I braved the Giant Retail Empire today for a few last minute items. I got to the baking aisle and was bottlenecked into placed by a pair of employees with a big rolling rack of holiday baking items, restocking shelves. There was no getting around them, because an elderly woman had parked her cart beside them and was ranting about recent union issues the Giant Retail Empire was having, and how the employees were oppressed, lowly and treated "lower than dogs." The employees were insisting that their store's management treated the employees very well and they were long-term employees of the Giant Retail Empire, and were very happy. That only made Chatty rant more, insisting that they were too ill-informed to know how oppressed they were.
Meanwhile, I was waiting for the conversation to wrap up, because myself and about four people behind me needed to get down the aisle. There was no room to turn around. A similar line had built up on the opposite side of Chatty. Chatty's husband had noticed this and was trying to nudge their cart along, so they would be moved out of the way and we could all get down the aisle. The more he moved it, the harder Chatty clung to the cart, dragging it back to the position by the big restocking rack. "I'm giving these poor women some very important information!" she would hiss at him, dragging the cart back into place when he tried to push the cart along.
Finally, he pried the cart out of her hands and pushed it down the aisle. I very quietly thanked him for moving and he muttered under his breath, "Hasn't stopped talking in fifty years" and winked at me. All the while the wife was following behind him, chastising him for interrupting her when she was giving "those poor women" such important information. She was still yammering at him as they turned the corner to another aisle.
Because clearly, it was much more important for her to make the employees feel appropriately disenfranchised than to consider that there were other people around her who didn't want to be trapped in pre-Thanksgiving shopping heck.