-06-2004, 07:46 AM
When are they going to be more friendly to elderly customers?
That will happen when the supply is about equal to demand. Then they will cater for broader groups because they have to.

In addition, we have a number of precedent setting institutions, e.g. the LRT, which are directly anti-elderly.

isarahim
10-06-2004, 07:58 AM
Whatever said and done, achee hate midvalley megamall most, reasons :-
Completely agree. Furthermore, it is one of the most distasteful and ugly such place I have been to. From the outside it looks like a bunker or a jail. From the inside it's even worse.

crowd..........phew!!! Achee have to take leave if there is a need to go there.
That there is a crowd in the first place, i.e. that there are people undignified enough to go there, is a sign that something is fundamentally wrong; that the supply is not even near the demand.

BTW, when naka brought up the issue on benches, achee cannot recall any one mall that has a lot of them.
Nope, instead space is used up and seats removed for various stalls and promos.

Joecool
10-06-2004, 08:29 AM
Benches? I remember Suria KLCC used to have a lot of benches. I know that because I had just had my surgery and was basically walking from benches to benches. Some of them were removed since then. Same as Mid Valley Megamall. Why were they removed? After all, people need to have a place to rest? Well, if you have tried to get a place to sit down when those benches WERE around you would know why. You have love birds sitting on those benches all day long or just people who sit there all day staring into the crowd. Or sometimes workers in the complex having their lunch or dinner. You'd know what I mean just by walking around Subang Parade's benches. Lovebirds will be holding hands or just cuddling. So you'd end up with no seats anyway. In KLCC, the bench in front of Isetan on the 3rd floor during the after work hours is almost certainly always occupied by people who is not sitting there to rest but just to enjoy the view of people walking around. I guess that is a cheaper alternative for people watching that those coffee outlets.

This is of course my observation and definitely subject to all your objections.

Naka
10-06-2004, 04:25 PM
When old farts like us go shopping with our spouses, some folks can walk & shop for hours and hours, burning the credit cards like no body business.

Some of us like to watch from a distance preferrably from a bench because our legs are no longer as strong as they used to be.

I think the ppl with the money to spend are ppl of our age.

If the Mega Shops take care of the old by providing some benches, then they will complaint less and spend more time in the Shops while their spouses can carry on doing what they like most-shopping!

If the Mega Shops Management throw in a few benches here and there, then it become more friendly and humane and the grateful old folks will tend to stay longer and spend.

That's my 2cts view