I do not intend to identify the store in this post because I have not had a chance to speak with the owner — a person who allows me (and I assume others) to bring my bicycle into his store.
I can fully understand the frustration of being ripped off and trying to do something about it that might upset customers. I’ll bet it feels like a no-win situation.
That said, this policy works to limit the choices of people who may want to walk or bicycle to this store. Yes, there are alternatives to packs. But will these alternatives also become off limits?
And what about women’s purses? There was a lady in the store at the same time whose purse was every bit as big as my daypack. Yet she was allowed to carry it. I guarentee you it would be easier for her to slip something into her purse than for me to remove my pack, open it, slip something in, close it, and put the darn thing on again.
Is this a sign of the times?
Are people who choose to walk and ride bicycles to shop going to come under greater scrutiny because we carry packs, panniers, and other containers that allow us to carry our daily necessities?
I hope not.